Album of the Week: Sheryl Crow – Evolution

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Back after a planned retirement following her last album Threads Sheryl Crow is right on form with this sunny album. There are definite C’mon C’mon echos here in this collection crafted with an all star company including vocals from Peter Gabriel (what a combination!) and production from Mike Elizondo. AllMusic said it was “filled with sunny hooks, busy rhymes, and relaxed rhythms, Evolution is a good time whose cheerfulness camouflages its vaguely deeper undercurrents”.

Album of the Week: Waxahatchee – Tigers Blood

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Songwriter Katie Crutchfield kicked off Waxahatchee back in 2012 and has always walked a line between folk rock and Indie since. Her last album, the acclaimed Saint Cloud (2020) shifted in a more folk/country direction, cleverly presaging the move by many artists in that direction in the past few years (a country album from Beyonce!). Much has been made of the vintage country of this album – finally getting to hear it though there are still touches of the Indie spirit through it, for example on “Evil Spawn”. This is a beautiful album throughout however, and for the gorgeous Americana strains no track is better than lead single “Right Back To It”. A superlative effort, this album deserves its rare 4.5/5 star AllMusic review “an album that feels familiar upon its surface and idiosyncratic in its details”.

Album of the Week: Britti – Hello, I’m Britti

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Nodepression.com described this album as “a flavorful mix of country and R&B” which is spot on. Her electric voice delivers these songs with panache, an incredible talent molded in the melting pot of New Orleans. She navigates many styles – country, R&B, funk, pop and jazz with ease and a good sense of melody throughout. What a debut – this will certainly be on every “Best of Albums” list of 2024.

Album of the Week: Norah Jones – Visions

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Although her last album (2020s Pick Me Up Off The Floor) ended up being underrated, Norah has continued to display her incredible talent in this, her eighth full length studio album. AllMusic describe it perfectly: “The results aren’t startling so much as they’re fresh, avoiding musical and lyrical clichés”. All her talents are on show here in an album full of variety, allowing her to “dart between blues, exotica, Italo-western, and soul” (The Line of Best Fit substack).

Album of the Week: San Cisco – Under The Light

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We loved San Cisco’s last couple of albums, and here they are again with their fifth studio album, a slice of superbly executed Freemantle jangle-pop. Great tunes, lyrics – what can we say, this album is catnip for us. We’ll enjoy checking it out every morning this week – for more background Rolling Stone did a great interview here.

Album of the Week: Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Past Is Still Alive

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Alynda Segarram is back with project “Hurray For The Riff Raff” and ninth album The Past Is Still Alive. The album is more tender and vulnerable than previous releases, especially informed by the artists father passing away a month before beginning to record the album. This is a more folk-oriented album than previous releases, thoughtful and more autobiographical as they travel “their saturated backstory to remember loved ones, honour fellow travellers and “watch the world burn” with a tear in their eye.” (The Guardian).

Album of the Week: Middle Kids – Faith Crisis Pt 1

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Sydney (Australia) band Middle Kids started out in the mid 2010s, led by Hannah Joy’s beautiful voice and songwriting talent. We’ve loved their journey including their latest LP “Faith Crisis Pt 1”. The set of sweet melodic songs is irresistible, with standouts including “Dramamine”, “Bend” and “Bootleg Firecracker”. Recorded in the UK with producer Jonathan Gilmore (The 1975) the album gestated while Hannah was going through the experience of being a first time Mum (nice album background in this article on The AU Review).

Album of the Week: Brittany Howard – What Now

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Brittany’s second solo album is a fascinating effort. The Alabama Shakes singer’s new album (“outrageously great” according to The Guardian) is a earthy mix of Southern roots rock however on tracks like “Prove it to You” she expands her horizons to Eurobeat and other songs go well beyond these bounds. Her fulsome voice anchors the whole effort, certainly a special album.

Album of the Week: The Last Dinner Party – Prelude to Ecstasy

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Qobuz described this baroque, glam OTT band as “lush, louche, lusty and fun”. We couldn’t say it better. These tuneful and playful songs echo the path forged by fellow female UK band Wet Leg a couple of years ago. This is a fun rocking collection! As The Guardian said, “the year’s most hyped band totally deliver”.

Album of the Week: Future Islands – People Who Aren’t There Anymore

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Future Islands’ seventh album is a combination of pandemic era music and post first tour music, and to some extent reflects the change in mindset over those years. The end of relationships, friendships and unhelpful aspects of the self all form the backdrop of this album from the Baltimore alternative stalwarts.

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian describes it as “a brutal, beautiful breakup album” in a review that outstandingly unpacks the album. We look forward to meandering through it each morning this week.