Hey folks! I hope you all don’t think any less of me now that I am
vlogging. It turns out, talking to yourself is very difficult – so I
give the crazy people around my neighborhood a lot of credit for making
it look so easy! This week brings with it a lot of great music from
many different genres, so let’s get to it.
I have to admit, it was a bit jarring for me to try to review this
album after being so obsessed with its first single, “It’s Only You,
Isn’t It.” Where the single is like a hot bass lick to the face, most
of the album’s 11 songs are much more toned down both instrumentally
and in terms of Trullie’s
vocal growl. I had built up an anticipation in my mind that did not
reflect the finished product and was a bit let down at first. Now, my
fourth time through, I’m finding new songs of which to be enamoured. “X Red”
has the punk rock bass complete with hand claps and rebel girl swag
that I need to put a smile on my face. “Caring” is one of my favorite
songs on the album and, oddly enough, one of the more tender songs on
the album. I think it’s because it has a hint of one of my favorite
Britpop bands, Pulp.
this is going to be one of those albums that has a song for every mood.
Just as we finish “Caring,” we go into the slow, deep and dark depths
of “Madeleine,” a song that would make a great theme for Robert Smith‘s Emo Prom Night (in
the best of ways). Stream her album in its entirety over at Spinner.
Also, that picture: me-ow.
Bonnie Raitt — Slipstream (Redwing Records)
I have been lucky enough to see Bonnie Raitt
perform live and, if you’re looking for a legend, she is the real deal,
my friends. That woman can give even the happiest of guitars the blues. Ms. Raitt also has one of those unique voices that is
unmistakably hers, combining a bit of folk, blues and rock into a
fantastic vocal dance. For you young’uns out there reading this who
haven’t heard this woman sing, this album is a great intro and will
also leave long-term fans with happy ears.
— House of Baasa
Apparently I’ve been really digging whatever reaches into the
darkness of my soul and my Lydia Deets
freak flag wants to be flown in its own Pride Parade. If the idea of Siouxsie and the Banshees being
remixed by Zola Jesus or Planningtorock is appealing to you,
then like me, you will be thrilled. I’ve found, more than anything,
that because these songs are complex in their layered sounds — they are
best listened to with headphones that allow you to pick out each piece
of the puzzle — it’s easy to miss
how well they are put together when broadcast into the air. But as a whole, wow, are they tight.
Stream the album over at Spinner and check out “Hundred Hearts” below,
which opens with what I’d like to think is a special wink to Asia’s “Take My Breath Away.”
Now — Gets Over You (The Right Now Music)
Holy crap does singer Stefanie
Berecz have soul. This is less poppy than a lot of the Top 40
soul albums released over the past few years and maybe a bit more
traditional or jazzy. Nevermind what I said about my dark mood,
apparently I’m all over the map. From the irresistably great opener, “I
Can’t Speak For You,” to the album’s great closing song, “‘Til It Went
Wrong,” Gets Over You is a
solid release that is easy to enjoy.
Monica — New Life (RCA Records)
Back in the day, I had the biggest crush on Monica.
Well, she’s still got it going on and to be honest, I feel like she
hasn’t gotten as much of the exposure as she’s deserved over the years.
It’s not that New Life is blowing my mind exactly, but it is
consistently good, which is a lot more than I can say for some of the
more over-hyped artists we’ve been spoon-fed over the years. So far,
standout tracks include “Take A Chance” and both “Cry” and “Time To
Move On” — which would make great songs for either a choreographed
routine on So You Think You Can Dance, or a sex scene in Tyler
Perry’s next movie about a man who is just trying to make
things work for his family while Madea
is still in jail. Those last two are fantastically cinematic and
sensual — a word I hate using unless it’s as appropriate as it is right
Wells — Mama (Partisan Records)
Emily Wells‘ voice
will creep up on you like an odd breeze in a closed room that tickles
your neck and gives you the distinct feeling someone else is in the
room with you. It’s not a bad feeling, but one that sets an obvious
tone and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
is a difficult artist to categorize, which isn’t a bad thing, unless
you’re a writer trying to paint a picture for your readers. So, I will
say, she’s a bit trip-hop, a bit spook-folk and would be a great
soundtrack to any novel written by Kelly Link, who
happens to be one of my favorite authors.
The debut album from these young rockers exceeds expectations and a lot
of that, in my belief, rides on the powerhouse vocals of
singer Emily Armstrong.
Just as I say that, I want to take it back because the band’s sound as
a whole is really enjoyable and the song structures are crafted well
enough for someone normally disinterested in music as heavy as this to
be able to enjoy it.
Honorable Mentions: Dinosaur Feathers,
M. Ward, Pelican, Young Hines, Devin, Trampled by Turtles,
Morgan Page, Datsik, The
Black Seeds, Elliot Yamin, Amadou & Mariam,
Newsies (Original Broadway Recording), Bassnectar, Counting
Crows, Neal Casal.
In case you missed it, Florence + The
Machine gave an incredible MTV
Unplugged performance which is now available to purchase – but
you can also stream the entire show right here.
Also be sure to check out the new video from Kat Devlin, the first official
single from her REM Cycle EP.
We’ve also got a video from a new lesbian rock band on the scene, The Criminal Sisters. Here’s their
video for “Bad Morning.”
That’s all for this week’s new music recommendations! Tomorrow, I’ll be
bringing back my Weekly Women to Listen to column so be sure to check
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