I’ve been wanting to do another one of my artist deep dives, wherein I listen to every album by an artist I know only casually. My first three deep dives covered Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and Madonna. I found all three very rewarding.
I’ve settled on Bob Marley for the next one, which kicks off today. Apart from the mega-selling greatest hits collection Legend, I have never heard a Marley album all the way through, and I’m excited to learn more about the man and his music.
Along with The Wailers, Marley released 13 studio albums between 1965 and 1983. I’ll feature songs from each of them over the next three weeks.
Apart from a couple of tracks from Face Value and a song from the Tarzan soundtrack, this blog has been mostly a Phil Collins-free zone.
That isn’t by design. I have only positive things to say about Collins, whose soundtrack work alone is worth celebrating, let alone his solo albums and work with Genesis. I jammed out to all of those tunes when I was a teen.
But still, I haven’t gone out of my way to feature him.
I like Random Weekends the best when they unearth a gem that I have long since forgotten, a song that for one reason or another just fell off my radar over time.
We have a great example today with ‘Out On the Town,’ a bonus track from the 2012 album Some Nights by pop rock band fun. This song, like every song on that album, is catchy and smart and anthemic in the most casual way. A real blast.
I was looking for a fifth new release to round out this unofficial theme week, and had to chuckle when I saw that Canadian indie band Arcade Fire had a new album out.
Back in 2013, I made the controversial decision to feature all 16 tracks of Arcade Fire’s celebrated album The Suburbs, much to the consternation of my most loyal readers.
I found that release, a Grammy winner for Album of the Year and a sprawling concept album about suburban malaise, a fascinating and resonant piece of art. The commenters felt differently, to say the least.
Maren Morris seems like a relatively recent arrival to the country pop scene, launched to popularity by her 2016 major label debut Hero and its even better follow-up, 2019’s Girl.
I was surprised to learn that Morris independently released three albums before those, starting back in 2005. That’s a 17-year recording career for a woman who only recently turned 30. Those first few albums, two released before she turned 18, don’t seem to be available anywhere.