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!
5. Christine & the Queens, “Girlfriend” In one audacious three and a half-minute track Héloïse Letissier, as her alterego Chris, obliterates any and all gender norms on the stupendous “Girlfriend”. Atop an ebullient arrangement that’s equal parts New Jack, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson (lotsa jacks) Chris is the sexual aggressor, full of desire but […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2018, #5
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
The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Amorphis, Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast) I’ve said it plenty of times before, but Finland’s Amorphis have become one of the most enduring metal bands of the last quarter century, and they continued their sterling post-2005 run with a 13th album that showcases their strengths masterfully: dynamic […]Read More Honourable Mentions of 2018
8. Kelly Clarkson, “Meaning of Life” Kelly Clarkson continues to age more gracefully than any of her American pop peers from the 2000s, thanks to a willingness to show more maturity and not worry so much about following trends. The title track to her eighth album is straight-up soul music, and true to form, she […]Read More The Best Tracks of 2017, #8