Music was my first love. Years before I got into movies and way before world travel was even a glint in my eye, life was mostly about losing myself in records, poring over lyrics and going to gigs. For more on my lifelong and often obsessive love of music, click here.
I was a teenager when I started scribbling down album reviews, firstly for my own entertainment, later on to share with family and friends. If someone had told me that one day I’d be writing music news, album reviews and interviewing singers and bands for a living I’d have probably suffered cardiac arrest. And yet it was my experience with music and film journalism that ultimately gave me the courage to start this travel blog, work as a freelancer and develop my plan to become location independent.
While Leighton Literature’s focus these days is squarely on My Short Stories from around the world and my travel reports, in the site’s early days I also posted a bunch of album reviews. Initially this was done under the banner of “My Top 20 Albums”, a bold statement that, three years later as I reformat the site, seems a little naive to say the least. It’s impossible to categorically state what my favorite twenty albums are, especially for a guy who had about 1200 records at the time he regretfully decided to sell everything off and become a digital nomad.
So instead, I simply invite you to check out some of my album reviews. The twenty records listed below are very special to me for all kinds of reasons and always will be. Feel free to dip in and out and leave a comment if you feel so moved. If just one person comes here and discovers a new artist or album then it’ll all have been worth it!
Leighton – July, 2018.