While this album didn’t reach its predecessor’s heights, it did reach #1 in a half dozen countries and debuted in the top spot in the U.S., where it ultimately went 5X Platinum. At the time, Katy Perry was pretty much the biggest name in pop music.
The Blade is my favorite Monroe album (though to be fair, I haven’t listened to her most recent release in depth). The production gives this batch of songs a rootsy pop-rock flavor that fits her voice and melodies well. At times on this record Monroe reminds me of an airier Bonnie Raitt.
When Christie McVie passed away a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but imagine the public reaction when her Fleetwood Mac bandmate Stevie Nicks eventually shuffles off this mortal coil. No doubt it will be far more intense.
In part that’s because Nicks is the more flamboyant artist, the scarf-draped mystic who commanded the stage visually while McVie held back. Nicks is also responsible for ‘Landslide’ and ‘Dreams,’ arguably the band’s most popular and beloved songs.
Who else would record a song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989, giving each pop song on the record his own melancholy folk-rock twist? His 1989, released in 2015 a year after the original, is the sort of project I’d love to see attempted again.
It’s the tale of a young man who plays bass in New York, France, and eventually Los Angeles. More of a sketch than a tale, really.
At any rate, I hope it’s festive enough to put those of you who celebrate Christmas in a nice mood heading into the big day.