PIAS Label Love #2: Three of Braden’s Favourite Albums, Ever!

By on Friday, 12th August 2011 at 11:00 am

Editor’s note: Braden has chosen three of his favourite albums – ever! – and hopefully this post will persuade you to buy these albums in digital format – or if not these three, others from the labels affected by the SONYDADC / PIAS warehouse fire. Read more about the labels affected in this article from the Guardian.

Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ (album’s page on JagJaguwar Web site | buy it from Play.com here with bonus track ‘Wisconsin’)
It’s hard to think that over 3 years ago that Justin Vernon sent himself off to a woodcabin in Wisconsin and wrote the masterpiece that is ‘For Emma…’ 2008, however gave us the beautiful record that has touched the lives and hearts of thousands. ‘Skinny Love’ is enough to break a heart and ‘For Emma’ is the kind of track that mends them again. If any album deserves to rise from the ashes in the same way that that it’s writer and listeners alike have, it’s this.

Frank Turner – ‘Love, Ire and Song’ (buy it from Xtra Mile here)
As far as albums that mean something me, Love, Ire and Song is one of the few that has ever truly moved me. From the beginning of I Knew Prufrock, in which Turner goes through his group of friends and describes life, a connection is built that never goes away and in something like Reasons not to be an Idiot, relating goes to a whole new level of cliche without ever feeling cheesy. Frank Turner is a man who knows how to get to me and his success is built upon years of relentless writing and touring, so for any of that to be lost due to what’s happening in London right now seems beyond tragic.

Johnny Foreigner – ‘Waited Up Til It Was Light’ (buy it from Best Before here)
With the minor Birmingham ‘riots’ and the London riots destroying much of Johnny Foreigner’s stock, it only seems right to feature their debut album. ‘Waited Up…’ is one of my favourite records and for good reason. From the start of ‘Lea Room’ all the way through, it’s power-pop at its finest from the Birmingham trio. ‘Salt, Pepa and Spinderella’ becomes something of an indie anthem and the JoFo following really set off from here. Especially if you haven’t heard Johnny Foreigner before, give this a listen and download it, you won’t regret it.

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