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Thought provoking and beautiful with more than a hint of whimsy. A Dylanesque protest-rock-folk album in 2020 that is shockingly by Bob Dylan himself.
Several weeks ago Bob Dylan tracks started appearing in my feed. I assumed they were unreleased tracks. But they turn out to be promo tracks for his 39th studio album.
As a lifelong fan, nothing could make me happier than to pick this as the album of the week.
Norah's beautiful voice and jazzy rhythm defy time. Toss in some modern boho sensibilities and an experimental layer and you've got "Pick Me Up Off The Floor". Put this on for a chill evening. Pair with an old fashioned and a joint for the full effect.
This album is not offensive. It is the world it describes that is offensive. Everyone, especially Karens, should listen to this album. Here's a snippet from 2 songs to sell you on the album:
Funny fact about a cage, they're never built for just one group
So when that cage is done with them and you're still poor, it come for you
The newest lowest on the totem, well golly gee, you have been used
You helped to fuel the death machine that down the line will kill you too (oops)
The way I see it you're probably freest from the ages one to four
Around the age of five you're shipped away for your body to be stored
They promise education, but really they give you tests and scores
And they predictin' prison population by who scoring the lowest
And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me
Mastered economics 'cause you took yourself from squalor (slave)
Mastered academics 'cause your grades say you a scholar (slave)
Mastered Instagram 'cause you can instigate a follow (shit)
Look at all these slave masters posin' on yo' dollar (get it, yeah)
Look at all these slave masters (ay)
Posin' on yo' dollar (get it, yeah)
Jake Blount brings us an album of tracks with Black histories. Songs with stories that deserve recognition.
Take "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" for example. This is a song that has a long history, longer than any one who credits the song to Nirvana or Lead Belly knows. In 2017 Fantastic Negrito released a new interpretation that sets the song in Oakland CA.
If you only listen to 'top tracks' you are missing out lesser known side of album listening: covers. Album after album has one or two deep cuts that send you back, but only you knew the original song. For some tracks on this album I was singing along before the chorus hits, often with arm hair standing on end.
This is an album I expect people will talk about. An emotion stirring arrangement of Greta Thunberg speaking over a minimal soundscape. I imagine as I listen half remembered scenes from Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and Pink Floyd's The Wall: crumbling ecospheres giving way to dystopian smoke stacks. But thats just the first track. After that a rock hard punk track brings the energy level back to the top.
The diversity on this album is what locked it in my mind as shoe in for this week. However, the truth is there was just so much good music released this week that I've decided to implement a Runners Up section for each week. I haven't quite figured out what that means today, but check back soon for more from this week, future weeks, and perhaps even a retcon of sorts.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down manage to hit a groove on this album over and over. Echos of your favorite jam band album (or mine) updated and mashed up with Tune-Yards. That said the rhythm and arrangements contained in this record are bound to get you grooving and thinking at the same time. Two things that I love an album to do.
Rhythms soothed my soul. Lyrics instigated my emotions, and the story telling kept me hooked.
Influenced by, and featuring on the track "MEATHEAD" , MF DOOM. Including a broad range of instrumental accompaniment: Act II begins with a trilling flute and dialog based segments. All of this that contributes to a concept album that works.
"Too Lost" has my head bobbing every time I listen to it.
An tribute to the absolute train wreck of a year. I'm reminded of my father's musical taste, but of the man himself listening to "Peace in our Heart". "My Heart Aches" follows with a sentiment that stirs a sorrow, for the isolation that keeps us a part. 2020's tone is perfectly matched to how we're all feeling right now. Not purely sorrowful: complex and at times with the irreverence of a Jimmy Buffet song, some times as annoyingly catchy.