I used to write hundreds and thousands of words, on music and myself and their Venn intersection, but now I just tweet to my tens or ones of followers. I’ve never stopped listening, I listen all the time, but these are the albums that made me want to speak. These are the albums whose chords struck a chord. This is the music that made me miss writing, the music that left me more awestruck than articulate. The music that deserves more than 140 characters.
1. Kaiser Cartel – Secret Transit
She sang into my ear like a lover. I fell.
2. Kate Miller-Heidke – Curiouser
The smart girl who’s wilder than anyone suspects (& also loves your favorite bands).
3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
A gryphon & a sexbot walk into a club…
4. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue
Top 5 desert-island rocker/author mixtapes. Go!
5. Taylor Swift – Speak Now
31 y.o. man seeks country/pop ingenue. Must love singing, journaling, avenging.
6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Where the wild things rock out; Canadian beauty.
7. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
What: A party. Who: Everyone. When: Now. Why: Why not?
8. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Concept album? Androids? Nope. Just love songs.
9. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
Part two? Ankhs? Nope. More love songs.
10. Rufus Wainwright – All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu
The diva’s throat catches. (His eyeshadow sparkles.) The notes plummet earthward, then ascend to greater mysteries.
11. The Roots – How I Got Over
“Matthew Webber’s Daily Commute: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”