Maren Morris is the best thing in country music since Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" and Ashley Monroe's "Like A Rose" albums. And actually, I'm not really sure if "country" is what best describes Maren, but I guess that's the nature of country music today--an undefined, eclectic mix of sounds.
I got super lucky Sunday and had the opportunity to go see the ever incredible Sir Paul McCartney in concert at Dodger Stadium. Baseball stadiums in general are not the greatest concert venues, sound-wise, but even so Sir Paul was mind-blowing. The stadium setting it self is quite cool, and I especially liked the little LA sign that protruded out above the stage.
I’m still baffled by how a musical duo can create any music together, let alone a kickass album, when they’re not even speaking to each other. So strange, so strange. But I suppose this speaks to their incredible talent then, because their new self-titled album is as hauntingly beautiful as their music has ever been. I always picture everything in black and white when I listen to their music. It’s so badass. It just makes you want to punch the air in triumph and say, “Yes! Great music still exists! Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Brett Eldredge’s debut album, “Bring You Back” impresses with a balance of rich, soulful ballads and playful upbeat songs. It accomplishes exactly what this weird, twisted world requires of music, which is, that he created an album that sells to the female audience. When I say that though, I don’t mean only females will enjoy it. I mean, females will be drawn to his songs and velvety voice, because the songs are great and he's lovely to look at. Male fans will be drawn to his songs, because the songs are great, and it's exactly the kind of music they want to play for their ladies and that they’ll enjoy with their ladies. With his songs, he offers the gents words they couldn't come up with themselves to tell their ladies. Thus, he appeals to the male audience, indirectly, through the ladies, if that makes sense. Regardless, there’s a lot of great songwriting on this 12-track debut, 11 of which Brett co-penned.
After the crossover success of “If I Die Young,” the sibling trio’s sophomore album was that much more important. It’s been two and a half years since their debut album was released in October 2010, and I’ve been anticipating and nervous for this album. I really like the trio. Every time I’ve met them they’ve always just had impeccable manners. So yeah, I’m always rooting for them, and hoping the best for them.
There’s a new generation of kickass women in country music, and they’re turning things around in a new old kind of a way with raw, real, and just plain ol’ good music. If you haven’t already, you need to stop everything you’re doing and get these two albums—Ashley Monroe’s “Like A Rose,” and Kacey Musgrave’s “Same Trailer Different Park”—NOW. They’re an incredible breath of fresh air. They’re spunky, they’re sassy, they’re smart, and they’re classy. Well, you might not think that an album titled “Same Trailer Different Park” could be classy, but it is. And by classy I mean in the sense that songs are like women—over production can be fun until it’s over done, but when she’s stripped down and you can actually see her eyes unmasked…well you just can’t beat the beauty of realness can you? It's like that rule--if you're going to show boobs and a lot of upper body skin, then cover up your legs, and vice versa. And if you're going to go with bright lips, don't go crazy with the bright eyeshadow...I'm pretty sure we left that look back in the 80's, and for good reason!
Kylie Minogue’s “The Abbey Road Sessions” is a fabulous album for everyone’s ears. It was released just a few months ago, in October of 2012, and serves sort of as a different kind of greatest hits album. 2012 also happened to be Kylie’s 25 anniversary of being a star in the industry.
My infatuation with Ellie Goulding’s music is a new revelation of mine. I previously knew a couple of her songs, but I hadn’t paid much attention. Lately, I’ve just been completely hypnotized and mesmerized by her voice, that I can’t even remember what it was that finally turned my head to her.