Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My December Favourites 2014

Hey everyone!

Oh my days, it's actually the last day of December!  Which also means it's the end of 2014 and that's something that I'm struggling to get my head around really.  This past month has been extremely busy for me between work, college, blogging and Christmas.  I really can't believe that I'm writing both my last favourites post for this year but also my last post of 2014.
I hope that December has been a good month for everyone because I know how stressful it can be, and I hope you were able to find some time this month to just enjoy yourself.
There have been a lot of things that I've loved this month but I won't write about them all because we could be here for a really long time if I did.
But I hope you enjoy reading about what I've been loving these past few weeks.

YouTube Channels
I really love Ellie's channel.  Her personality really shows in her videos and her ideas are very creative, imaginative and unique. 
I really love the editing in Ellie's videos and her backgrounds and lighting make her videos look really nice.  Ellie's channel is the sort of channel where you can just relax and enjoy her videos.  But she also has quite a few serious videos which can really make you think.  This is probably one of my favourite things about her channel: she has a variety of videos.

I have been loving a lot Vlogmases this year but Louise's has to be my absolute favourite.  Sprinkle Of Chatter has always been a channel which I've loved and I was so excited when Louise announced that she would be trying vlogmas and doing it in her own unique way. Her videos were so lovely, homely and always made me smile.

Evelyn Talks
I have so much love for Eve's blog!  Her posts are written in a really friendly and chatty style which I wish I had in my writing.  She has such a variety of posts which means I can always find something on her blog to read, no matter what kind of mood I'm in. 
I love her photography as well and her blog design is really pretty.

The Velvet Black
I absolutely love Alice's blog.  This is mainly because I'd love to have her wardrobe!  I really am no expert when it comes to fashion - I mostly wear skinny jeans and band t-shirts because that's what I'm comfortable in - but seeing Alice's fashion posts makes me want to put a bit more effort into what I'm wearing.
The photography on her blog is really amazing and is edited so well.  And I really love her blog design and setup.

This month I listened to PVRIS for the first time and what I've listened too of their music so far, I'm really liking.  Their sound is quite unique and I really love this, they're developing their own sound as a band.  I absolutely love their song 'My House' and I think that dynamically it's absolutely brilliant, especially the effects used on the vocals during the middle 8.  I really want to order my own copy of their album 'White Noise' soon because I think it would be a great album to add to my collection.
 I have a lot of love for Kodaline as a band.  I've listened to this band for quite a long time now because I feel like their music is really unique and, it's the sort of thing you can listen too over and over and never be fed up with it.
 They're music is filled to the brim with emotion and their live performances can become quite haunting to listen too, the emotion is that strong.  I really hope I can get a copy of their album 'In A Perfect World' because I think it would be a really amazing listen.
 The Fault In Our Stars
I made the slight mistake of buying this film on DVD.  I've read the book and I saw this film in the cinema as well.  I cried at the book and I cried in the cinema, so I really shouldn't have been surprised when I was sitting in my bedroom crying while I watched the DVD.
I really love the book to film adaption as I think it sticks to the story line really well and the actors played the characters really well.  One of my favourite things about the book/film is the friendship between Augustus and Isaac and how Augustus' relationship with Hazel doesn't change their friendship.  Also, it is always guaranteed that I will cry during Isaacs pre-funeral eulogy.
 I really love this movie and I know I'll be re-watching it a lot.

 A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby
I had quite high expectations for this book because I'd heard a lot of good reviews for it.  I really enjoyed this book and I think that Nick Hornby done a great job of giving the four main characters their own individual, complex stories. 
I think the only thing I didn't like was the ending because I wanted to know more about what would happen for the characters in the future, I wanted to know that they would all be okay.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
 Since the first time I read this book (which was a while ago now) it has been one of my favourite books to read.  I find the character of Charlie one which must have taken a lot of emotion in order to write this story from his point of view.  Stephen Chbosky explores a lot of different parts of teenage life in this novel and he does it so well.
I really can't recommend this book enough, it's always one that I know I can turn too.  Although I would definitely say that it's more for older readers.
Let me know in the comments what you've been loving this month, I'd love to hear from you all.
I hope you all have an amazing 2015 as well, I can't believe it's a new year tomorrow!
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Friday, 26 December 2014

My December Playlist 2014

 Hey everyone!

