My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 13: Wednesday January 13, 2021.
- THE BEACH BOYS: SURF’S UP: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: POP: A comeback of sorts for The Beach Boys- their record sales and popularity had been in the decline for nearly half a decade. While there were no hit singles on this album- the album did fairly well on the charts. Brian Wilson was in his funk at this point and wasn’t as involved very much. Mount Rushmore: “Surf’s Up”, “Until I Die” [both of those written by Brian}, “Long Promised Road”, and “Disney Girls.”
- TAYLOR SWIFT: FOLKLORE: 2020: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: INDIE FOLK: A couple years ago I recall writing about Taylor Swift’s lack of recent production- at the time she had released one album in 5 years- then came a new album in 2019 and last year two albums in a period of five months. This may be her best album. This album was not only a surprise album- but a change of course for Swift-into Indie Folk, alternative collaborating with the guitarist for The National Aaron Dessner and with Bon Iver on a song. Mount Rushmore: “Cardigan”, “Exile”, “The Last Great American Dynasty” and “Betty.” The album was universally acclaimed and appeared at or near the top of numerous ‘best of 2020’ lists. She would quickly follow up with another album by years end,-Evermore.
- DAVID CROSBY: IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME: 1971: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: ROCK: Crosby’s most acclaimed solo album- although his recent work is well worth checking out. This is the first time I’ve heard it. Pretty good stuff. An all-star cast appear on the album- Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and of course Stills, Nash and Young. Mount Rushmore: “Music Is Love”, “Laughing”, “Orleans” and ‘Song With No Words.”