I have admittedly waited too long for this, but still, just like these past 10 years of Top 5 albums, I like to share with you my two cents about what were my Top 5 albums of 2020. In fact, this weird year has brought to light an uncountable number of records of all kinds, which I rate as positive, since it is the sign that lockdown and all the trouble served as an inspiration to many. That said, amidst the hundreds of productions I have found my niche once again and it spans from funk to hip-hop, from jazz to blues and 90s alternative rock, or whatever we want to call it.
To make it short, my absolute favorite albums of Covid-year 2020 are:
Quest’anno, volendomi adattare un po’ ai nuovi trend, ho provato una nuova formula per la mia Top 5 dei migliori dischi del 2019, optando per la pubblicazione progressiva di un album alla volta, con l’immagine della copertina e una più o meno breve didascalia come si fa su Instagram e sui social media in generale. Non che non possa essere una formula valida, ma a distanza di qualche settimana mi sono reso conto che mi mancava qualcosa, come se non avessi compiuto appieno il mio compito di autoproclamato divulgatore di buona musica…
Dunque, dopo aver letto Best of di ogni genere, quasi tutte volte a darsi le arie con artisti semisconosciuti e collage musicali retrò francamente imbarazzanti, eccomi nuovamente qui con la mia Top 5 dei migliori album del 2019, check it out!
Recycling is the idea behind this project, which was born a few years ago. I was looking forward to resuming my bass playing, so I decided to build a bass myself from scratch out of recovery woods and material. Yet, in the end I needed a pickguard for it and as I was looking around for some idea, I thought of some vinyl records of mine, which were extremely damaged.
I am often told that it is a pity to damage these records, but in fact I do not harm any vinyl records that could still be worth listening. Oftentimes, the records come from moisty cellars and I clean them and reuse them in a different way, offering them a new life through a different shape.
When possible, I give them a spin on my record player before using them, so that they can play one last time. All this is behind Skylyro.com as well as a lot of passion for handicraft and especially for music.
La Top 5 dei migliori dischi del 2018 secondo skylyro.com
Mentre ormai ci siamo già ben inoltrati nel 2019 – che speriamo ci riservi ancora tante belle sorprese musicali – approfitto della musa ispiratrice per fare un bel bilancio della produzione musicale dell’anno passato, cercando di illustrarvi brevemente la mia Top 5 dei migliori album del 2018. Sicuramente me ne sono persi diversi di dischi anche nel 2018 e spero di far sempre in tempo a recuperare strada facendo, ammesso che ne valga la pena… ma penso che in ogni caso questi 5 album meritino davvero particolare attenzione! L’ordine dalla prima alla quinta posizione non è strettamente vincolante, ma certo Aspettanno ‘o tiempo dell’immenso James Senese è il lavoro che più mi ha colpito! Un altro così in Italia non ce l’abbiamo e secondo me se lo sognano anche oltreoceano…
A pochi giorni dall’inizio dell’attesissimo Festival di Sanremo, voglio anch’io parlare di musica italiana, con una retrospettiva sul 2017, un anno decisamente molto prolifico da un punto di vista musicale per il Belpaese. Dal cantautorato, all’affermarsi di una scena cosiddetta “indie” sempre più matura anche per un pubblico al di fuori dei piccoli locali di tendenza, alle declinazioni italiane della musica parlata che ha permesso a artisti dal notevole spessore artistico di veicolare messaggi importanti a un pubblico di giovani e non davvero molto ampio, il 2017 ha visto un fermento musicale in Italia che a mio vedere ha quasi superato per interesse quello internazionale.
1. Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want?
Roger Waters’ Is This the Life We Really Want? to me not only is the Album of the Year, but an absolute masterpiece! It took Waters 25 years to finally publish a new album and the timing was absolutely right: in these particularly complicated times from a social, cultural and political point of view, where music makes no exception, Pink Floyd bassist has just produced some of the finest music in recent music history, only two years after former band colleague David Gilmour’s excellent Rattle That Lock.
Yet, while the latter admittedly just collected songs on a record that simply have his voice and unique guitar playing as trait d’union, Roger Waters is a concept album of the finest kind. With this recent work, once again he displays an incredible sensibility and a much lacked humanity, which seems to be a rare commodity these days. Outstanding lyrics and songwriting, beautiful arrangements and clever sound effects, which are a well known feature for Waters’ and Pink Floyd fans, make this album a miracle that shines and stands out from everything else.Continue reading “Best Albums of 2017”
Chi ha detto che il vinile perfetto debba necessariamente essere piano e di forma circolare?
Appassionato di musica e di vinili da una vita, qualche tempo fa mi sono fatto prendere dalla passione di costruire e assemblare strumenti musicali, essenzialmente chitarre e bassi elettrici. Inizialmente, la cosa era partita soltanto per costruirmi un basso ed imparare finalmente a suonare questo fantastico strumento che da ragazzo avevo già imbracciato, ma con scarsi risultati.