I can't believe it's boxing day!  I hope you all had an amazing Christmas yesterday and ate way too much food like I did.  Christmas has been and gone for another year and that feels really strange.  I'm still struggling to get my head around that it's December, let alone that it's almost the end of December. 

This month I already posted my Christmas Playlist and my Feel Good Playlist but there's been a lot of other music that I've been loving this month. 
I've made both these playlists on Spotify but I'm still trying to figure out how to use Spotify properly so if anyone could help me with this I'd really appreciate it (I mainly need to know how to get a link for my playlists so I can share them with you).

Here is my (long-ish) last playlist for this year, I hope you all like it.

All Time Low - Guts
We Are The In Crowd - The Best Thing (That Never Happened)

Shatterproof - Cookie Cutter Life
Tonight Alive - Closer
Fall Out Boy - The Kids Aren't Alright
Kodaline - Honest

The Covz - Photographs

Fast Forward - Geronimo (Sheppard Cover)

Our Last Night - Sunrise

Tonight Alive - Don't Wish

Shatterproof - Sticks & Stones

We Are The In Crowd - Windows In Heaven
Tessa Violet - Broken Record

Kodaline - All I Want

Sleeping With Sirens - Iris (The Goo Goo Dolls Cover)
PVRIS - My House

We Are The In Crowd - For The Win (Acoustic)

I first heard about The Covz because they followed me on instagram and I thought I would give them a listen.  I have fallen completely and utterly in love with their song 'Photographs', it's absolutely beautiful.  It's the sort of song that you just want to drown yourself in, it's that beautiful. 
Although I do realise that some people may view this as a bad thing (wanting to drown myself in a song).  Maybe a better way of describing it is that I want to fully immerse myself in the entire song.  It really is that beautiful.
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Another song that makes me feel this way is 'Guts' by All Time Low.  Lyrically, I absolutely love it and the first time I listened to it I got the really weird but awesome butterfly feeling.  I have so much love for this song both vocally and instrumentally.  I think the harmonies are really well done vocally and I love the lead guitar in this song.
This is the kind of song that I just have an overwhelming feeling of love for, it's atmospheric and lyrically I love it.  I feel the same about this song as I do with 'Photographs', I want to fully immerse myself in this song whenever I listen to it.
This month Fall Out Boy released the audio for their song 'The Kids Aren't Alright' from their album 'American Beauty/American Psycho' which is being released next month.
I will quite happily admit to playing this song on repeat for a few days because I love it that much.  Instrumentally this song reminds me of Fall Out Boy's song 'Miss Missing You' but lyrically and dynamically I think it's really quite unique.  I absolutely love the lyrics in this song and I think they connect with the fan base, which is something which I think Fall Out Boy do really well as a band.

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Oh my goodness I love Shatterproof!!  I only started listening to them this month and I absolutely love their music.  I think their sound is extremely unique in that they are punk yet they aren't letting a genre put them in a box.  They're doing this by having a strong emphasis on the strings in their music.  You may think that by having a violinist in the band means they're just copying Yellow card but they're not because Shatterproof's music is definitely more hard-core than Yellow card.
I think that lyrically these guys are great and I absolutely love their song 'Sticks & Stones' not only for the lyrics but also I think that instrumentally and dynamically it's absolutely amazing.  I highly recommend that you give this song a listen.
This month I started listening to We Are The In Crowd and I'm so glad that I did.  I've been really loving their music and I'm hoping to get my hands on their album 'Weird Kids' really soon.
In particular I've been loving the song 'Windows In Heaven'.  I think it's quite a haunting song and lyrically I think it's really beautiful.  The instrumental for this song fits perfectly with the vocals which I really love, they don't overpower each other and the balance between the two is really good.
I hope you all liked my December playlist, let me know in the comments what music you've been loving this month, I'd love to hear from you all.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Guest Post: The Perks of Christmas in Farmington

Hey everyone it's Carolyn here.  I just want to say a really huge thank you to my friend Allie for writing this post, I absolutely love it!  You can have a look at her blog here and I highly recommend you do because it's brilliant!

