Album of the Year: Foggy City Orphan – Cheer Up

I wrote a review of Foggy City Orphan’s Cheer Up back in May, and at time it stopped me in my tracks. There is a real confidence and self assurance in the songs which had me questioning the fact that it is a debut album. For the life of me I just don’t know how Foggy City Orphan are going to top it.

Some albums grab your attention for big riffs or catchy choruses, some for catching a mood or a moment in time, and some for excellent songwriting. Some albums are instant favourites, some take some time to filter through.

Most albums you can give a first listen to while you’re busy doing other things. But once in a while an album comes along that isn’t really any of those things but is so cleverly put together it makes you stop what you’re doing and really listen. This is one of those albums.

From the first little chuckle of the intro to ‘In Reverse’ to the last of the punched out guitar chords of ‘Paper Town’ I stopped rattling on the laptop keyboard to listen to every word, every harmony, every background vocal and guitar noise, absolutely enthralled with everything Cheer Up had to offer.

Read my review here in full, and you will see why this is so easily my Album of the Year for 2019.

Alan Vaughan

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