One Track Mind

Josh Ritter, “Rosalie” from Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (2014)

Josh Ritter, “Rosalie” from Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (2014)

Josh Ritter’s version of “Rosalie” stands out on a Chris Smithers tribute album with plenty of bigger stars.

Daniel Lanois, “Iceland” from Flesh and Machine (2014): One Track Mind

Daniel Lanois, “Iceland” from Flesh and Machine (2014): One Track Mind

Daniel Lanois’ “Iceland” is unutterably beautiful at one turn, dark and humid the next

Diana Krall, “California Dreamin'” from Wallflower (2014): One Track Mind

Diana Krall, “California Dreamin'” from Wallflower (2014): One Track Mind

Diana Krall’s new take on “California Dreamin'” gives the Mamas and the Papas hit a much-needed makeover.

Johnny Marr, “Easy Money” from Playland (2014): One Track Mind

Johnny Marr, “Easy Money” from Playland (2014): One Track Mind

“Easy Money,” from Johnny Marr’s forthcoming solo album ‘Playland,’ is ridiculously listenable.

One Track Mind: Grace Marino, “Survive” from The Initiative (2014)

One Track Mind: Grace Marino, “Survive” from The Initiative (2014)

Grace Marino’s “Survive” is a heart-gripping song from the Initiative’s terrific self-titled debut album.

One Track Mind: Stevie Nicks, “Twisted” from 24 Karat Gold (2014)

One Track Mind: Stevie Nicks, “Twisted” from 24 Karat Gold (2014)

’24 Karat Gold’ gives Stevie Nicks a chance to finally get it right with “Twisted.”

One Track Mind: The Who, “Be Lucky” from Who Hits 50 (2014)

One Track Mind: The Who, “Be Lucky” from Who Hits 50 (2014)

A new song from the Who? We should be so lucky, right?

One Track Mind: Marty Penrose + Taylor Penrose, “Gettin’ It Together” (2014)

One Track Mind: Marty Penrose + Taylor Penrose, “Gettin’ It Together” (2014)

This song bustles and boogies with soul and sweat.

One Track Mind: Thompson, “One Life at a Time” from Family (2014)

One Track Mind: Thompson, “One Life at a Time” from Family (2014)

Richard Thompson sings here about taking a moment to understand blessings, beginning with the blessing of being left alone. Completely understandable, considering the situation.

One Track Mind: Nino Bisignano and the Initiative, “Anymore” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nino Bisignano and the Initiative, “Anymore” (2014)

Anchored by a cool-cat groove, this ropes together swing, jazz, and pop.