Carolyn x

Hey, people of Carolyn's Simple Life!  (Sidenote:  you all recently helped Carolyn reach over 100 followers on Bloglovin - woooooo!  Give yourself a high five.)  I'm Allie, and I usually do things like this over at Reckless, but today Carolyn's letting me take over and I am so excited about it! Carolyn's one of the lovely people I've met through blogging (thanks, Blogger!) and we've been excited about working on this project together for quite a while!

I'm from America and Carolyn is from Scotland, and as we excitedly started to talk about Christmas (this was over a month ago, so, yes, we're basically overgrown 6-year-olds when it comes to Christmas) we realized that we celebrate Christmas in pretty different ways. 

The basics are similar - twinkling lights covering every available surface and an overabundance of super delicious holiday foods, for example, are parts of Christmas on both sides of the pond.  Beyond that, though, there are a ton of really cool differences, so we're trading spaces today for a global Christmas experience.  Global.  How cool does that sound?  Anyway, you can check her post out here and keep reading for a taste of Christmas in Farmington, Michigan.

| America's Thanksgiving Day Parade

I always start getting excited for Christmas long before Thanksgiving, but it seems that the rest of the world officially starts celebrating on Thanksgiving Day.  In Detroit, there's a parade downtown (and Christmas lights!) that's named after Thanksgiving but is otherwise Christmas themed.  The marching bands play carols and the float people wear Santa hats, and the parade ends with Santa rolling down the street in his sleigh.

There's Santa!  Try to notice him and not my family's extraordinary ability to look a little uncomfortable when we're asked to take a picture together.

| Wayne County Light Fest

There's this long, winding road near where I live, and every year it decks 4.8 miles of itself in Christmas lights so that every family in the area can pile into their car and take a drive through.  We've gone every year ever since I can remember, and I like to think that I could probably drive through it with my eyes closed and accurately name each light display as we go by, but I still love it and get ready for an all-out protest when someone suggests that we skip it one year.  There's also an 8k night run through the lights at the beginning of November, which sounds like torture but actually isn't - it's really, really pretty, and you have constant excuses to stop and "take pictures."

| Ice Skating

There's ice skating everywhere!  If I want to be close to home, downtown Farmington sets up an ice rink for the winter complete with - you guessed it - Christmas lights and music.  It's adorable and two minutes away.  Downtown Detroit does its own thing, icing over Campus Martius and adding a huge Christmas tree to make it festive.  


| Frankenmuth & Bronner's

Frankenmuth, Michigan is home to Bronner's which claims to be the world's largest Christmas store.  I totally believe them - it's 5.5 football fields worth of anything and everything Christmas related.  I mean, it's insane - I'm pretty sure there's a life sized Darth Vader nutcracker in there.  It's open year round, available for whenever you need a Christmas fix, and it is the most festive thing I've ever seen in my life so I love it. 

Now that I'm done with exams, I've got a chance to finally sit back and enjoy all the Christmas things - in the last couple days, I've ice skated, consumed several steaming mugs of hot chocolate, and taken in twinkling lights in so many more forms than I previously thought were possible.  I'm off to wrap presents and bake cookies (I'm pretty good at procrastinating, oops!) and otherwise binge on Christmas spirit!  Merry Christmas to all of you - I hope you eat get exciting presents and spend time with your families and do all of the exciting Christmas things.  I really do.


P.S.  Because I'm a bad blogger and didn't actually take pictures of all of this, Google helped me out with a few of these.  If it's not mine, the photo's linked back to its original source! 


Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Feel Good Playlist & A Huge Thank You!

Hey everyone!

