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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Top albums 2015

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here is my top of albums I bought in 2015. Was not a bad year.

Ok I've been lazy the previous years, but I still have to found time and inspiration for this blog and I really think I don't have a lot of arguments in English.

Anyway, here is my top 13 for 2015. Purely objective as always...

 

14) Wills Earl Beal - Nocturnes

   I bought the album after the concert. Not really disappointed, you've got a lot atmospheric songs, but you don't really have the strong side of the performance.

 

13) Nick Cave & Warren ellis - Loin des hommes

    I guess that for the first time, I've been disappointed by a recent Nick Cave production. Better than a lot other soundtracks, I haven't been surprised or touched by the music this time, even if you got really good songs on that album, well, not the best.

  Best songs:  "Setting Out" "Far From Men 2"

 

12) Marilyn Manson - The Pale Empror.

    I was so scared this time. because I've been so disappointed by the previous albums. The First singles were good and this album is not bad. But remove the singles, the rest is a bit light...

   Best song: "The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles"

 

11) Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Promotheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus

    Same thing than for Nick Cave: I admit: it's a big production, big compositions, but I really miss an older thing. The middle age 'fluf' maybe... Anyway the single stays really good.

  Best song:  "Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer's Fall Part Ii Codex Nemesis"

 

10) Apocalyptica - Shadowmaker

    I'm not really a big fan of Apocalypica sung song. I prefer the instrumentals. But I really enjoyed this album even if, again, no big surprise here. The song 'Shadowmaker is really great, and I saw them live so that helped me to enjoy some songs...

  Best song:  "Shadowmaker"

 

9) Lindemann - Skills In Pills

   Things are getting a bit more serious here. Or really parodic. This album is a collection of really well produced songs, with a lot of second degree... I loved the single "Praise Abort" (and its video!). "Skills in pills" is not bad, "That's my heart" and eventually "Home Sweet Home". A bit more reserved for the rest...

  Best song:  "Praise Abort"

 

8) Korpiklaani - Noita

   A solid album, no real surprise, well produced. Nothing to throw but no excellent songs. Fair work.

  Best songs:    "Viinamäen Mies " "Lempo" "Sahti"

 

7) The Prodigy - The Day Is My enemy

   This album is not really liked by other people I've seen the opinion. Maybe it's fit to be live loud sound instead of original composition. But it's still a very good way to feel focus or stronger when you run / cycle / play games.

  Best songs:     "Ibiza" "Destroy" "Wild Frontier"

 

6) Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls

   Very unequal album with maybe the best songs even (see below) but with very Iron Maiden clichés. Maybe a double album was too much. And I have to say that the 2 best songs are the opening and closing Bruce Dickinson tracks.

  Best songs:    "If Eternity Should Fail" "The Empire Of The Clouds" "The Book Of souls"

 

5) Jay-Jay Johanson - Opium

   Auto production. Good like always with Jay-Jay. Better than the previous one.

  Best songs:     "Moonshine" "I Love Him So" "Swarecrow" "Harakiri"

 

4) Archive - Restriction

   I really had difficulties to like this one. Until I saw them live. Twice. After that I liked "Feel It", "Kid Corner" "End Of Our Days" and "Half Built Houses". And time after time, I like now the entire LP. With different favourites (see below).

  Best songs:    "End Of Our Days" "Ride In Squared" "Crushed"

 

3) Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

   It's always hard to judge a new Nightwish album as I was a big fan of the Tarja Era (no... really?). This album is really the best since "Once". Great production, good compositions. They did the job. I guess I could sum up the album with the two songs below.

  Best songs:    "The Greatest Show On Earth" "Yours is an Empty Hope"

 

2) Muse - Drones

   This album is really controversial. Some fans likes it, other ones will found it lazy. I'm between those two impressions. Maybe I don't know all the riffs that are coming from previous interludes and so on. Ok it's without remind me older compositions, but everything sounds good to me and even, if you're far from "Origin Of Symmetry", I guess that out of his context, this is a good collection of songs.

  Best songs:    "Psycho" "Reapers" "The Handler" " The Globalist"

 

1) Ghost - Meliora

   And the winner is easily: Ghost. That's a band I discovered at the beginning of the year, so everything is pretty fresh. A friend gave me the previous albums but for me, there was something missing. And then came this album. those guys know how to play, for sure (and the live performance confirms) and it might be too pop for some of metal fans, but for me, this album is a real nugget.

  Best songs:     "Spirit" "He Is" "Absolution" "Deus In Absentia"


Let's see if 2016 will be better. It starts well with the new (and sadly last) Bowie.

Bye all