In The Hot Seat: Mariah, George and Paloma

Friday, October 2, 2009

Who's sitting pretty in The Hot Seat this time 'round? And why you should be aware. Plus other notes on Audio Diva blog-ness.

1. Mariah Carey: As I stew over the bizarre wishy-wash nature of Mariah Carey's latest Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, I decided to dust off my Mariah classics and reminisce on the love I had. Or still have. Nothing beats hearing her earnest 1990 debut or wading in the lushness of 1995's Daydream...or even hearing her demo for a long lost Brenda K. Starr song. While some may be disappointed with Memoirs, it's nice to know that even if you're not digging the new stuff you can easily reach back in MC's catalog and find the gems that made her the diva she is today.

2. Paloma Faith: True facts. Paloma Faith's debut is one of 2009's finest efforts. You can hear me gush about it in the recent review I posted. Since I've said enough about this British starlet, let me just say that there is to be a showdown at Audio Diva Ranch when the end of the year album wrap-up is to occur.

3. Quadron: Moody blues for 'sho. Quadron's debut is one of those albums I tend to enjoy the most...every time you play it, you hear something new. Some new chord, vocal shift or arrangement. That's what keeps this album ripe and just essential listening, especially for those who like to think out of the usual music box.

4. George Michael: Remember when I said I'm picky about my male singers more than the females? George Michael is one of those reasons why. You know I like digging back into the dusty black wax days, and re-listening to the George trifecta (Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and Older) and yes, even the Wham! catalog is just hella fun. Aside from the fact that George Michael is one of my all-time favorite male singers, I learned two things: 1) I rather hear George Michael rap a song (see "Wham Rap!") than hear Souljaboy do so on a daily basis 2) "Father Figure" is still just everything.

5. Amy Serrata: Another reason for me to love the Bay Area. Bay native, Amy Serrata, is a singer you need to know now. Not tomorrow, not next week...NOW. I truly slept on her self-titled debut, which came out last year, and now I'm playing catch-up. "Rooted" was the first song I heard from this jazzy soul chanteuse, and it remains the core favorite. Yet, "My Baby, My Child" is excellent in every shape and form. One of my great discoveries of 2009.

Further notes:
  • The Tape Deck will be back next Wednesday and every Wednesday for that matter. Promise.
  • Next week, if I can get my stuff together, lots of reviews will be showered down on you as Dragonette, N'Dambi and Meshell Ndegeochello are all releasing albums next week.
  • If things plan out to my liking, a special feature may be popping up in the following weeks!
  • Also to be further cryptic...something special is happening on October 5th. You'll soon find out. *wink*

1 comment:

  1. Quadron, Paloma and Amy are all in heavy rotation on my iPod.

    I'm not looking forward to compiling my 'best of 09' list ... there have been some great albums released this year!


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