Welcome to my pick of the pops. Here are a few albums and tracks selected by yours truly.
After a long day sometimes all you want to do is listen to some easy tunes. Regardless if you are a stay at home or a travel bug, hopefully there is something here for everyone.
So relax, close your eyes and enjoy.
This album has a collaboration between American singer-songwriter Beth Hart and the acclaimed blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album is made up exclusively of intimate soul cover versions. One of the songs “Your Heart Is As Black As Night” is a cover version which is by Melody Gardot on the “My One And Only Thrill Album” which is featured below.
The story of vocalist Melody Gardot is as remarkable one. Born in New Jersey in 1985, she took up piano and played as a youngster on the nightclub scene of Philadelphia, influenced by jazz, folk, rock, and pop music. On a fateful day, while riding her bicycle, the driver of a Jeep made an illegal turn, hurdling into Gardot and leaving her in the street for dead. As she lay hospitalized for months with multiple head injuries and pelvic fractures, her love for music was the best therapy she could receive. While in her hospital bed, she wrote and recorded songs that would become the EP Some Lessons. Upon her eventual release from intensive care, Gardot found the strength and determination to further her career as an artist. This album “My One and Only Thrill” contains some very soulful jazz tunes. Gardot swapped her piano for the guitar as after her accident could not longer sit at it. A big thumbs up from me on this album.
This amazing chill out album by Zero 7 features the voice of a lady called Sia Furler. Sia Furler has provided vocals for English downtempo group Zero 7 (musical duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker) on their first three studio albums and has toured with the band. She is heard on their hit singles “Destiny” and “Distractions” from their debut album, Simple Things, released in April 2001. 10 out of 10 for me with this album.
His million selling 2006 debut album, ‘These Streets’, established the young Scotsman as a leading light amongst the new wave of singer-songwriters.
Every Breath You Take” is a song by The Police on the band’s 1983 album Synchronicity, written by Sting and Andy Summers (but officially credited to Sting only). The single was one of the biggest hits of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks and the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. It also topped the Billboard Top Tracks chart for nine weeks. This was a massive tune as I recall as a 14 year old girl and one that was played over and over on the then very popular top of the pops.
As the title of James Morrison’s third and by far best album suggests, The Awakening is the sound of an artist coming of age. In his personal life, Morrison has become a father, while losing his own father after the latter’s long battle with alcoholism and depression. At the same time, Morrison, 26, has matured as a singer, songwriter and musician, enabling him to channel all of that emotion into his most accomplished collection of songs yet. Another song on the album “In My Dreams” was written and dedicated to his father who passed away. Like many of us that lose a loved one, the thought of not seeing them again is sometimes hard. So to dream about them, keeps them close to us.