Albums that influenced my taste in music

A couple of years ago I wrote about ten albums that had shaped my youth. I think its about time for an updated version of that.

Here are five more albums that have informed my musical tastes.

Roisin Murphy – Overpowered

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Squelchy synths, 80’s vibes, seductive vocals, incredible hooks and cool, sophisticated lyrics make up Roisin Murphy’s second solo album, Overpowered. I’ve been a massive Murphy fan ever since, hungrily devouring every song, album and collaboration that she’s released.

Top track: Overpowered

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker

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I discovered this album in the aftermath of my best mate’s death. It seemed to speak to my grief; the melancholy of Heartbreaker is the soundtrack to my devastation and loss. I became a huge Adams fan, and have almost every album of his, but none can match the raw emotional punch I felt with this one.

Top track: In My Time Of Need

Robyn – Robyn

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Yes, her subsequent work has arguably only got better with each release, but this was the album that got me hooked on Robyn’s music. Emotive, smart, witty and full of the best kinds of ear worms, with beats, hooks and electronic sounds that all point in the direction of her epic next album, Body Talk. This was the starting gun.

Top track: Handle Me

Bright Light Bright Light – Make Me Believe In Hope 

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Like Robyn’s long-lost Welsh cousin, Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) embraces and celebrates the electronic dance sound of the early 90’s, with songs of heartache and love on the dancefloor. Irresistible pop that deserves a much larger audience. I defy you not to fall for this.

Key track: Waiting For The Feeling

Madonna – Erotica

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I was only 18 when this was released, so this really was at the very beginning of my adulthood, but this album has stuck with me.

There’s the jazzy, seductive Saint Etienne-esque Secret Garden, with it tinkling piano and spoken vocals, and the Chicago house cover of Fever, softly sung over minimalist house beats. There’s the wonderful Waiting, which acts like a sequel to Justify My Love, with more Saint Etienne vibes and hip-hop undertones. Sure, there are songs here that I don’t like, but the great ones vastly outweigh them.

Top Track: Secret Garden

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