The first part of this post is going to be my feel good playlist and if you stick around till the end then be prepared for a slightly mushy thank you to you all!
For a while now I've been wanting to make a Feel Good/Motivational playlist but I've never been in the right mood to make it.  But recently I've been feeling in a more appropriate mood to write it, I think this is mostly due to how excited I am for Christmas. 
There are a few songs in this playlist that other people may not consider 'feel good' songs but the songs I've included are ones that make me, personally, feel good.
So here it is, my (quite long) feel good playlist:

Patrick Stump - Spotlight (Oh, Nostalgia)
Simple Plan - The Rest Of Us
The Summer Set - Lightning In A Bottle
All Time Low - Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)
You Me At Six - Lived A Lie
Tonight Alive - Come Home
We The Kings - That Feeling

Kodaline - Love Like This
The Wanted - Gold Forever

7 Minutes In Heaven - The Statement (Acoustic)
Dodie Clark - Absolutely Smitten
Fall Out Boy - The Kids Aren't Alright
All Time Low - Weightless
Sheppard - Geronimo (Cover by Fast Forward Music)
A Day To Remember - Right Back At It Again
Ed Sheeran - Little Bird
Panic! At The Disco - Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
Tessa Violet - Broken Record
Marianas Trench - Stutter
Owl City - Shooting Star

Simple Plan - Holding On


Patrick Stump - Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)
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I personally feel that Spotlight by Patrick Stump is an incredible song.  In case you don't know who Patrick Stump is, he's the lead singer of Fall Out Boy and during Fall Out Boy's hiatus he released some solo music.  Spotlight was one of the songs that he released and I absolutely love it.
Lyrically it's incredible, uplifting and inspiring.  The tempo is upbeat and I have a party in my head whenever I listen to it. 
I also love the music video for this song as I think it really shows that everyone has their own unique talents and quirks that makes them an amazing person.
All in all, I think this a great song and it personally makes me feel good whenever I listen to it.
Owl City - Shooting Star
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Another song which I think is pretty inspiring lyrically is Shooting Star by Owl City.  I have so much love for this song.  I love the message behind the lyrics and I love dancing around in my room to this song.  Whenever I hear Shooting Star a smile appears on my face no matter what mood I'm in.
I also love the music video for this song, it's great to watch and the effects used are really amazing.


Simple Plan - The Rest Of Us
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I've talked about Simple Plan a lot on my blog and I've also talked about their EP 'Get You Heart On - The Second Coming!' a lot on here as well.  One of my favourite songs from this EP is The Rest Of Us. 
As soon as you hear this song you just know it's Simple Plan, from the lyrics to the insanely brilliant percussion (hats off to Chuck Comeau).  This song really helps to remind people that whatever you're going through, you're not alone.  I love this song because it makes me think of all the amazing friends I've made because of the music I like, and also how much I love the music that I listen too.
I also love the music video for this song because it's really great for Simple Plan fans to see all the bands highlights from 'Get Your Heart On!'.
I hope you enjoyed my feel good playlist, let me know in the comments what songs make you feel good, I'd love to have more to listen too.
I want to quickly take the time to say a huge thank you because I reached 100 followers on Bloglovin.  I am so grateful for everyone that reads my blog and also to everyone that follows me on Bloglovin.  My blog really does mean a lot to me and it means even more that you like what I write.  
When I started this blog I really didn't think anything would come of it or even that I'd still be blogging here over a year later.  I'm not including this in anyway to brag, I genuinely just want you all to know how much this means to me.  Blogging is something which I love so much and I honestly can't thank you all enough for the support that you show Carolyn's Simple Life.
 So, thank you very much and I'm sending you all a big internet hug!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My Reading Habits Tag


Hey everyone!
I saw this tag over on Bethan Likes and thought I'd give it a go, seeing as I spend a lot of time with my nose stuck in a book or a notepad.
So, I hope you enjoy my Reading Habits tag.
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Preferably in my room or just anywhere that's quiet.

