Album I can't live without: Apocalyptica's Reflections
The album I can't live without
The 2003 album Reflections by Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica is most definitely the album I could not live without.
The reasons for this have become so entwined with my life that it is almost impossible to separate my initial love of this album with the memories and feelings that it now invokes.
I bought the album sound unheard from a little alternative record store in my home town in Taranaki. This was when I was 15, before I was familiar with YouTube, and in the days of clunky school computers that wouldn't allow audio to be played easily.
I was intrigued by the concept of metal, or rock music that came only from cellos, so I bought the album. I remember getting back to my dorm room, and putting it into a borrowed CD player and the most amazing sounds filling the room. It was love.
I quickly amassed a collection of Apocalyptica's albums and became one of those music hipsters who regularly said things like "oh, they're my favourite band, you've probably never heard of them", until one day I met somebody who had.
He was tall, blond, handsome, owned all their CD's and you'll never believe it - played the cello.
Our combined love of cello music turned into a love of each other and from somewhat shallow beginnings a great romance, relationship and marriage was born.
Last year I walked down the aisle at our wedding to the song my 15-year-old self had loved so much all those years ago - Faraway. The best song of all. The third song on the album. The album I couldn't live without.
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