Putting together the shortlist for my Top 10 Albums of all time was relatively straight forward, however giving them an order proved to be more than impossible. Therefore in the interest of fairness and simplicity, the below list has been ordered chronologically.
Those of you who know me will find some surprise artists within the mix im sure, as well as some obvious choices (SPOILER: Yes The Subways are included).
I was a bit late to the game when it come's to Jeff Buckley where I first came across him after reading an interview with Matt Belamey from Muse discussing how Buckley influences Matt's vocals.
“I think it was at the Reading Festival in ’94. I’d never even heard of him. There was nothing on the main stage at the time, and I’d decided to go over to the second stage, and I heard a weird high voice coming out. It blew me away. It wasn’t like any music I’d heard before, and his voice was amazing. It inspired me to have more confidence to sing and be a tenor.” Matt Belamey
After listening to probably the most famous of Buckleys singles "Grace" (and the albums namesake) I was hooked.
The only album with a Welsh connection, including a Welsh song, Tori Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir (or Cut my hair long for the non Welsh speakers). I grew up 8 miles from the village Super Furry Animals are from, so always knew about their music, however it wasn't until Radiator that I came to really appreciate them.
Okay, this might be cheating given that it's a best of album, but hits are what Shed Seven are best at delivering. The Seven were the 3rd band that I saw live at the prime age of 16 (for those of you who are wondering, 1st were Space and 2nd were Catatonia). Since this I've been to many a special gig, from the "Farewell Tour" at Shepherds Bush Empire, to the "Comeback" warmup gig at the tiny Hull Piper club.