Emeli Sande – ‘Shine’.
Singer sonwriter Emeli Sande is a breath of fresh air this week with the release of her much anticipated third album, Real Life. To think we nearly lost her musically speaking because she feared that people were sick of her is arguably one of the wildest thing I’ve heard in a while. Honestly, how can anyone be sick of such a beautiful and remarkable voice!? It’s fair to say though that Sande has apparently really struggled with the level of fame she’s achieved over the years as a multi-platinum, award-winning artist, but I’m thrilled to hear that she decided to persevere overcoming many of her doubts about herself. That said, Real Life has a powerful message of love and hope that Sande wants to give her fans. With an array of emotive ballads that softly move the listener and pack a punch the next, I’m sure there is something there for everyone who love her gospel soul-inspired sound.
Charlie XCX – ‘Next Level Charlie’.
As much as I would like to ignore Charli XCX, I can’t. Is there ever a time that her genre-bending pop songs aren’t on our music radar? Whether she is recording her own songs or acting as a behind-the-scenes songwriter she never seems to fail to infiltrate our consciousness. On the English singer’s latest album, Charli, she successfully collaborates with artists like Christine and the Queens, Troye Sivan, Lizzo and Haim. Moreover it seems that as someone who is constantly pushing pop into exciting new directions, she might have finally outdone herself on this her third album? Maybe the opening track Next Level Charli just might give us a clue whether or not this is true.
Joseph – ‘Fighter’.
The Portland-based sister act of Natalie Closner Schepman and Allison and Meegan Closner combine their steadfast melodies with a good dose of pop rock sensibility on their fourth effort entitled Good Luck, Kid. It’s a remarkable album that reflects a new maturity to their grittier output. While I’m reasonably new to Joseph, I love how impassioned their message is to their listeners. In the lead up it’s release, Meegan said, “For me this record is about stepping out of being a victim…” Moreover Natalie reiterates this same sentiment by adding, “I know that an album can’t fix anything, but I hope it can be a balm whatever’s hurting, and help people feel like they’re truly believed in.” With an array of standout tracks for my mind I cannot go passed the album opener Fighter. It sets up the album nicely with this never die spirit that permeates the entire album.