Well hello there, my beautiful group of musically-inclined readers. It seems as though June is the month for fantastically crafted albums put out for our listening pleasure by some of the greatest female musicians of our time. Happy Pride to us indeed.
Now, on top of it being Pride month, I have decided that this is the year I’m going to train to run a 10k. I’ll be using the jams of this month’s top-spotted albums to get me through the huffing and puffing (and probably crying) involved with my training.
Robyn — Body Talk Pt. 1 (Konichiwa Records)
Robyn has long been a dance pop princess but the Swede has graduated to queen-like status for me with this 9-song album that comes complete with my new life anthem, “Don’t F—ing Tell Me What To Do.”
Sarah McLachlan — Laws of Illusion (Arista)
Coming in at a close second is the Lilith Fair creator and musician who has practically cornered the market on albums lesbians must own. Seriously, I can’t even tell you how many times I sat in my dorm room listening to Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing on repeat, trying to journal my feelings of unrequited love. So emo.
Anywho, it’s been a while since I’ve seen McLachlan in anything other than the ASPCA ads that make me cry and run away from my television for ten minutes until they’re over. I’m happy to report, she hasn’t lost her ability to touch your soul with her voice. I know I’ll be waving my bra in the air hoping to catch a glimpse of this Canadian beauty at Lilith Fair this summer.
Also on sale today is the 2010 Lilith Fair compilation album featuring a handful of this year’s performers including, Court Yard Hounds, Kate Miller-Heidke, Corinne Bailey Rae and Tegan and Sara.
Rasputina — Sister Kinderhook (Filthy Bonnet Recordings)
I’ll be the first to tell you Rasputina isn’t for everyone. Their vocal stylings, while different, are still darkly similar to that of CocoRosie, but they incorporate more string instruments — which I love.
Uffie — Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans (Ed Banger Records)
Some of you may be following the beef between Ke$ha and Uffie, but for those of you who aren’t, Uffie came first and her voice doesn’t make me want to shove a Q-tip all the way through my cranium to clean my head of the filth left by Animal. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of hate mail for that, but I stand by my convictions.
Uffie sounds like an electronic foul-mouthed pixie who will cuss at you with a beautiful smile on her face. While her voice is more appealing than Mike Skinner‘s (The Streets), you can expect the same sing-songy speaking in place of actual scales.
Cowboy Junkies — Renmin Park (Cowboy Junkies Inc.)
The Like — Release Me (Geffen Records)
As much as I wish this were an ode to Wilson Phillips it isn’t. That’s ok, I’ll turn my frown upside down because thanks to a doo wop mod makeover from Mark Ronson, the lovely quartet not only look the part, they also sound it.
Lucy Woodward — Hooked! (The Verve Music Group)
Breathy, jazzy soul makes up the third album from Woodward. Pour yourself a glass of port, find a comfy spot on your couch and cut yourself some slices of cheese to eat while enjoying this album. If you’re a fan of the Chicago soundtrack or theatrical music, you’ll enjoy this.
Honorable Mentions: Devo, We Are Scientiests, Juanes, Morcheeba.