So many good albums are released over the course of a calendar year that we don’t even pretend to be thorough in our coverage of current music. Its even harder for someone like me to absorb the amount of music I would like to, whereas Wes and Todd are human encyclopedias of all things past, present and future music. Wes in particular is usually able to listen to an album once and form an opinion I usually agree with, but would take me upwards of five or six listens to form.
Due to my mongoloid nature of absorbing new music, it often takes me weeks, or even months to decide that I like an album, sometimes putting it on the shelf for quite some time after a first listen, only to give it one more shot and come around on it. Due to my deficiency, I would like to bring to you a song from five albums that I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to review in whole, as a sign of respect that they are more than worthy of review. Some have been released this week, some are weeks old, and some months, but all these artists are worthy of note. Let these five tracks be your Friday Sizzurp.
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Havoc & Bright Lights
For some reason 2012 has become the year of the powerful female singer-songwriter releasing an album after a long hiatus (Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Sinead O’Connor) or trying to come back from a disappointing effort (Regina Spektor, Norah Jones). Alanis Morissette is trying to capitalize on this trend with her first album in five years, Havoc and Bright Lights, and I fully expect Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan to pile on as well. In all seriousness, I haven’t listened to an Alanis record since Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (her sophomore album), and was shocked to learn she has released three albums in the interim between Junkie and Havoc. Alanis recent work has literally been more of a part of my consciousness through her appearance on a couple of seasons of Weeds, than she has been through me listening to any of her recent music.
This is strange, because I’m not sure Alanis ever did anything to lose me as a fan. I still revisit Jagged Little Pill, and the magnificent “Uninvited” quite often. I think more than anything, her past three albums have not gotten any singles press, and she just kind of faded out of my view. That is all about to change, and I am going to lift my blinders to Alanis Morissette for better or for worse.
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For some reason we decided to list the top ten break-up songs the same week as Valentine’s Day. This is awfully cynical, but most relationships do end up in a break up, so deal with it. The discussion on which songs should make the list was uncharacteristically emotional for a LxL meeting, and ended with Wes quite sore over several subjects and Todd reduced to a puddle of salty-teared emotion. The end list did end up quite interesting though, with several classics, and a fair bit of 90’s girl pop. Let’s see if I can give all these songs justice without crying into my ice cream.
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