• Albums I Own

    18. Aug. 2013, 10:41

    Just a reminder for me and for anyone who want to buy me some new music ;)

    Aaliyah – Aaliyah
    Adele – 21
    Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
    Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys
    Alicia Keys – As I Am
    Anastacia – Anastacia
    Arctic Monkeys – AM

    Beth Ditto – EP
    Beverley Knight – Affirmation
    Beverley Knight – 100%
    Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
    Beyoncé – Speak My Mind
    Beyoncé – Live at Wembley
    Beyoncé – B'Day
    Beyoncé – I Am...Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Edition)
    Beyoncé – 4
    Beyonce – I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas
    Beyoncé – Beyoncé
    Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
    Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business
    Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

    Chrisette Michele – Epiphany
    Christina Aguilera – Stripped
    Christina Aguilera – Back to Basics
    Citizen Cope – One Lovely Day
    Colbie Caillat – Coco
    Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae
    Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
    Craig David – Slicker Than Your Average
    Craig David – The Story Goes

    Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
    Daniel Merriweather – Love & War
    Dante Thomas – Miss California
    Daughtry – Leave This Town
    Destiny's Child – Destiny's Child
    Destiny's Child – The Writing's on the Wall
    Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas
    Destiny's Child – Survivor
    Destiny's Child – At the Movies
    Destiny's Child – This Is The Remix
    Destiny's Child – Destiny Fulfilled
    Destiny's Child – #1's

    Elske DeWall – Brave
    Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
    Evanescence – Fallen

    Faithless – Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits

    George Michael – Patience
    Gossip – Music for Men
    Gossip – A Joyful Noise
    Grace – Hall Of Mirrors
    Green Day – American Idiot
    Groove Armada – Black Light

    Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales
    Jack Johnson – Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies For The Film Curious George
    Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You
    Jamelia – Walk With Me
    James Blunt – All The Lost Souls (Deluxe Edition)
    James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
    James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
    Jamie Cullum – Twentysomething
    Jamie Cullum – Catching Tales
    Jamie Cullum – The Pursuit (Deluxe Edition)
    Jamie Cullum – Momentum (Deluxe Edition)
    Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
    Jason Mraz – Live at Java Joe's
    Jason Mraz – Waiting for My Rocket to Come
    Jason Mraz – Tonight Not Again/Live at Eagles Ballroom
    Jason Mraz – Mr. A-Z
    Jason Mraz – We Dance.
    Jason Mraz – We Sing.
    Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
    Jason Mraz – Live in the UK 2009
    Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word
    Jazmine Sullivan – Fearless
    John Legend – Get Lifted
    John Legend – Once Again
    John Legend – Evolver
    Jon McLaughlin – Holding My Breath
    Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
    Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
    Joss Stone – Mind Body & Soul
    Joss Stone – LP1
    Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
    Justin Nozuka – Holly
    Justin Nozuka – Holly (Japanese Edition)
    Justin Nozuka – You I Wind Land And Sea
    Justin Timberlake – Justified
    Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds
    Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
    Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2

    Kanye West – College Dropout
    Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
    Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    Katy B – On a Mission
    Keane – Hopes and Fears
    Kelis – Kaleidoscope
    Kelis – Tasty
    Kelis – Flesh Tone
    Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
    Kelly Clarkson – My December
    Kelly Clarkson – All I Ever Wanted
    Kelly Rowland – Simply Deep
    Kelly Rowland – Talk a Good Game
    Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions

    L'Aura – Okumuki
    L'Aura – Demian
    Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
    Liberty X – Being Somebody
    Lily Allen – Alright, Still
    Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
    Lisa Stansfield – Lisa Stansfield
    Lisa Stansfield – The Moment
    Lukas Graham – Lukas Graham

    Macy Gray – On How Life Is
    Macy Gray – Big
    Macy Gray – Covered
    Madonna – Erotica
    Madonna – Bedtime Stories
    Madonna – Something to Remember
    Madonna – Ray of Light
    Madonna – American Life
    Madonna – Confessions on a Dance Floor
    Marié Digby – Unfold
    Mary J. Blige – The Breakthrough
    Meiko – Meiko
    Meiko – The Bright Side
    Melanie Fiona – The Bridge
    Michelle Williams – Do You Know
    Morcheeba – Charango (Deluxe)
    Morcheeba – Blood Like Lemonade
    Morcheeba – Head Up High
    Mutya Buena – Real Girl

    Natalie Imbruglia – Glorious: The Singles 97 To 07
    Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
    Nelly Furtado – Folklore
    Ne-Yo – Because of You
    Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman
    Nina Karlsson – I Deny
    No Angels – Pure

    P!nk – Can't Take Me Home
    P!nk – Funhouse
    Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks

    Rachel Platten – Be Here
    Robin Thicke – The Evolution of Robin Thicke
    Rox – Memoirs

    Sandy – Unexpected
    Sandy – Frame of Mind
    Sara Bareilles – Little Voice
    Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
    Sara Bareilles – Once upon Another Time
    Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
    Sara Bareilles – Brave Enough: Live at the Variety Playhouse
    Selah Sue – Selah Sue
    Shivaree – I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head For Making Me Live In This Dump
    Siobhan Donaghy – Revolution in Me
    Siobhan Donaghy – Ghosts
    Sistars – Siła sióstr
    Sistars – EP
    Sistars – AEIOU
    Sistars – The Best Of Sistars
    Skye – Back to Now
    Spice Girls – Spiceworld
    Spice Girls – Forever
    Stateless – Stateless
    Sugababes – One Touch
    Sugababes – Three
    Sugababes – Taller in More Ways

    The Throne – Watch the Throne
    Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure
    Tyrone Wells – Remain
    Tuomo – My Thing

    Usher – Confessions
  • Top 40 Albums of 2012

    18. Aug. 2013, 10:38

    40. Tyrone WellsWhere We Meet
    5th album from American singer-songwriter is a nice way to open my 2012 chart. By the way, he is the only artist with 2 albums in this countdown, this is a great achievement.
    Favorite songs: I Can’t Save You Now, Where We Meet

    39. Plan BIll Manors
    ‘ill Manors’is the soundtrack to the British crime drama film of the same name, written by Ben Drew, aka Plan B. It’s not just the soundtrack to the film, but a separate album in its own right.
    Favorite songs: Lost My Way, Live Once

    38. Christina AguileraLotus
    X-tina’s new LP is a waste of her talent, especially since she has one of the strongest vocal instruments in pop music today. Yet, I must confess, I like some songs from it, that’s why ‘Lotus’ is #38. But! Aguilera can do much, much better music.
    Favorite songs: Army of Me, Blank Page, Your Body

    37. Stefanie HeinzmannStefanie Heinzmann
    ‘Stefanie Heinzmann’ is the eponymous third studio album by Swiss recording artist. The 2007 winner of the Swiss version of Pop Idol created another album full of funk and soul arrangements.
    Favorite songs: Diggin' In the Dirt, Coming Up for Air

    36. Tyrone WellsThis Love
    Released only this month ‘This Love’ is already charting, guess why? Talking about This Love, Tyrone says, ‘I did my best to make a mostly acoustic record. I always find myself listening to acoustic music, so I did my best to build the record around the acoustic guitar and make an organic sounding CD that I would enjoy listening to’.
    Favorite songs: God Would You Help Us, You and Me on Top of the World

    35. Nelly FurtadoThe Spirit Indestructible
    Some wrong choices with lead singles, maybe that’s the reason why ‘TSI’ flopped so hard since 'Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)’ is the worst song on the album, but overall it’s not as bad as you think, if you’re judging by 1st single.
    Favorite songs: Waiting for the Night, Be Ok

    34. TamiaBeautiful Surprise
    After some years of silence, Tamia is back with her fifth studio album, Good for us that she has stayed true to her signature r’n’b style on this project and use her five octave voice quite well.
    Favorite songs: It's Not Fair, Still

    33. Lilly Wood & The PrickThe Fight
    Haven’t heard the first LP of these guys, but the second one impressed me right after the 1st listen. If you want something with, folk, new wave, electro and funk vibes – check this out.
    Favorite songs: Where I Want to Be (California), Into Trouble

    32. Trey SongzChapter V
    Seems like Trey wants to please everyone on ‘Chapter V’, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to blend all of the genres in one album, huge step back from ‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure’ to be honest.
    Favorite songs: Heart Attack

    31. Jay BrannanRob Me Blind
    With his 3rd album Jay moves slightly away from the straight acoustic songs to more rich and intense sound, but the quality of music is still there, he still can touch your heart with some powerful lyrics.
    Favorite songs: Denmark, Greatest Hits, Beautifully

    30 Susanne SundførThe Silicone Veil
    Susanne is one of the most strange and mysterious singers in the whole world, in my opinion, just listen to the lyrics: ‘my skin so thin you can see black holes within my eyes so clear they light up the sky’, not to mention her videos.
    Favorite songs: Rome, Can You Feel the Thunder

