As much as I have music-ADD where I can jump from track to track, artist to artist, genre to genre, I really do enjoy listening to an album from start to finish. So much goes into just picking the song order (or maybe it doesn’t?) among other things that it’s always interesting to hear the flow of what the artist(s) envisioned for their final product.
Going through the shelf of albums and promos I’ve collected over the year I grabbed a few to accompany me on my way to King of Prussia for a shoe-shopping mission (calm your mouth read: i’m in a wedding in less then a month). The standouts of the day? Kevin Devine and Maria Taylor’s newest of course. I may be dedicating my incredibly successful trip to the two jussaying (3 pairs under $200, hello sales!).
Devine’s Between The Concrete & Clouds suggests a state of being in limbo like song, “Sleepwalking Through My Life” describes. It’s true, that perpetual daily drive when you feel the haze of performing monotonous tasks without having enough time to actually stop and take the world in all around you. I go through it often, frustrated when I can’t enjoy the sunshine just for a quick 5 minutes. Devine’s latest, released only 2 days ago, is a peppy indie rock album that is more than just ‘listenable.’ All of his songs range in acoustic melodies and emotions yet cohesive enough for a spectacular and enjoyable album.
The First Hit – Kevin Devine
It really should be no surprise that I’m talking about Maria Taylor here. I can’t think of many artists that have transcended along life with me the way Taylor has (sounds deep, damn). Her music has grown with me over the years and it’s been a really nice and comforting thing. All music changes and evolves, I’ve just been lucky that I’ve enjoyed every step Taylor has made along the way. Getting my hands on Overlook was exciting since she returned to her home state of Alabama for the album. Her lyrics are always telling of what’s going on in her head, evoking raw emotion that comes out uncensored. I honestly love her observations on life and how she views the world surrounding her, which is even more apparent in her latest.
Happenstance – Maria Taylor
I could have picked the entire track-listing to talk about, hell, I could have even wrote an entire album review. But, it’s much more simpler then that. Along with Devine’s it’s a stunning album though, was I even surprised? Do yourself a favor and purchase both. They’re worth escaping to on these trailing days of summer.
Right-click and enjoy.
BONUS: Significant Other – Celebrity Traffic My bad guys, seriously my bad. I’ve been sitting on this little jam for way too long, go on, move your feet.
P.S. What’s up Walt Whit? has been updated, read on.