Getting off the political beat….
I can’t say enough good things about a Songs About Jane by neo-soul band Maroon 5. (Careful …if you’re at work…the link has sound). Great musicianship as well as vocals that fall somewhere between Stevie Wonder (when he was good) and Mick Hucknall. In fact this is the band that we hoped Simply Red would become, before they went smarmy. Harder To Breathe is one of the the “hookiest” songs I’ve heard in years.
…and let’s not forget Aimee Mann’s Lost in Space. As Elvis Costello has gotten older and mushier, Mann has stepped up as one of the smartest songwriters working.
Hey. I gotta listen to something while I’m sitting here getting snarky…