It’s time for some new music!! Once again, I listened to three very different albums. Two out of three of these artists are brand new to me: Benjamin Booker & Future. Benjamin Booker is a raw, bluesy artist that has produced a swinging, feedback-laden, groovy kind of sound. I totally dig it. His self-titled album is one worth checking out. I don’t know much about him, but I do know that I like what I hear. He has organs on his album!! ORGANS!! Can’t wait to see where he goes from here.
Next up on this list is Future’s Honest. I wasn’t too sure I liked this album when I first heard it. But then I heard the song, “Blood, Sweat, Tears” and I totally fell for it. With that one song I truly opened my ears to the rest of the album. It’s the BEST and most meaningful song on the album. It gave me a different perspective from how I first heard the other songs. And once I got rolling with it, I started to find other songs that stood out to me. This is a pure hip hop album full of good beats and tough lyrics. It’s not the best album that I’ve ever heard, but it caught my attention.
The latest album from Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes, is mostly a collaboration with Tom Morello. While this is clearly still a Springsteen album through and through, you can still hear the grittier influence that Morello has on the songs on which he plays. I especially love the remake of “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”. Tom’s guitar playing and singing change up the dynamic of this oldie but goodie in such a positive way. I went from liking this song to LOVING it. But even the songs that I chose that don’t feature Tom, like “Frankie Fell In Love” and “Dream Baby Dream”, are great. It took many listens to pick out my favorites, but the songs in this playlist are the ones that stood out the most.