    29. Jessie WareDevotion
    ‘Sophisticated’, ‘smooth’, ‘sensual’ and ‘sexy’ are the best words to describe this piece of art. Jessie is defiantly one of the biggest breakthroughs in 2012 since ‘Devotion’ received extremely positive reviews from music critics. Jessie has proclaimed that she wants to be a pop star in the classic sense… I think she is one the right way.
    Favorite songs: Running, Wildest Moments

    28. Citizen CopeOne Lovely Day
    Another American songwriter, which was discovered by my music friend Kiwimaria. Now I listen to him more than you, heh) Some great ballads here, which features only piano, guitar and vocals.
    Favorite songs: DFW, For a Dollar, Summertime

    27. UsherLooking For Myself
    Personally, I had resigned myself to the fact that he will never top ‘Confessions’, so now I’m just trying to enjoy wherever this talented man is doing. Yep, he’s sitting on the two seats (electro-pop and r’n’b), yep, he’s following the trend, yet he is still listenable.
    Favorite songs: What Happened to You, Climax, Scream

    26. Regina SpektorWhat We Saw From The Cheap Seats
    ‘What We Saw from the Cheap Seats’ is an album of piano-based pop songs with their own identity, that’s what I call a good pop music. Also it was a great surprise to hear Russian lyrics for the first time since ‘Après Moi’, right?
    Favorite songs: All the Rowboats, Call Them Brothers, Old Jacket

    25. Melanie FionaThe MF Life
    Since her debut album, which came out in 2009, Fiona's music has changed, it’s become more matured and thoughtful, but if you compare ‘The Bridge’ and ‘The MF Life’, I bet you’ll choose the 1st one.
    Favorite songs: Rock Paper Scissors, Wrong Side of a Love Song, Gone & Never Coming Back

    24. Sam SparroReturn To Paradise
    Second album from the Sydney-born electro-pop music producer is an ace. Honestly, I thought it would be worse, when I heard ‘Happiness’ one day, but the next single completely changed my mind.
    Favorite songs: I Wish I Never Met You, We Could Fly, Paradise People

    23. JosephinePortrait
    This album probably wouldn't even hit my top-40 before November, but after Josephine’s performance at Songbird Festival in Rotterdam, it sounds pretty much new, that’s why it climbed as high as #23. She’s far away from any kind of popularity, so we can hope to hear some more good soul music from Manchester’s singer.
    Favorite songs: A Freak A, Pray That I Move, I Think It Was Love, Portrait

    22. Frank Oceanchannel ORANGE
    If I’m not mistaken this is the most critically acclaimed album of 2012. It’s about love and hate, about prostitutes and pimps, drug lords and gay love, rich kids with too much money to be happy. I love that Frank is not afraid to say what he wants, and his stories are well-written, they reveal themselves as organic, integrated parts of the whole album.
    Favorite songs: Lost, Pyramids, Super Rich Kids

    21. Joshua RadinUnderwater
    What’s new about ‘Underwater’? To be honest, not much, but Joshua Radin doing what he does best – slow, soft and rhythmic love songs. He has an unmoving ability to turn the simplest of melodies into beautiful, moving tunes.
    Favorite songs: Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better, Underwater

    20. Alicia KeysGirl on Fire
    With a company of Bruno Mars, Frank Ocean and Emeli Sande as a songwriters, I thought Alicia would make a better album. Of course it’s still Alicia Keys so no doubt it’s a nice record, but just not as stunning as ‘Element of Freedom’, not to mention her classic albums from 2001 and 2003.
    Favorite songs: Tears Always Win, 101, Brand New Me

    19. good musicCruel Summer
    ‘I wouldn't be me, if I didn't get a little bit nasty’! Oh, I mean if I didn't include a hip-hop album in this chart. Actually, it’s G.O.O.D. Music’s first full-length project since 2004, when Kanye West founded label along with Common, and John Legend. Some songs are dope, but some sounds like B-sides taken from ‘Watch the Throne’. Kanye is an incredibly talented musician, but it’s better for him to work alone.
    Favorite songs: Sin City, New God Flow, Mercy

    18. ZZ WardTil the Casket Drops
    From shimmering keys glisten over a muted acoustic guitar to soul & jazz vocal improvisation, this girl is shining bright like a diamond on this LP. It was a pleasure to hear an old-school album, which is rare nowadays. People often complain that there's no one original around anymore. ZZ Ward is the one to watch in this case.
    Favorite songs: Til the Casket Drops, Put the Gun Down, Cryin’ Wolf

    17. Ingrid MichaelsonHuman Again
    As someone said before, ‘Human Again’ is a rare record in that it marks a major evolution for an already established musician while both preserving and amplifying the authenticity of her previous releases.
    Favorite songs: Ghost, Live It with Love, Black and Blue

    16. Macy GrayCovered
    As the title suggests, the album features covers of previously released tracks by well-known rock, pop, rap, and indie artists. I was afraid that the tendency of covering some classic songs to ‘death’ would touch Macy, but you know, even good old ‘Creep’ sounds amazing, so well done Ms. Gray. You gotta love her sense of humor as well – several skits are hilarious as hell.
    Favorite songs: Sail, I Try Is Cool and All, But (Skit), Love Lockdown/Buck

    15. The xxCoexist
    Three years ago, XX made their remarkable debut with an eponymous album. It had been a long time since they had played something new, but now they’re back with a new album ‘Coexist’, and they brought their signature sound with them. The music's temp is slow, the production is more minimalist than it was, just relax your mind and enjoy.
    Favorite songs: Tides, Angels, Chained

    14. Jon McLaughlinPromising Promises
    After his departure from Island Def Jam Records, McLaughlin self-released his third album titled ‘Forever If Ever’ in September 2011 but was later signed to new label, so re-release wasn’t a surprise. ‘Promising Promises’ is generally made up of piano-driven pop/rock songs about love, I’m here for this, especially if ladies like Sara Bareilles are invited.
    Favorite songs: Summer is over (feat. Sara Bareilles), Promising Promises, The Atmosphere

    13. P!nkThe Truth About Love
    Alicia Moore at her best – wild, crazy & punky. Mostly she’s in a ‘I don’t-give-a-damn’ mood: ‘The truth about love is it's nasty and salty. It's regret in the morning, it's the smelling of armpits’ and ‘I’m not a slut, I just love love’. But if you want, you’ll find the other side of P!nk, just try ‘Try’.
    Favorite songs: Try, Slut Like You, Where Did the beat Go?

    12. Celeste BuckinghamDon't Look Back
    I was pretty much amazed by this young Slovak lady when I heard ‘Run Run Run’ for the 1st time. I mean she’s was born in 1995 but already created such a wonderful album. Moreover, she is author of 70% of the songs. o_О It will be interesting to see what she’ll do in the future.
    Favorite songs: Blue Guitar, Bleeding, Run Run Run

    11. SkyeBack to Now
    Sky certainly doesn't disappoint with her 3rd album ‘Back to Now’. Her voice blends up pretty well with trip-hop vibes and it’s always worth listening. Give yourself time to switch into relaxation mode with a glass of wine and this CD.
    Favorite songs: High Life, Little Bit Lost, Nowhere

    10. Kylie MinogueThe Abbey Road Sessions
    ‘The Abbey Road Sessions’ is a collection of Kylie’s hits reworked by an orchestra and Minogue’s backing band to celebrate her 25th year in music. Australian pop sensation gives a new life to every song, now ‘On A Night Like This’ turns into a romantic R&B song thanks to a soaring gospel choir, while violin makes ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ a way more dramatic. The album is classy and elegant and I instantly fell in love with it.
    Favorite songs: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Come Into My World, On a Night Like This

    9. Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox
    I still don’t know what I’m feeling about this album… I listen to it pretty much often, but still can’t enjoy more than a half of these tracks. 'Unorthodox Jukebox’ lacks the immediacy of 2010's Doo-Wops & Hooligans – there's no ‘Marry You’ and ‘Runaway Baby’ here, and certainly no global chart-topper like ‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Grenade’. But maybe I’m just asking too much, after all it’s a good pop-funk album from pretty much the biggest pop star in the world right now. The voice, the energy and the passion are here, so it must grow on me.
    Favorite songs: When I Was Your Man, Looked Out of Heaven, Treasure

    8. Lianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?
    First of all, Lianne is really sweet, charming and friendly lady, she said that I have a beautiful name and signed an autograph for me, but I was dumb enough not to buy an album, though. Oh well, next time. Back to music – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ is a smooth, well-produced introduction into the world of soul-infused love stories of young woman. I kinda agree with comparison of La Havas with Corinne Bailey Rae, but she definitely has something special – unique & remarkable style.
    Favorite songs: Gone, Elusive, Age, No Room for Doubt, They Could be Wrong

