Part 1 of an ongoing series.
These are albums and artists that I think are underheard and underappreciated. They are 4 or 5 Pochacco albums and I wanted to share them with you. The four below are excellent debut albums. You can thank me by helping me get a free ipod nano. And now, without further ado…
The Milk-Eyed Mender, 2004
That voice. It’s a voice that initially makes your ears bleed. A voice that resembles the last, tortured cries of a donkey being put out of its misery. But if you can keep the cd playing long enough for your ears to adjust, you’ll find an album full of beautiful arrangements accompanied by intelligent lyrics and poignant imagery. It’s the juxtaposition of the gentle, serene harp against Newsom’s undeniably jarring voice that wins me over. Open your mind, bend your ears, and challenge yourself with a listen.
At least check out: “Bridges and Balloons”, “Sprout and Bean”, “The Book of Right On”
If Tracy Chapman and Van Morrison hooked up and made a baby, Ray LaMontagne would be it. His debut album is nothing short of perfection and is sure to become a modern classic. It’s bluesy, it’s soulful, and LaMontagne’s gravelly, husky voice hits all the right notes. From the harmonicas to the acoustic instruments, this is just one superbly produced album. His talent is real and his music has the ability to get underneath your skin and make you wilt with emotion. Bravo.
There are no duds on here but especially check out: “Trouble”, “Shelter”, “Hold You In My Arms”, “How Come”, “Jolene”
Happenstance is heavy and filled with angst-ridden ruminations on love. Yamagata’s sultry voice combine with jazzy piano pop arrangements to yield songs of raw power albeit peppered with clichéd lyrics.
At least check out: “Be, Be Your Love”, “Letter Read”, “Worn Me Down”, “1963”, “Under My Skin”, “I Want You”
This San Diego native and former competitive surfer turned rocker is known as the female Jack Johnson. Twentythree has an abundance of breezy, catchy, simple music that you can’t help but sing along to.
At least check out: “Love, Love, Love”, “The Story”, “Electric”, “Shy That Way” (duet with beau, Jason Mraz), “Simple As It Should Be”