This was the Scottish band’s third album and the follow-up to 1999’s smash hit The Man Who. That record is also excellent, and ushered in an era of emotional rock music alongside Coldplay’s Parachutes. But for my money, The Invisible Band is an even grander achievement.
That album is chock full of beautiful, fragile tracks like today’s Song of the Day, ‘The Cage.’ Lead singer/songwriter Fran Healy has a knack for penning aching choruses that make perfect use of his distinctive tenor voice.
It’s funny how sometimes you lose track of an artist. As a rule, I buy pretty much every new release by the musicians in my collection, the exceptions being those artists who proved to have only one or two strong albums among many. But in those cases, I usually came to that conclusion after trying to keep up with their output and realizing I was seeing diminishing returns.
Sometimes, though, I’ll be right there with a band or singer and then somehow lose sight of them. I owned and loved every Dar Williams album, for example, when one day I realized she’d released two more records without me even knowing.
Today’s song was going to be ‘Pensacola,’ a gritty slice of southern blues rock by Joan Osborne, whose debut album Relish is a woefully under-appreciated gem. But Ms. Osborne, or her handlers, apparently police YouTube like the SS, shooting down any videos containing her songs. I even tried uploading a clip with a completely misleading title but the system scanned the audio track and booted it.