Commonplace: 2022 Listens
Blue Heron Suite (2021)
A beautiful recording. It feels like the band is sitting in the room with me. I'll have to listen to the lyrics at some point.
The Sweetest Sound (2018)
Verploegen, Verhoeff, van der Westen
So smooth. So laid back. So precise. So well captured. See also The Duke Book.
Pop that brings you back. Gated drums on the intro track make you think Phil Collins is involved. "Start Walking" and "Show Me Love" also slap.
Fear of the Dawn (2022)
"Hi-De-Ho" & "Into the Twilight". Woah.
Unlimited Love (2022)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
I quite liked their previous effort. This one isn't quite there, but it has some strong moments.
Nine Lives (2022)
Soulful. Funky. With violins. Yes.
A lovely cover album.
An Evening with Silk Sonic (2021)
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Silk Sonic. A smooth play on motown, with a fair bit of humor.
Jon Batiste, Cory Wong
Track 1, "Meditation", is achingly pretty. I'm warming to the rest.
Few Good Things (2022)
Shawn shared this and I can't disagree that it might be hip-hop album of the year already.
Lake Street Dive
The first 9 songs are nearly perfect.
Hell on Church Street (2022)
I haven't listened closely yet, but I like what is on in the background.
Remind Me Tomorrow (2019)
Sharon Van Etten
Somehow I have never heard her music before. I'm just starting to dip into this one.
This one is back to basics. "I'm Not the Season" is probably my favorite track.
Brothertiger Plays… (2017)
As a Tears for Fears fan, I think Brothertiger does some nice work here.