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New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: October 4, 2014


1. Rose Ave. :: You + Me

Three-Sentence Review: Delightfully unexpected, in that way where I keep thinking “I never knew I wanted to hear P!nk like this, but damn it, I do.” A passion project created by City & Colour and Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green and Alecia Moore (better known as P!nk) is gorgeous, intimate duets reminiscent of The Civil Wars and the pairing of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Green’s voice is light and lovely, and in the same lane as Bon Iver and Iron and Wine, and Alecia is restrained, but not held back, soulful and complex and beautiful – what a wonderful surprise this is.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Love Gone Wrong, You and Me and the breathtaking Sade cover, No Ordinary Love

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

You and Me

No Ordinary Love (live)


2. Secrets :: Mary Lambert

Three-Sentence Review: Confessional, raw, real, way personal and all-around amazing. Some of the songs are so full of joy that it is hard not to smile and get swept up, others are so emotional that I end up in tears (even her cover of Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl – who knew how moving that song could be).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Secrets, Wounded Animal, Jessie’s Girl and When You Sleep

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

When You Sleep

Jessie’s Girl


3. Dear You :: Meiko

Three-Sentence Review: Darker than past releases, as well as more electronic, the meeting of both elements making this album both haunting and sensual.  There are shades of Lana Del Rey here, as well as Banks and Florrie, which are very different comparisons that I would have ever made of Meiko (she was always more in the vein of Hotel Cafe stand-by’s Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy and Joshua Radin. I like it though, I think I like it a lot, this new sound of hers, it is starting to get underneath my skin.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Bad Things, Sweeter and Sittin’ Here

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Bad Things


4. Self-Titled :: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Three-Sentence Review: Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannaquin frontman, Andrew McMahon’s solo album is somewhat expected if you are a fan of either of his former incarnations/bands, and yet, at the same time, it exceeds expectations. My favorite tracks are heavy piano, singer-songwriter sensibility lyrics, and that genuine heart-on-your-sleeve kind of love song that can be cheesy, but in a really good way. There is something very California about this album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Cecilia & the Satellite, Rainy Girl and See Her On the Weekend

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Rainy Girl


5. No One is Lost :: Stars

Three-Sentence Review: This feels like a mash-up between 80’s roller skating new wave music, 70’s Studio 54 disco, and the ethereal indie-pop that I always associate Stars with. Though this is not as heartbreakingly beautiful as my favorite album of theirs, In Our Bedroom After the War, no, this is much lighter fare, but there is depth there, too, even among the danciest (is that a word?) of songs. My first listen favorites hit on a more emotional, below the surfaces level, but the more upbeat tracks are catchy and remind me a lot of Haim and Coconut Records.

Initial Favorite Track(s): What is to be Done?, The Stranger and From the Night

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

From the Night

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