The Only Place
Remember back in the late 50’s/60′s when life was simple? Just grabbin’ a burger at the stand by the beach, then paddling out in to the chilly blue water on your long board while the warming sun beats down on your shoulders and shimmers off the water. Then you catch that tubular wave into the sandy beach, grab your babe by the hip, hop in the ‘vette, and blast some Beach Boys on your way to catch a flick at the nearest drive-in … yea, I don’t remember that either. Instead I was born in 1986 in the state of Indiana. However, every once in a while I felt like I can relate to the feeling of the beach lifestyle via the music I am listening too. Beach Boys for example, Dick Dale, Jan and Dean, and for a post-1960’s example, Best Coast … ‘s first album.
Master of My Make Believe
As a big fan of Santigold’s first album (back then, known as Santogold), I was eagerly awaiting this follow-up. Santi has a very unique way of crafting her music. “Unique?”, you may say, “doesn’t she just sound like M.I.A.?” Well on the surface, yes, this is an easy comparison to make. However, Santi’s second album helps demonstrate her drastic differences between M.I.A., and portrays why she deserves the praise she gets.
… Little Broken Hearts
^ Sexy rip-off of the Mudhoney movie poster …
“Good Morning/My thoughts on leaving/Are back on the table/I thought you should know”. These are the softly sang opening lines to Norah Jones’ newest album … Little Broken Hearts, in which she paired-up with producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) to create her most melancholically heartbreaking album to date. These opening lines should not only serve as a warning to her recently lost love interest (after all, Norah is about to spend 12 tracks making him look like an ass), but also to the listeners who are about to embark on this journey of her love-lost and heartbreak.
With the great disappointment of Mylo Xyloto (Coldplays new concept album that dropped earlier this week) still being fresh in our heads, we at LxL wanted to remind the world that there are indeed good concept albums out there. Apologies to Austin, who got particularly screwed in this weeks voting, but nonetheless, here is what we came up with: