This year’s family vacation brings us to the majestic Beehive State, Utah. My family is flying into Las Vegas, spending a couple of days there, then driving through Utah’s “Mighty Five” National Parks before ending up in Denver, Colorado.
I love the idea of Bonnie Raitt, but I’ve never taken the time to listen to much of her music. If somebody asked me what I think of her, I’d say “Oh, Bonnie Raitt, she’s wonderful” but I’d be basing that on maybe three or four songs. Maybe the rest of her catalog is white power heavy metal, but I’m sure I would have heard something about that by now.
1991’s Luck of the Draw is Raitt’s biggest hit, going seven times platinum in the U.S. I own this record (hence its appearance on Random iTunes Weekend) but I’ve probably listened to it all the way through only a couple of times. Still, by my “three great songs make a great album” theory, this one fits the bill. Continue reading
Counting Crows is enjoying a well-deserved strong showing in Montauk Madness, nice to see for a band that has been wrongly dismissed for years by critics and music fans alike.
I feel like it’s time Counting Crows were considered cool again. Recently Adam Duritz (a Golder Warriors fan) joined the team at a San Francisco nightclub to celebrate their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Maybe a little NBA mojo is what he needs. Continue reading
While I’m on the subject of Spanish-language crossovers, I’d be remiss to not mention Luis Fonsi’s runaway hit ‘Despacito.’
The song, boosted by a Justin Bieber cameo, has spent 6 weeks (and counting) at #1 at the time I’m writing, with no signs of slowing down. It is the first Spanish-language song to top Billboard’s Hot 100 since ‘Macarena’ did it back in 1996. Continue reading
Shakira might have lost in ugly fashion to The Beatles in Montauk Madness, but at least she has a hit album on her hands. El Dorado (which translates to The Golden One) is the singer-songwriter’s ninth studio album, and the fourth straight to feature songs in both English and Spanish.
Though my understanding of Spanish is rusty to the point of non-existent, I have always been a bigger fan of Shakira’s work in her native tongue. Parts of her early English-language albums felt more like calculated attempts to expand her audience rather than organic artistic statements. But as that audience has grown, I love that she now jumps between languages when it fits the song and not the marketing plan. Continue reading
I picked up Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama, a week or so back and I’m loving it. No slump here; this is an even more confident and cohesive work than Pure Heroine.
Working with fun. and Bleachers tunesmith Jack Antonoff, Lorde has put together an alt-pop soundscape that still showcases her signature angsty melodrama. Continue reading