“Alfie” by Lily Allen (from Alright, Still, 2006)
No one in Miss Allen’s life was safe from her cheeky tongue, not even her brother.
“The Calm” by Andy Allo (from Superconductor, 2012)
It’s tough out there for a Prince protégé. Allo joined the NPG in 2011, during the “Welcome 2…” tour, as a supplemental guitarist and occasional vocalist. Like all the others before her, Prince put his purple spin upon her career, and helped her release Superconductor in 2012. Then, like so many before her, he dumped her ass for his band du jour, 3RDEYEGIRL. The thing is, unlike so many other protégés, Allo’s record is really quite good and doesn’t reek of re-hashed vault tunes.
“I Will Live on Islands” by Josh Ritter (from El Turista, 2009)
This is a bit too derivative for my tastes.
“Dreamgirl” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2007-03-23: DMB Live Trax, Volume 9: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA (disc 1), 2007)
I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for the studio version of this tune. That said, it never really clicked for me in the live setting. It’s a pretty straight-forward, mid-tempo ballad and just doesn’t breathe the same as it did in the studio.
“Drum Song” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (disc 2), 2002)
The validity of the claim that this recording is “Essential” is definitely up for discussion in my book. While I dig many of Earth, Wind & Fire’s forays into the instrumental world, this pariticular track doesn’t scream to be included on a greatest hits package.
What’s on your shuffle today?