Et voilà, time has come again for me to serve you my annual album review (click to see 2015)! Loads of new albums have been released this year: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had an excellent come back – let’s say – with the Getaway; Dinosaur Jr.‘s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is a great guitar rock album!; Green Day‘s Revolution Radio, which sounds like a classic rock album with punk chords; Weezer‘s self-titled White Album, which sounds like the Blue Album 25 years later, only losing all of its freshness; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with a pretty self-explicatory album “Call It What It Is“, the usual Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals album; Blink-182 with California, one of those albums I have not listened to, but apparently it has been praised by many; Richard Ashcroft‘s These People, which sounds like Coldplay and sometimes feels like an unsuccessful imitation of Damon Albarn‘s Everyday Robots; Suede with Night Thoughts, no thoughts on this yet; Massive Attack with Ritual Spirit, a 4-track EP that hasn’t caught my attention; Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations, which in my humble opinion does not reach the hights his Bright Eyes project had reached somewhat about a decade ago; The 1975 with I like it when you sleep for… not bad: great, very impressive Peter Gabriel-style sound, though not my kind of cup; Van Morrison extended his already impressive repertoire with Keep Me Singing; Tricky released Skilled Mechanics; Theo Croker published Escape Velocity, an amazing Acid Jazz album; Metallica released Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, which is condensed rock and roll like only these guys and the late Lemmy could produce! Last AND least, the self-proclaimed best band in the world, the Kings of Leon, have released WALLS: except from Waste a Moment, which is a classic KoL song, like we have been used to appreciate on their previous works, not to speak of the Around the World single, which sounds like Cindy Lauper meeting Coldplay at a Puff Daddy pool party, the album itself is not going to integrate my collection.Continue reading “Top 5 Albums of 2016”
So far, but I guess there is nothing relevant coming out these last days of December, I have defined my preferences for this year’s music albums: compared to other previous years it looked like a pretty fruitful one, with many bands publishing new albums, such as KOL, PJ, Turin Brakes and Artic Monkeys, and major comebacks like David Bowie and Sting. Overall, I’d call it a good year these days, but in the end, wanting to take it down to the 5 best albums of 2013, there was not much competition…Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2013, so far”
Some weeks ago, my dear friend Mr. SHRC posted an article to his blog, making a list of 10 reasons why he loves vinyl rather than any other support, or the sound of a digital file streamed on the Internet. I found it a great idea and thought it was a petty not to have it for an English audience, so I just translated it for you. You may find the original article here: 10 motivi per cui preferisco i Vinili
And again, this is a selection of some of my favorite music albums that keep me company while I am jogging… What I like about listening to albums in general and especially while running, rather than listening to compilations of songs, is that behind a music album there is a concept and as such it guides your work out, it determines your pace: you can choose your pace according to the album you are listening to, or viceversa.
Hi folks, good to have you on skylyro.com again! If you haven’t visited the site for a while, you might have noticed that it has undergone some changes, a facelift, a new Top 10 Posts structure, as well as some new features should now improve it graphically and from a user perspective point of view.
More than a year has past since my first Jogging Albums Post, but I still listen to a lot of music when I go running in the park… And so, apart from the albums you might already have seen in my previous Top 10 Jogging Albums list, my player now includes several other albums. Here’s a sample of some of what currently is my favorite Jogging Music:Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 10 Jogging Albums (Reprise)”
Welcome back to another skylyro top chart! I pretty much enjoyed the virality last week’s post has caused and hope this one is going to have a similar appeal. So here it is, this is skylyro’s list of Top 5 Power Trios!Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Power Trios”
Hey guys, welcome back to another Top 5! This time I thought of my favorite albums of the past year and tried to come up with my Top 5 Albums of 2011. I have to admit that my musical spectrum is quite restricted in these last years, but still, I believe there where a few interesting publications last year, as well. I have picked 5, but feel free to propose your favorite albums in 2011!
Cheers folks, it’s been quite a while since my last post, and I’m really happy to be here, writing this year’s first post – apart from last year’s review… At first, I had a different topic on my mind, but as I stumbled upon some video, I just had to make these my next blog post. Obviously, I knew that Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam as a whole had appeared on stage with many artists throughout the years, and some of these performances I had already seen and heard before, but I was so surprised by the many of them I found! Eddie Vedder, whom I probably consider my favorite singer, duetting with some of the most extraordinary artists and musicians of past and present… and this is skylyro’s Top 5 Eddie Vedder Duets:Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Eddie Vedder Duets”
Hey there! This week I’d like to share with you my favorite albums when it comes to jogging. In order to keep in shape, many of us go jogging in their spare time, or on the weekend, and most of us have at least tried once in their lifetime. Well, let’s be frank, the first thought most of us have is that running, pure running, not chasing a ball or something, simple running, is in fact a bit boring! That is why we all tend to carry our mp3 player, iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, or whatever modern technology has to offer, on our conquest of the local park.Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 10 Jogging Albums”
With the year 2016 finally being over, some of the Best Moments it has left are definitely the Mannequin Challenges from all over the world. And the Rugby Movement has produced some of the Best Mannequin Challenges, starring even the mighty All Blacks while sightseeing in the Eternal City of Rome: such a shame they didn’t make it to Ladispoli for a little Beach Rugby with me and my buddy Marco Cavicchia… 🙂 Other major teams did well too, as well as minor teams at their grounds, club houses etc., boys and girls alike… Well, to make it brief, here come 5 of the Best Rugby Mannequin Challenges out there:Continue reading “Best Rugby Mannequin Challenges”