Guest blogger - Amber

Alright, this is Amberie giving you a list of my top ten favorite albums of all time.

10) Submarine soundtrack by Alex Turner: A soundtrack written by the gorgeous and talented Alex Turner for a movie based on a book about a 16 year old boy who is horribly pretentious and doesn’t realize it. He basically is trying to save his parents’ marriage and lose his virginity to his pyromaniac girlfriend. If that brief summary doesn’t catch your interest I don’t know what will. The whole album is acoustic and Turner’s voice is flawless and perfect. You’ll find yourself crying yourself to sleep over how perfect it is.

9) Innerspeaker by Tame Impala: So take some dirty, innovative, Australians. Then throw in a singer who sounds just like John Lennon. You have Tame Impala. This band is one where putting the ihome on full blast and lying in bed is okay because about half way through the first track you’ll find yourself in a magical land of happiness, (To get there quicker smoke some weed beforehand)

8) Never Trust a Happy Song by Grouplove: Grouplove kicked ass and took names at Coachella this year. Their album, despite its name, is actually incredibly happy and will have you dancing and singing before you know it. This is also another get band to smoke a joint too.

7) Age of the Understatement by The Last Shadow Puppets: Yes, Alex Turner is back again and I can assure you this isn’t the last time you’ll see him on this list. Alex Turner and Miles Kane are an unstoppable duo and this album proves it. With witty lyrics and a string orchestra to accompany them and of course lots of sexual tension, you’ll find yourself listening to this album over and over and over and over again.

6) Gorilla Manor by Local Natives: An American indie band often recognized for three part harmonies, hyperactive drumming, and having magical powers. This band is another one where you can listen to the album and go on a journey. Not to mention their also hilarious. The reason it the album is so high on the list is because this was one of the first indie albums I ever heard and I just fell in love. If you’ve never heard of them go listen to their song “sun hands” right now.

5) Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds self-titled album: If you’ve never heard of Noel Gallagher, why are you even on this page? He’s fantastic and his self-titled album is another one that takes you on a trip. His lyrics will pull you in along with his creative melodies. Although the music video for “Aka what a life” does lack Noel riding a tiger.


4) (What’s the story?) Morning glory by Oasis: Yes, Oasis beats out Noel’s solo album. What can I say? I love when the Gallagher brothers work together. This album is the one that made me fall in love with Oasis. Not only does it have the hits like “Wonderwall” and “Don’t look back in anger” it also has some really underrated tracks that I feel most people should hear.

3) Siberia by LIGHTS: A Canadian, electric pop artists who sounds like a little girl when she sings, however her lyrics are amazing and relatable. She’s also gorgeous and very down to earth. She’s definitely not like the other little indie bands on her but she’s not any less talented.

2) Revolver by The Beatles: Often referred to as “The acid album,” this album is my favorite Beatle because I feel it’s when they were the most innovative. If you don’t believe me listen to tracks like “I’m only sleeping” or “tomorrow never knows”

And finally my favorite album of all time:
Humbug by The Arctic Monkeys: I told you Turner would be coming back. This album is dark, deep, clever, innovative, interesting, and just all around perfect. I can’t describe my love for it. If I’m having a bad day, I’ll put on “My propeller” and go all the way through to “Jeweler’s hand” feeling completely changed and better. Plus the B sides are just as great as the album itself.


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A note from Lauren - I want to thank my dear friend Amber for giving this fantastic article for me, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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