‘Flesh and Blood’ – John Butler
The title of this album is a reminder to the listener that music, itself, is flesh and blood. The timbre of one note is a reflection of the artist’s grip on the frets. The squeal that comes from changing chords is a frequency unique to his fingertips. Just listen to “Spring to Come." The guitar sounds free-flowing and open, the percussion sounds earthy and unbound, and the singer’s voice sounds guttural and human. Some music, you put it on and it sounds flat, like a flat soda. You turn this album on and it still has all the fizz.
If You Like: Ty Segall, John Mayer, Bahamas
‘The Outsiders’ – Eric Church
A chief principle of art is that emotion must be communicated through sincerity. This album lacks both art and sincerity. outlaw country is a large sub-genre of country music, and focuses mainly on what it means to be an outcast. Eric Church has never been an outcast, a fact that can be heard clearly through his juvenile lyrics. The only person that I can see identifying with the lyrics of this album is someone whose world view extends no further than the bridge of their nose. This genre can have beauty and perhaps sparks a poignant discussion. This album achieves neither.
If You Like: Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Casey James
‘Her’ – Spike Jonze
I have not seen the movie “Her,” although I have been gorging myself on the soundtrack for about a week. My reaction to it has been profound. The best way to describe it is that my life has felt compartmentalized according to the album’s tracks. “Milk & Honey” is when I walk alone. “Supersymmetry” is when I meet someone new. And “The Moon Song” is when life happens to me and a friend, and our relationship changes. It is just like all other works by Spike Jonze. It destroys me, but in pieces I feel more whole.
If You Like: Chopin, Erik Satie, M83