5 Albums That Shaped Musician Eoin Dolan

Eoin Dolan shares 5 life changing albums.

Eoin Dolan

 

by Eoin Dolan

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From an early age I’ve enjoyed listening to a wide range of music. People’s experience of an album can vary greatly depending on where they’re at in life. These are just a few of the many records that made an impact on me. Maybe there will be something here to turn you on to a new sound or even a different way of looking at the world. Sharing music is one of the most beautiful, empathetic and powerful things you can do during the bizarre age of the human experience.  


Eoin Dolan
Revolver – The Beatles
When I was a young teenager all my money went on buying records. The Beatles were always top of the list. I was obsessed with the band from an early age.  Revolver is such a simple yet dense album, Its packed with harmony and melody from start to finish, A personal favorite on Revolver is the track ‘I’m only Sleeping’. You can never go wrong with a backwards guitar sound! I also really like the song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’. It captures the McCartney/Lennon vocal blend at its best.

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Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (album)
This album introduced me to French pop music which has become a massive influence on my work. The bass sound on the record gives it a certain groove that I love. Gainsbourg made some very experimental sounds throughout his career but I think this collaboration with Jane Birkin is really something special. Check out the song Jane B. Birkin’s singing on it coupled with the orchestration is absolutely beautiful.

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Desire – Bob Dylan
This album reminds me of my family.  My parents used to play this album on tape over long journeys in the car. The violin playing on Desire really makes it stand out and gives it a certain haunting mystique. Dylan as an artist changed so much through the years but the songs always remained strong and true to his vision.

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Eoin DolanManic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible

The Manic Street Preachers have made some terrific albums in their time but I think The Holy Bible is their strongest piece of work. Its an extremely dark record in every respect. The production alone is so compressed and tight, it really gives a sense of being suffocated and trapped. My cousin put me on to the album and it completely blew my mind. I could completely relate to the Holy Bible’s idea of politics, war and the general human condition. It definitely hit a nerve. No album since has made that kind of impact on me.

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
I can listen to this album over and over again and never get tired with it. The songs on it are so well crafted and put together. Brian Wilson was a very brave man to make a departure from the band’s winning ‘formula’ and you can really feel his heart and soul was put into it. I draw alot of inspiration from this courage because sometimes just being creativity simply isn’t enough if you want to push the boundaries of your own expression.

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