Hello everybody! Sorry I missed you last week but I was too busy spending time with the cutest lady in all the land. A great time was had by all but I am happy to be home and hanging out with some people my own age. We’ve got some really great music coming out today so let’s hop to it!
Jennifer Hudson — I Remember Me (Arista)
Considering the fact that I want J-Hud’s Weight Watchers commercial song as my ringtone (I still can’t find it) it should come as no surprise that this velvet-voiced beauty is my number one pick today. Her song “No One Gonna Love You” starts out by reminding us, “I’ve been through some things, please don’t hold that against me,” and boy has she come out of the other side shining. Now more than ever, her sound reminds me of one of my other faves, Mary J. Blige. This is pure R&B goodness and you can stream the whole thing on her Facebook page.
Various Artists — Sucker Punch Soundtrack (WaterTower Music)
This is probably one of the only times you’ll see a movie soundtrack put in the second position but when I saw the tracklist I nearly peed myself with excitement. I’m talking Bjork, Skunk Anansie, Alison Mosshart and even the stars of the film get to sing (and do it well). It’s as if my junior year of college now had its own soundtrack, too!
Keren Ann — 101 (Blue Note)
I’m not going to lie, if I could flash my boobs to one album on today’s list, it would be this one. French pop can just do it for me and Keren Ann’s “My Name is Trouble” is probably how every girl I’ve ever dated has felt about me at some point. For fans of Seu George and Zooey Deschanel’s voice, you’ll be very happy with this purchase.
Sky Ferreira — As If EP (Capitol)
The five-song EP is packed with pop that easily goes from rock fueled by teenage angst to a more dreamy indie electrogaze sound. Her song “Obsession” takes a page from the early hit of Avril Lavigne or Kelly Clarkson. Her cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Animal” is fantastic. I’m expecting great things from this relative newcomer.
If By Yes — Salt on Glass Sea (Chimera)
We’ve got a new supergroup on our hands! Petra Haden (That Dog) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) have been long-time (but slow-time) collaborators and have finally put out an album filled with dreamy avant-music with guests like David Byrne and members of Japanese band Cornelius. With the Asian influence being so palpable, this album could actually be a sister album to Byrne’s Here Lies Love.
Laura Jansen — Bells (Universal Music BV)
I’m not super familiar with Jansen’s music but there is no denying the sweetness of her voice. She is a melodic singer songwriter in the same vein of Sara Bareilles. Something that took me off guard though, was her song, “Wicked”, where her sense of humor – and her crassness – comes out. I’m a big fan of the crass.
Honorable Mentions: Richard Ashcroft, James Black, Edwyn Collins, Duran Duran, Green Day (live CD/DVD), Gucci Mane, If By Yes, Josh Kelley, Panic! At The Disco, Pharoahe Monch, Saliva, Soundgarden, The Strokes, Yellowcard and Bing Ji Ling.