Music isn’t something I talk about a lot on PennyxxLane but it was probably my first ever passion and something that I’m still majorly into .Does a song ever come on the radio or on shuffle on your iPod and you just have that overwhelming feeling towards it and you need to tell whoever you’re with or perhaps the group chat or twitter just how much you love that song… and you kinda feel like you’re the only person in the world who has any emotional attachment to it. Well, this is a list of albums that does just that to me. Of course, I have loved many many records but these ones are special! Some of them are old some may be newer but they all have a soft spot in my wee heart!
In no particular order;
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin, this record came out when I was 13 and I remember listening to it on repeat! So much angst I loved the first two songs of the record; Take me Away and Together. As I have gotten older I appreciate Don’t Tell Me so much more. It was such an easy album to listen to over and over. Avril’s first album Let Go I really liked at the time but I find myself feeling hella nostalgic over it NOW.… I actually think I like it more now than I did back then… It makes me miss being a pre-teen and the songs on Let Go are kinda timeless. It’s a real coming of age album and I guess I’m kinda sad that I’m no longer in that phase of my life. I always wish Avril would release something that was more like her first 2 albums but nothing could really top them I suppose .
Maroon 5 were a huge part of my life as a teenager! I don’t think I had fallen for a band quite so hard I remember when I first heard Maroon 5, I remember when I bought their Songs about Jane album and I remember it not leaving my music player for a loooong time. I really grew a big attachment to not only the album but the band! Songs About Jane I always say was my first real step into kinda *mature* music… The Sun remains one of my favourite Maroon 5 songs…. I can hardly believe that it’s been more than 10 years since the album was released. And although I don’t frequent the album half as much as I did back then, I still get butterflies when I listen to it. I have followed Maroon 5 throughout their career and although nothing has topped Songs About Jane they’ll always remain a major part of my music archive! (Although I do leave Moves Like Jagger out ).
The next is The Hollies, they are an English band very popular in the 60s, they have a somewhat similarity to the Beatles… when I was younger we use to play their greatest hits cassette; 20 Golden Oldies in the car and my brother and I would sing to every song and we thought we were really cool when we would hum the next song before it started! I remember being really young and thinking the Beatles were rubbish compared to the Hollies. Which is quite funny because my whole online identity is Penny Lane which is a Beatles song! But it’s true when I was wee I would have chosen The Hollies over the Beatles any day… (I probably still would but lets keep it a secret.) The nostalgic feels I get when I hear the first few bars of the air that I breathe can send me into an emotional oblivion. It makes me feel so sad.
Another band I was huge on in my teens were Simple Plan, their album Still Not Getting Any was the perfect “oh my god I’m a teenager and no-one understands me” album! Tracks about friendship and love I still listen to it fondly pretending I’m a teenager! Promise, Perfect World and Every time are my favourites, they totally stand the test of time! This was another album I would listen to on repeat! It was addictive!
I remember lying on the sofa when I was around 14 my Dad had put on some music and I remember my ears perking up, I sat up and asked him who we were listening to and he said, Jeff Buckley… my next question ‘is this new’? My dad then went on to tell me that Grace was released in the 90s and how Jeff died. I’m sure you all know that exciting feeling of discovering music that you immediately love… well, my heart fell when I found out he was dead. I pretty much stole Grace from my Dad but I always have such a bittersweet feeling when I listen to it… I don’t know if it’s because he’s dead or what but whenever I listen to the album I’m always left feeling sad. I hated that I was never aware of his presence when he was alive! That really got to me. The album is hauntingly beautiful. If you’re not aware of Jeff Buckley I’m sure you will have heard his version of Hallelujah but you should listen to Grace and his other albums (most of which have been put together by his Mum of unreleased tracks). Grace is a timeless album… when I heard it for the first time back in 2004 I thought it was new! My favourite track is Forget Her… which always makes me feel guilty because I read that it was included on the album after Jeff had died, he didn’t include it on the initial release as he felt it was too personal a song… so I feel like it’s a little intruding on his privacy but it’s a beautiful song none the less.
I am a big Foo Fighters fan and although I love all their albums, I found that the album I have the most sentimental affinity with is Echo’s Silence Patience and Grace. I remember when my brother first played But, honestly… Goosebumps central! The whole album just makes me feel so happy and everytime I listen to It I have numerous moment of giddiness thinking “this album, though”. One of my all time favourite Foos tracks is Summers End… such a chilled song! As I’m writing about it I’m itching to put it on!
So I bought the Tragic Kingdom by No-doubt about 9 or 10 years after it’s release… but I mean you’ve heard Don’t Speak right? I was so obsessed with that song so much that I used my pocket money to buy the album! It is a cracker! Just a Girl, Spiderwebs and of course Sunday Morning, it was a belter of an album and had real theatrical-ness to it! Because I bought it so long after it’s release I really felt like it was my little secret.
When The World Comes Down by All-American Rejects is by far one of my favourite albums of all time! I really can’t tell you what it is about it! BUT to this day I still listen to it over and over and it takes me back to being 18 (why can’t I still be 18?). You know how there are some special songs out there and everytime you listen to them it feels like the very first time you heard it and you get that really excited, blood rushing, butterfly feeling… Well, I get that with this entire album! Despite how many times I’ve listened to it. I even have one of the track titles tattooed on my forearm. It’s a very important album to me. Give it a listen, I dare ya. You can thank me later.
I think I’ll leave it there for now!
I’d love to hear what albums left a music foot print in your life.