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    Easily My Album Of The Year

    I know, it's only September, and I'm announcing my album of the year. That, plus the fact I don't always give out awards, make this "album of the year" even better. This album came out September 3, 2021 and I've listened to it nearly nonstop ever since. Heck, it's Sunday and I couldn't even wait for the week to start before posting this article. 

     

    Lady Blackbird's debut album called Black Acid Soul is easily my album of the year. I love the music, her voice, the emotion put into the music, and absolutely everything else about the album. Just press play on this one and you'll thank me later. Seriously, there isn't a track that I skip. 

     

    The album is available from all the streaming services AND available for purchase via Bandcamp. Here's a link to the Bandcamp page LINK.

     

    Here are the album credits, followed by the YouTube playlist of the album. 

     

    Produced by Chris Seefried 
    A&R by Ross Allen 

    Deron Johnson playing Steinway Baby Grand, Mellotron, Casio Synth 
    Jon Flaugher playing Double Bass 
    Jimmy Paxson playing Drums, Percussion 
    Chris Seefried playing Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar 
    Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews playing Trumpet 

    Recorded and Mixed By Seth Atkins Horan 
    Mastered By Bernie Grundman, At Bernie Grundman Mastering LA CA 
    Recorded at Sunset Sound LA CA 
    Mixing at Gnu Gnome LA CA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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    31 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    And?

     

    I am buying it here in a second when I find my wallet.

     

    edit: And it's great, the music is great, the recording is great, I love it.

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    1 hour ago, JoshM said:

    Chris,

     

    This is so funny! I just came across this in Qobuz's new releases yesterday and was intrigued by the title. I played it on a whim and loved it as much as it seems you do. To say that I second this recommendation is an understatement!

     

    Josh

    I love it Josh!

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    6 hours ago, PeterG said:

    Excellent.  Reminiscent of Nina Simone.  Buying it now.  THANKS!

    It’s a pretty straight up cover of a Nina recording. As cool as this version is, Nina’s is even better.

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    Nuanced, said the hammer to the anvil with a clang. Just kidding. Everyone has a flavor. The recording was very enjoyable...to me. And I love some Chaka Khan. Early CK. Cheers, @hopkins

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    That is really nice.  Glad she is in Bandcamp:  Purchased, added a couple of Quid to help the artist !

     

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    Great album. I'm on my second listen already. Melancholy and smoky jazz vocal. I love it! 

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    2 hours ago, hopkins said:

    Hope its ok to give a more "nuanced" appreciation of this album. Her singing is really not my cup of tea ! It sounds "strained", and everything is "over sung". This type of singing is unfortunately popular nowadays (see, for example,  Cecile McLorin Salvant). Every track is an opportunity for the singer to demonstrate her prowess, with completely unnecessary shifts in octaves from one note to the other, that really don't add anything and do not convey any real "emotion".

     

    The Bandcamp notes state: "Reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan...". Really ? The results are very very far from the performance of any of those singers.

     

    Moreover, the music is not terribly exciting...

     

    All this seems like a very well packaged product, but without much substance behind all the hype.

     

    We can't all like the same things 😁

     

    I have to wonder whether you are describing Lady Black Bird, and not Lady Blackbird? They are quite different performers and your description seems to fit the first, not the second.

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    4 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    I think we need to keep in mind that music is art and one man’s musically poor is another man’s musical gem. There’s no right or wrong in music. 

     

    Yes, absolutely ! But once in a while its fun (and I assume "ok") to give a dissenting point of view... Let's see what else Lady Blackbird does in the future.

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    17 minutes ago, hopkins said:

    As for the lyrics, I find them very "banal" as well:

     

    I'm lost and lookin' for my baby

    Cry for my baby, cryin' all alone
    Callin' for you, come home, come home

     

    I remember Our first affair 
    All the pain

     

    Yawn. Count me out 😝

     

    lol

    Darn near all pop music is written on such feelings. It's not what you sing but how you sing it. The authenticity is what makes the music worthwhile. Del Shannon is a past master imo - but that's just mo.

    You don't see verbatim Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Yates put to music very often!

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    12 minutes ago, Iving said:

     

    lol

    Darn near all pop music is written on such feelings. It's not what you sing but how you sing it. The authenticity is what makes the music worthwhile. Del Shannon is a past master imo - but that's just mo.

    You don't see verbatim Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Yates put to music very often!

     

    I hear you, and I'm actually a sucker for R&B (ashamed to admit some of the stuff that I like) - à genre not generally known for the quality of its lyrics... But this is not what I was expecting here. No problem, as I mentioned it's healthy to give other points of view. I think the parallel to "jazz" (and Billie Holiday) is what got me a little wounded up. 

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    26 minutes ago, hopkins said:

    But this is not what I was expecting here.

     

     I hear you!

     

    Jazz not my bag really - unless upbeat and pre-War such as Boogie Woogie/Dixie. I shouldn't have intruded :-)

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