A few months back I began talking about my Spaceship Albums, if you do not understand this term please refer back to the original post, as this is part 3 in an on-going series.
Here are a few more albums from my ever-overflowing list of fantastic albums;
The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement (2008)
This album is somewhat of a concept album from a supergroup… Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (The Rascals) combined to create The Last Shadow Puppets. Produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) the Arctic Monkeys friend and long serving producer, this album has a lot of character to it. It is a completely different direction from both of their original bands. Incorporating full orchestras and string sections into most of these tracks, they have a distinctive 60’s mod sound which often at times reminds me of a James Bond theme, in fact I think several of these tracks could pass as Bond themes if they were asked! One of the lead singles Standing Next To Me has a clear Beatles influence to it, even down to the film clip… The boys have also been known to perform it live whenever Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane are on the same line-up. It’s an acoustic based track, but it has vocal harmonies that blend in really well with the string component. Another stand out track for me is My Mistakes Were Made For You it has a beautiful blend of strings and guitars that give the song a haunting/delicate feel to it. All the tracks on this album differ from the one before it in terms of instrumentation, with some tracks requiring the entire orchestra i.e The Age of the Understatement which explodes out of the speakers as the opening track. There have been rumours for years and years now of the boys collaborating for a second Puppets album, but for now I’m happy re-listening to this gem over and over again!
Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
I was late to the party with this album. I didn’t get my ears around it until about 3 years after it was released… I had heard great things about the Montreal based band and I was enjoying their second LP Black Mirror, so I delved into their first record. I was very impressed.
Their unique sound was so refreshing to me… the use of accordion, xylophone and many many other instruments that aren’t often showcased in regular rock bands. The opening track Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels) sucks you in from the very beginning… The most notable hit from this album would have to be Wake Up which is such a big anthemic track that makes me smile every time. Another highlight for me is Haiti an ode to singer Regine’s hometown. It has a lovely mellow, relaxing feel to it which I just love. This album brings back memories of Montreal for me… being in the band’s hometown I couldn’t not indulge myself by listening to their music on the Greyhound bus ride from Quebec City.. images of that beautiful city play through my head while I listen to their music, but this album in particular strikes a chord with my memory… I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.. but I’m not complaining!