Tag: 2018

Starwatcher

I’ll Be Your Girl came along without much fanfare in 2018. I didn’t find out about it until several months after it was released. I suppose that means that The Decemberists’ years of being a band that mainstream entertainment media cares about are over. It … Continue reading Starwatcher

Space Cowboy

In 2018, Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour was the album that pretty much everyone loved. It was the kind of all-across-the-board something-for-everybody hit record that happens quite rarely in our deeply fractured marketplace. It was mainstream in the best possible way. Musgraves represents a new generation … Continue reading Space Cowboy

Somewhere

I can easily imagine Lissie as a folksinger in the 1960’s, singing at sit-ins and protest marches. She has a big voice, an ability to write big choruses, a tendency towards earnestness, and a prairie-girl sense of style. All of which would have put her … Continue reading Somewhere

Soldier

I’m tempted to go back and retroactively add Neneh Cherry’s Broken Politics to my list of the best records of 2018. But I didn’t discover this record until pretty recently, so I’ll just say that this year it’s one of my favorite new discoveries. ‘New’ … Continue reading Soldier

Sober

Elle King got famous in 2015 for having the rollicking slut-pride anthem of the year. Then she found out, as many before her have done, that sudden fame exacerbates one’s worst impulses to the thousandth degree. King went on the rookie pop star roller-coaster of … Continue reading Sober

So Afraid

Is it a blessing or a curse when edgy artists suddenly go mainstream? On one hand, niche artists who happen to fluke into wide popularity often find themselves either pandering to the masses or flailing around to get their original voice back. On the other … Continue reading So Afraid