Music I Want to Talk About – January 2021

Songs I Want to Talk About “Since You Been Gone” by Rainbow (1979) The first half of January had me in a pretty intense ’70s rock phase. The song I played the most in this phase (and maybe all of January) might’ve been “Since You Been Gone” by Rainbow. This was a legitimate hit in its day, but I didn’t learn of it until around … Continue reading Music I Want to Talk About – January 2021

Top 20 Albums of 2020: #15-#11

Welcome back to the second installment of my Top 20 albums of 2020. If you didn’t see Part 1, I’ll link that here. If you don’t want to read all that here’s a quick refresher on what I look for in albums as I’m building the list: Specialness: Is the album special? Is it making interesting choices that set it apart from other 2020 releases … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #15-#11

Top 20 Albums of 2020: #20-#16

One of my favorite parts of December is skimming the various “Best Of” retrospectives. I’ve never done one myself, largely because I don’t put a ton of pressure on myself to keep up with new releases. But around the beginning of November, I realized 2020 was a pretty good year for music, and so it was time to take on that challenge: a proper Best … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #20-#16

Spotify says these were my top 100 songs of 2020. Were they really?

At the end of ever year, Spotify makes you a playlist with the songs you listened to the most. That’s nice of them. However, I can’t help but wonder… are the songs you listened to the most often really the same as your actual favorite songs? I know in some cases I listen to an album more if I plan on reviewing it, and I … Continue reading Spotify says these were my top 100 songs of 2020. Were they really?

‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

So I am by no means a ‘Swiftie.’ Sure, I’ve listened to every song and even written a review of every album (links to those at the end of this post). And yeah, from 1989 onwards I’ve been fairly invested in her album rollouts, listening to new songs and watching new videos almost immediately after they dropped. But I’ve also consistently had negative opinions about … Continue reading ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

Genre: Country with tasteful dashes of pop Year: 2020Runtime: 46:54Total Number of Tracks: 12Songs you might know:– “Gaslighter”– “Sleep at Night”– “March March”– “Julianna Calm Down” My prior relationship with the album and artist: I freaking love The Chicks (still getting used to the new name). When I first got a boombox when I was 6 years old Fly was THE album I couldn’t stop playing … Continue reading Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

And by “definitive ranking” I mean “ranking I came to just now over the course of a few hours as I rewatched all these performances, bearing in mind I could do the same exercise a year from now and come to an entirely different conclusion.” But all that doesn’t fit in a headline, does it? 15. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (Elton John) … Continue reading A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray

Genre: That kind of semi-experimental synthpop that so many people are doing now that it’s arguably just regular pop.  Year: 2020 Runtime: 33:27 Total Number of Tracks: 12, including two interludes that are each under a minute long.  Songs you might know: – “Comfort Crowd” – “Wish I Was Sober” – “Maniac” – “Checkmate” – “The Story”  My prior relationship with the album and artist: … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray