The Founder’s Best Albums of 2012

It’s nearing the end of the year, so it only seems right to compose a list of favourite albums from 2012. The BBC went for Kendrink Lamar’s ‘good king, m.A.A.d. city’; NME and FILTER chose Tame Impala ‘Lonerism’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’can be fairly consistently found in the top 5 of music magazine polls. Instead of fighting it out, we at The Founder have … Continue reading The Founder’s Best Albums of 2012

Album review: ‘¡Dos!’ – Green Day

Whether it’s due to anger, resentment of just general shenanigans, the trio are delivering a record that devours its way into a chaotic world of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Mischievous female characters are regularly involved in the record: ‘Ashley’ is a comeback to an ex-girlfriend, packed with snarky, cold remarks; a female vocalist predominantly leads the dark but equally compelling ‘Nightlife’ with its … Continue reading Album review: ‘¡Dos!’ – Green Day

Retro Records: Top Five Albums

Chris reveals his favourite albums of all time… Pet Sounds (1966), The Beach Boys – Beautiful orchestration throughout, with lyrics ruminating on love (‘God Only Knows’) and the loss of innocence (‘Caroline, No’) to heart-breaking effect. Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown a year later when he heard ‘Sgt. Pepper’, believing it surpassed this album. He was wrong. Nothing ever has. Revolver (1966), The Beatles … Continue reading Retro Records: Top Five Albums

Album review: Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow – We Are the Ocean

Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow marks a turning point for We Are the Ocean, who return a man down and with a slightly different direction. Adapting to a change as drastic as losing a member is never going to be an easy transition, especially when you make the decision not to replace them. Thankfully though, We Are the Ocean’s latest effort is still a refreshing and … Continue reading Album review: Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow – We Are the Ocean

Album review: Battle Born – The Killers

This month saw the release of the long-awaited fourth studio album from The Killers. Peaking at number one in the UK album chart, Battle Born is confirmation of the evolution of the band’s sound since the rock/pop of Hot Fuss back in 2004. Over the years, the albums have varied a bit in sound and theme but this latest release is a must for fans of … Continue reading Album review: Battle Born – The Killers

Album review: Push and Shove – No Doubt

In a recent interview with MTV, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani claimed that their latest album Push and Shove was a “series of accidents and mistakes.” If that is the case, their experiments are certainly well worthwhile. In a unique blend of their original ska punk/new wave style and contemporary alternative, No Doubt have made a very distinctive, perhaps underrated, comeback. They might have stepped into … Continue reading Album review: Push and Shove – No Doubt

Album review: ¡Uno! – Green Day

Three years after the release of 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s latest album ¡Uno! shows that the band have toned down their social and political lyrical content, following the more conventional message of the stereotypical musicians’ lifestyle: sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It feels as if they’ve stepped away from the more serious topics and descended into more light-hearted messages: lost love, drinking to … Continue reading Album review: ¡Uno! – Green Day

Album review: Come of Age – The Vaccines

The Vaccines have at last returned with their highly-anticipated second album. Come Of Age shows how The Vaccines have developed from a typical one-album-wonder-indie-band into a more substantial musical group. Whilst the lead track ‘No Hope’ illustrates more accomplished riffs and drums from Freddie Cowan and Pete Robertson, it is ‘I Always Knew’ that truly showcases their progress. From the song’s beginning, the combination of a … Continue reading Album review: Come of Age – The Vaccines