    7. Rachel PlattenBe Here (2011)
    This is very positive album. Whenever I listen to it I can't help, but to start dancing on my seat and singing along. It is certainly a shot of encouragement and optimism. I’d say if you like and want hear a happy tunes from Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor you’ll be happy with this album.
    Favorite songs: Don’t Care What Time Is It, You Don't Have to Go, 1,000 Ships

    6. MeikoThe Bright Side
    In comparison to self-titled debut, ‘The Bright Side’ explores the more positive side of Meiko. With a few exceptions it’s full of sunny, breezy pop songs about love. However, after I saw her life earlier this year, I discovered and loved breakup tunes: 'Good Looking Loser’ and 'I Wonder’. Meiko hasn’t quite made mainstream radio or big album sales yet, her songs have been used in many hit TV shows. She is a true artist, cool person and definitely one to watch.
    Favorite songs: When the Doors Close, Leave the Lights On, Good Looking Loser, I Wonder

    5. GossipA Joyful Noise
    This year is poor when it comes to good rock and alternative music, but thank God there is Gossip! After the incredible disco ‘EP’, Beth Ditto united with her group and made another masterpiece. It’s not a 100% rock, it’s not even 50%, more like a pop-rock-dance record (the album is produced by Xenomania's Brian Higgins, a pop producer, who worked with Girls Aloud).But it still sounds cool, if you ask me. Hopefully they will not lose too many fans with ‘A Joyful Noise’.
    Favorite songs: Move In the Right Direction, Get Lost, Get a Job, Perfect World

    4. Joss StoneThe Soul Sessions Vol. 2
    This girl can do no wrong, I love every single album she recorded, and this one is not an exception. Just like Part 1, ‘Soul Sessions’ is full of amazing covers, but old songs sounds absolutely fresh & new. It’s amazing how creative and versatile Joss is.
    Favorite songs: I Don’t Want to Be with Nobody but You, Teardrops, The High Road,

    3. Emeli SandéOur Version of Events
    The biggest discovery in 2012 (along with my #2). I love her unique voice and deep lyrics. Finally some talent was successful, not only critical, but commercial as well.
    Favorite songs: Mountains, Read All About It (pt. III), Breaking the Law, My Kind Of Love, Maybe

    2. Elske DewallBrave
    The biggest discovery of 2012 for sure. Dutch singer-songwriter who created a really beautiful piece of art. Saw her back in November at small acoustic concert in Rotterdam and was really impressed by her voice and emotion, that’s the reason why I felt in love with her – she sings with passion. She seems to be really down-to-earth person as well, as we speak a little bit about everything. Would love to see her being popular, because she deserves it, but for now I’m happy that I'm one of few who already familiar with this talented lady.
    Favorite songs: Stone by Stone, Chasing the Impossible, This Game, Leave This Rain

    1. Jason MrazLove Is A Four Letter Word
    Yep, it's Jason Mraz at the top! Maybe 'Love Is a Four Letter Word' is not his best album to date (I'm deeply in love with masterpieces 'Mr. A-Z' and 'WSWDWST') but still, no one can even come close to him. I saw him twice this year, in Amsterdam. Do I need to say it was the best concerts and best hours in my whole life? I was speechless like 3 hours after the show, and nowadays I still can't figure out what happened, to be honest. He is my God.
    Favorite songs: I Won't Give Up, Who's Thinking About You Now, Frank D. Fixer, The Woman I Love, Don't Change
  • 2012: Top-10 EP

    24. Dez. 2012, 17:07

    10. Daniel BedingfieldStop The Traffik - Secret Fear

    Wow, it's been 8(!) years since Daniel last released an album. And it's not a surprise that now he sounds dramatically different. Creativity and passion are his newest friends, as I see.
    Best track: Rocks Off

    9. Tori KellyHandmade Songs By Tori Kelly

    I can't remember how I found this girl, but I'm glad I did! She is young, beautiful and talented, hopefully you all find out more about her soon.
    Best track: All In My Head

    8. Kelly ClarksoniTunes Session

    A live EP from American idol with a new sound of old and even new songs, I just love what she did with 'Never Again', heartbreaking is the best word to describe live version.
    Best track: Never Again

    7. SolangeTrue

    Lil' Beyonce? No! I love Solange because she's unique and different from our Queen B'. She stays true to her style, but with every step she's moving in the right direction.
    Best track: Lovers in the Parking Lot

    6. Alexz JohnsonSkipping Stone EP

    Great discovery here at #6 – Alexz. Actually I remember only 2 songs from Skipping Stone, but that's enough, since they're both amazing, especially the one that mentioned here.
    Best track: Walking

    5. Joshua RadinThe Rock and the Tide (Acoustic Sessions)

    This one is from 2011, but since I listened to it only 2 weeks ago (thanks to iTunes Store), it can be included. Acoustic guitar and Joshua's silk voice is a mind-blowing combination.
    Best track: Here We Go (Acoustic Version)

    4. PentatonixPTX, Vol. 1

    These guys are from another planet, I'm pretty sure, cause human can't do such amazing arrangements only with the voice. Oh well. Time to release a full-length album, by the way.
    Best track: Love You Long Time

    3. Jason MrazLive Is A Four Letter Word

    Surprise, surprise! Because of 2 filters Mr. A-Z is not my number 1 this time. Remove 'Rescue' & 'Who I Am Today' and add for example 'Our Love Looks Like' & 'Never Too Late' and it's a winner.
    Best track: All Dialed In

    2. Beth DittoEP

    I'm deeply in love with Beth's voice. This EP shows how talented and created this woman is. It's faaaaar from Gossip's music, yet it's still Beth Ditto, more soulful, lyrical, dreamy. Hopefully she will release an album someday.
    Best track: Good Night Good Morning

    1. Sara BareillesOnce upon Another Time

    Oh yeah, baby, it's Sara on top this time, Once Upon Another Time! It was Ben Folds who produced a five-track EP, maybe that's why every song here is perfection. But let me say, 'Lie to Me' is not only a highlight on this EP, but it may be my favorite song of 2012! Overall, Once Upon Another Time is 24:17 minutes of heaven.
    Best track: Lie to Me
  • Top 50 Albums of 2011

    3. Jan. 2012, 14:25

    50. Marié DigbyYour Love
    Hey Marié, It’s EP, not an LP for me! New album is on the way, though.
    Favorite Songs: Your Love (feat. Sam Milby), Loving You Is Easy

    49. Jamie GraceOne Song At A Time
    ‘One song at a time’ features fresh and happy music that you can listen like anytime!
    Favorite Songs: Hold Me, 1945

    48. Shemekia CopelandDeluxe Edition
    I think it’s a great title for an album! If you like real black Soul, then it’s for you.
    Favorite Songs: Don't Whisper, Wild, Wild Woman

    47. BernhoftSolidarity Breaks
    This guy was recommended to me by JTIvanov as I remember. Nice work, both of you guys))
    Favorite Songs: Shout, Buzz Aldrin, A Bad Place To Reside

    46. Olly MursIn Case You Didn't Know
    Not as good as his previous CD, but still enough to chart here
    Favorite Songs: Heart Skips a Beat, Dance With Me Tonight

    45. Anna NalickBroken Doll & Odds & Ends
    Any singer-songwriter can win my heart with some good music. Kiwimaria should be mentioned there too
    Favorite Songs: Sort Of Delilah, These Old Wings

    44. Brett DennenLoverboy
    Brett says it himself: "This album is about having fun and letting go." It's upbeat, but with enough smarts to not be overly sugary pop. It's not the "social commentary Brett", it's a melange of funky, poppy, funny, living-life Brett.
    Favorite Songs: Sydney (I'll Come Running), Walk Away, Watch Me Burn

    43. Maria MenaViktoria
    Mostly it's Maria and piano. Can I resist? The answer is NO!
    Favorite Songs: The Art of Forgiveness, Homeless

    42. Boyz II MenTwenty
    I would not even listen to Twenty but Sing-Off forced me to do it! I wasn’t disappointed, I must say. Pretty solid record with a good balance between new and old songs.
    Favorite Songs: Slowly, End Of The Road

    41. Melissa NKondaNouveaux Horizons
    I am a big fan of french ladies and french music, that’s why it’s here.
    Favorite Songs: Africa, Nouveaux Horizons, J’Ai Fait Tout Ca Pour Vous

    40. Emeli SandéHeaven
    It’s a debut EP by amazing Emeli Sandé. And it is the one and only reason why this peace of art is so low. Can’t wait for ‘Our Version of Events’
    Favorite Songs: Heaven, Kill The Boy, Easier In Bed

