15.10.2021: UK Music staff pick their favourite albums created by women as National Album Day celebrates women in music.
National Album Day, which takes place on Saturday October 16, is an annual day in recognition of the album. This year the focus is on women in music, spanning genres and decades, so UK Music staff have shared some of the album’s by women that we have found enjoyable, moving or inspiring.
Take a look at our picks below.
Sigrid – Chill My Vibes
An EP from earlier this year following her debut album Sucker Punch in 2019. Wonderful energetic music from Norway. We all need positivity and beauty in 2021; in particular in England at this moment. Hopefully, she releases a full album soon.
A good introduction to her music is her live performance with the German Rundfunktanz Orchester Ehrendorf on 8 October 21, broadcast of which is available online. That’s all you need, actually- enjoying her music instead of reading inadequate verbose descriptions by a lawyer.
Communications Manager Jennifer Geddes
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
It was 2009 and among a sea of boys in indie bands there were some fantastic women who were carving their own unique fantastically creative paths. Among others emerging there were Florence Welch, Laura Marling, Emma-Lee Moss and Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes. I was in my early 20s and it was inspiring. I’ve chosen Two Suns because it’s one of those albums that creates a whole world that you just want to get swept up in like Dorothy in Oz.
Polcy & Campaigns Officer Matt Bold
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (Deluxe)
Emotion is just a lot of fun. From the floating opening bars of Run Away with Me, through the fragmentary vignettes of LA Hallucinations and concluding with the breathless Favorite Color Carly Rae Jepsen takes you through an 80s infused percussive landscape full of fulfilled and unfulfilled longing.
Perfect Friday afternoon listening to keep you perked up and tapping away, though I may not be doing anyone any favours by reminding them the ridiculously catchy I Really Like You exists. Good luck getting that out of your head for the next few days…
Depty CEO & Director of Public Affairs Tom Kiehl
Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes is a fantastic album. Emotionally brutal with no subject off limits – religion, guilt, trauma, parental relationships, lost love, abuse and magic to mention a few. It’s a rollercoaster of feelings mixed with humour and intelligence. Tori’s idiosyncratic vocal delivery combines beautifully with her magnificent musicianship. I defy anyone to not be moved by songs like the majestic Winter or stark Me and a Gun.
Director of Education & Skills, Dr Oliver Morris
Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
A genuinely life-changing album for me was Tracy Chapman’s eponymous debut. I would have been around 11 years old when it was released and my Mum played it on a loop. It spoke to me about politics and love and told such fascinating and raw stories with well-drawn characters that I was hooked. It was probably the first time I saw (and interrogated) the link between politics and music and it may have been the early spark that led me to work many decades later in a space that combines the two at UK Music…
Want to get involved in National Album Day?
Take part in the Album Cover Challenge. Recreate an album cover by a woman artist, and share on TikTok, Instagram Reels or YouTube Shorts using #albumcoverchallenge and #nationalbumday or film a short video (ideally 20-30 seconds max) in landscape on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram talking about your favourite album by a woman/woman-led artist. It can be something that has inspired you, something new, or a classic that you always turn to.
Find out more at nationalalbumday.co.uk.
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