Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Best Albums Acquired 2007
1. Aaron Bebe Sukura & the Local Dimension Palm Wine Band - Accoustic Ghanaian Highlife. This has the sound of northern Ghanaian folk music with a twist, and it is the best music I heard in Ghana, which is saying a lot.
2. Wyclef Jean - Welcome to Haiti Creole 101. Wyclef is a musical genius and this album takes him back to his musical and cultural roots.
3. Jill Scott - Beautifully Human. This is a truly special album and I've never heard lyrics quite like this before, really expressing a deep appreciation for everyday life. Here's a sample: We at the family reunion, tellin' jokes and playin' spades, Uncle Dave is on the barbeque grill Grandma braggin 'bout the blanket she made For the new baby on her way Even though the daddy ain't really ready This child is coming...anyway, yeah Neicey made her famous potatoe salad, somehow it turns out green Maybe its all the scalyums, could be the celery But oh, Uncle Jerome loves it, here comes my favorite cousin He says he doing fine, takin' it one step a day but in my heart I know it ain't that way What can you say...its family Aunt Juicy been drinkin' again...ooh its only 1:30 in the afternoon Everybody tip-toeing 'round her, we all know she gonna be toe up soon Saying all the things we like to say, hope she gets around to Cousin Lonnie Cause We all know he got a little extra somebody on the side Oh shit, Damn Micky and Steven are fighten again Move out the way, somebody might get hurt Aw Look at that what happen is worst They knocked over HElenora's Lemon Cake You know the one she barely ever makes I'm gettin rilled up, I want them to go But Somebody turn Frankly Beverly on the stereo Cousin Ruby starts rockin', shakin her good hip and bottom So we all fall into place, smiling and laughing
4. Justin Rutledge - Devil on the Bench in Stanley Park. He's a true urban country poet, the best in Canada, and what a beautiful voice. Buy this album.
5. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger. This guy has released 9 great albums in 7 short years, spanning country, rock n roll, folk, bluegrass. His range and talent is just crazy. This one isn't his very best, but it's up there.
6. Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control. Political pop-punk at its groovy best.
“to hell with poetry, and to death’s aristocracy, because the things you do to me, you do just fine.” –Justin Rutledge
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Also Madagascar Slim.
Jill Scott also sounds interesting.
Well don, sir.
What's your favorite song on the Wyclef album? Mine was "Lavi New York". But I also loved the "Hey Mickey" breakdown thing in "Bicentennial"
I'll have my "best of '07" lists up in my next post.
ivan: cool. i'll have to get a hold of some of that.
eric: interesting comparison. maybe it's that radical caribbean politic. jill scott is amazing. seen chapelle's block party? she's in it. all the music in that movie was amazing. true hip hop.
rayke: actually i'd have to say 'president'. kind of a little ditty but somehow so powerfully simple.
TC: music is a powerful medium for information too. given your politics, you might wanna try some conscious hip hop.
Trevor: Just so we're clear: that's Ryan not Brian. Ryan Adams is incredible. Brian Adams is incredulous.
X.Dell: well, it depends which artist. Justin Rutledge is this haunting poet whose words and voice are the same thing. he makes me feel like a widow listening to the ghost of my husband. the ghanaian music takes me to a certain time and place where people dance madly but only until the sun goes down because there's work to do at 5 am. but in the late afternoon it's cool and the music consists of a few simple instruments that do so much, and though i don't speak the language the songs do tell me ancient stories, and the it's also about the dance. jill scott also tells me good simple, life affirming stories that also happen to get my feet and hips moving (out of synch unfortunately). gossip takes this righteous anger at the hierarchy and the patriarchy and the conformity and turns it into a pop song with great hooks and guitar riffs. wyclef does something similar but frankly he's a greater genius and i just appreciate his complexity, and that he has used many different forms of music: soca, reggae, hip hop. all in all music communicates things to me on a much deeper level than pure logic or even just poetry on a page because the poetry is combined with a wailing emotional sound that connects not only to my heart but to my whole body, because through my ears my body feels the rhythm and it moves me to move and to act and to write and to shout.
I do love me some Gossip, though... especially when on my way to work as a pick me up!