    39. IrmaLetter To The Lord
    Hello from Cameroon! If you need some comparison, she is similar to Rox a little bit.
    Favorite Songs: I Know, Mr Love, In Love With the Devil

    38. Mary MarySomething Big
    I was a little bit disappointed with Mary Mary’s 6th studio album… They can do much better – ‘The Sound’ was my #11 in 2008!
    Favorite Songs: Walking, Never Wave My Flag, Survive

    37. Matt WertzWeights & Wings
    It goes from mellow jams to fun pop and then back to mellow again. His X-mas album I also good work, but it didn’t chart.
    Favorite Songs: Running Back To You, Feels So Right

    36. Dionne BromfieldGood for the Soul
    Yes, Dioone Bromfield is good for the soul. And it's hard to believe that this voice is coming from this young teenager.
    Favorite Songs: Yeah Right, Foolin', Ouch That Hurt

    35. MilowNorth and South
    Just like I said about Mary Mary, Milow’s potencial is way higher than this LP. You Don't Know Pt.2 wouldn't hurt, man!
    Favorite Songs: You And Me (In My Pocket), Little in the Middle, Son

    34. James BlakeJames Blake
    His cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love" gives me chills… Too bad it’s the only outstanding song at this album.
    Favorite Songs: Limit To Your Love, I Never Learnt To Share

    33. The BaseballsStrings'N'Stripes
    The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band. They became popular with rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella" by Rihanna and "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry. Go and listen to them now!!
    Favorite Songs: Paparazzi, Quit Playing Games, Tik Tok

    32. Christophe MaéOn Trace La Route - Le Live
    A live version of an amazing album by an amazing french singer - Christophe Maé. ‘On Trace La Route’ was my #7 back in 2010.
    Favorite Songs: J'ai laissé, Pourquoi c’est beau..., Manon, Je me lâche

    31. James MorrisonThe Awakening
    I was really excited for this album, but unfortunately it didn't meet my expectations. A couple of songs are good, but others are sounds the same.
    Favorite Songs: I Won't Let You Go, Up

    30. FeistMetals
    I’m not a big fan of Feist, so I can’t say anything about her evolution as an artist, but I know that many of her fans are slightly frustrated with this LP, saying that it’s a step back from ‘The Reminder’… Anyway, I'm enjoying it, and that’s all that matters.
    Favorite Songs: How Come You Never Go There, A Commotion, The Undiscovered First

    29. Beverley KnightSoul UK
    Delicious album of thoughtful covers from the lovely Beverley Knight who has one of the warmest and sincerest voices around. Listen to it if you want to relax.
    Favorite Songs: Mama Used to Say, One More Try, Apparently Nothin'

    28. PinnawelaRenesoul
    Pinnawela (Lil’ Sista from my favorite group Sistars) realeased her 2nd LP – ‘Renesoul’. It’s great and fun, but!... As I said before, there is no album from any member of this group that comes close to any Sistars’ CD. Please, be back soon, guys!
    Favorite Songs: Serce, Przeczucie, Forest

    27. Corinne Bailey RaeThe Love EP
    This EP is full of L-O-V-E. I’m sure you will love it after just one listen, there is no doubts. Sexy, mellow & smooth voice will blow your mind.
    Favorite Songs: Is This Love, Que Sera Sera (Live), I Wanna Be Your Lover

    26. MandisaWhat If We Were Real
    Such an inspirational cd. It is a great addition to Christian Contemporary Music today.
    Favorite Songs: Stronger, Temporary Fills, Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)

    25. LedisiPieces Of Me
    Anyone who enjoys soulful music will certainly enjoy this album. Bravo, Ledisi!
    Favorite Songs: Bravo, Pieces of Me, Turn Me Loose (Unplugged)

    24. Ane BrunIt All Starts With One
    Thoughtful lyrics and powerful voice.The arrangements are kept almost naked – just a line of acoustic guitar, stalking piano or brooding organ, caressed here and there with strings, vibes, and subtle hints of distant percussion. Not bad, right?
    Favorite Songs: Alfonsina Y El Mar, One, Do You Remember

    23. Melanie CThe Sea
    By far my favorite Mel C album since her debut. Can’t describe how much I love ‘Weak’ and ‘Enemy’. Keep going, Sporty Spice!
    Favorite Songs: Weak, Enemy, Let There Be Love

    22. Justin NozukaBlue Velvet Sea EP
    Gosh, this man is so damn talanted! Still can’t believe that someone can write these songs at this age… Only Nozuka.
    Favorite Songs: Blue Velvet Sea, Carried You, Motherland

    21. Kelly PriceKelly
    We need to say thanks to Kelly for bringing the real R’n’B back to it's roots. Easily her best wotk to date. ‘Come on, keep moving, hey you don't stop!’.
    Favorite Songs: Himaholic, Not My Daddy, Tired, Get Right Or Get Left

    20. Warren Dean FlandezVintage Love
    New name for many of you, I guess… Well, it was new for me too some time ago, but now I can’t imagine my play-list without Warren’s music. 100% Soul.
    Favorite Songs: You Were My Life, Ungrateful, Free, O

    19. Julian VelardMr. Saturday Night
    Another new artist for me in 2011. Accidentally saw the video for ‘Love Again For The First Time’ and felt in love with it. The whole album is worth listening to.
    Favorite Songs: Love Again For The First Time, Sentimental, Take The Money And Run

    18. Sara BareillesLive from Soho
    Here comes my girl, Sara Bareilles. She’s like Jason Mraz, you know, sounds even better live. Some new songs would help to achieve a higher position ;)
    Favorite Songs: Let the Rain, Uncharted, Gravity

    17. Katy BOn a Mission
    I wouldn't call it a dubstep album at all, it’s just different from any music nowadays. Creative & innovative. Sometimes she reminds me Siobhan Donaghy, which is good for Katy))
    Favorite Songs: Go Away, Broken Record, Movement

    16. BirdyBirdy
    If you like female singers like Feist, Camille, Florence I can guarantee that you will love this girl. Just a voice and piano. Dead combination.
    Favorite Songs: People Help the People, Terrible Love, Skinny Love

    15. Ed Sheeran+
    If you like this sort of music (Acoustic mellow pop), get this CD. Every song tells a story that everyone can relate or understand.
    Favorite Songs: Give Me Love, Kiss Me, You Need Me

    14. Kelly ClarksonStronger
    Lately I’m so into Kelly’s old music (‘Breakaway’ and ‘My December’), that I can’t pay enough attention to this album. This is good, I know. Would die to hear something like ‘Irvine’ again.
    Favorite Songs: What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger), Einstein, Why Don't You Try

    13. Thiago PethitBerlim, Texas
    It’s from 2010 to be honest. But I thought I should tell you guys about these brazilian guys – Thiago Pethit. The video of ‘Nightwalker’ is my favorite video from the past years, it’s cheap but yet very smart and creative.
    Favorite Songs: Nightwalker, Don’t Go, Sweet Funny Melody

    12. L’auraSei Come Me
    Brand new album from italian singer-songwriter L’aura Abela. I’m happy that finally she is having some deserved success in her country. If you decided to listen to her music, then you should start with ‘Okumuki’, though.
    Favorite Songs: Eclissi del cuore (feat. Nek), Favola testarda, Penserai (Acoustic Version)

    11. Robin ThickeLove After War
    New sound for Robin, more up-tempo tunes, less slow jams… Hmm. There are some tracks that stand-out like ‘Love After War’ and ‘Tears on My Tuxedo’, Those two are very nice tracks that sound little like the old Robin mixed with a little of the new sound. Not complaining, Solid CD, as always.
    Favorite Songs: Tears On My Tuxedo, Compass or Map, Love After War

    10. DaughtryBreak the Spell
    I’m not very familiar with this guy, but I think it’s safe to say that if you liked the other albums from Daughtry, you'll like this. It's got the right blend of rock and ballads.
    Favorite Songs: Crawling Back To You, Outta My Head, Drown In You

    9. Marlon RoudetteMatter Fixed
    Maybe the biggest surprise for me in 2011 since this LP has such a different sound from his group Mattafix. ‘When I started working on this album, I went through a lot. Relationship problems, death, love. I had to analise all these feelings. I began to write more personal, honest and more classic songs, which was a very emotional process for me’.
    Favorite Songs: City Like This, New Age, Brotherhood of the Broken

    8. Beyoncé4
    Ok, i was wrong about ‘the biggest surprise for me in 2011’. Here it is – Beyoncé’s ‘4’ didn’t even hit the top-5. She kinda lost me for with tracks like ‘Countdown’ and ‘End of Time’, which should be marked as her worst tunes to date. Thank God there is some outstanding songs like ‘Start Over’, ‘I Was Here’ and ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, but overall it’s her weakest CD. Take your time, King B.
    Favorite Songs: Start Over, I Was Here, Best Thing I Never Had, Love On Top

