Album: Making Mirrors
Comments: Last week I was browsing for new music specifically for this column. I wasn’t paying much attention to what I was listening to, but then I heard this amazing song titled “Somebody I Used to Know”. You know how people always say “this song was written for me?” Well, I say it too, but it’s usually bullsh*t, but this song? This song I can actually relate to. Other stand outs on Making Mirrors are “In Your Light” and “State of the Art”.
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Comments: Controversy, suburb rapping, and an vehement level of just not giving a f-bomb. Probably one of the few album that can still be played a decade later and doesn’t feel dated, still keeping you enthralled. With the amount of music releasing on a weekly basis, sometimes it’s best to play the classics, like meeting an old friend that hasn’t changed. That will never change.
Artist: Andrew Bird
Album: Noble Beast
Comments: In celebration of having the opportunity to see Andrew Bird live in a couple months, I decided to unearth his catalog for a weekend of easy listening. Noble Beast is one of Bird’s more recent albums and, if I may, one of the best. Songs like “Masterswarm” have this jog-pace feel that refrains from rushing, but never drags. The cover, resembling a sunrise over a plain, seems to perfectly embody the mood of the album. It will always have something interesting to offer, but won’t be in your face about it’s quality.
Artist: David Gray
Album: White Ladder
Comments: David Gray’s White Ladder has been playing non-stop this whole week. Maybe it’s the bluesy and slow, winterish vibe of the whole album or his lovely lyrics and equally impressive voice. I don’t know for sure but something has me hooked. Songs like “Sail Away” and “Please Forgive Me” make me wish I was actually in a relationship. While listening to his music, I realize we may have a shortage of talented one-man singer/songwriters. White Ladder was released in 1999, but the songs feel as relevant as ever. I think everyone can relate to the optimism and hope that are expressed in This Year’s Love, especially in January. The whole album has a really slow dance, red wine and candles vibe to it and honestly, taken or not, sometimes that is just what you need.