Ed Sheeran “Divide” (2017)

     Today we have another modern pop sensation, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his massively successful third album, “Divide”.  This record was not only the #1 selling album in 2017, but in the modern context of musical streaming, Ed Sheeran is at the top of the list of most streamed artists, and his huge hitContinue reading “Ed Sheeran “Divide” (2017)”

The Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome” (2016)

     One of the more interesting and longer-running feuds in rock and roll was re-energized last year when Paul McCartney said the Beatles were better than the Rolling Stones, partly because the Stones were just a “blues cover band”.  Once you listen to the album “Blue and Lonesome”, a sentiment many of us who listenContinue reading “The Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome” (2016)”

Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)

     Some artists are so charismatic and entertaining to watch perform live, that a studio album doesn’t necessarily capture their full power as an artist.  I think that might be my take on Bruno Mars and his album “24K Magic”.  There are two phenomenal hits, the title track in particular, and some other decent songsContinue reading “Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)”

Frank Ocean “Blonde” (2016)

     I have invested some extra time trying to make sense of today’s album, “Blonde” by Frank Ocean.  It is a very highly regarded concept album, compared by some to “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys, and is rated #79 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  I won’t ever reach thatContinue reading “Frank Ocean “Blonde” (2016)”

Beyonce “Lemonade” (2016)

     My expectations for “Lemonade” by Beyonce were pretty low, as I don’t usually gravitate to modern R&B music.  I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the musical diversity of this highly acclaimed album, which is rated #32 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  It appears most people associate thisContinue reading “Beyonce “Lemonade” (2016)”

The Struts “Everybody Wants” (2016)

     Lots of music comes and goes for me, but at the end of it all, my heart still comes back to the basics of guitar-based rock and roll.  Unfortunately, by 2015, that genre was fading fast, at least in the mainstream world of popular music as hip-hop, R&B and other electronic genres took hold,Continue reading “The Struts “Everybody Wants” (2016)”

Tame Impala “Currents” (2015)

     Today brought a completely unexpected surprise with the Australian “band” Tame Impala, which is almost exclusively Kevin Parker, particularly on this record, “Currents”.  I’m still not exactly sure why I chose to add this one, even though it is rated #382 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, but I sureContinue reading “Tame Impala “Currents” (2015)”

Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly” (2015)

     Returning today to the world of hip-hop, we have the next release from Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly”.  Lamar is probably the most highly regarded hip-hop artist of the last decade, with each release coming with great expectations and anticipation.  To his large core fanbase, this album was a major success, and itContinue reading “Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly” (2015)”