    7. J. ColeCole World: The Sideline Story
    Being one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, Cole World: The Sideline Story certainly does not disappoint, it’s one of the best Hip-Hop albums i've heard in a long time by any artist whose name is not Kanye West. Cole has put in major work over the years and I am glad he is finally getting the shine he deserves.
    Favorite Songs: Work Out, Nobody's Perfect, Can't Get Enough, Sideline Story, Lights Please

    6. The ThroneWatch the Throne
    First of all, I must admit that it is not as greart, creative and mad as Kanye's ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ which is my all-time favorite album in this genre, but hey… I can't say much more than the fact that it's what you'd expect from two kings of hip-hop coming together. Who's really challenging Kanye West and Jay-Z for hip-hop's throne? Who's gonna stop them, Ha? That’s right, they are just kings in this game.
    Favorite Songs: H.A.M., Illest Motherf*ker Alive, Nigas In Paris, Otis, No Church In The Wild

    5. Selah SueSelah Sue
    The latest soul sensation comes from… Belgium. Perez Hilton has described the Flemish nightingale as follows: ”She hails from Belgium but she makes soul music with a tinge of reggae. Her name is Selah Sue and she’s fucking amazing.” Can’t agree more! She is just 22 and plenty of great things are written in the stars.
    Favorite Songs: Raggamuffin, Fyah Fyah, This World, Mommy, Explanations

    4. RoxMemoirs
    Flawless vocals and a catchy melodies make this one of the best albums to come out of the UK in a long time. This is definitely worth a listen particularly if you like artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, you wont be disappointed. Rox is definitely one to watch for the future – a brighter future for British soul .
    Favorite Songs: Forever Always Wishing, Sad Eyes, Heart Ran Dry, No Going Back, Page Unfolds, I Don't Believe

    3. Joss StoneLP1
    I’m always here for some new music from Joss Stone, cause this girl can do no wrong, I love every single album she recorded, and this one is not an exception. What makes this album different from others is her more aggressive approach, with less of a pop-driven basis, and more blues, rock and soul. Now she has her own label, now she is older and stronger. This is still our Joss Stone, just a more mature and focused.
    Favorite Songs: Cry Myself to Sleep, Karma, Last One To Know, Drive All Night

    2. Jamie WoonMirrorwriting
    Some albums take time to grow on me, some have a couple or a few good songs and the rest are ok, I liked this album immediately, this is just a whole album of great songs. His voice… Oh gosh, it is so beautiful, sensual and smooth.. I just can’t resist. Jamie about ‘Mirrorwriting’: ‘It's personal, almost therapeutic. I'm quite a private person and I don't set out to talk about my business in public but when songs are done you can't get around it. They are like a code, and all you need is a mirror to read it.’ Buy it! My copy already is on the way!
    Favorite Songs: Spiral, Waterfront, TMRW, Lady Luck, Night Air, Missing Person

    1. Adele21
    ‘21’ without a doubt will go down in history as one of the greatest albums of all time. It is so sensitive and powerful it leaves you completely speechless. Being a guy, it's hard to relate to every song here, but that's beside the point. The fact is, Adele's tremendous talent can't be denied. I liked her first album but this one is pure gold, still cannot stop listening to it. Adele definately gets better with age, so it will be interesting to see where she goes from here.
    Favorite Songs: Set Fire to the Rain, Someone Like You, One and Only, Turning Tables, He Won't Go, Rolling in the Deep
  • Top 50 Albums of 2010

    30. Dez. 2010, 12:08

    50. Michael BubléCrazy Love (Hollywood Edition)
    This is my first Michael Buble CD. I decided to give it a listen after hearing ‘Haven't Met You Yet’ which I really like. Well, he's got a fantastic voice, but some more originality would be nice!
    Favorite Songs: Haven't Met You Yet, Hollywood, Georgia On My Mind

    49. NovikaLovefinder
    This year, polish singer Novika released her second solo album ‘Lovefinder’. It’s not as good as her debut CD ‘Tricks of Life’ but overall I really enjoyed it.
    Favorite Songs: Daily Routines, Lovefinder

    48. CiaraBasic Instinct
    She is sexy, she is talented and so on, but there’s something wrong with her music. It’s not the same Ciara as she used to be. I must say I prefer ‘The Evolution’and ‘Goodies’to it. I need another ‘Like a Boy’ or ‘Promise’.
    Favorite Songs: Turn it Up (feat. Usher) & Speechless

    47. MorcheebaBlood Like Lemonade
    ‘Blood Like Lemonade’ is the seventh studio album by this british band and it’s nice to see that they are still able to maintain a level of high quality. I really like their chillout/lounge sound.
    Favorite Songs: Even Though, Easier Said Than Done

    46. Betty SteelesI Am Betty Steeles
    Betty is one of the many artists that I've discovered in 2010. Her music is arguably easier to define and is in essence ‘friendly pop’ comprising of songs that approach without fear, prejudice or pretense. Early comparisons have seen Betty likened to artists such as Jack Johnson, Sia, early Bjork and even the more random accessible moments of Coco Rosie. Nice girl, nice album.
    Favorite Songs: Bus Boy, Hit'n'Ride, The lovliest

    45. Amanda JenssenHappyland
    I didn't know much about Amanda before this year, only her ‘Amarula Tree’. But now I see that all of her songs are fun & original.
    Favorite Songs: Charlie, Morning Light, Save Me For A Day

    44. UsherVersus
    It sounds a lot like ‘Raymond v Raymond Part II’, but full length cd is better. However, DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love rocks!
    Favorite Songs: DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love, Lay You Down

    43. Travie McCoyLazarus
    It is a decent album, but honestly, I was expecting the other songs to be as good as the ‘Billionaire’. Need You & We'll Be Alright are decent, though.
    Favorite Songs: Billionaire, Need You

    42. Keyshia ColeCalling All Hearts
    Overall it’s a good album but definitely not Keyshia’s best.
    Favorite Songs: Long Way Down, If I Fall In Love Again

    41. Macy GrayThe Sellout
    People either like Macy Gray or they don't. I like, so I was glad to see Macy put a new album out, her voice is still amazing as ever.
    Favorite Songs: On & On, Help Me

    40. Alain ClarkColorblind
    Alain is a dutch musician and producer who released his 3rd studio album Colorblind on May 28, 2010. Get this album and have some fun!
    Favorite Songs: For Freedom, Good Days

    39. FaithlessThe Dance
    Overall, it took me a while to enjoy this CD. It’s very consistent, but there is no real standouts like Miss U Less, See U More, Muhammad Ali or Fatty Boo. I like trip-hop side of Faithless more than their dance side.
    Favorite Songs: North Star (feat. Dido), Crazy Bal'Heads (feat. Johnny 'Itch' Fox)

    38. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
    Musically this is a very different and experimental album. Janelle is unique, soulful, deep and innovative. Maybe that’s why ‘The ArchAndroid’ wasn’t commercially successful, but critically acclaimed.
    Favorite Songs: Faster, 57821, Oh Maker

    37. Kenny GHeart And Soul
    Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Kenny G, returns with his 13th(!) studio album. Great way to relax with a cup of coffee or tea, listening to this CD.
    Favorite Songs: Fall Again (feat. Robin Thicke), Heart and Soul

    36. Regina SpektorLive in London
    I had first heard about Regina some months ago thanks to "Us" and "Hero" which are both featured on the soundtrack for the film (500) Days Of Summer. Well, she got my attention and since then I have listened all of her albums, and was very pleased with this live perfomance.
    Favorite Songs: Après Moi, Sailor Song, Blue Lips

    35. Maroon 5Hands All Over
    First of all, that is one of the most amazing album covers of this year! Back to music – their albums are okay, but they really have some good singles, this CD is not an exception. Oh, and I do love their acoustic songs much more than original versions.
    Favorite Songs: Misery (Acoustic), If I Ain't Got You (Live), No Curtain Call

    34. Olly MursOlly Murs
    Well, he sounds a lot like Jason Mraz to me, maybe that’s why I think that this is a very good debut album from Olly. Really catchy songs that makes you smile all the way through it.
    Favorite Songs: Please Don't Let Me Go, Love Shine Down, A Million More Years

    33. ZazZaz
    Zaz is a French pop singer with a Gypsy jazz style who made her chart-topping eponymous album debut in 2010. French music is my passion, so don't be surprised to see more french albums later.
    Favorite Songs: Je veux, Le long de la route

    32. UsherRaymond v Raymond
    I have been a fan of Usher from 2001. When I heard Papers for the first time I thought this album would be like Confessions, but now I can say it's not, though it's better than Here I Stand. Some songs are cool but there are some that he should have left off.
    Favorite Songs: Papers, OMG, There Goes My Baby

