ADELE…COLDPLAY…R.E.M…AND MORE MUSIC WE LOVE!!!

CRITIC’S CHOICE: MYLO XYLOTO/ COLDPLAY

The world is growing cold, with wars and an economic apocalypse threatening the dreams of the masses and only Cold Play can save us. With oppressive drum beats to drown out the sadness and rave-laced keyboard arrangements to color the soul, Chris Martin convinces us in “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” that dance might save us. It seems fitting that Mylo Xyloto was inspired according to Martin by 1970’s New York graffiti, colorful protest to times of unrest. Coldplay give us the optimism we need with “Paradise” as guitarist Jonny Buckland riffs away over house-synth forcing us back to the dance floor while Martin soars with a full bodied vocals we can all get lost in. On “Hurts Like Heaven” we get 80’s New Wave pop and we try not to let them take control as Martin commands us. Reincarnation is what the best artists do without much effort as the world and our beings evolve and that is what Cold Play achieve on this effort, giving us all the uplift we need in anew and fresh way, never preaching, instead reminding us that we can all be better.

LISTEN TO: PRINCESS OF CHINA ft. RIHANNA

 

 

 

 

 

ADELE: LIVE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL

She begins with “Hometown Glory” and we are already in her achingly soulful grasp with honesty dripping from each lyric. It’s the only way Adele knows how. Returning home to London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, Adele comes from the shadows and delivers an intimate experience for all who are fortunate to be there. The Sept. 22nd concert DVD includes a string of offerings from 21 and a selection from 19, the astonishing album that rocketed her to fame. Amy Winehouse is remembered in Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” which provides the night’s most tender moments.

LISTEN TO: I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME

 

 

 

 

 

NIRVANA: NEVERMIND 20TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION

 20 years on, NIRVANA still feel relevant in the way their sound reminds us of the grungy angst of experimental youth. And so it seems fitting to return to that place with the 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are” pack the same punch as bonafide rock anthems from an album that stand the test of time not only for its artistry but also for its cultural relevance.

 LISTEN TO: SOMETHING IN THE WAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAYER HAWTHORNE: HOW DO YOU DO?

He’s the kid with the baby face that will slap you upside the head with his smart retro-soul musings. With Hawthorne it does feel like a revival. Not the wailing, too-earnest sort over lost love, but something more upbeat and ironic, lifted by guitars and vocal arrangements threaded sweetly between each lyric. This bespectacled crooner begins to comes into his own on How Do You Do.

LISTEN TO: DREAMING

 

 

 

 

 

MICK JAGGER, DAVE STEWART, JOSS STONE, DAMIAN MARLEY, A.R. RAHMAN: SUPER HEAVY

I’ll start by saying, Jagger is back to form not seen in years. Add in a line up that includes Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. RAHMAN (Slumdog Millionaire) and what you get is an infectiously fun reggae/ rock-pop album. Marley gets to shine as he lives up to his rich reggae roots, himself and Jagger taking on most of the lead vocals.

LISTEN TO: ONE DAY ONE NIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS ALBUM: BJORK / BIOPHILIA – More sonic sounds from an artist that remains otherworldly. (get the iPad App version!)

LISTEN TO: DARK MATTER

 

 

 

 

 

WE WILL MISS: R.E.M.

 We might well lose our religion as we bid farewell to one of the most prolific rock bands of our time. As R.E.M. move on from a partnership that has spanned 31 years, it feels bittersweet because we want more. From the tracks “Losing my Religion” and “Everybody Hurts” to the albums Murmur, Out Of Time and Accelerate, we will miss the aching honesty of Michael Stipe’s vocals, supported by the brilliant musicianship of Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry.

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