While in the midst of home inspections, building a Transition Team, and writing sermons I’d thought I’d share with you some new music I’ve been listening to this past week. All three of these albums were released earlier this week and I would recommend giving them a spin as each of these bands have been, or are becoming, a few of my favorites.
Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam has 12 tracks including the well-publicized “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens.” Overall the album is growing on me though it had me hoping for the days of VS. and Vitalogy, “speaking as a child of the 90s.” Right now I’m really liking the later half of the album with “Infallible,”Yellow Moon,” and “Future Days.” At this point, my favorite track might be the title track, “Lightning Bolt.”
Magpie And The Dandelion by The Avett Brothers has 11 tracks of classic Avett style. This might be the album I’m currently most excited about. Each song with its own story from beginning to end. The opening track, “Open Ended Life” has great energy with its Willie Nelson influence and grabs your attention right away. This moves into track 2, “Morning Song” which has family and friends, including a dying aunt, joining the band with the closing lines. Be sure to check out “Another Is Waiting,” “Skin And Bones,” and “Vanity.” The middle part of the album is slower but not boring. Spend some time with this album.
Let’s Be Still by The Head and the Heart has 13 tracks on it. I’ll be seeing them live next week here in Indy and so I’ve been spending an extra amount of time with this album. I thought their first self-titled album was fantastic so I had high expectations for this release. Initially I was slightly disappointed with this album but like so many others, it is growing into a really solid album for me. I was nervous their first single, “Shake” was going to be the best track on the album but am coming to find a couple others competing for that spot. “Another Story,” “Summertime,” “10,000 Weight in Gold,” and “Gone.” I’m really looking forward to seeing them live for the first time and hearing this album live, which always makes me like it more.