Not unlike the weather, I’ve been going through a bit of a dry spell when it comes to new music. Thankfully I’ve come across a couple of nice tunes in that last couple of days that have quenched my thirst a bit.
The first song is Lego House by Ed Sheeran. You probably know him from his folksy hit The A Team. This one is similar but a little more edgy. Bonus points are awarded for using my son’s favorite toy in the title.
With the release of “Bear Creek,” it is becoming increasingly difficult to narrow down Brandi Carlile’s best songs to a top ten list. The album is full of her typical soulful singing, thoughtful lyrics and pleasing acousting arrangments. Unfortunately I had to cut a few decent songs had to go to whittle it to ten, but what remains is the best of the best:
Just 18 short years ago, my favorite songs included When I Come Around by Green Day, What Would You Say by Dave Matthews Band, and Run-Around by Blues Traveler. Today, all three groups have new singles out that are all worth a listen. Check them out:
A pop star with a great voice, wholesome image, and excellent songs? Sign me (and my daughter) up! It’s not often that you can put together a top 10 list after two albums, but here it is (in alphabetical order):
I guess most of those songs (other than the excellent covers) are pretty obvious, but you know what’s not on the list? Rumour Has It. I’ve just never liked the feel of that song.
One more point: you’re probably thinking that I’m really late in recognizing one of the dominant forces in popular music, but I did give her most recent album a mention way back in March 2011. That counts for something, right?
On our country’s birthday, I thought I’d take a walk down (recent) memory land and throw a few things at you: my Top 10 Patriotic Songs list from 2009, my Top 10 America Songs from 2008, and this little slice of Americana from John Mellencamp in one of his lasts grasps for fame in 2006: