Album of the Week: Lorde


I’m sure, if you are a civilized human being with access to a television, computer, or a car radio, you have heard the famous song “Royals”. The song, Lorde’s first hit, garnered hundreds of thousands of hits on Youtube, then progressively took over the world. Almost literally. This New Zealand born , 16 year old, singer/songwriter became a one hit wonder in a matter of a week. Of course, I myself, heard her music before she became mega popular, but I don’t have any proof, and does it really matter? haha! Also, I don’t think  this is only  going to be a “one-hit wonder” situation at all.

I don’t know that anyone can really even place the music of Lorde into a category. It’s artsy, pop, alternative, singer songwriter, dance, and electro-rock all in one. Many have compared this young singer to the stylings of Lana del Ray or Grimes, but I believe she is all on her own a completely new style. I personally have enjoyed watching her live performances on Youtube because I have never seen someone perform like her. As she sings, she rocks her body and grabs the air, almost as if she is physically placing herself into the beat of the music and feeling herself into the situation the song implies. All I know is that I love her ENTIRE album. Her EP ‘The Love Club’ was released early 2013, but her full album “Pure Heroine” released a couple months after. I encourage you to go purchase it, I promise you will not regret it! Happy listening!


Album of the Week: Walk the Moon

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Walk the Moon’s self titled album released in 2012 is, in a summary, FUN! The quirky, Ohio-based, indie rock, four man band is absolutely crazy. Each song has a signature rhythm and beat, and they really do make you want to dance! My favorite song is “Anna Sun” just because of its upbeat tune and sound. Each song is individually able to be sang along too and the beat is very infectious. “Anna Sun” was added to the video rotation of American Eagle Outfitters stores in May 2011, and it was featured on the hit TV show Vampire Diaries in the first episode of season three. I’ve read in many places, and agree, that  the album is based around youthfulness, whether you are falling head over heels for a crush or out partying Friday night. Please check them out, they are AMAZING!

love always, Laken

Album of the Week: Alabama Shakes- Boys & Girls

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This group hits me close to home because they originated in the very area that I live in! (North Alabama) The sound of their music is….for lack of a better word…raw. The quartet, lead by power house singer Brittany Howard, is an actually enjoyable southern, bluesy, rock, soul band. They began to collaborate in 2009 and released their first album, Boys & Girls, in When you listen to any of their songs you literally feel like you could probably punch a wall….in a good way. Sometimes they are good for nice screaming blues music. “So bless my heart and bless yours too. Don’t know where I’m gonna go, don’t know what I’m gonna do,” is a lyric from “Hold On”, one of my favorites and voted Rolling Stones #1 Song of the Year! It relates to many younger and older listeners who don’t know what is next for them in life, because lets face it, none of us do. They just bluntly lay it out there for us! 🙂 The mixes of piano and guitar influences in the bluesy songs as well as Brittany’s beautiful jazz voice make them a great listen! AND they are Grammy nominated for Best New Artist!!!! Watch the Grammy’s on Feb. 10 8/7 c t0 see how they do!

Love always, Laken

Album of the Week: Birdy



This girl has captivated me for a while, and I really needed to blog about her! She is a 15 year old, extremely pretty, fantastic singer, from the U.K. The emotion in all her songs is so deep its unreal. It seems like you can’t feel it being that young, but I am only 2 years older and I feel all the emotion. Her voice is also very grown up. It even reminds me of a young Adele! Her music is a mix of soft pop and indie rock, but definitely full of emotion. Her first single was a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” in 2011 and her self titled album followed that year. Songs like “1901” are, in my opinion, ways of coping as life passes by. “People Help The People” really reaches to the good person in you and convinces you to see the world around you differently( kind of like Alice & Wonderland. ha!)

Please go look her up!!!

Love always, Laken

Album of the Week: The Lumineers


I recently found a mix between Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers that I am in love with! The Lumineers is a blend of acoustic rock, classic pop, and front porch folk. They released their first album in 2012, self titled ‘The Lumineers’.Their lyrics connect so well with everyday life and each song is uniquely different in melody and tone. The song “Classy Girls” is just fun to sing along to while “Ho Hey” is almost like a screaming ballad (at least that is how I sing it!). I like to have the cd in my car because when I am sad I like to sing the soft songs but when I’m riding through town on Friday the big songs are so fun! I hope you all connect with them like I do!

Love always, Laken.

Album of the Week: Mumford & Sons- Babel


I also was recently given this cd for Christmas! I absolutely love it! Mumford & Sons is a London based, folk, rock, country, and bluegrass inspired, four man band! To me, they are very calming, and the lyrics mean something. Lyrics like, ” Love was kind for a time, now just aches and makes me blind..”, are something that anyone can connect with. The lead singer, Marcus Mumford, has an amazing and deep voice that I fell in love with when I first heard it!  Their first album, Sigh No More, which was released in 2009, is another fantastic cd! Please go check them out! 🙂  Although please watch for language in the song Broken Road :/. Enjoy & let me know what you think!

love always, laken.

Album of the Week: Of Monsters & Men- My Head is An Animal

of monsters & menI received this cd for Christmas over my complete love for them. I absolutely love it! They are a six person, Icelandic, indie rock/folk band. They won a singing competition in Iceland and this is their first album. Each song is upbeat but also really calm at the same time. It puts me in a good mood, despite the fact that “Little Talks”, one of the best songs, is about the struggle in a relationship of a man and a woman with a life taking disease. Great lyrics for sad times and beats for good ones!

love. Laken