    31. Keri HilsonNo Boys Allowed
    I am very impressed with Keri’s sophomore album, I even think I like it more than ‘In a Perfect World…’. I still don’t understand why she didn’t released ‘Lose Control’ as a lead single, cause this song is hot!
    Favorite Songs: Lose Control, All the Boys, Pretty Girl Rock (feat. Kanye West)

    30. Linkin ParkA Thousand Suns
    Well, I'm a huge Linkin Park fan, and I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed with this album. Nearly half of the tracks are instrumental or vocal interludes. I'm feeling some of it, some of it not so much. I miss their old music style from Meteora & Hybrid Theory.
    Favorite Songs: Blackout, The Catalyst, Waiting For The End

    29. Angus & Julia StoneDown the Way
    If you like beautiful crafted two-voice songs then this is ‘must have’ album for you. The acoustic guitar, mellifluous voices, beautiful lyrics can touch you deep inside.
    Favorite Songs: Big Jet Plane, Draw Your Swords, I'm Not Yours

    28. DrakeThank Me Later
    I am not the biggest rap/hip hop fan but there are some artist that I enjoy and listen to them pretty often. Drake one of them. Great debut for 24-year-old canadian artist.
    Favorite Songs: Over, Find Your Love, Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj)

    27. Christina AguileraBionic
    The main problem with "Bionic" is that there's really two albums here: 1 – bad/nasty X-tina with songs like Desnudate & I Hate Boys, 2 – beautiful/sophisticated Christina with songs like I Am, You Lost Me and Lift Me Up. The second one is miles better.
    Favorite Songs: Stronger Than Ever, You Lost Me, Monday Morning

    26. Craig DavidSigned Sealed Delivered
    Signed Sealed Delivered is David's fifth studio album. It consists primarily of covers, the only exception is the album's last track "This Could Be Love". The first half of the album is excellent but it really falls after that. On the positive side – his voice is still here.
    Favorite Songs: All Alone Tonight (Stop, Look, Listen), I Wonder Why, One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows)

    25. EminemRecovery
    I didn’t like this album too much at first, but I listened to the whole thing a couple times, and it grew on me. Overall, Eminem is back.
    Favorite Songs: So Bad, Talkin' 2 Myself (feat. Kobe), Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)

    24. BeyoncéI Am... World Tour
    Beyoncé is truly the best at what she does, and her live CD’s are as good as studio’s. She can sing, she can dance, she can sing and dance at the same time. The music is great and the new arrangements to some of the songs work beautifully. I’m so glad she added Listen to this album.
    Favorite Songs: Broken-Hearted Girl, Listen, Hello

    23. B.o.BB.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
    Beautiful girls all over the world I could be chasing but my time would be wasted they got nothin' on youuuu! This line can by my ‘Line of the Year’, but that’s all about Bruno. Back to Bobby – a good CD with a few standout tracks, it didn't hit me as hard as some other hip-hop albums.
    Favorite Songs: Nothin' on You (feat. Bruno Mars), Airplanes Part II, Letters From Vietnam

    22. Joshua RadinThe Rock and the Tide
    This is a good third album, and yes, it's definitely a new sound for Joshua. But he didn't disappoint me, I love all the old songs with their mellow style, but the new up-beat songs are great too.
    Favorite Songs: Here We Go, The Ones With The Light, Streetlight

    21. SadeSoldier of Love
    Finally, another release by Sade. I mean it’s kinda too long to take 8 years between albums, right? I have always enjoyed Sade's music and she sounds as good as ever. I just hope she doesn't wait another 8 years to release her next album.
    Favorite Songs: The Moon And The Sky, Soldier Of Love, In Another Time, Skin

    20. Toni BraxtonPulse
    There is no doubt that Toni is back to making great songs again. This album has a nice balance of everything we love about Toni – beautiful slow jam’s, hip-hop vibes and catchy up-tempo songs. Toni proves once again that she is here to stay even with all the competition around.
    Favorite Songs: Hands Tied, Yesterday, Pulse

    19. Smolik4
    Smolik – is a Polish musician, composer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Now, he is back with his fourth studio – ‘4’, and I must say he has created another masterpiece CD. ‘4’ is full of downtempo & chillout music, which makes you fly somewhere far away from your worries and problems.
    Favorite Songs: Piratsong, Forget Me Not, Fades Away

    18. Groove ArmadaBlack Light
    I always liked ‘My Friend’ but didn't pay attention to Armada’s albums. But this time I decided to give ‘Black Light’ a chance, and wasn’t disappointed. I think it’s a good tribute to the 80's with an elegant style. It would be interesting to see what they will do for the next album.
    Favorite Songs: History, Paper Romance, Look Me In The Eye Sister

    17. RihannaLoud
    This is definitely a step from her Rated R album. The only question is ‘step up, or step down?’. Some songs sounds very annoying, like Raining Men, but some are just flawless like my absolutely favorite song on the album – "Man Down", she should do more reggae songs like this and Dem Haters. Overall I like Rated R more, but I still can enjoy ‘happy’ Rihanna’s songs.
    Favorite Songs: Man Down, S&M, What’s My Name? (feat. Drake)

    16. John MamannMister Joe
    John Mamann is a French pop/soul singer, and ‘Misrer Joe’ is his debut album. I don't even speak French but I looove this CD. It's full of french charm & fresh rhythms, it’s invigorating and intriguing. I really love to hear the French language spoken. It just sounds so sweet and sexy.
    Favorite Songs: Al Pacino, Pas Jaloux, On est tous comme ca

    15. Jason MrazLife Is Good
    I have been a Jason fan for a 2 years and I never get tired of listening to his music. But I must admit that Jason is one of a few artists whose live CD’s are better than the studio recordings. His songs sounds simple, and yet each one of them can reach so deep. This is a must-have album for Jason Mraz fans. The only problem about ‘Life is Good’ is it’s size. Just 5 songs, so it can’t be higher than #15. Another full album would be nice!
    Favorite Songs: All

    14. NabihaCracks
    You probably never heard about Nabiha, but she is a new danish singer, who has garnered international attention for her 1st single “Deep Sleep”, a largely English-language song with a retro pop sound and a strong hook about just wanting to sleep. Cracks is POPest album of the year for me, but she sounds very unique, maybe because of her north-west African roots. Btw, as far as I know she has been an opening act for Jamie Cullum on his last tour.
    Favorite Songs: Midnight Blues, You, The Enemy

    13. Natasha BedingfieldStrip Me
    "I gotta pocket, gotta pocketful of sunshine" is a good way to describe this album, not only her US edition of ‘N.B.’. Now she is back with a very strong album, which includes "Less is More" acoustic versions of some of the songs. Too bad that nowadays this kind of music is not popular anymore! Hello people, she is a great singer with fabulous energy.
    Favorite Songs: Strip Me, No Mozart, Less is More Versions

    12. James BluntSome Kind of Trouble
    After waiting years for a new album I was a little disappointed by this release. Don’t get me wrong – I like this side of James, the songs are all catchy and well written and there are many more happy tunes on this CD, but his songs like ‘No Bravery’ or ‘Same Mistake’ are from another league. I hope he will return to this style in the future.
    Favorite Songs: These Are the Words, No Tears, If Time Is All I Have

    11. Plan BThe Defamation of Strickland Banks
    I had never heard of Plan B until I decided to check out a couple of songs on Youtube. So, with the 2 amazing singles released to launch the album, I had no doubt that this would be a good album. A great mix of soul and a bit of rap, and it all tells a story. Great songs, lyrically, musically and vocally.
    Favorite Songs: She Said, Prayin', Love Goes Down, I Know a Song

    10. SiaWe Are Born
    I was introduced to Sia Furler by my friend early this year with her infamous album ‘Some People Have Real Problems’. Oh Gosh, I loved every single song on this album. Then, I listened to ‘Colour the Small One’ and Zero 7’s albums. So ‘We Are Born’ was one of my most anticipated releases of 2010. This record is in general more upbeat, a contrast to previous works which were generally described as ‘chillout’ & ‘down-tempo’, and there is only one ballad here. But still Sia never ceases to amaze!
    Favorite Songs: Clap Your Hands, Bring Night, Im In Here

    9. Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea
    ‘The Sea’ was produced after the death of her husband, and of course this album has a different sound from her debut CD – you can hear the pain & sadness in her beautiful voice. But I am happy that she has decided to make more music and didn't disappear. Real fans of Corinne should be grateful for what she has given us here, it's beautiful, it’s deep, it's heartbreaking. And if you don’t like it go and listen to it again and again.
    Favorite Songs: Paris Nights/New York Mornings, Closer, I'd Do It All Again, Paper Dolls

