We’re officially 2 months into 2012. For me, the past 9 weeks have already brought some great new music. Here’s what I’ve been loving so far this year (in no order):
“Shadow Days” – John Mayer: A serious throat condition delayed the release of Mayer’s new music in mid-2011. His much-anticipated new single finally dropped this week, and it’s everything I could have hoped for and more. Mayer sounds better than ever, and the song is a blues-folk-country masterpiece with stripped-down production that puts all the focus on his voice. This makes me very excited for his album, which will be released in late May.
“We Take Care Of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is back and better than ever. The multiple-year wait for new music is more than worth it with this single. An empowering message combined with good old-fashioned rock and roll–what more could you ask for? A live performance of this song at the Grammy’s made me even more obsessed than I already was.
“Some Nights” – fun.: The title track off of their recently released album, “Some Nights” has not received as much hype as “We Are Young”, but in my opinion it is one of the best parts of the album. I first heard it described as “a combination of Paul Simon and The Lion King” – a weird but intriguing description. After giving it a listen, that is exactly what it sounds like. This track sets the tone for the an album that defies everything mainstream and showcases real ingenuity in musical production and stylistic mixing.
“Tonight Is The Night (Timeflies Remix)” – Outasight: This song was a dance/club banger in its original form, but adding Timeflies makes it the perfect song to get hyped up for a night out. I’ve had this one on repeat since it was released FOR FREE a few weeks ago. I’ve been a fan of Outasight for awhile, and he just keeps getting better and better. Don’t believe me? Rolling Stone just named him one of their “New Faces” of 2012: ARTICLE
“Part Of Me” – Katy Perry: I loved this from the time I heard it debuted as a live performance at the Grammy’s. It’s honest and raw, but not depressing. It’s an anthem of empowerment, tacking more serious topics than some of Perry’s other, lighter music. It’s fun and upbeat, the perfect track to turn up all the way and sing your lungs out to.
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