Where do you like to read? 
Again, my room or anywhere that's quiet so I can concentrate on what I'm reading.  If I have a day when I forget my earphones then I'll read on the bus instead of listening to music.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Most of the time it's just a random piece of paper, whatever I can find when I need to keep my place.  But I really hate folding corners on books, I never do it and it's one of my pet peeves.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I have to stop at the end of a paragraph.  I can never stop in the middle of a paragraph, I'm so bad with this that if someone talks to me while I'm reading then I make them wait till I've finished the paragraph or sentence I'm on!

Do you eat or drink while reading?
Sometimes, if I'm at home then I probably will have a hot chocolate and a digestive biscuit.  But any other time probably not.

One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time!  But if I'm reading a series then I may read a different book when I'm in the middle of the series.  And after I've read a whole series then I'll just read whichever one I want after that, they don't have to be in order anymore.

Reading aloud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, I'm not very good at reading out loud cause I jumble up my words.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I'm guilty of reading ahead a little but I can't skip pages (unless I've read the book before).

Break the spine or keep it like new?
Keep it like new.

Do you write in your books?
No, I like to keep my books how they are.

Who do you tag? 

Any fellow bookworms who are reading this, and if you do it then leave me the link in the comments and I'll give it a read.

 I hope you enjoyed my reading habits tag, let me know in the comments what some of your books are and I'll try and read them.


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

My Current Album Collection | November 2014

Hello everyone!
After letting you all know about what albums are on my wishlist (which you can read here) I thought it would be nice if I talked to you all about some of the albums I currently own.
I won't talk about all the albums I own (we could be here for quite a long time if I did) I'll just talk about some of my favourite ones.

Simple Plan

Get Your Heart On!
The band and the album that started it all for me.
I first listened to Simple Plan a few years before I got this album.
I listened to them for a bit when I first heard of them as a band but I wasn't really a 'fan', I just thought the music I'd heard so far was good.
Then at the beginning of last year (I think) I decided to look them up on YouTube (on impulse really) and was reminded why I fell in love with their music in the first place. 
When I was next in HMV I decided to have a bit of a hunt for any of their albums but I couldn't find any. 
I decided to ask one of their staff just in case they had any in storage, luckily for me she managed to find one Simple Plan CD mixed among a bunch of other discs.  I ended up buying 'Get Your Heart On!' and that's when my love for pop punk really started.
I fell in love with this album and was playing it on repeat for ages.  There's a real mixture of songs and it's a very heartfelt album.  I love the variety of emotions that are portrayed in the music and that you can really hear everything that's going on in the music.
The love I have for this album is unbelievable, there's so many amazing songs on this album.

Simple Plan
I actually have two copies of this album; I have the copy I bought for myself and the copy that my friend sent me for Christmas last year.
I really like this album, I like the variety of tempos and messages that are in the songs.  Some of the songs (such as 'When I'm Gone') are some of the first Simple Plan songs that I ever listened too.  These are songs that have stuck with me for a good few years and that I still have a lot of love for now (they also bring back some really good memories for me).
I feel like this really contributes to my love for this album.
There are certain songs on this album (like 'What If' and 'Save You') which just overwhelm me with emotion, as well as a huge sense of appreciation for the music.  I have a lot of appreciation for this album as a whole to be honest, even though there are times where I just skip the songs when my music library is playing on shuffle. 
I think this album really shows who Simple Plan are as a band (although not as well as 'Get Your Heart On!' in my opinion).

Get Your Heart On - The Second Coming!
Before anyone jumps down my throat, I know that this CD is an EP and not an album!  I wanted to talk about it anyway.  I know I've talked about this EP a lot here on my blog, both leading up to its release and when I actually got a copy of the EP.
The EP is made up of some of the songs that were originally written for the 'Get Your Heart On!' album but didn't make the final cut.  As 'Get Your Heart On!' is one of my favourite albums I was so excited that they were releasing an EP to go along with it, although this did mean the end of the Get Your Heart On! chapter for Simple Plan which made me a little upset.
Although there are only seven songs on the EP,  there's still a variety of songs.  But what I really love about this EP is that when you listen to it you just know that it's Simple Plan, it has that distinctive Simple Plan sound to it.  That's what made me really love this EP.

