Jessie Ware is very special to me, as she’s one of the few artists that seems to take direct influence from my very first music loves- the British sophistipop of the late 80′s/early 90′s. (Lisa Stansfield, Swing out Sister, Sade, Basia) So naturally I’m usually disappointed with whatever an artist comes out with after an album I love as much as Devotion, regardless of quality. And I must admit, I was a little off put by the acoustic guitar and choirs in “Say You Love Me”… and the title track, while good, had me worried that was the best the album had to offer. I’m relieved to say that I’m in love with pretty much every track- “Keep on Lying” is an early favorite thus far. It does exactly what a sophomore effort should do- keep what made people obsess in the first place, but expand and evolve.
While her new stuff may not offer anything truly groundbreaking and it’s obvious she’s fishing for a hit, she’s certainly not irrelevant given her mark on pop culture over the past 20 years and certainly deserves mentioning.
As much as every Real Estate song has a summer vibe, “Talking Backwards” did come out in January….
Wait, how and why are we spinning Shakira’s album a success? It’s her first album to be completely ignored by radio. Nothing caught on the way even “#Beautiful” did last summer, and would have gone absolutely nowhere if it didn’t have “feat. Rihanna” in the title to spark initial curiosity. To categorize Shakira with Bey this year? Looks like someone at Stereogum has some friends at Columbia/BMG…
I feel like “Job’s Coffin” is on the list just to have SOMETHING to represent her post Scarlet’s Walk output. She lost me at The Beekeeper album- “The Power of Orange Knickers” seemed be just a little too much unintentional self parody.
Also, “Northern Lad” from Choirgirl Hotel I haven’t seen mentioned… And I’m on the “Yes Anastasia” bandwagon 100%. “Cornflake Girl” always gets the biggest reaction from her audience at live shows (well, the two I’ve seen) and could definitely be considered her signature song.
I’ve given about 40 of these 50 albums a good try, and Future Islands is far and away my #1 of the year… nothing else comes close for me. Every single track is an absolute gem. Maybe it’s just my 80′s fetish.
It went nowhere in the states, but Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” is everything the song of the summer should be.
I understand why Jack White feels that way. I also understand why Anthony Kiedis would feel that way after hearing the first minute of “Lazaretto”. (awesome song, don’t get me wrong… just saying. we all borrow styles here.)
This is very nit-picky, but “Chutes Too Narrow” came out in October of 2003. I just remember being so excited my senior year of high school fall of 2003 to find “Chutes Too Narrow” among the $9.99 black Friday Circuit City sale. And soon became obsessed.
I swear by “Childhood” from their first album. Those arpeggios that come in halfway through the song? Gives me chills every time.