Forget the unabating spike in Covid-19 infections, the pandemic’s crushing toll on Britain’s poor and middle classes, Boris Johnson’s continuing misrule coupled with a historically weak Labour Party, and, of course, all those pesky issues like climate change which existed before the pandemic but have since been relegated to the back burner.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer won’t be distracted by such petty matters when he has better ways to spend his limited supply of political capital—like suspending his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn from the party, reigniting Labour infighting, and sending a clear message of hostility to the new constituencies that Corbyn’s…
I want to talk about an album that I see not only as the best album to date by bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, but as one of the best albums of the 2010s from any artist.
Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (pronounced by Spalding as “D plus evolution”) is simultaneously a tour de force in groove-heavy, sophisticated yet broadly appealing songwriting, and also a concept album rich in theatricality and lyrical metaphors.
It appealed to Spalding’s jazz fans while continuing to grow her already diverse audience. It also has a deeply personal, at times even autobiographical perspective.
Over the course…
Lately, I’ve been returning to the Pink Floyd obsession of my early teens. Like many fans, I was enamored of The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, but felt clever for insisting their best album was actually Animals.
For the past couple months, my Pink Floyd phase has returned in full force, but I haven’t listened to any of the three above-mentioned albums much at all. Instead, I’ve been digging deep into their early work for the first time.
As a kid, I never really understood why so many fans focused on the band’s original frontman Syd Barrett…
I’m a writer, musician, and theatre artist from the US, currently located in Norway.