All Time Low

Don't Panic
The love and appreciation that I have for this album is huge, 'Don't Panic!' is basically All Time Low's 'Get Your heart On!' for me.
I got this album for my Christmas last year and I was so excited to finally have my own All Time Low CD. 
I'd listened to the entire album on YouTube already but there's just something more special about actually owning the CD, reading through the CD booklet and listening to your own copy of the album for the first time.
The overall sound of the album is incredible, the tempo throughout the album is brilliant as well.  I also think that 'Reckless and The Brave' is an amazing opener for this album, the music hits you straight away and I can't help but grin when I hear it.
I think the percussion in this album is amazing (hats off to Rian Dawson) and I think the track order is pretty well put together as well.
'Don't Panic' is the sort of album I like to blast really loudly through my headphones and have a party in my head when I hear any of the songs.  I'm really not doing this album justice, it really is an incredible album and I think you need to listen to the album in order to understand this.

So Wrong, It's Right
For a start, the artwork for this album (at least to me anyway) is just really beautiful.  I love the colours used on the CD sleeve and the design of the birds.
When I first bought this album I really wasn't sure about some of the songs (which you can read about more in depth in my album dissection for 'So Wrong, It's Right').
But recently I've been listening to some of the songs more often (such as 'Vegas' and 'The Beach') and I've started to really appreciate these songs more.  Although there are a couple of songs on the album that I'm not the biggest fan of because of some of the lyrics.
There are songs on this album that, individually, I have  a lot of love for (such as 'Poppin' Champagne', 'Six Feet Under The Stars', 'Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)' and 'Remembering Sunday') and I think this has helped me to love the album more as a whole.

Nothing Personal
I think my feelings for this album are quite similar to that of my feelings for 'So Wrong, It's Right'.
There are a lot of songs on this album that I really love.  But at the same time there are also a few songs that, lyrically, I'm not really the biggest fan off.  But I think that this album is brilliant instrumentally and, again, there are certain songs on this album that I really have so much love for.
If you want to read about my thoughts on this album in more detail the you can have a look at my album dissection for 'Nothing Personal'.

Put Up Or Shut Up
I know this is an EP but I still want to talk about it.  I only bought this recently and I really love it.  I had heard most of the songs already and no that I've heard them all I've really started to appreciate 'Put Up or Shut Up' as a CD.  I have a lot of love in particular for 'Lullabies' (which is a song I've loved from the first time I heard it) and 'Break out! Break Out!'.  
I think that it's really amazing to listen too and then compare to All Time Low's most recent work.  They've progressed so much but still have the same unique sound, this is something that I really love.

Pierce The Veil

Collide With The Sky
This album is so wonderful!
I bought this album in a set along with Pierce The Veil's DVD documentary 'This Is A Wasteland' (you can read about when I bought this here) and I think that the packaging that it comes in is so freaking beautiful, and so is the artwork in the booklet - I love the watercolours that have been used.
I think that the overall sound of this album is amazing.  I love how Pierce The Veil bring something completely different to post hardcore music, their music has such a unique sound and I feel that 'Collide With The Sky' really emphasises this. 
It's a really incredible album and I think it's really well put together, the track order is really well selected for this album.  Lyrically, this album is incredible, raw and heartfelt.  And instrumentally it's the same.  When listening to it you can hear but also feel how much has been put into this album.  When I fist listened to this album I was so excited, it was my first Pierce The Veil CD and I'm so glad that I bought it as I really love this album, it's beautiful.

