A–Ha Shake Heartbreak
Just one of the album covers that appears in the Xfm Christmas quiz of album cover delights. It took me 5 days to get enough to enter the competition, though I didn't care about the competition to be fair, I just saw it as a personal challenge. I managed in the end, though I had to have clues and hints and all sorts and there are still some that I haven't got that are really bugging me because they look so familiar.
Anyway, the album itself. I listened to it a couple of times before popping off to France and London etc, but didn't really get into it, yet since I've been back, it seems to have consumed me.
It's quite a combination! There's some country twangs there, there's also some good old fashioned rock and some songs, such as Milk, are really soulful and quite heart-wrenching.
The lyrics also are very intriguing. But it's more the feel of the songs and the good mixture of not-too-depressingness and soulfulness and rock etc that has ensnared me. I think I prefer it to Youth and Young Manhood, but then again it's got a very different feel so it's hard to compare them.
One day, probably when I have no job and have got to the stage where I just can't be arsed to look for one, I'd split all my music into mood…this may lead to me never ever ever getting a job, because there's such overlap that you never can do that to allllll your music. You can just make smaller compilations.
So, changing tack a little, it's Christmas! Woooooooooo. I am trying to up my Christmas spirit levels (see what I did there) as my parents have sucked out all the Christmas spirit. I pointed out to my mum the other that seeing as she has brought me up celebrating Christmas, she's going to have to deal with the consequences! I have a funny feeling that this is the last year Christmas proper will happen though, so I think I shall set about finding someone else's to gatecrash next year.
I'll be interested to see what my Christmas presents are, seeing as my mum said she's bought me four things (BEFORE I gave her the list she'd asked me to make). She decided to have a nose at my list anyway though, and informed me that none of the things she'd got were on there. She says it's my fault for making the list too late, but I had told her a few of the things during the week as well.
Ah well, now I have a wages target list. Can decide where my wages will go every week! I was tempted to find another job for next term, but realistically, nowhere else will keep me so well fed so it would be counterproductive.
Holy Roller Novocaine.