Best albums of 2015 Dec22

Best albums of 2015

Listing time again: some of the best albums of 2015

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Best of January 2015: Monthly Playlist...

10 of the best tracks from January 2015.

BC Camplight – How To Die In The North...

We all love a good comeback story. Is there anything that stirs the soul more than tales of triumph over adversity? New Jersey born song-writer Brian Christinzio (aka BC Camplight) has quite the tale to tell. His first two albums (released in 2005 and 2007) were hugely acclaimed; Christinzio’s flair for writing naggingly addictive melodic tunes was immediately apparent, but just when things seemed set for take off, BC Camplight fell off the radar. Disenchanted and dejected, Christinzio retreated and what followed was a dizzying spiral into alcohol and drug abuse, depression and temporary homelessness. Moving to Manchester in 2011 might have seemed like a hopeless last ditch attempt to turn things around, but it’s from there that this most unlikely comeback story started to follow a different narrative. The move sparked a period of creativity that resulted in the ironically titled How To Die in the North, an album that marks a spectacular return to form and hopefully, a change in fortunes for this talented songwriter. How To Die in the North is an album of wonderfully skewed pop music, sounding like Pet Sound’s weird younger brother filled with sun-kissed melodies, celestial harmonies and oddly brilliant instrumental flourishes. It’s the little musical surprises and quirky, sometimes biting lyrical sound bites that prevents it from degenerating into some kind of 60s Beach Boys pastiche. The music might sound bathed in the afterglow of the summer of love, but this is completely at odds with Christinzio’s sometimes pessimistic if not downright jaundiced outlook on matters of the heart. On the¬†closing track he poses the question ‘Why Doesn’t Anybody Fall in Love Anymore?’ against the backdrop of dramatic piano chords and his soaring falsetto – the effect is semi-cheesy, but the question is left hanging in...