Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines praises Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys

Left back selects his albums of the year and tips for 2013

Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines praises Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys

Photo: PA

Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines has selected his albums of the year, picking out Tame Impala, Jack White and Richard Hawley as his favourites.

The defender, who keeps an infrequent blog about his favourite new music on Everton's website, selected Dr John's 'Locked Down' as his album of the year, saying that the production skills of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach had impressed him on the record. Baines also picked Richard Hawley's 'Standing On Sky's Edge' as another of this year's best from the past twelve months and picked fellow Sheffield stars Arctic Monkeys as his single of the year for 'R U Mine?'.

Writing on the club's official website, Baines rounded off his picks of the year by reccomending albums from Jack White, Paul Weller, Lana Del Rey, Bob Dylan, The XX, Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Grizzly Bear, Cat Power and Eugene McGuinness to fans of the team. Speaking about NME's album of the year, 'Lonerism' by Tame Impala, Baines wrote: "It builds on the psychedelic sound that Innerspeaker possessed and while still full of distortion, fuzz and effects, it is also more melodic and the songwriting is improved from Kevin Parker, whose multi-tracked vocals are very Lennon-esque." There is also a section for best debut albums, Baines selecting the albums by Toy, Melody's Echo Chamber and Merseyside band By The Sea.

Baines also looked into his crystal ball and tipped some new bands for success, including Haim, Savages and The Wicked Whispers.

Football players don't tend to be into indie music and guitar bands too much, though Joey Barton can often be found quoting Morrissey on Twitter, Baines will be back in action this weekend when Everton take on Manchester City.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith cover The Rolling Stones - watch
Foo Fighters announce January 2015 live dates
Johnny Flynn stars in new trailer for Channel 4 sitcom 'Scrotal Recall' - watch
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today