Song of the Day #4,420: ‘the last great american dynasty’ – Taylor Swift

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to write more about folklore, the surprise new release from Taylor Swift. Well, this week I’ll keep my word by ranking the album’s 16 tracks in order of my preference.

First, let me say up front that folklore is among the best work Swift has ever released. It’s either #1 or #2 on my ranked list of her albums (last year’s Lover claimed the top spot when I published that ranking back in March).

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Song of the Day #4,419: ‘Toys in the Attic’ – R.E.M.

It’s a weekend of cover songs from the Random iTunes Fairy. Today’s track was an outtake from the sessions for R.E.M.’s 1986 album Lifes Rich Pageant.

Aerosmith’s ‘Toys in the Attic‘ was the title song, and first track, of a 1975 album that also featured the hits ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘Sweet Emotion.’ Though it reached only #11 on the Billboard chart, that album has sold more copies than any other Aerosmith record.

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Song of the Day #4,418: ‘Your Love Made a U-Turn’ – Tift Merritt

Today’s Random Weekend track is from Tift Merritt’s sophomore album, 2004’s Tambourine. This song is a cover of a rare cut by James Carr, a 60s soul singer best known for his recording of ‘The Dark End of the Street.’

This album was my first exposure to Merritt, who went on to become one of my favorite artists. I got Tambourine a few weeks before seeing her open for Elvis Costello, and the combination of this great album and her live show made me a fan for life.

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Song of the Day #4,417: ‘Furniture’ – Maude Latour

My final song selection from Sophia is another of the Gen Z women she follows. Maude Latour is a 20-year-old Columbia student who was born in Sweden and raised in London before moving to New York before high school.

Latour’s parents are both political journalists and she is very politically active herself, saying she hopes to be the first president to perform music at her own inauguration.

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Song of the Day #4,416: ‘Check Yes Juliet’ – We the Kings

We the Kings is a band from, of all places, Bradenton, Florida. This is a Sophia find that I probably should have encountered earlier.

The band’s self-titled debut came out in 2007 and they have released seven more albums since then. Today’s song, their biggest hit, sold more than a quarter million copies back in 2007. It, and they, totally missed my radar.

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