It’s time for another round up of women putting out new music this week and, I can’t lie, I’m in a terrible mood. I don’t know why my chi is so bad this week but I have had some less than stellar experiences such as pulling my quad muscle while almost falling down a flight of stairs at work and having an elbowing match with an older woman sitting next to me and invading my space on the bus yesterday.
Oh life! You know? It’s like sometimes things are awesome and other times you find someone else’s hair in your mashed potatoes.
I’m going to do my best to do deep breathing exercises and not take out my rage on the musicians being showcased below.
Rihanna — Loud (Island Def Jam)
Even though I’m not a fan of her with red hair, Rihanna really does it for me. As far as I’m concerned — OK, I’m gonna go ahead and say it — she’s the best mainstream pop artist out there right now. She’s gorgeous, she’s got a unique voice and she’s able to infuse rock, hip-hop and balladry into her albums. If I could have her puppies, I probably would.
Nelly Furtado — The Best of Nelly Furtado (Geffen Records)
Sometimes I get surprised when musicians put out “Best Of” albums, especially when I don’t recall them making more than two albums. Nelly is one of those artists that took me by surprise but now that I’m paying attention (and feeling old in the process) she’s been making music in both English and Spanish for 10 years and there are a lot of hot jams attributed to her name. If you haven’t checked her music out before, fans of hip-pop and adult contemporary will enjoy.
Annie Lennox — A Christmas Cornucopia (Decca Records)
The venerable singer has put out a gorgeous album that isn’t just good to listen to on Christmas Eve, but for any time you feel the winter spirit. Give me this album, a cup of hot chocolate with vegan marshmallows, some boxes to wrap, a Christma-Haunnuka tree to decorate and some cookies to eat and let’s call it a day! (One note: The song “Lullay Lullay” makes me laugh a little because it’s got a hint of aggro-attitude.)
Stereolab — Not Music (Drag City)
The latest electro-pop goodness from the London quartet is exactly what we’ve come to expect from them (which makes sense since these recordings came from the same sessions that brought forth their last album). Layered angelic voices, soft and sweet, bossa nova, synths – it’s actually a really interesting type of music. While it should be calming due to the vocals, the instrumentals bring with them a bit of panic. Here’s a free download of their single, "Sun Demon" to help you see what I mean.
Pink — Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (LaFace Records)
We’ve got another hot greatest hits album to celebrate this week and I actually know all of the songs on it – which is exciting for me and I can totally get on board with all of these jams. Pink’s music is full of energy and passion and this album has a place in any pop lover’s collection.
Sick of Sarah — 2205 (Adamant Records)
Last but certainly not least are hard rocking popsters, and friends of AfterEllen.com, Sick of Sarah. We’ve seen how fun they are to be around and heard the great things they do on the road, so it’s no surprise their latest album, with its heavy bass lines and fierce guitar licks led by Abisha Uhl‘s powerhouse vocals make you wish you could take some time off to be their roadie on their next tour. If you’re reading, ladies, call me.
Honorable Mentions: Nelly, Rascal Flatts, Josh Groban, Florence + The Machine (live album), The Queers, Akon, Mason Jennings, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows soundtrack, Josh Groban, Kid Rock, Bombay Bicycle Club and Loreena McKennitt.
That’s all for this week, check back here tomorrow for your Weekly Women to Listen to.