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Top 10 Albums Of The Year

Robert Plant - Band Of Joy

Diane Birch - Bible Belt

John Grant - Queen Of Denmark

John Legend & the Roots - Wake Up!

Neil Young - Le Noise

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Seafieldroad - There Are No Maps For This part Of The City

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Lauren Pritchard - Wasted In Jackson

Saint Jude - Diary Of A Soul Fiend

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December 30, 2010 Posted by | Video | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

2010 Top 30 New and Old #14

Arcade Fire’s new album was one of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2010 and when “The Suburbs” arrived in August it didn’t disappoint.

It has a sound production which drags you into their music and doesn’t let you back out easily.

So many songs to choose from so here is the opening title track.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

“The Suburbs” – Arcade Fire

In the suburbs I
I learned to drive
And you told me we’d never survive
Grab your mother’s keys we’re leavin’

You always seemed so sure
That one day we’d be fighting
A suburban war
your part of town against mine
I saw you standing on the opposite shore

But by the time the first bombs fell
We were already bored
We were already, already bored

Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling
Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling again

Kids wanna be so hard
But in my dreams we’re still screamin’ and runnin’ through the yard
And all of the walls that they built in the seventies finally fall
And all of the houses they built in the seventies finally fall
Meant nothin’ at all
Meant nothin’ at all
It meant nothin

Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling
Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before this damage is done

But if it’s too much to ask, it’s too much to ask
Then send me a son

Under the overpass
In the parking lot we’re still waiting
It’s already passed
So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass
Cause it’s already passed
It’s already, already passed!

Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling
Sometimes I can’t believe it
I’m movin’ past the feeling again

I’m movin’ past the feeling
I’m movin’ past the feeling

In my dreams we’re still screamin’
We’re still screamin’
We’re still screamin’

To buy the music of Arcade Fire click HERE

The Melody Gardot album “My One And Only Thrill” was released in 2009, however, it was this stunning performance on Later with Jools in April 2010 which brought her to my attention.

“My One And Only Thrill” – Melody Gardot

To buy the music of Melody Gardot click HERE

To view a previous post on Melody Gardot click HERE

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, New Music, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

John Legend and The Roots

John Legend has teamed up with The Roots to release the album “Wake Up!” which is for the most part, a collection of cover versions of tracks from soul music’s most heavily politicised era.

These are songs of protest, angst and inspiration, soaked in the argot of the civil rights movement, and written as the optimism of the 1960s gave way to the 70s of Vietnam, Watergate and racial tensions of a subtly different kind.

Every track sounds as if it could have been written last week: from the Curtis Mayfield penned Hard Times, about lives lived on the margins of solvency in a cold-shoulder America, to I Can’t Write Left-Handed, Bill Withers’s tale of a disabled veteran returning home after a distant war.

Until now Legend has been best known for his pop-soul chart hit  “Ordinary People”.

Tthe Roots meanwhile have had a  “day job”  as house band on the NBC TV show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So people may be surprised to hear them collaborating on a track as angrily political as Mike James Kirkland’s 1972 track Hang On In There, with its repeated refrain of: “This is my country – you can’t make me leave/ You can’t make me love the way you treat me.”

Somewhat ironically the “title” track of the album is NOT their respected cover of the Arcade Fire song of the same name but is in spirit the track “Wake Up Everybody”.

To buy the album click HERE

Bonus Track:-

“Wake Up” (Arcade Fire Cover) – John Legend and The Roots

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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