My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 3/7/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 3/7/16

1. ArrangingTime :: Pete Yorn

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Three-Sentence Review: See song-by-song review here.

ArrangingTime is sonically stunning, full of pop gold, indie rock goodness, and lyrics that both slay and delight. Time is woven throughout, as is moments and memories, and interspersed reflections on living in your own life. This is everything I anticipated, and more – well worth the years between his last solo release – can’t wait to hear these songs live, in April.

Initial Favorite Track(s)She was Weird, Roses, Lost Weekend and This Fire

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

She was Weird

2. Painkillers :: Brian Fallon

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Three-Sentence Review: The Gaslight Anthem has been a favorite band ever since I heard the song Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts, and continued to be my favorite as I heard more of their songs and albums, and saw them play live. Brian’s voice is like strong coffee at an all-night diner, in the desert, off the highway, that you just need to hear while you nurse a broken heart, or the lover-on-the-side you’ve just said goodbye to. This album pulls his voice in close, both in the heartbreakingly beautiful ballads, the fast moving, rough and tumble rock songs, and the Springsteen-esque Jersey meets old time county story-songs – this is good stuff here.

Initial Favorite Track(s): A Wonderful Life, Steve McQueen, Honey Magnoliz and Open All Night

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Steve McQueen

3. You and I :: Jeff Buckley

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Three-Sentence Review: It’s quite the day for singer-songwriters, isn’t it? How amazing to have 10 previously unheard songs/versions of songs from Jeff Buckley, his voice one of the best I’ve ever heard. The Smiths cover, I Know It’s Over, and this version of Grace, just tear me to pieces in the very best of ways; oh, Jeff, I miss you still being in this world.

Initial Favorite Track(s): I Know It’s Over, Grace, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side and Grace

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

I Know It’s Over

4. The Community of Hope :: PJ Harvey

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Three-Sentence Review: Catchy and unexpectely poppy, The Community of Hope has me bouncing around and singing-a-long right off. I want the full album sooner than now. I love the slightly muted guitar and drum, the layers over the vocals, and the effect it has on the sound, makes it feel older, sixties maybe; this is quite a song.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A – single

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

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5. Second Love :: Emmy The Great

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Three-Sentence Review: .The opening track on this album is breathtaking, Emmy’s voice, dueting with Tom Fleming, is lush and haunting, and very cinematic. There is such an “of right now” to her lyrics, social commentary and reflection weaved into the songs in a wise and clever way, and the songs are just a kind of sonic goodness that my ears want to devour (think Bastille meets Lana Del Rey meets DIIV with a side of Postal Service). Love stories told in songs from the pages, computer screens and black mirrors of our existences.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Swimming Pool (featuring Tom Fleming), Social Halo and Lost in You

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Swimming Pool

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