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Music and Meaning · 6M ago

Song of the Day, May 26: No Blue Skies by Lloyd Cole

Today’s song is a throwaway moment that resulted in a gem. After three solid albums with the Commotions, Lloyd Cole broke up the band and moved to New York. After settling in to his new envi...
Music and Meaning · 6M ago

Song of the Day, May 5: Love Resurrection by Alison Moyet

Today’s song launched a brilliant solo career from the ashes of a pioneering duo. After two albums of top-notch synth-pop as Yazoo, Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke went their separate ways. Mo...
Music and Meaning · 6M ago

Song of the Day, May 1: Amelia by Joni Mitchell

Today’s song is a remarkable journey. Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album Hejira is a high point in her catalog and one of her most personal recordings. The songs were mostly written during a car tri...
Music and Meaning · 6M ago

Song of the Day, April 28: Hurts by Emeli Sandé

Today’s song is a remarkable acknowledgment of pain. Emeli Sandé’s second album, Long Live the Angels, is a triumph of musical diversity and passion. The songs are informed by her struggles ...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Song of the Day, April 24: One Day Like This by Elbow

Today’s song is the epic peak of a magnificent album. Elbow showed off all their musical styles and influences on their fourth disc, The Seldom Seen Kid. A tight, versatile band with smart l...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Song of the Day, April 21: You Can Close Your Eyes by Linda Ronstadt

Today’s song is a multifaceted musical collaboration. James Taylor wrote You Can Close Your Eyes in 1970. He calls it a “secular hymn”, a touching meditation on loss and separation. The trac...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Song of the Day, April 17: Congratulations by Jeffrey Osborne

Today’s song is a powerful song of resignation. Jeffrey Osborne’s eponymous solo debut is a smart mix of tracks. Producer George Duke understood the array of talents the singer had to offer ...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Album of the Week, April 16: Voyeur by Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes took her time building her star status. The daughter of an attorney and a hospital administrator, she is that rare pop musician who grew up in a non-musical household. She always ...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Song of the Day, April 14: Detox Mansion by Warren Zevon

Today’s song finds a master storyteller making the most of his own life experience. Warren Zevon recorded only sporadically for much of his career, frequently derailed by substance abuse and...
Music and Meaning · 7M ago

Song of the Day, April 10: All I Know by Art Garfunkel

Today’s song is a majestic tribute to love. When Simon and Garfunkel went their separate ways, Art Garfunkel took a little time to craft his solo debut. Angel Clare, produced by Garfunkel wi...