Our final selection from the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll is tied at #20 with Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left To Cry.’ The Australian pop singer Troye Sivan closes us out with ‘My My My!’
The song appears on Sivan’s well-received sophomore album, Bloom. This is my first exposure to him (as far as I know) and it’s a nice one. Mellow but catchy.
Robyn makes her second appearance on the Pazz & Jop poll, tied for the #18 spot. ‘Missing U’ was the first single released from her album Honey.
This track sums up what’s great about Robyn. It’s a danceable electro pop song that also brings the feels. She lends a vulnerability to her songs that you usually find in more traditional balladry, but dresses it with a techno sheen.
Lana Del Rey ties for #18 on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll with ‘Venice Bitch,’ the second single from her upcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell.
My tw most-anticipated albums of 2019 are Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride and Del Rey’s newest. She has been relatively prolific (her last album, Lust For Life, came out in the summer of 2017) but she has also yet to disappoint and I know any new material will be rewarding.
The third song tied for 15th on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll is another Kacey Musgraves tune. She clearly hit a nerve with Golden Hour, at least critically. It hasn’t been a runaway commercial hit, at least not yet.
‘Space Cowboy’ was on of the album’s early singles and one of its standout tracks. Musgraves does a nice job mining the cowboy metaphor throughout, and the misdirection of “space cowboy” actually being “space, cowboy” is nifty.
Three songs tied for the 15th spot on Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop poll. One of those is ‘Shallow,’ the one element of A Star is Born that will definitely win an Oscar later this month.
Then comes ‘Slow Burn,’ the lead-off track from Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, which I already noted was the poll’s #1 album overall.
Ella Mai’s ‘Boo’d Up‘ is at #13 in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, and right behind her are America’s royal couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z (billed as The Carters), with their track ‘Apeshit.’
After the pair went through a difficult, and very public, rough patch (documented in stunning fashion on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and in less stunning but still admirable fashion on Jay-Z’s 4:44), they teamed up on an album titled Everything is Love, putting an exclamation point on their reconciliation.
Drake occupies the 10th and 11th spots on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, by himself with ‘Nice For What‘ and paired with Travis Scott on ‘Sicko Mode,’ respectively.
At #12 is a song (and artist) that’s completely new to me: ‘Night Shift’ by Lucy Dacus.
Today is my daughter Fiona’s 13th birthday, so I hope ‘Night Shift’ is an appropriately celebratory song. Happy Birthday, Fiona!