Broadcast Radar 6/17/22 – Mt. Joy vs. Pete Yorn
This week we had two big albums from Pete Yorn and Mt. Joy, respectfully. Pete’s debut single, “Elizabeth Taylor” is an earworm that will have you singing endlessly, “I will find my own way home.” “Never Go” is another standout that sounds like retro Yorn. Has he regained form? Yes. Whereas Hawaii is a great listener, I think it could benefit from the camaraderie and inventiveness of a band. The influence of new players could be the rejuvenation he needs as he progresses into the second half of his career.
Mt. Joy hit their stride with an amazing album that could be their best? There’s so much energy on orange blood which pushes each song beyond the creative edge. “Johnson Song” and its “Ooh la las” are unexpected and super fun. Matt Quinn’s vocals are in incredible shape, swinging between effortless falsetto and deep, earthy baritones. At this point, the group is on an unprecedented path, and I believe that the third time is the charm for them.
Sting released an amazing album last year, The bridge, and makes it even better with a super deluxe edition, which includes a live show from the Pantheon in Paris. Check out this heartfelt version of “For Her Love.” How is this man always at the top of his game?
“PROBLEM” is then Jungle. If you don’t know what I mean, you better go back to their debut album and give it their due diligence. It’s moving, upbeat and funky, with flute samples and dizzying vocal passages. They just have a way of making you feel light and vibrant like you have no worries in the world.
Kesha returns this week with another cameo and steals the show, as usual, on the thirst-quenching “Taste So Good.”
If you’re a fan, you’ll love his verses. Otherwise, you might not feel that CANNibus-infused infomercial. Either way, you know our girl is back and ready to rock!
Liam Gallagher has been putting together some great singles lately and this live version of “The River” is another rocker. I like the attitude, the delivery and the grunt.
Kelly Clarkson covers Radiohead‘s “Fake Plastic Trees” and it really works. Could this be fun for a playlist or two?
Rumor has it Will Butler has officially left Aracde Fire to focus solely on his solo career. “Nearer To Thee” shows his dark side that I’m starting to like. He is definitely an artist to follow.
Your Jazz cut of the week is “Rainy Day” by our friends Chet Baker and Wolfgang Lackerschmid. I was introduced to Lackerschmid through my RR last week and saw he and my boy Chet have an album together, you learn something new every day. Once I knew, I wanted you to know too, that’s how this blog works! Discover “Toku Do” for grilling pleasure.
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Tags: Chet Baker, Jungle, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Liam Gallagher, Mt. Joy, New Music Friday, new releases, Pete Yorn, Release Radar, Sing, Sting, VINCINT, Will Butler, Wolfgang Lackerschmid