Updated: Dec 25, 2019
I've fallen a little behind as the holidays approach and stuff like life sticks its nose into things... I've been running about collecting food for the traditional Swedish Christmas Eve Smörgåsbord, but let’s get caught-up on the music shall we?
London 5-piece, Ezra Collective comes in at #15 on my Favorite-30. Their debut album entitled, “You Can’t Steal My Joy” is packed with musical styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin, and Reggae. Check out the tune “Reason In Disguise” featuring Jorja Smith on vocals.
Alt-Rock innovator Beck released his 14th LP, “Hyperspace” last month. He played a wonderful show last August with Cage the Elephant and Spoon. The song “Saw Lightning” is a collaboration between Beck and album co-producer Pharrell Williams and it’s #14 on the countdown!
Alabama Shakes guitarist and vocalist Brittany Howard needed a break from the band, but she’s been plenty busy. “Jaime” is her emotional and very personal solo debut LP. The track, “Stay High” comes in at #13.
Coming-in at #15 on the Anniversary-30 Countdown is “Time Out” from the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It turned 60 this year and while the critics didn’t like its experimentation with uncommon time signatures in 1959, listeners have disagreed as the record has sold over 2-million copies and produced a #5 hit with “Take Five.”
Nirvana’s late front man Curt Cobain was already feeling boxed-into being a grunge act as they recorded their debut LP “Bleach.” Cobain claimed he was so angry he didn’t bother to write any lyrics until the night before they started recording. The record celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the track, “About A Girl” comes in at #14.
Tori Amos probably spent a bit more time on lyrics than Cobain on her second album “Under The Pink,” which turned 25 in early 2019. I’ve blasted all the tunes on this album in my car so many times I’ve lost track, including this one at #13: “Cornflake Girl.” Happy listening! -Kristen