Song of the Day #4,542: ‘Spotlight’ – Jessie Ware

None of the New York Times critics picked my beloved Dua Lipa for their year-end top ten lists, but Lindsay Zoladz did mention Lipa’s Future Nostalgia as one of a few disco-themed albums that made an impact this year.

She gave her seventh slot to another one of those records, the fourth album by English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware. She calls Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure? a “lusty feat of dance-floor escapism.”

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Song of the Day #4,207: ‘Dear God’ – Lawless

Best Movies of the 2010s
#16 – Spotlight (2015)

Of the nine movies so far to win the Best Picture Oscar during the 2010s, only one made my list of the Top 20 films of the decade (that could change depending on how this year’s Academy Awards turn out).

The Oscars got it right by crowning Spotlight, directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, a depiction of the Boston Globe investigative team’s landmark work uncovering systemic child abuse by priests.

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Song of the Day #2,713: ‘Spotlight Main Theme’ – Howard Shore

spotlightWhile this blog is primarily concerned with music, I am just as big a fan of movies and television. So this week I’ll look back at the year in visual entertainment before moving on to my favorite songs of 2015.

I’m way behind on my movie watching this year. I haven’t (yet) seen holiday releases The Hateful Eight, The Big Short, Joy, The Revenant or Concussion, and I still have a lot of catching up to do on releases from earlier in the year as well. Among those are Brooklyn, Trumbo, Carol, Bridge of Spies, Tangerine, Amy, Straight Outta Compton, Sicario and Room.

I’m sure there’s a pretty good top ten list to be had from those titles alone. So my own list is decidedly incomplete.

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Song of the Day #2,113: ‘Spotlight’ – Shakira

shakiraI don’t know if I can defend — on artistic grounds — my enduring affection for Shakira.

Her lyrics are often absurd, and only sometimes intentionally. Her voice can be jarring, even grating. Her music tends toward mid-tempo soft rock with a dash of top 40.

And yet I own, and love, all eight of her studio albums — including five recorded in part or in full in Spanish.

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