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Top 5 Alternative Pop AlbumsCraving a little alt pop? Scroll below for Talk In Colour’s list of the top 5 alternative pop albums.

Jeff Buckley: Grace 

I think I once splashed out on a copy of Mojo when I was about 16 and it said somewhere that I had to buy Grace. I took a punt and went out and bought it, and pretty much instantaneously fell in love with those angsty guitar riffs, soaring, soulful vocals… It’s just perfect from start to finish. If you’re only going to live to make one album… (Mary)

Bjork: Vespertine

Discovered this at Uni. This was my Bjork ‘gateway’ album. Incredible from start to finish. The first time I heard ‘It’s Not Up To You’ was a semi-religious moment. Writing in your second language brings about such weird, unique lyrical twists.. And the scope of her arrangements combined with that sort of style of singing-with-your-whole-body… I don’t really know how else to describe it. She’s just a powerhouse, vocally, creatively…(Mary)

 The Beatles-Revolver

An obvious choice perhaps, but in my opinion the finest album ever made. Sheer pop genius from start to finish (apart from the execrable Yellow Submarine). George Martin’s production is sublime, and “Tomorrow Never Knows” sounds as fresh today as when it was made in 1966, nearly 50 years ago. (Kat)

Joni Mitchell – Blue 

Well this is just a classic isn’t it? Every single track is just perfect, and it’s a master-class in song writing. I’m a big Joni Mitchell fan, she such and incredible artist and storyteller – but if I had to pick an album it would be this. (Chris) 

Joanna Newsom- Ys

I was completely obsessed with this album over a period of several months, and I would make up in the night with the gorgeous songs swirling round my head. It was a big shift from her first album, Milk-Eyed Mender, and owes a lot to Van Dyke Parks’ lush orchestration. Also her vocals were recorded by Steve Albini, more famous for producing the likes of the Pixies, Nirvana and PJ Harvey, but in his hands her vocals are mellow and sweet. As a harp player, she steers clear of flabby clichés such as big glissandi and arpeggios, favouring repetitive, syncopated rhythms and taut triplets. But even as a fellow harpist, I love Newsom’s work for her lyrics above all else. (Kat)

Talk In Colour are a London based five-piece who create a ground breaking combination of electronica, folk and indie, combined with live instruments and dirty bass-lines. Describing their sound as cinematic future pop, the band have been lighting up the London music scene by gathering a great live reputation and glowing reviews for their music. You can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

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Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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