Archive | May, 2014

Song of the Week: “The Story in Your Eyes” – The Moody Blues

26 May

My family had a couple of Moody Blues albums on vinyl, and I found the cover art of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour to be utterly entrancing. Combine this with the wordless, evolutionary tale of the first track, “Procession,” and I always felt there was some great symbolic tale expressed in that record that I just couldn’t grasp. Currently, this song is still my favorite from the album.

Song of the Week: “Sixteen Tons of Hardware” – BWO

19 May

Bodies Without Organs (BWO), a Swedish techno-pop band, isn’t together anymore but during their half-a-dozen years they released four studio albums of light and catchy pop tunes. They had some nice dance tracks, such as “Conquering America” and “Sunshine in the Rain” from Prototype and “Right Here Right Now” from Big Science. This video, like most by BWO, is ridiculous.

Song of the Week: “Next to Me” – Emeli Sandé

12 May

Emeli Sandé’s debut album, Our Version of Events, was a huge hit in the U.K., spending five weeks at number 1 on the charts, selling more than a million copies, and becoming England’s best-selling album (beating Adele’s 21)—all in 2012. Plus, it was the U.K.’s second best-selling album in 2013. The States did not deliver the same response, but this great single filtered through, going platinum in the U.S. in 2013.

Song of the Week: “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” – KT Tunstall

5 May

This catchy lead single from her 2004 debut album Eye to the Telescope launched KT’s career when she performed it solo on the Jools Holland show. The studio version is just as good, but I’ve included the live performance here because she does such a great job.