Player Picks: Albums

Player Picks: Albums

​In the latest of our #StayAtHome content, brought to you by Galbraith, we’ve had our squad bring you their Player Picks.

This week, the boys have put their heads together to bring you their top album recommendations, the perfect distraction for when we’re out for a weeknight run or cooking in the kitchen - all brought to you by Galbraith.

Hot Fuss by The Killers - recommended by Nic Groom

"I always find this impossible to answer, but I'll have to go for Hot Fuss by The Killers!"

We get started with an early 2000's classic as Nic Groom recommends the Killers's debut album Hot Fuss. With so many memorable tunes including Mr Brightside, Smile Like You Mean It and Smile Like You Mean It, this was, and still is, one of the bet indie albums released in the naughties.

The album reached number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the UK Albums Chart. As of December 2012, Hot Fuss had sold more than seven million copies worldwide, including more than three million in the United States and more than two million in the United Kingdom, where it has been certified seven-times platinum.

Affirmation by Savage Garden - recommended by Ben Toolis

"If you grew up in Australia, you'll understand why... Great tunes!"

We weren't expecting to see this album on the list, but Ben Toolis comes out of the blue to recommend an Australian right of passage, recorded by Aussie pop duo, Savage Garden.

The album was released on 9 November 1999 by Columbia Records. It won the 2000 ARIA Music Award for Highest Selling Album and it was nominated the 2000 ARIA Best Pop Release but lost to Kylie Minogue's Spinning Around - another Aussie classic!

The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - recommended by Mark Bennett

"Amazing live, remember seeing him in Glasgow and it was quality."

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came out of relative obscurity when their debut album as released in 2012, but it was an instant classic with a plethora of No. 1 tracks such as Thrift Shop, Can't Hold Us and Same Love.

The album sold 78,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, and at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

On January 26, 2014, it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, where it was also nominated for Album of the Year and earned Macklemore and Ryan Lewis the award for Best New Artist.

Sunny Side Up by Paolo Nutini - recommended by Lewis Carmichael

If you grew up or live in Scotland then there's a very high chance that you've downloaded or streamed this album at some stage or another!

With plenty of entertaining tracks such as Candy, Coming Up Easy and Pencil Full of Lead, the Scottish singer's second studio album proved to be a massive success

The album was the eighth best-selling album in the United Kingdom of 2009 and the sixth of 2010. On 3 January 2010, Sunny Side Up topped the UK Albums Chart for a second time, making it the first number-one album in the United Kingdom of 2010 and the decade.

AM by Arctic Monkeys - recommended by Charlie Shiel

"I have a lot of my music on Spotify and a lot of individual songs, but one that has been about for a while is Arctic Monkeys' AM. It's always a go to."

Released in 2013, Shiel's pick sees us stick with an indie theme as he recommends the Arctic Monkey's fifth studio album, AM.

The album was promoted by the singles "R U Mine?", "Do I Wanna Know?", "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?", "One for the Road", "Arabella", and "Snap Out of It". It features guest appearances by Josh Homme, Bill Ryder-Jones, and Pete Thomas.

The album received critical acclaim from music critics and featured in many year-end lists as one of the best of 2013. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize for best album, hailed the Best Album of 2013 by NME magazine, and featured at number 449 on NME's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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