One more Tuesday, five more albums! Add a few of these to your iPod ASAP to make your week go by that much faster…
Calvin Harris – 18 Months: This third album from the Scottish DJ/producer commemorates what would seemingly be the past 18-month rise of his now highly in-demand name. From his sophomore effort in ’09 all the way through the end of ’12, Calvin has been on a steady climb ever since shooting through the roof on Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” a chart-topping dance floor track he wrote, produced, and arguably defined a generation with (only to be determined in retrospect). If anything the pop song definitely captured a moment in the Top 40 zeitgeist for Millennials, and his new album features other stellar names along the lines of Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Nicky Romero, Tinie Tempah and others.
Toby Keith – Hope on the Rocks: The singer from Oklahoma touts his boozy “Red Solo Cup” life in the country with singer-songwriter penned songs that pack all the narrative and flavor in its concise titles: “Whiskey Girl,” “I Love This Bar,” “I Like Girls That Drink Beer.” It’s the 51-year-old’s 16th studio album, and another impressive effort to, of course, drink to. Cheers.
Cee-Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment: Yes, the holidays are right around the corner and steering this sleigh of musical gifts is “Voice” judge Cee-Lo Green. These 14 tracks are a welcome addition with Cee-Lo spins on classics like “This Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “White Christmas.” Check out his mixed bag collaborations that run from Christina Aguilera to Rod Stewart.
Macy Gray – Talking Book: This is interesting. Macy Gray “reinterprets” Stevie Wonder’s album Talking Book on the album’s 40th anniversary. The “I Try” singer does try indeed as she croons, belts, rasps, and everything in between her way through the multi-platinum record that introduced us to some of Stevie’s most familiar singles like “Sunshine of My Life” and “Superstition.” Worth a listen.
Cody ChesnuTT – Landing on a Hundred: An underrated talent. Cody hit the scene with The Headphone Masterpiece and it was a showy but composed blend of influences—rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and R&B—that was so defiant from what other artists were doing in terms of lyrical honesty and outside-the-studio antics (he put 32 songs on it, which pre-mix tapes uploaded online to the internet days was like, whaaaaat??) he felt “experimental” by default. But he wasn’t introduced to most of us until one of its tracks was brilliantly featured on The Roots’ “The Seed 2.0” and before you knew it you were burning “Look Good In Leather” (like, waaay before the Axe commercial) to every blank CD you made for friends. This album, now 10 years later, is a third of that first record in size (12 tracks) but just as bold, just as enthralling.