Top 10 Albums of 2017. Nos 6 & 5

Number 6. Cigarettes After Sex – Self-titled

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Cigarettes After Sex frontman, Greg Gonzalez embodies the image of the lonely heartbroken guy writing poetry in his bedroom. Look at the opening lines of the first song, K:

I remember when I first noticed that you liked me back
We were sitting down in a restaurant waiting for the check
We had made love earlier that day with no strings attached
But I could tell that something had changed how you looked at me then

That verse is this album in a nutshell. Gonzalez expresses his views on love and he uses the type of observational lyric that singers like Ray Davies, Jarvis Cocker and Morrissey perfected.

Music-wise Cigarettes After Sex has that spacious and dark quality that one finds in albums by The XX and Beach House. Chiming chords. Loads of space for the instruments to breathe and a Night time vibe.

Speaking of nighttime, this record is totally made for that. This album will soundtrack those nights when you walk in an empty road, or stare out of the window when it is raining or just before a restaurant date. This is music that enhances the situations mentioned. If you want shivers and gooseflesh then do listen to this record.

Number 5. The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension

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One thing 2017 did bring was a lot of great indie rock albums. My absolute favourite of the crop is The Big Moon. It’s everything I ever wanted in an indie album. There’s choruses, great riffs, some swooning moments and a bit of quirk to spice things up. I have played this album countless times and with each spin it seems that the fun factor grows.  Plus the track Pull the Other one made me pogo, umm privately in my bedroom as my pogoing skills should not be seen in public.

 

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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Albums of 2017. Nos 6 & 5

  1. inzaneviews December 15, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I am surprised how you compared Cigarettes After Sex to The XX (?) and not Richard Hawley.

    I am a bit scared about their second, if ever album. Totally a top 10 of 2017 though, Agree completely. Soft Moon, incredible live, well, both of them actually with Cigarettes setting the vibe with vintage music images at their back and perfectly balanced sound engineer

    • deucekindred December 15, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Heh I can see a Hawley connection. I’m curious to see their next offering as their sound is already perfect – I like the lyrics a lot and I’m sure there’s more of those. I wouldn’t mind if they repeated themselves.

  2. inzaneviews December 15, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I meant vintage movies, not music, whoops

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