The two artists that I’m highlighting in this playlist couldn’t come from more different worlds. I’ve been a fan of both for years but for very different reasons. The first group of songs come from Common’s latest, Nobody’s Smiling. I have to be honest that it took me many listens before this album really took hold of me. It’s not one of my favorites from him, but I have a lot of respect for the music he puts out. I was first introduced to his music by an ex in 2000. I liked his vibe and approach to music right away and have followed his career since Like Water For Chocolate. He’s a fellow Chicagoan and he stays true and loyal to his roots, so I can’t HELP but respect that. It seems that Common went back to the boys he came up with for this album. And maybe that’s why it sounds so different and low-key to me. These five songs are my favorites. And one thing that I noticed is that this whole album sounds even better when played very loud!!
I have been listening to Tom Petty since I was a little girl in the 70’s. The fact that he is still putting out music, good music, is a testament to his amazing talent and longevity. This latest release, Hypnotic Eye, really goes back to his early music; The music and the content, while reminiscent of his early stuff, are definitely relevant to today. All I have to say is listen & learn. Love me some Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers!!