The Great Unknown, Rob Thomas
Thomas is back with his third pop-rock solo-album. The sounds on this disc still follows the same standard he has set for himself the last few years. Smooth and crafty, the songs have been produced as a collaborative effort, with Matchbox Twenty’s Matt Serletic, and is soulful, important on guitar-notes, acoustic slants, scenic ballads, and music you can always count on to be fabulous.
Male, Natalia Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia’s latest album is all about a resurfacing of the sounds that made “hearts mealt” back in the nineties, with “Torn”. There are 12 songs on the disc and some of them include her covers of famous songs, she has always loved that most of us would stick our noses up at for their grunge-overtones. The sounds range from banjo to pure country music.
Kill The Lights, Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is one of those rare country music icons that can command a stadium packed full of music lovers shaking their head to his songs. The tunes often have a country drawl and go like ballads on guitar. His fifth-studio album is all about his beloved hometown, Nashville, and it sounds a lot like classic nighttime driving music. There is something there about a cornfield dance routine, an anthem that is similar to the eighties, there are sultry overtones, romantic songs filled with passion, and no nonsense about how country music has lost its way – like, we live in an alternate universe, where that might be possible.
Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons
This act is known for bringing to life folk songs in the consciousness of the whole Billboard/MTV crowd. The songs are all about rock and the label is very upfront about it even when it sounds too much stadium-pleasing. Some of the sounds are acoustic and their work is always popular with music lovers. This album features electronic instruments and becomes stately and haunting.
Bush, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is back with more rhythms and grooves than you can shake your tail at. This is LA – smoky and partying. There is sunshine everywhere and it is all sexy but this is the seventies as always imagined by his producer since the 2000, Pharell Williams, but the sounds are pretty diverse: there is harmonica, nostalgia, and lyrical tales about life in that decade.
The Desired Effect, Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers has a new solo album to be proud of. His songs are things you can relate to, even when it is all about the pressing dangers of “pulling in a club” and the mayhem that follows these parties. It might not be something absolutely everyone can rule but the state of things is just that in a synth-disco atmosphere. The same environment is what Flowers is busy recreating for his latest work – there are torch songs, songs about dirty-blond, lost children born that way, and about rock music that might be dark but is so very real.