Album of the Month
Tanya Donelly, Swan Song Series (2016)
This three-CD set brings together all the Swan Song series releases. In style, I’d say the music is a combination of the more poppy Lovesongs for Underdogs and the melodic, country-inflected This Hungry Life. It’s a wealth of gorgeous songs.
Top tracks: Making Light, Why So Sad, VivaKaraoke
The Butchies, Make Your Life (2004)
This album is SO much fun. It’s just catchy, dumb, lesbian pop/rock tunes from beginning to end.
Tanya Donelly, This Hungry Life (2006)
I love everything Tanya Donelly’s done. This album feels less innovative than most of her other work, but it’s lovely. Top tracks: “Kundalini Slide” and the title track, which makes me think of my grandmother for some reason.
This hungry life won’t let you out whole
But you can change a thing or two
Before you go
This hungry life
Might not leave you with much
But you can change your story
And throw a hand up from the mud
The album of the summer was Lissie’s Back to Forever (2013). Her catchy tunes and big, confident sound was just what I needed to hear over the last few months. The more reflective and stripped-down acoustic versions of the songs are also excellent. Ingrid Michaelson’s delightful Lights Out came a close second with its smart, witty lyrics and great vocal arrangements. It makes me want to dance so much (thanks to @infamy_infamy for the recommendation).
We’ve been listening to Janelle Monáe’s albums, The Archandroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). I think I have a slight preference for the first, but they’re both dizzyingly creative and exciting. You can hear all her influences at work, but the music sounds so fresh.