    8. Trey SongzPassion, Pain & Pleasure
    I wasn't a Trey Songz fan until this release, but since R&B & Soul are my favorite music genres, he won over me with ‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure’. He hasn't reached Usher or Ne-Yo status in my opinion, but he is definitely growing as an artist and maybe someday he can reach it. This album is definitely one of the best R&B albums of 2010
    Favorite Songs: Can't Be Friends, Bottoms Up, Doorbell, You Just Need Me, Love Faces

    7. Christophe MaéOn trace la route
    Christophe’s 2nd studio album, On trace la route, was released on March 20, 2010 and it's already certified Diamond! I must say this CD is better then his gorgeous debut ‘Mon paradis’! The songs are still soulful and true to his unique pop/acoustic style but the album overall is much more consistant. If you are a hopeless romantic like me and you know nothing about french language, I know you will enjoy this CD. :) People of all ages can enjoy this kind of music. And I think he is now my favorite french musician, cause his music always puts me in a great mood.
    Favorite Songs: J'ai laissé, Pourquoi c’est beau..., Manon, Je me lâche

    6. Jazmine SullivanLove Me Back
    Jasmine has done it again! I love her first album and I'm in love with Love Me Back too! She has a unique voice and she uses it to the full, that’s why her music sounds so good. It’s a great sophomore release with a good variety – I love the old school hip-hop feel, the 80's type R&B, and the songs are consistently good. She is real singer, soulful, melodious, you can feel it in every song on this album. The best R&B/Soul album of the year.
    Favorite Songs: Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles), 10 Seconds, U Get On My Nerves, Excuse Me

    5. Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans
    It was B.O.B's huge hit ‘Nothin' On You’ where we heard Bruno Mars for the very first time. As a singer, Bruno began his performing career in 2009, by the Far East Movement's second album ‘Animal’. He released his first EP "It's better If You Don't Understand" in May 2010. Just two months later, Mars released the 1st single ‘Just The Way You Are’ from his debut album, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’. Honestly i didn’t expect that this album would be such a great album because I didn’t like ‘Just The Way You Are’ back in time. But it has grown on me very fast and I fell in love with Doo-Wops. The only downside I found was that the CD only has 10 songs. I really would have enjoyed to hear 3 or 4 more, for example ‘Killa On The Run’ or ‘Today My Life Begins’. Award for Best Newcomer.
    Favorite Songs: Grenade, Runaway Baby, Liquor Store Blues, Just The Way You Are

    4. KelisFlesh Tone
    I've been a fan of Kelis since her first album ‘Kaleisdoscope’, and I have loved each and every album she has done so far. 'Flesh Tone' is a different direction and sound for Kelis and I absolutely love this album! Every song has a beat you can dance to, and Every track sounds fantastic on its own,. There may only be 9 tracks on the album, but if you push the button ‘repeat’, the problem will be solved. Welcome to the 22nd century, guys! The best dance/house album of the year.
    Favorite Songs: 4th of July (Fireworks), Brave, Emancipate, Intro, 22nd Century

    3. Justin NozukaYou I Wind Land And Sea
    I have been waiting for this album to be released since I first heard ‘Holly’ 2 years ago. It was an excellent, full of emotions album. Without doubt you will not hear many more better CD's than Holly. And maybe my expectations were too high after this truly superb debut, so I was a tad disappointed on my first listen to ‘You I Wind Land And Sea’. But, man, then I recognized that this album is absolutely gorgeous, outstanding, breathtaking. He has a unique voice and style, his songs and lyrics are amazing and to think he is still only 22!! This guy has got a wonderful future ahead of him.
    Favorite Songs: Woman Put Your Weapon Down, Swan In the Water, Heartless, Souless Man, Carried You

    2. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    I'm not normally a huge Kanye West fan but the musical side of this album was a great suprise. I can't believe just how good this album is. I can put the CD on and listen to it right through without the urge to skip a single track – the album is strong from begining to end. Every song can stand on it's own, but together they are something else... Of all Kanye's albums, the music and lyrics on this one are most impressive. A few G.O.O.D Fridays tracks should have made it on there, but overall one of the best albums of 2010.
    Favorite Songs: Runaway, Hell Of A Life, Blame Game, Lost In the World, All of the Lights

    1. Sara BareillesKaleidoscope Heart
    Here it is, my #1 album of 2010: Sara’s sophomore album – Kaleidoscope Heart. Well, I am a huge fan of her first album, Little Voice. It has been a staple on my iPod since its release, and I didn't dare to hope that Sara could top it. But you know, now I can say that Kaleidoscope Heart is a better, more refined record than Little Voice was. Once you hear these songs you cannot get them out of your head. Anyone familiar with the music of Sara Bareilles knows to expect catchy piano, clever & vivid lyrics, flawless & emotive vocals. Bareilles has crafted a lovely album of vocal perfection, lyrical wit, and piano-based creativity that sounds like no one else. The fact that she managed to improve upon a remarkable first album makes Sara Bareilles an artist with true staying power. Give this one a try if you haven't already.
    Favorite Songs: Let the Rain, King Of Anything, The Light, Uncharted, Machine Gun, Not Alone, Hold My Heart
  • Top 40 Albums of 2009

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    40. Tori AmosAbnormally Attracted To Sin (45 plays)
    Abnormally Attracted to Sin is the Tori's tenth studio album. Not her best work, but it’s vocally sweet and hypnotically somber, so she deserves this position in my chart.
    Check it out: Lady In Blue

    39. Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3 (40 plays)
    I’m not a fan of him but Empire State Of Mind is incredible good.

    38. MikaThe Boy Who Knew Too Much (44 plays)
    Overall it can't come close to ‘Life In Cartoon Motion’, just not so catchy as his previous album.
    Highlight: Rain

    37. R. KellyUntitled (38 plays)
    Interesting fact: R. Kelly's Untitled was originally going to be called 12 Play: Fourth Quarter. That name was apparently scrapped sometime before R. Kelly walked into an Atlanta club and spoke thus: "I'm working on a new album and I'm calling that muthaf*cka Untitled. Y'all call it what y'all want."
    Best track: Go Low

    36. Depeche ModeSounds of the Universe (48 plays)
    This is Depeche Mode's 12th studio album, but they are still on top! Good old rock music :)
    Highlights: Wrong, Jezebel

    35. CiaraFantasy Ride (73 plays)
    This album is pretty much average compared to her previous albums. I hope that next CD will be more like ‘Goodies’ or ‘The Evolution’.
    Check it out: Turntables

    34. MobyWait for Me (74 plays)
    In My Opinion ‘Wait For Me’ is the saddest album in Moby’s oeuvre. Some songs are just heartbreaking…
    Highlights: Mistake, Wait for Me

    33. Mary J. BligeStronger withEach Tear (34 plays)
    "Stronger With Each Tear might not have the raw emotionalism of some of her earlier work but it's clearly a polished performance from a woman who's 100% comfortable in her own skin, healed wounds and all".
    Favorite songs: We Got Hood Love, Kitchen

    32. Maisey RikaTohu (67 plays)
    Maisey Rika, has one of New Zealand's most impressive lead vocal style, fused with her honest and thought invoking messages. Some have described her sound similar to Tracey Chapman or Sade, with a splash of India Arie.
    Best tracks: Ladeda Day, Musical Pillow, Musical Bed

    31. Paloma FaithDo You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (61 plays)
    There is no doubt that she is an excellent singer with a solid voice and there is some very solid material on her latest CD, songs such as New York and My Legs Are Weak

    30. Syleena JohnsonChapter 4: Labor Pains (64 plays)
    Another CD - another chapter. Pure R'n'B from Johnson! Syleena is currently in the studio beginning work on Chapter 5 and it is hoped that Kanye West and Carvin & Ivan will be among the producers on the yet-to-be-titled fifth installment.
    Somethin' 4 u: Is It Because I'm Black, Shoo Fly

    29. Katy PerryMTV Unplugged (30 plays)
    Excellent songs + good vocals + tons of energy = Great unplugged session.
    Highlight: Ur So Gay

    28. MaxwellBLACKsummers'night (90 plays)
    This is a wonderful return of Maxwell. What can be better than sexy, powerful and smooth voice? Definitely recommend it if you like HQ soul music.
    Check it out: Bad Habits

    27. Алина СиппсДжаз Кафе (97 plays)
    Один из 2-х русскоязычных альбомов, которые представлены здесь. Интересное сочетание репа и джаза. В общем и целом очень добротный диск, который можно рекомендовать поклонникам обоих жанров.
    Трек на зацен: Бухарест (feat. БелыйМЦ)

    26. Kris AllenKris Allen (108 plays)
    When I first heard the snippets I wasn't so sure how much I was going to like the album. But now I can say that this is a good debut for Kris.
    Best tracks are: Can't Stay Away and Written All Over My Face

    25. Brian McKnightEvolution Of A Man (73 plays)
    Overall great effort from Brian, my personal favorites are JustAlittleBit and Ibetchaneva

    24. Whitney HoustonI Look to You (86 plays)
    Whitney's first studio album in nearly 7 years and thankfully it's a solid album. It's good to have our Whitney back! Yes, her voice on the whole does have a slightly harsher sound to it, but it's still Ms. Houston.
    My Recommendations: Salute, Call You Tonight

    23. Kelly ClarksonAll I Ever Wanted (148 plays)
    Good pop-rock music. It’s not as good as ‘Breakaway’, but better than ‘My December’ and if you are a fan of Kelly you will love this CD for sure.
    Highlights: Long Shot and If No One Will Listen

    22. LedisiTurn Me Loose (112 plays)
    “Turn Me Loose probably should be called Turn Back the Clock for all the retro soul moves Ledisi makes But then again, she makes everything old new again with a fresh attitude and state-of-the-art production”. Soul, Jazz, Funk, R’n’B and even some hip-hop vibrations are represented on this CD.
    Highlights: Turn Me Loose, Knockin'

    21. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (99 plays)
    With ‘I Gotta Feeling’ the Black Eyed Peas landed themselves the anthem of 2009, it was a very big hit like in every single country. But for me it’s not their best work to date, I do miss the old BEP… Still ‘The Energy Never Dies!’ :)
    Favorite songs: Imma Be and Boom Boom Pow

    20. Alexandra BurkeOvercome (131 plays)
    8 months after being crowned victor of the X Factor, Alexandra Burke delivers ‘Overcome’. It looks like she has really become a good singer cause her debut album is surprisingly good.
    Strongest Songs: The Silence, Good Night Good Morning (feat. Ne-Yo)

    19. David GuettaOne love (158 plays)
    David Guetta's name is synonymous with the world's greatest house and dance music. He has been France’s No. 1 club DJ for a decade, and was named the world’s No. 1 House DJ in 2008. David has made 4 great albums and my personal favorite is ‘Guetta Blaster’, though ‘One Love’ is the most successful one (topped the charts in 17 countries).
    My Recommendations: One Love (feat. Estelle) and Choose (feat. Ne-Yo & Kelly Rowland)

    18. ВинтажSex (226 plays)
    Одна из немногих групп на российской эстраде, которую можно слушать и получать удовольствие. Чего-чего, а удовольствия в этом альбоме полно – одно название чего стоит. :) Радует то, что и помимо знаменитой ‘Евы’ у группы нашлись не менее хорошие песни.
    На кач: Одиночество любви, Мальчик

    17. Stefanie HeinzmannRoots To Grow (204 plays)
    Stefanie Heinzmann is a Swiss soul singer. She gained public interest in early 2008 when she won a talent contest hosted in Stefan Raab's Late-Night-Show TV total on the German ProSieben network. In 2009 she released her 2nd album titled ‘Roots to Grow’, it's a pretty good album, though there aren't many standout tracks.
    Check it out: How Does It Feel, Bet That I’m Better

    16. SofaDoReMiFaSoFa (213 plays)
    Sofa is a polish group formed in 2003, which plays experimental, roots, soul, funk, hip-hop, R’n’B, jazz, electronic, alternative. They are like ‘SiStars vol. 2’ for me, can’t help myself – just love good polish music :)
    Best songs: Don't Run [Do You] (feat. Frank McComb), Keep on shakin', We Broke/Retrospektik Pt. 1

    15. RihannaRated R (113 plays)
    Very unexpected CD from Barbadian singer. I am not in love with every song, but I must admit that ‘Rated R’ is her most diverse album to date.
    The stand out tracks for me are: Cold Case Love, Photographs and Russian Roulette

    14. OutlandishSound Of A Rebel (139 plays)
    Another solid hip-hop album from the world famous Danish band. I really like Arabic and Indian element in their oeuvre, these guys are extraordinary talented. There’s no powerful song like ‘Aicha’ or’ Callin' U’, though the rhythm, the sound and the lyrics of new material are awesome.
    Strongest songs: Rock All Day, Someday, Crash n´ Burn

    13. Chrisette MicheleEpiphany (154 plays)
    She is one of the many artists that I've discovered in 2009 and ‘Epiphany’ is one of those rare cd's where all songs are excellent - I can play it constantly without skipping any track. The CD is worth buying.
    Highlights: Blame It On Me, Notebook, Epiphany (I'm Leaving)

    12. BeyoncéI Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (113 plays)
    This is a must-have if you are a true fan of Beyoncé. She can write, sing, perform and just make you feel great. This live album is fantastic! Nothing else to say :)
    My Recommendations: Scared of Lonely, Hello, Sweet Dreams

    11. Beverley Knight100% (243 plays)
    Beverley is one of the best British singers in my opinion, but this is the first complete album that I love, cause every track is great. Her vocal ability is faultless, her lyrics can touch every piece of your heart and soul… That’s 100% guaranteed.
    Best songs: 100%, Bare, Turned To Stone

    10. Daniel MerriweatherLove & War (261 plays)
    I don't remember the day when I decided to download his album and I don’t know why I did it, but it was definitely worth it. After several successful collaborations with some artists, Daniel released his official debut album, Love & War which became quite successful in the UK, selling more than 200 000 copies to date.
    Check it out: Red, Water And A Flame

    9. Jason MrazJason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live On Earth (213 plays)
    Well, I am a big fan of this guy - “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” still is on a heavy rotation on my PC and I pod. ‘Live On Earth’ is the second official full length concert recording from Jason and it shows that Mraz is one of the few artists who sing even better live. Unforgettable 76 minutes of pleasure guaranteed.
    Strongest Songs: Only Human, Coyotes, The Boy's Gone and many more!

    8. VV BrownTravelling Like the Light (282 plays)
    Having never heard of her before, I have downloaded 'Travelling Like the Light', and I was pleasantly surprised. Really great album as all the songs are really good and catchy. Too bad that she is so underrated.
    Highlights: Shark in the Water, Crazy Amazing and Game Over

    7. Robin ThickeSex Therapy: The Experience (197 plays)
    This album is pure sex laced with a nice mix of slow jams and crazy beats. Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan and many more special guests are here for your entertainment. If you loved ‘The Evolution of Robin Thicke’ then you won't be disappointed with this one.
    Highlights: Rollacoasta, Million Dolla Baby, 2 Luv Birds & Jus Right

    6. Alicia KeysThe Element of Freedom (248 plays)
    Alicia brings something new every time she drops an album. The album has an innovative, experimental touch to it that works very well. Overall I'm enjoying listening to this set, though it’s a little step back compared to ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’.
    The stand out tracks are: Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready), Lover Man

    5. Laura IziborLet the Truth Be Told (261 plays)
    I just love everything about this woman: her strong voice, her shining lyrics, her unique style and her beautiful appearance. ‘Let the Truth Be Told’ is one of the best R’n’B albums of this decade, especially considering the fact that this is her debut.
    Strongest songs: If Tonight Is My Last, Perfect World, Yes (I'll Be Your Baby)

    4. Melanie FionaThe Bridge (387 plays)
    Melanie Fiona is the best new artist among those who have made their debut this year. And if you didn't know Melanie Fiona, she is someone to look out for. I believe with her own sound and strong vocal she will be more successful in the near future.
    Check it out: Monday Morning, It Kills Me, Priceless, Johnny

    3. Jamie CullumThe Pursuit (526 plays)
    This is by far Cullum's best album to date because there are no filler tracks at all like on previous albums. He just keeps getting better and better with every CD. I wonder how he will surpass himself? :)
    Highlights: Music Is Through, If I Ruled The World, Don't Stop The Music, Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down, Mixtape

    2. Joss StoneColour Me Free! (578 plays)
    This lady is the definition of soul music for me, she never disappoints! I’m happy that she's stayed true to herself - with her voice, her look, and her success, Joss could probably be a huge pop star if she wanted to, but instead she chooses to continue doing what she does best. It's just a shame that she's had problems with her record company and that it hasn't been promoted more.
    My Recommendations: Could Have Been You, Lady, 4 and 20, Governmentalist (feat. Nas), Mr. Wankerman

    1. No AngelsWelcome To The Dance (1503 plays)
    This is a difficult time for girls - awful incident with Nadja, problems with a record company and the fact that Germany doesn't care about homegrown international-sounding Pop acts anymore. That’s why ‘Welcome to the Dance’ is Angels biggest flop to date. But for me this is officially their best work, I was sooo addicted to it some months ago! I guess they should promote their stuff in other countries.
    Highlights: One Life, Derailed, Dance-Aholic, Too Old, Thunderstorm
  • Top 30 Albums of 2008

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