Pop Music

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head (2018)

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head (2018)

Michael Franks’ ‘The Music In My Head’ continues his forty-five year tradition of delivering comfort music with intellect, wit and grace.

Thiago Nassif – Três (2018)

Thiago Nassif – Três (2018)

Apart from his collaborator Arto Lindsay, Thiago Nassif’s ‘Três’ much unlike anything else you’re likely to hear from a very broadly defined pop realm that includes its rogue elements.

Forget What You Heard About Alanis Morissette’s Flavors of Entanglement, And Just Listen

Forget What You Heard About Alanis Morissette’s Flavors of Entanglement, And Just Listen

The underrated ‘Flavors of Entanglement,’ issued 10 years ago today, found Alanis Morissette in a moment of fearless introspection. Critics be damned.

Bart and the Bedazzled – Blue Motel (2018)

Bart and the Bedazzled – Blue Motel (2018)

Bart and the Bedazzled are like a cool combination of ’70s pop-singer Stephen Bishop and ’80s bands like the Style Council.

Judith Owen – redisCOVERed (2018)

Judith Owen – redisCOVERed (2018)

Simple, nuanced and damn near perfect, Judith Owen’s ‘RedisCOVERed’ meets and occasionally exceeds all expectations.

David Philips – Get Along (2018)

David Philips – Get Along (2018)

Philips is clearly that guy who is well suited for DIY, and now we know from ‘Get Along’ that even when he does something by himself two different ways, both ways are the ‘right’ way.

Basia – Butterflies (2018)

Basia – Butterflies (2018)

A little mellower and little more intimate, ‘Butterflies’ is Basia aging gracefully with music that will likely not age at all.

Robbie Dupree, Chicago, Yes’ Peter Banks + Others: Five for the Road

Robbie Dupree, Chicago, Yes’ Peter Banks + Others: Five for the Road

Robbie Dupree, Chicago and Peter Banks are part of the latest edition of Five for the Road, an occasional look at music that’s been in my car lately.

GIG [Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch] – Brave New World (2018)

GIG [Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch] – Brave New World (2018)

The supergroup GIG evolved organically with Bruce Gaitsch and Dave Innis providing most of the music and Randy Goodrum the lyrical heft.

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

A singer with a 14-letter, consonant-rich last name might find an obstacle to fame but Basia Trzetrzelewska became an international pop star anyway.

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