Are you what you love? Am I?
If so, somewhere in the following wonderful things is a little box with a keyhole shaped like my soul!
Some lovely songs I enjoyed a dalliance with in 2010:
I loved The Writer by Ellie Goulding, it had a big heart and wasn’t afraid to throw it out there. Either Side Of The World by Crowded House, One Life Stand by Hot Chip and Stylo by Gorillaz were stupendous and sexy. The Bike Song by Mark Ronson and the Business International was possibly a pop highlight, definitely the number one singalong for me.
The albums I took to my heart started with Plastic Beach by Gorillaz. The aforementioned Stylo was adored by me all year but the album has an ambition and grandeur that it pulls off completely with help from the bold and beautiful from varied corners of the music world whilst containing a bewildering number of classic pop songs – Superfast Jellyfish, Broken, On Melancholy Hill, Some Kind Of Nature, Rhinestone Eyes, To Binge and my fave, Empire Ants. I enjoyed the Bon Iver album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ and I discovered I Am Kloot, their eponymous album being an almighty joy. Also loved Angles by Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. Mark Ronson’s Record Collection appeared to contain much in common with mine and the 80s revival never sounded so good. Another album with a wealth of pop classics.
But three albums towered above all others for me this year. I finally caught up with The End of History by Fionn Regan as it was donated to me by a very generous and beautiful benefactor and became a soundtrack for my autumn and is truly special for me. The Bees released their 4th album, Every Step’s A Yes. I felt it should perhaps be subtitled, Essence Of Bees as it distills everything that is wonderful about this amazing band. It is my favourite of their albums and opens up in me a beautiful reverie. Not quite as much as my favourite album of the year though. High Violet by The National walks a tightrope between uplifting and heartbreaking almost constantly and I played it every day for about three months and still love it now and I become a little helpless if it catches me in the right (or wrong) mood.
There were three gigs that hit the right note for me this year. Crowded House made me cry, The Bees made us love life and the Pet Shop Boys at Glastonbury were a revelation.
A televisual gem I caught up with this year was the Flight Of The Conchords – Carol Brown, Hurt Feelings, Sugalumps, Brahbrah, ‘he’s gonna wake up in a smoothie’, ‘baguette, haw haw, haw’ – classic! On a darker note, Red Riding and Any Human Heart were amazing but not quite as amazing as Accused.
And as for films, it was a thrill, and an education, to see Metropolis on the big screen, Toy Story 3 hardly needs any introduction (not a dry eye in the Glastonbury house!), The Town was wonderful and Inception became my favourite film of the year…once I’d seen it twice!
Happy New Ones everybody.