Taylor Swift “1989” (2014)

     Shattering any remaining perception that she was anything other than a pop music superstar, Taylor Swift released her next album of mega-hits, “1989”.  Named for the year she was born, which was also the year I graduated from college, there is some irony this came out in 2014 as I was preparing to emergeContinue reading “Taylor Swift “1989” (2014)”

Laura Marling “Once I Was an Eagle” (2013)

     Today I welcomed a change of pace from the barrage of headline pop acts in the 2010s, as I listened to the #5 folk album of all time, as rated by nme.com, “Once I Was an Eagle” by British folk singer Laura Marling.  I can’t say I was fully captivated by the album, andContinue reading “Laura Marling “Once I Was an Eagle” (2013)”

Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” (2013)

     I was hoping I would enjoy today’s album, but I underestimated how much I loved “Random Access Memories” by the renowned techno-duo, Daft Punk.  Back in my less enlightened days, I used to needle my son for music like this, saying “Sounds amazing, let’s watch two guys on stage push buttons on their computer.” Continue reading “Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” (2013)”

Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” (2013)

    Up until today, my exposure to “Vampire Weekend” was limited for the most part to their 2019 hit, “Harmony Hall”.  My son always told me he really liked their older music, even as it ran somewhat contra to his normal tastes, and I have to concur.  I think the 2013 album “Modern Vampires ofContinue reading “Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” (2013)”

Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience” (2013)

     Briefly breaking the run of Adele domination, Justin Timberlake claimed the #1 selling album in 2013 with “The 20/20 Experience”.  Not surprisingly, there are some catchy hooks, although not as many as I hoped, and his collaboration with Timbaland keeps the production quality on the top shelf.  With all of that said, my oneContinue reading “Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience” (2013)”

Taylor Swift “Red” (2012)

     Today we have the next release from Taylor Swift, with her album “Red”.  Apparently, some people referred to this record as her crossover album from country to pop music, but I certainly don’t hear anything that sounds much like country music on this record, even by today’s watered-down country-pop standards.  That being said, asContinue reading “Taylor Swift “Red” (2012)”

Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day” (2012)

     Since they disbanded in 1980, fans like me have always held a glimmer of hope that Led Zeppelin would reunite at some point with their remaining members so that we could experience their collective greatness live one more time.  Unlike most of the titanic acts of their time, this has occurred on a veryContinue reading “Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day” (2012)”

Bruno Mars “Unorthodox Jukebox” (2012)

     Today brought a much-needed light and airy album, “Unorthodox Jukebox”, the second album from Bruno Mars.  I have said it many times before, but sometimes there is just no substitute for fun, catchy, pop songs with alluring hooks, and that is exactly what this album delivers.  I consider Bruno Mars to be one ofContinue reading “Bruno Mars “Unorthodox Jukebox” (2012)”

Kendrick Lamar “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (2012)

     I felt compelled to give extra consideration to today’s album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” by Kendrick Lamar.  Kendrick is either at, or very near, the top of my son’s all-time list of hip-hop performers, and even as my limited exposure and reaction to his music before this was mixed, I knew this experience mandatedContinue reading “Kendrick Lamar “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (2012)”