Five… favourite albums

My taste in music is pretty eclectic, and I tend to prefer individual tracks by various artists, rather than whole albums. But there are a few albums that I love to listen to in their entirety, start to finish. Here are five of my favourites!

1. Eyes Open by Snow Patrol

all the little happy things - five favourite albums - Eyes Open by Snow Patrol
What I love about this album is it’s full of what I like to call ‘soundtrack music’. You can image each track playing over a scene in a TV drama or a movie. When I listen to this album, everything feels just that little bit more cinematic.
Stand-out track: Set The Fire To The Third Bar, featuring Martha Wainwright

2. Timekeeper by Lucy Schwartz

all the little happy things - five favourite albums - Timekeeper by Lucy Schwartz
My favourite thing about this album is how each song tells a story. Lucy Schwartz is a talented lyricist and musician, and each track in this album is thoughtful and full of vivid imagery. I also love how varied the music styles are – each song has its own atmosphere and setting.
Stand-out track: Boomerang (Fun fact: this song was featured at the end of season 4 of Arrested Development. Lucy’s dad did the music for the show!)

3. Everything In Transit by Jack’s Mannequin

all the little happy things - five favourite albums - Everything In Transit by Jack's Mannequin
This is another album that I love for its lyrics! The first time I ever listened to it, I felt really emotionally connected to the songs, and it’s a feeling that has stuck with me ever since.
Stand-out track: Dark Blue, one of my favourite songs of all time.

4. Bomb in a Birdcage by A Fine Frenzy

all the little happy things - five favourite albums - Bomb in a Birdcage by A Fine Frenzy
I read recently that Alison Sudol will no longer make music under the name ‘A Fine Frenzy, which is a pity, but at least I’ll always have this gorgeous album. With Alison’s sweet, pure vocals, well-blended instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics, this album has long been in my list of favourites.
Stand-out track: Happier – one of the most beautifully bittersweet songs I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to. (Fun fact: the music video features indie singer Landon Pigg!)

5. On Your Shore by Charlotte Martin

all the little happy things - five favourite albums - On Your Shore by Charlotte Martin
Charlotte Martin is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and pianist, and I’ve loved this album since the first time I heard it in 2007. It’s the kind of music that will both soothe and uplift you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Absolutely gorgeous.
Stand-out track: Really difficult to choose, but I’ll go with Every Time It Rains.

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Five… songs I can listen to on repeat

I’m one of those people who likes to re-watch favourite movies and TV shows, and re-read favourite books. It’s the same with music. Every now and then I feel like listening to a certain song on repeat for a while, because I love it so much. These songs are typically catchy (hence wanting to listen over and over again!), easy to sing along with, and fairly emotionally neutral (no power ballads or angry rock!). Here’s a list of five of those favourite songs!

1. Slide by Goo Goo Dolls

2. Dark Blue by Jack’s Mannequin

3. Gimme Sympathy by Metric

4. Get Lucky by Daft Punk

5. Boomerang by Lucy Schwartz