Song of the Day #4,860: ‘Appreciate’ – Paul McCartney

It’s funny how fast new music comes and goes. I remember buying and enjoying Paul McCartney’s 2013 album, New, his first collection of original material in six years. I played it a lot that year. I don’t think I’ve played it once since.

At the time, the album was hailed as McCartney’s best in years. I haven’t listened to much of his solo work, so you won’t get an argument from me. But even McCartney’s best album in years isn’t quite good enough to break into my regular rotation.

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Song of the Day #4,859: ‘Texas Never Whispers’ – Pavement

Today’s featured song is the third Random Weekend selection from Pavement’s 1992 album Slanted and Enchanted.

Because I own the 2002 Luxe & Reduxe version of the record, all of the selections so far have been from the bonus material and not the album proper. They’ve also all been pretty bad.

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Song of the Day #4,858: Throwing Good After Bad’ – Brandi Carlile

Concluding my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

Carlile finishes off In These Silent Days with the delicate piano balled ‘Throwing Good After Bad,’ one of the most enigmatic songs on the album. She says it’s about her family — the one she was born into, not the one she made.

It’s a sad, plaintive song and it ends an often hopeful album on a somber note.

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Song of the Day #4,857: ‘Sinners, Saints and Fools’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

Carlile returns to Elton John territory on the album’s penultimate track, unleashing a blistering rocker about religious hypocrisy.

‘Sinners, Saints and Fools’ is written as a parable about a so-called Christian who turns his back on immigrants only to suffer the same fate at the Pearly Gates.

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Song of the Day #4,856: ‘Stay Gentle’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

The eighth song on In These Silent Days is a lovely lullaby written for Carlile’s young daughters, counseling them to hold on to the innocence of youth.

This song has an old country feel that reminds me of k.d. lang. Carlile’s voice is a perfect match for this sort of earnest love letter.

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