Tonight Alive

The Other Side
This album!!  This is one of my favourite albums and it's even better that it's from one of my favourite bands.  I think this because I can relate to it so well lyrically and, I think anyone will find at least one song on this album that they can relate too lyrically (although there is only one or two 'love songs' on this album).
I've talked about this album quite a lot here on my blog, if you've been reading my blog for a while then you're probably sick fed up reading about what I think of 'The Other Side'.  I'm sorry but I'm going to have another excited babble about this album, although my babbling might actually be a little bit serious.
The first song I heard from this album (and actually the first song I heard by Tonight Alive) was 'Lonely Girl' because Chuck Comeau (the drummer from Simple Plan) tweeted the music video.  At first I hesitated about clicking the link but then I decided to give it a watch.
I soon found that I was playing 'Lonely Girl' on repeat for a good few hours.  Then those few hours turned into a few days and I knew I just had to listen to more from this band.
I only listened to a few of their other songs - the majority not actually from 'The Other Side' album - before I bought the album (you can read about when I bought the album here).

When I listened to this album for the first time I was blown away.  It's so clear how much emotion was put into the music (it's pretty overwhelming) and you can definitely hear how much the album means to Tonight Alive as a band.  I love how clear the emotion is not just vocally but also instrumentally, you can't always hear that with music but you can definitely hear that with this band.
When I saw Tonight Alive in concert (you can read about that here) the majority of the songs were from 'The Other Side' album.
Hearing these songs performed live really showed me how much I love this album, which is a lot more than I actually realised.  They are an incredible band to hear live and this album also shows that they're just as talented in the studio.

James Morrison

Songs For You, Truths For Me
This album actually belongs to someone in my family but I wanted to talk about it anyway as I'd love to say it's part of my personal collection.
This is such a beautiful album and I think that James Morrison is an extremely talented musician.  Lyrically this album is pretty emotional and I actually find some of the songs (such as 'Once When I Was Little' and 'Love Is Hard') quite thought provoking because of the lyrics. 
I don't really want to say anything else about this album because I personally feel that it's the sort of album you need to actually listen too in order to appreciate it because it really is wonderful.


Chapman Square
This album is probably the first album that made me appreciate music made by an actual band who play their own instruments and write their own songs.
I have a lot of respect for Lawson, especially after seeing them in concert (you can read about that here) and after meeting them briefly last year (you can read a little bit about that here). 
This album is pretty heartfelt and that's definitely clear in the lyrics.  My two favourite songs from this album are 'Gone' and 'Learn To Love Again' as I think that they are both really good songs, not only lyrically but the dynamics of these songs instrumentally are really good. 
This album isn't one of my 'go to' albums for when I need something to listen too because I can't always relate to it lyrically.  But I do really love this album and it was really amazing to hear these songs performed live at the 'Everywhere We Go Tour' last year.

Ed Sheeran

Oh my goodness!  I really love this album, when I bought this album it was the only thing I would listen too for quite a while.
I have a lot of love for Ed Sheeran as a musician, I think his work - especially this album and his first EP's - is pretty incredible.  I love the mixture of songs on this album and how well it displays Ed Sheeran's talent as both a musician and a songwriter.
I have a lot of love in particular for 'Give Me Love/The Parting Glass'.  The album version is over 8 minutes long and I honesty don't think words can express how freaking incredible and powerful it is.  I also think that it's perfectly placed as the last track on the album and it sums up the album as well.
I feel the same with this album as I do with 'Songs For You, Truths For Me', it's the kind of album you have to listen too in order to appreciate it properly.

Fall Out Boy

Folie à Deux
'Folie a Deux' (which means 'A Madness Shared by Two' in English) is the only Fall Out Boy album which I personally own.  I don't want to talk about this album too much as I'm trying to write an album dissection post for the album.
I will say that instrumentally I really love it, there are some points when lyrically I'm not a fan but then are other points when I love the lyrics.  I adore the album artwork both on the cover and inside the booklet but, I do find it a little annoying that listeners aren't provided with the lyrics.  But at the same time is does seem like a 'Fall Out Boy thing' to do (anyone who's a fan of them will understand this).  I think that this album is put together really well and the overall sound is amazing.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about some of the albums that I own just now.  There are a lot more that I'd love to add to my collection (you can read about some of them here) including albums that haven't actually been released yet.
Let me kno in the comments if you have any of the same albums, as well as some of your favourites from your own collections, I'd love to hear from you all.