Sara Bareilles was the composer/lyricist for the Broadway musical Waitress (based on the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell) and she used this CD as an opportunity to perform the songs from the stage production herself. The songs are done in slightly different styles so the listener...
Music Genre: Folk
Hold back the river is catchy enough to be a song virus and has gotten lots of airplay, but the last song Incomplete is the one that would end up on my playlist. Bay is classified as Folk but I found his music a bit more Rock so I’d classify it as Folk Rock. He’s a new British...
This CD of ethnic folk music from regions of the USSR
is very interesting. It includes songs and instrumental pieces.
The music makes me feel as if I'm really there.
I grew up on a small island in the Caribbean and by far the most popular types of music are soca and reggae. I did hear a lot of American pop on the radio as well and some of the songs on this album ("Black Magic Woman" for example) are more familiar to me than others. Recently I...
This is Sarah Jarosz' debut CD, recorded before she even turned 20 years of age. On the CD, she shows that she is a vocal/banjo/mandolin/songwriting prodigy. Her voice is sweet and the songs always make me want to crank up the volume and sing along. Jarosz has done two...
Elvis Perkins’ latest album, I Aubade, is a Carrollian descent down the rabbit hole*. Conjuring the waggish, yet contemplative lyrical (and at times, musical) spirit of early 1970s Syd Barrett, Perkins guides the listener through kaleidoscopic reveries of quixotic free association...
The New Basement Tapes Lost on the River is a group of musicians which includes Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford and is produced by T Bone Burnett playing music based on Bob Dylan’s basement lyrics from the 1960s. Some you may have heard before, others brand new. There is a definite...
A spectacular album all around, and though it was not the first album I heard from my now favorite band it certainly stands out as one of my favorite. Adam Turla has an amazingly unique deep voice that differs from any other voice I can think of. Utilizing the cello and western gothic...
On their debut album, If You Leave, London indie/folk rock trio Daughter crafts spacious ambient textures saturated in reverb, swelling tremolos, and glacial sheets of oscillating sound juxtaposed with pulsing percussion arrangements and lyrical subject focusing largely on isolation,...
With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even...
I can't say enough about Chelsea Wolfe. I love all most of her albums and she's amazing live. Her sound is deep, melodic, dramatic, and mysterious. This is her fourth album and is as captivating as any of her previous work. The album to me is special because I could listen to it over and over,...
Working again with Richard Swift, Jurado continues leave his folky singer/songwriter past for psychedelic pop and rock. I've been going to see Jurado play for almost 15 years now and never could I have imagined his level of creativity keeping up for this long, but this is one of the...
Finally after 3 long years, we have new music from Robert Ellis. His last album, Photographs, rejuvenated my love of honky tonk and folk. Lights from the Chemical Plant has Ellis reaching further out from his Texas roots to mixed results. Some...
Good picking, singing, and songwriting by this Californian folk duo who have toured with Josh Ritter, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Over the Rhine. Can't think of a better album on a cool, fall day.
Three Days is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. His voice is so soulful.
I like Andrew Bird, but to be honest, I've been a bit ambivalent to his most recent albums. They're good but they don't have distinctness from one to another. This EP thankfully shook me out of this rut with its infusion of country sounds both original and adaptations, trading his...
I have a crush on Alela Diane. Hailing from Portland, OR, she’s a stunning storyteller, her songs painting gentle landscapes of love and nature. Her voice is lilting, both slick and scuffed, and is layered amidst steel strings and mandolin melodies. It's difficult to label her musical style, but...
In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach. The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them. A solidly pleasing debut.
This guy is not only talented but he is also hysterical! I'm not talking funny in like an Adam Sandler not taking it serious sorta way, I'm talkin' witty, wry and biting. His lyrics will surprise you, I have listened to a song many times and not caught the joke until the ninth or tenth listen....
There have been others, but Tracy Chapman's self-titled album released in 1988 is still my favorite. The song "Baby Can I Hold You" was subsequently covered by several musicians and Chapman even did an unlikely duet with Luciano Pavarotti several years later. Other...
A beautiful album by legendary British folk artist Billy Bragg and the great alt-country band Wilco, with guest vocalist Natalie Merchant and previously unrecorded lyrics by Woody Guthrie. What else can I say?
With their jangly folk music, Page France has been one of my favorite underground discoveries in the past few years. Full of their characteristic ethereal writing and catchy melodies, this album may stand as their swan song as they have recently disbanded.
Very enjoyable blend of folk and blues, and help from Neko Case doesn't hurt.
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