Ben Walton's Top Albums of 2014
10) Grant Nicholas - Yorktown Heights
Feeder's Grant Nicholas went down the familiar lead-singer-does-a-solo-album route this year, and the results weren't too bad in the end. Yorktown Heights is a more sombre and acoustic take on the recognisable sounds of his regular band but there is still plenty of bite and energy on tracks like 'Joan of Arc' and 'Time Stood Still'. On Yorktown Heights, Nicholas proved he could pen a tune with more emotional depth than anything about a CD player player player player player.
9) CJ Wildheart - Mable
Not exactly a surprise that a member of The Wildhearts did a solo album this year, but CJs first solo work in seven years is an absolute mother of a sonic gut punch. The power pop blitzkrieg comes thick and fast with songs like 'Better Late Than Never', 'Devil' and the album highlight 'Vitriol'. CJ took the opportunity of his second solo outing to prove that The Wildhearts was never a one man show.
8) Beck - Morning Phase
2014 saw the welcome return of the musical equivalent of Willy Wonka, Beck. Morning Phase revisited the acoustic sounds of his seminal 2003 album Sea Change, with an added dash of optimism. The four years Beck took out between this and his last studio album obviously did him some good as Morning Phase features some of his best songs, such as 'Blue Moon', 'Waking Light' and the gorgeous 'Heart Is A Drum'.
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The British rocker is currently working on Lost Domain, which will include tracks about his late father George's battle with Alzheimer's disease and the impact his condition, which causes severe memory loss and confusion, had on his family prior to his death in 2011.
Wheeler says, "He'd always been such a together man. It was bewildering to see him with Alzheimer's. This extremely rational person, starting to see things that weren't there and becoming very paranoid. It was awful watching him deteriorate."
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Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri are joined by a string of special guests including Tom Odell, Tim Wheeler and Dom Howard, on 'The Snowman and The Snowdog' soundtrack.
Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri are joined by a string of special guests on 'The Snowman and The Snowdog' soundtrack.
The pair joined forces with the 60-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra, a choir of their pals and musicianship from an all-star line-up, which included Tom Odell on piano, ex-Bond member Haylie Ecker on violin, Ash frontman Tim Wheeler on guitar, Muse's drummer Dom Howard and Arisrazabal Hawkes from Guillemots on bass when recording the album at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios.
And it could be that some of the stars join the pair for some special live shows next month, when Andy, Ilan and the orchestra perform a series of live-to-picture concerts at London's Union Chapel.
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The rocker made sure to test the soundtrack for The Snowman And The Snowdog on his daughter, Chloe, and he knew that if she enjoyed it, the music was sure to be a hit.
Burrows also employed the talents of Muse drummer Dominic Howard and Ash singer/guitarist Tim Wheeler for the Tv follow-up to Briggs' Oscar-nominated 1982 animated film - and they jumped at the chance to be involved.
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Blur guitarist Graham Coxon is writing songs for a fictional Britpop band in a new film called 'The Wanderers'.
The musician is teaming up with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler to pen tracks for a fictional Britpop band in a movie called 'The Wanderers'.
The film is set in 1996 - the heyday of both Blur and Ash - and will feature the exploits of a group on The Rise in the British music scene. The story bears resemblance to that of Graham's band, as in the movie, the group come from Colchester, Essex, Southern England - where Graham and Blur singer Damon Albarn first met as children.
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Tim Wheeler - Ash frontman Tim Wheeler and girlfriend Emma Lee Moss (aka Emmy The Great) Dublin, Ireland - were guests on Tony Fenton's Today FM radio show to perform tracks from their new duet album 'This is Christmas' Thursday 8th December 2011
Ash sounded like The Undertones by accident, as when they started they were trying to copy the sound of American grunge bands.
Ash sounded like The Undertones by accident.
The 'Girl From Mars' hitmakers were often compared to the 'Teenage Hits' group when they started their career in 1992, but were initially confused as to why as they had tried to copy the sound of their favourite grunge bands.
Singer Tim Wheeler explained: "Actually, to be honest, we sounded like The Undertones before we'd ever heard them.
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Ash singer Tim Wheeler is planning a ''fun'' set of Pixies songs for a show in London.
The 'Girl From Mars' rocker is set to perform the covers alongside four groups for this year's JD Set concert in London, and said it didn't take him long to choose which band he wanted to pay tribute to.
She explained to BANG Showbiz: "They said to me I can work with whoever I want and can do any band or any album you like.
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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has joined Coldplay in their studio to help them record tracks for their upcoming album.
Northern Irish rocker Tim was invited to sessions for the 'Viva La Vida' band's new album by singer Chris Martin because he is a big fan of the vocal melodies he writes.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Chris has always had a soft spot for Ash. They were quite close in the early days and have shared a number of bills over the years.
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The couple dated for six years and got engaged last year (04) - with a wedding planned for the near future.
But friends say the pressure of Ash's punishing tour schedule and the break-up of Nugent's band THE ALICE BAND took their toll on the romance.
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