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Danke an die Musiker von Dear Reader für ihre jeweilige Inselauswahl.
Cherilyn MacNeil (Piano, Guitar, Voice):
- – This is my favourite album of all time. My cousin gave it to me when I was 12 or 13, and I have vivid memories of first listening to it on my headphones in the car on a long trip with my family. I think I listened to "Paranoid Android" a hundred times. I was completely blown away by the freedom in the music, the madness. It was like reading a fantasy story and getting sucked into another world.
- Joni Mitchell "Blue" – There are so many Joni Mitchell songs that I am in love with, but if I have to pick an album, then I'll have to go with this one, because it has so many of my favourites. She is just incredible – so unique, so soulful. Her music completely permeates my mood. It takes over my emotions.
- Laura Veirs "Year of Meteors" – I think Laura Veirs is another unique and wonderful gem in the world. Her songs are like poems, odes to nature. Her voice is fragile and raw. The production on her albums with Tucker Martine is so beautiful, so clever, so full of groove and so uplifting.
- Fionn Regan "The End of History" – I discovered this album by chance when sifting through a pile of promo copies I had been given. The production is very simple – it's mostly just him and his guitar, and it lets the songs speak for themselves. The songs are all so strong, it's impossible to pick a favourite. And I love it when that happens.
- Menomena "Friend & Foe" – I started listening to this record after our friends took us to see the band live in London. I found the music extremely challenging, and was compelled to try and get my head around it. I had to listen to the album five times before it suddenly clicked into place. After that, we were inseparable. I listened to it every day for three months straight. I still listen to it. I never get tired of it.
- Talking Heads "Fear of Music" – A few years ago I watched a Live-DVD of this band. I loved it and went out to find all their records. They're all great, but this one is my favourite.
- Andrew Bird "Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs" – He whistles so well, it's amazing. I put this on to practice my own whistling skills.
- Ben Folds Five "Whatever & Ever Amen" – This is my girlfriend's favourite album and so we listen to it all the time. Thankfully it's a firm favourite of mine as well.
- Laura Veirs "Year of Meteors" – I think that the production on this album is genius The way all the sounds fit together makes me smile.
- Midlake "The Trials of Van Occupanther" – I started listening to this album just before we were invited to play at SXSW in 2007. I really enjoyed the band and music and tried to get into their show at the festival, but unfortunately, it was sold out. I think from there on out this became one of the albums I listen to most often, perhaps to console myself because I couldn't see them live.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo's Factory" – I grew up listening to CCR on the road to Port Alfred where my dad would yearly run a 100 mile (160km) race. Now it always makes me think of the Cowie Beach Cabana's where we stayed and the mini golf course around the corner.
- Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two "Get Rhythm" – Johnny Cash was amazing at everything he did, but this record has many of my favourite songs of his. Also if you have it on vinyl (like I do) it sounds absolutely incredible.
- Dire Straits "Brothers In Arms" – This is another influence of my father's. He was a huge Straits fan and as with Creedence Clearwater Revival, I was surrounded with Dire Straits for most of my youth. "Sultans Of Swing" was one of the songs that got me interested in playing drums.
- Iron Maiden "Powerslave" – Every Iron Maiden record is brilliant, but for me "Powerslave" is the marker for when they were at their peak. The songs on this album are some of the most famous Iron Maiden songs and have been covered by many many bands over the years.
- Bad Religion "New Maps Of Hell" – Bad Religion have released 14 albums to date, all of which are legendary. This latest album captures a modern take on their music as well as the classic 1980's California punk sound. It made me want to listen to every song they've ever written on repeat for the rest of my life.