Indie Rockers The Antlers’ fifth studio album continues their journey of slow and involving rhythms with nice matching lyrics. If you like Indie Rock and relaxing tunes, this is a good match for you!
Who would have guessed it? Weird Al Yankovic has returned full force and at the top of the charts!!! I’ve liked Weird Al since his “Eat it” and “Fat” days; I even loaded my kids’ iPads with his songs so they would know some of the ’80s classics with funny lyrics. And now Weird Al is the talk of the town again. This album was awesome! From his rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” as “Foil” to Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” as “Inactive,” he still has the talent with words and the musical ability to pull off some hilarious parodies. His “Mission Statement” in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and “Word Crimes” in the style of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, are sure to become classics. If you haven’t listened to this one yet, you’re missing out!
Electronica group Thievery Corporation have returned to top form with Saudade, a pleasurable album full of Brazilian-inspired tunes. There are songs in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and English to entertain a global audience with slow and groovy rhythms in Bossa-Nova, Samba, and Bolero styles. Nice work!
Big Head Todd & The Monsters are still rocking away and producing good music. This veteran Rock band did well in waiting 4 years to release a new album… they sound fresh, their bass is still on target, and overall they seem ready to add another 30 years to their already long career. This one is worth a listen if you don’t know this band yet.
What better way to listen to Italian American artist Christina Perri’s latest album than enjoying some pasta at an awesome local venue? Lotsa Noodles has a great selection of pasta, and my favorite is called Spicy Cajun. Yum! OK, enough about the food. Christina Perri’s new album is not nearly as entertaining as her debut. The songs sound very common and mainstream now, and her uniqueness is gone. I really hope she decides to go back to what made her first album such a huge hit.
I am always skeptical when a band chooses a name that is very cool and creative… it usually means that the music is not that good. However, Indie Rock/Alternative band Phantogram surprised me with this amazing album. Think of Phantogram as a mixture of Arcade Fire with Imagine Dragons and hints of Joy Division. Totally cool! I will definitely listen to this again and see if my feeling that this is one of the year’s best albums holds true.
I thought I would never say this about Willie Nelson, but “What a pleasant album!” Of all of his records (and there are many!), this is probably my favorite. This kind of Country music is so nice, peaceful and meaningful–the lyrics are as important as the melodies. I think Willie Nelson has outdone himself on this one. Recommended!