Let’s face it, there is too much music out there to keep up. We stream an album once and move on to the next one. But there is so much joy to be gained by listening to an album so many times you know the words by heart. I listened to Pet Sounds yesterday and it was so great to hear an album that I knew intimately but still derived so much enjoyment from the familiarity of the music.
These are five albums to enjoy right now and get to know intimately. I’ll limit this to albums released from January to April 30 so I won’t post Radiohead or Beyoncé but spoiler alert, they will be there on my next report.
David Bowie “Blackstar” Is it brilliant because we know Bowie left us? No, it’s brilliant because Bowie knew he was going to leave us.
Sturgill Simpson “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” Sturgill carries on Merle’s legacy
Margo Price “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” Margo ruminates on sex, love, loss, hope and death, in other words it’s a country album but it’s such a fresh take
Savages “Adore Life” They sing “Is It Human To Adore Life” It is, when you hide this fragile and vulnerable lyrics inside loud, distorted rock. They embrace life and I embrace this album.
Eleanor Friedberger – New View It reminds me of an early 1970s album that might have been created in Laurel Canyon. Traces of George Harrison and Neil Young can be detected in each and every song. I like this album more with each additional listen.