Song of the Day: Adele “When We Were Young”

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Adele – “When We Were Young” – From the 2015 album 25 on Columbia Records.

Bon Iver and Adele Both Cover Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

Posted: July 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cover of the Week | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Bon Iver and Adele Both Cover Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

So 2011 has been a phenomenal year for new music so far and both Adele and Justin Vernon are doing their darndest to help make sure it continues.  Each of them have released a brand new full-length that are both likely to end up on my year end “Top 10 List”.  And then in the past couple of weeks they each decided to bless us with their own take on the legendary Bonnie Raitt ballad, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”  I have been a fan of this heart-rending song for quite some time and each of these artists have rendered a cover that is both true to the original and to their unique musical stylings.  The National, if you could please follow their lead and give us your rendition next, that would be great.  Matt Berninger, your deep crooning voice would suit this tune quite well.  I’ll be waiting patiently.

Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time (removed 7/21/12)

Adele – I Can’t Make You Love Me

The Best Songs of 2011 (So Far) – Part 4

Posted: April 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

So it’s time to bring you the final installment and my absolute favorite songs of the year so far.  I hope you guys have enjoyed listening to this list as much as I enjoyed putting together.  Again I want to remind you that if you enjoy these songs, please go and purchase some of these albums.

5. The Decemberists – Down By The Water (removed 7/21/12)

It’s no sea shanty or civil war folk-lore, but this R.E.M. influenced rock tune is pretty incredible.  I just can’t get enough of this entire album.  While most everyone seems to be going back to the 80’s for inspiration this year, these guys seem to have found the early 90’s early enough for them, and it really works.

4. The Head and the Heart – Lost In My Mind (removed 7/21/12)

Great harmonies, great lyrics, great melody, and with a fantastic continuous build and crescendo. This song is just darn-near perfect.

3. The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend (removed 7/21/12)

This entire album is absolutely phenomenal, but I keep going back to this particular song over and over.  If you just sample this song, you won’t get it.  Just trust me. Download this song, let it get under your skin. Then go and buy the rest of the album.

2. Sarah Jaffe – A Sucker for Your Marketing/Vulnerable (removed 7/21/12)

This is a bit of an unorthadox choice for this list, especially to be this high, but I just couldn’t ignore it.  I usually don’t take the time to listen to very many live recordings, but this is just an absolute masterpiece.  The range and control she has over her voice is unbelievable and is showcased really well in this recording, not to mention the flawless and beautiful transition between the two songs.  This whole session is worth checking out.

1. Adele – Rolling In The Deep (removed 7/21/12)

This girl’s on fire and there ain’t nothing able to put her out.  Another album that could have had any number of songs on this list. As much of an affection I have for other songs on this album such as “Someone Like You” or “One and Only”, it had to be this song.  It is just so unbelievably catchy but has so much depth and character at the same time.  This is an absolutely epic song that will last for decades. It is the perfect opening track that sets the tone for one of the best records of the year.  A testament to the strength and power of this song is the numerous amount of covers that have already popped up from the unknowns to the legends, John Legend that is (more to come on that matter in future posts).

So there it is.  My personal favorites of the year.  I am sure that I have missed some great ones.  So please comment and let me know of the egregious errors in musical judgment that I have made.  What song do you think deserves that #1 spot?

Part 3 (#’s15 – 6)