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.