Archive | August, 2014

Song of the Week: “Promises” – The Cranberries

27 Aug

The Cranberries’ 1993 debut album with “Linger,” “Dreams,” “Sunday,” and all the rest was great, despite the album name, and their follow-up record was certainly listenable (though I thought “Zombie” was a bit much). Anyway, five years later they released Bury the Hatchet with “Promises” as the lead (only?) single. The video is supposed to be campy, I think, but is just lame so I’ve gone with this tight live performance instead. Plus, Dolores has Siouxsie eyes in this one. 

Song of the Week: “Torn” – Natalie Imbruglia

21 Aug

When former Australian soap star Natalie Imbruglia covered this Ednaswap tune for her 1997 album, Left of the Middle, it wasn’t the first version to have success, but it left all others in the dust. Natalie’s take sold 4 million hard copies worldwide, and as of 2012 was #85 on the list of the UK’s million-selling singles. Plus, the video works.

Song of the Week: “Still Here” – Caitlin Canty

11 Aug

I stumbled across Caitlin Canty earlier this year, and fell in love with this tune from her 2012 album, Golden Hour. It’s a beautifully rendered take on life in a small town—or rather, about dealing with the “left town” or “still here” decision that doesn’t seem to apply to life in a metropolis so much.

Song of the Week: “Eden” – 10,000 Maniacs

8 Aug

Been away from my media for a few weeks, and as I ease back into everyday life it’s interesting to see how some things that used to occupy my mind are much less appealing now. This week’s song has held its appeal for me for more than 20 years, and doesn’t let up. This is from Our Time in Eden, Natalie Merchant’s last release with the band (except for the MTV Unplugged adventure, of course). The video is grainy, balcony-shot concert footage with poor sound, but still utterly entrancing.