Beach House – Teen Dream (The ’59) #320

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Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)

 

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010.

Teen Dream was the third studio album by from Beach House and their debut album with the record label Sub Pop, who released it on January 26, 2010.

It received universal acclaim from music critics, who hailed it as one of the best albums of 2010. NME included it in their 2013 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was also included in the 2014 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and In August 2014, Pitchfork ranked it as the fifth best album of the 2010s so far.

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Bat for Lashes – Two Suns (The ’59) #315

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Bat for Lashes – Two Suns (2009)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 51 – 2009.

Two Suns was the second studio album from Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan), released on 3 April 2009 by The Echo Label and Parlophone.

The album was produced by Khan herself and David Kosten (who also worked on her debut album ‘Fur and Gold’). It includes collaborations with members of Yeasayer and Scott Walker.

Two Suns was recorded in segments in California, New York City, London, Brighton and Wales.

Upon its release, it was met with positive reviews from most critics. Additionally, it was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2009, Khan’s second nomination after ‘Fur and Gold’ in 2007.

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (The ’59) #304

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Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today’s the last instalment of year 49 – 2007.

Life in Cartoon Motion was the debut album from singer/songwriter Mika, released in Island in February 2007.

It was produced by Greg Wells and Mika himself, mixed by Wells, with co-production on two songs by Jodi Marr and John Merchant.

The album’s lead single, “Grace Kelly”, stayed at number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks straight and was also an international hit.

‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ rocketed to the Number One position in the UK album charts and subsequently  selling 7.8 million copies worldwide since its release.

The album cover has since been used in a commercial for the iPod Touch.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (The ’59) #302

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Raising Sand is a Grammy-award winning collaboration album from  Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, released on October 23, 2007 by Rounder Records.

It won Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (The ’59) #293

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Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 48 – 2006.

Back to Black was the late Amy Winehouse’ second and final studio album. It was released on 27 October 2006 by Island Records and produced five singles: “Rehab”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Love Is a Losing Game”.

Back to Black was acclaimed by music critics, who praised Winehouse’s songwriting and emotive singing style as well as Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson’s production.

At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, it won Best Pop Vocal Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. At the same ceremony, Winehouse won four additional awards, tying her with five other artists as the second-most awarded female in a single ceremony. The album was also nominated at the 2007 Brit Awards for MasterCard British Album and was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Prize.

A deluxe edition of the album was released in November 2007, containing a bonus disc of B-sides, rare, and live tracks. Winehouse’s debut DVD I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London, released that same month, includes a live set recorded at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and a 50-minute documentary detailing the singer’s career over the previous four years.

Anthony & The Johnsons – I am a bird now (The ’59) #289

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Anthony & The Johnsons – I am a bird now (2005)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 47 – 2005.

I Am a Bird Now was the second album from New York City based Antony and the Johnsons. It won the Mercury Prize on September 6, 2005 and subsequently shot up the UK albums chart from No.135 to No.16 in one week, the biggest jump in the history of the award.

The album features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart, Joan Wasser and by lead singer Anohni’s childhood heroes Boy George and Lou Reed.

The cover is a photograph by Peter Hujar of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling on her deathbed (aptly titled “Candy Darling on Her Deathbed”).

James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (The ’59) #284

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James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (2004)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 46 – 2004.

Back to Bedlam was James Blunt’s debut studio album, released on 11 October 2004 through Atlantic Records.It’s named after the famous psychiatric institution of Bethlem Royal Hospital, which is commonly known as Bedlam.

Initially lingering in the lower regions of the UK Albums Chart in its first few months of release, it became a major international success after its third single, “You’re Beautiful”, was a huge hit worldwide in the Summer of 2005.

Back to Bedlam was the highest-selling album of 2005 in the UK, with over 2.4 million copies sold. By December 2009, the album had been certified 10× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 3 million, making it the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.

It currently ranks as the 18th best-selling album in UK chart history.