Joanna Burns, back again with this week’s music roundup!
Forget Her – Jeff Buckley
This week, it was announced that a new posthumous album by Jeff Buckley will be released next year. You & I is a selection of covers as well as a couple of originals, all recorded in his very first recording sessions at Columbia Records in 1993. Buckley only ever released one album while he was alive, Grace, which is one of my favourite albums of all time. My favourite Jeff Buckley song is ‘Forget Her’ – five minutes of heaven in a song. It is a great breakup song but also if you just want to indulge yourself in Buckley’s glorious voice.
Sorry – Justin Bieber
To mark the momentous release of Justin Bieber’s new album Purpose, I thought it was only right to acknowledge him this week. ‘Sorry’ is still my favourite track from this album. Most of the songs are slower tracks and I could not help but get a bit bored listening to the whole album. Tracks like this one, ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Where Are U Now?’ stand out because they are more upbeat songs. However, the whole album shows off Bieber’s amazing voice. I know there are a lot of Bieber haters out there but you have to admit his voice is pretty great. Take a chance on this changed man and have a listen to Purpose, but maybe skip over the more dull tracks.
Ain’t No Sunshine – Eva Cassidy
To celebrate the release of Nightbird, an album to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Eva Cassidy’s famous live album recording Live at Blues Alley. ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is one of my favourite Eva Cassidy songs and this live version shows how perfect her voice is. The whole album is wonderful and the stripped back, live setting allows her musicality and voice to shine through. While the Bill Withers cover from 1971 is my favourite because it keeps so many of the great things about the original, especially the beautiful sadness of the song, Cassidy truly makes the song her own.
Clean – The Japanese House
I am completely obsessed with this song right now. The Japanese House is the solo project of Amber Bain, a 19 year old Londoner. She has been working with two members of The 1975 on her new music and is very experimental in her sounds, manipulating her voice and the instruments she uses. ‘Clean’ is full of beautiful harmonies, weird noises and interesting rhythms.
Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
Jamie Lawson is the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran’s new label Gingerbread Man Records. Apparently Ed Sheeran has always loved Lawson’s music so one of his friends suggested that he create a label so that he could sign him. So Ed Sheeran created a label, Gingerbread Man Records, as you do… Ed Sheeran has apparently let Lawson create the album that he wanted, without much influence from producers or any other writers. And that was definitely the right decision. His story telling songs are really unique and interesting and Lawson’s first single, ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ is a wonderfully sad and beautiful song with an amazing video to go with it.