Sunday, 26 August 2018

5 Albums You Didn't Know You Needed

5 Albums You Didn't Know You Needed

ram - paul mCartney
i’ve been raving about this albums for years
linda sounds great
and the songs flow seamlessly into one another
creating a homey vibe
if i could travel back in time
i’d choose to go to paul’s farm and sit in on the recording
perhaps make tea and soldiers 
and make myself available to do a funny voice
on uncle albert / admiral halsey
play this album on sundays

marvin gaye - what’s going on
a concept album 
a lot of people don’t realize this
but marvin had a firm grip on what indeed was going on
and this album was a warning shot for society
global warming
it’s all here 
marvin takes the issues and through the beauty of 
his voice
his lyrics
his arrangements
he makes it all sound hopeful
plus this is a great album to put on when you’re having sex

the pretenders
this is a rock ’n’ roll record
chrissie is open and honest 
the first feminist for me
she can snarl
and she phrases her songs like joni 
the band is crisp and a little bit angry
i put this album on when i’m cleaning the house
statistics showed a surge in effective cleaning
all motivated by the sound of 80s kicking in

gord downie - introduce yourself
for all of our american cousins
i implore that you buy this album
and consider it an introduction to canada
it’s not a geography lesson
nor a history recital
but it’s poetic and graceful
and it understands that canadian heart 
i wrote a previous blog about this album
the scratch of sadness that shows through 
makes me ache a little bit
and it makes me feel alive
gord wrote this album knowing that the great gig was coming
every song is about someone
and every song is about us

the rolling stones - goats head soup
this album is for all the bad girls and boys
who remember their teens 
and what a saturday night felt like
maybe you were alone
or maybe you were in somebodies basement
but goats head soup was probably on the turntable
and it made you feel good
and bad
lyrically mick’s at his best
‘winter’ is the stand out track for me
it makes me wish for snow in june
just so i can tap into that vibe of being bad
i love the stones
i don’t like people who don’t like the stones

craig martin
august 26, 2018
tea and soldiers

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