As ubiquitous as Prince was in the 1980s (you could not escape the reach of his brilliant songs if you tried) I’ve always been a little behind the rest of the crowd when it comes to fully appreciating much of his work. I had 1999 on cassette back in 1984, I thought it was pretty […]Read More Shut Up, Already. Damn!
14. Charli XCX w/ Christine & the Queens, “Gone” Charli XCX’s hotly anticipated album Charli was a mild disappointment, but “Gone”, her collaboration with Héloïse Letissier, was one of a handful of inspired moments. A sublime marriage of Charli’s futuristic take on pop music and Christine & the Queens’ much funkier sound, “Gone” sees both […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2019, #14
6. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks) It’s easy for me to understand the annoyance hardcore jazz fans felt when music publications and casual jazz listeners – dare I say, “tourists” – gravitated en masse toward the heavily-hyped new album by Kamasi Washington. I totally get it. When I’m in public and hear someone […]Read More The Best Albums of 2018, #6
10. Janelle Monáe, “Make Me Feel” Since Janelle Monáe got her start as a protégé of Prince, it’s hardly a surprise that her first single from the fabulous Dirty Computer album owes a great deal to ‘80s prince. From the rubbery synths, to the unabashed sexiness, to the intimate tone that evokes “Kiss”, the Prince […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2018, #10
14. Clutch, Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker) When it comes to bands that I rank among my very favourite, I’m notoriously generous and forgiving. I won’t deny it! An artist I love has to really put out a steaming pile of dog feces to make me loathe it, but it has been known to happen. […]Read More The Best Albums of 2018, #14
15. Clutch, “In Walks Barbarella” For years now, Clutch’s entrance music has been Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers’ 1987 funk tune “We Need Some Money (Bout Money)”. It was only a matter of time before that funk ferocity showed up in Clutch’s own songwriting, and wow, did it ever explode on the groove rocker […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2018, #15
2. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest (Because Music) The story behind the creation of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first studio album in seven years was total critic-bait: following the tragic death of her sister, photographer Kate Barry in 2013 Gainsbourg relocated from Paris to New York and started collaborating […]Read More The Best Albums of 2017, #2