My Songs and Albums of 2017

In no particular order.




Click on the title for the Spotify playlist. I’ve not put them in any particular order but suffice to say that Bowie’s comeback was my musical highlight of 2013. I thought nothing could beat the rush of waking up to his surprise single in January but watching him back in action in the The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video was awe-inspiring. Nothing else comes close, which is saying something as there are some astounding albums in this list.

They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories.. – The Bullitts
Pale Green Ghosts – John Grant
Rewind The Film – Manic Street Preachers
Pure Heroine – Lorde
Electric – Pet Shop Boys
Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Once I Was An Eagle – Laura Marling
Immunity – Jon Hopkins
The Electric Lady – 
Janelle Monáe
{Awayland} – Villagers
Pedestrian Verse – Frightened Rabbit
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
The Diving Board – Elton John
The Thieves Banquet – Akala
Mosquito – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tales of Us – Goldfrapp
Trouble Will Find Me – The National
The Next Day – David Bowie
The 1975 – The 1975

My Albums of 2013

While Queen Of Denmark was an astute portrait of self-doubt (self-loathing, even) it would be fair to expect that such a triumphant period as this would instil at least a modicum of confidence and pride. The startling opening title track of Pale Green Ghosts certainly suggests so – its imposing synths recall John Carpenter’s soundtrack to Assault On Precinct 13 and instantly signal a clear break with Grant’s musical past. Indeed, the choice to produce the album with Gus Gus’ Biggi Veira (now Grant’s fellow countryman following his relocation to Iceland) rather than continue Queen Of Denmark’s collaboration with Bella Union bedfellows Midlake suggests a bold and assertive step forward (particularly given that Grant’s history must have made it tempting to play it safe.) If the move into electronic music is unexpected, it proves to be inspired – Pale Green Ghosts positively brims with widescreen vigour while the buoyant kiss-off of Black Belt seems destined to turn Grant into an unlikely floor-filler. Sensitive New Age Guy, seemingly about a didactical drag queen who “had a deeper understanding of the state that we are in”,  is equally infectious and is carried along by one of Grant’s most appealingly blithe vocals to date.

My review is up at the link above!

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts