Believe or not before she became an international sensation, Shakira's song lyrics were very politically incorrect. There is a very deep thinker and a skilled business woman behind her sexy light public persona. In this post, I want to shed some light on her earlier songs and the evolution of her entire body of work. Her upbringing combined with the passionate nature of the Latin culture made for a very diverse and broadly creative output. Shakira has used her songs to make controversial statements regarding corruption in Medellin, and at times, describe in great detail the emotional turmoil of relationships that were never meant to be. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
This band is loaded with shy playfulness and layers of metaphors. Over time I also noticed that each album represented a different growth stage for Sting. He walks us from his lonely, insecure and jealous streak, all the way to his solo song "If you love somebody set them free." I really appreciate how he can paint a detailed picture with the lyrics. Click on the title to read the full review.
He made his first debut as a jazz musician in 1991. Mehldau was one of the original member of the Joshua Redman Quartet who last played together in 1994. They recently reunited to release their new album RoundAgain. His album Largo is probably one of the best modern Jazz compositions I have heard. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
I bet $100 dollars you did not know that some of the 1970's classic movies theme scores from internationally famous films was composed by an Argentinian. Three of his most widely known tunes are the classic 1970's Jaws, James Bond and Mission Impossible theme songs. He is famous for being able to blend the sound of the big orchestra with that of improvisational jazz. Every song is carefully crafted to transport the listener through time and space. He can tell a story by solely using a melody. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
This latin band features a mix of ska, jazz, folk, reggae and funk all wrapped up on a big band sound. It is very easy to find yourself dancing even to their saddest songs. Vicentico and Flavio (who wrote most of the songs) were born in the mid 60's at the beginning of a very politically violent period in Argentina. This experience certainly left a mark on the band members who often write about their experiences and stories they witnessed during this process. Click on the title to read the full review.
The Hives is a Swedish rock band that rose to prominence in the early 2000's. Their music has a very hard core British garage rock revival sound. To me they sound like a blend of Queens of the Stone Age, the Rolling Stones and a little bit of 80's techno rock. The lead singer's look on the cover of their Tyrannosaurus Hives album reminds me of Alex McDowell's character in Clockwork Orange (1962). Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
Another garage rock revival band. Although they are from NY, their style resembles the sound of other well known UK bands. Their lyrics are eclectic and charged with alternative lifestyle vibes that leave them open to interpretation. One could safely say that it reflects the reality of life in New York, fast paced, vibrant and not fit for the faint of heart. Click on the title to read the full review.
I have gotten into a state of nirvana while listening to these songs and solving mathematical equations. There is not much else to say other than they are amazing to listen to. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
What can I say? Wow, what an amazing blend of talent and passion for life. This is a relatively young band that I think will make their mark in the music industry. #Rock, #Garage. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
If you are a fan of GOT, you probably heard the most prominent tune from this string quartet many times. However, despite being featured in a very popular show, their amazing talent remains mostly hidden to those reluctant to perform deep dives in search of relatively unknown artists. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
There is no doubt that Freddy was a genius when it comes to composing beautiful tunes in a variety of genera adapted to rock, but he was also a drama queen. The intensity of some of his most famous songs, provides a glimpse into his troubled emotional ups and downs (Love of my life, Bohemian Rhapsody, and his ode to the Radio Ga Ga, just to name a few). I hope you enjoy my top picks. Click on the title to read the full article.
Matt Helders' energy is what really draws me to this band. Alex Turner, the lead vocalist seems like a rather shy boy, but don't let him fool you, there is a lot more to him than meets the eye. He is just my type, I like peeling the layers slowly... 😉 Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
I would describe Brendon Urie as a mix of Frank Sinatra and Jack White with a dash of Prince's edginess. His work exudes creativity and passion from the variety of their repertoire, the cleverness of the lyrics, to the elaborate storyline of their videos. The music has hints of retro- rock, electronic dance, piano, classical ballads, latin jazz, punk, religious praise and everything in between. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.