January Listens

Every month I plan on talking about my favourite tunes and albums of that month in a nice and tidy blog post! Here are my January faves:

1) Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

Considering the current circumstances in the world (especially America) I feel like my brain came back to this album like you would an old and trust worthy friend. This is is perhaps one of the most powerful albums you will ever listen to. Tracey Chapman has a depth and integrity in her voice that you feel what she is singing about. Her voice tells the story regardless of what the lyrics are saying, although the lyrics are blunt, unapologetic and heartfelt. She approaches issues such as racism, poverty and domestic abuse with such sincerity and grace you'll come away feeling genuinely moved. Once you have heard this album, you cannot forget it.  

 I would recommend listening to 'Talkin' About a Revolution', 'Across the Lines', 'Mountain of Things' and "Behind the Wall". 

2) In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson

This was one of the first albums that I came away from in immediate awe of the album. The instrumentals are epic. The music is irregular, unique and iconic. It makes the walk to my Monday morning lecture slightly less tedious: the rain may be pouring, but at least I feel like I am on some sort of intergalactic quest rather than on my way to talk about the logistics of meter in poems.
As a progressive rock album it only has five songs, but five quite long songs - 6-12 minutes long. The best way to listen to this album is beginning to end, it's like a journey that you are audibly experiencing. Despite this, my favourite songs of the album are '21st Century Schizoid Man', 'Epitaph' and 'In the Court of the Crimson King'.

 3) Solid Air - John Martyn

I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping this month. There have been a lot of 3:30AM bedtimes after watching a platoon of cooking videos on YouTube and contemplating making an avocado pasta sauce for breakfast. Over this sleepless month, Solid Air has proved itself to be my ultimate chill album.
This is the backing music to my reading or writing, and now to my sleeping. If you're having the struggles with sleep I 100% opening your window so you can hear the natural wind and rain, then play this quietly in the background. You'll be gone before the end of the half-an-hour album.  

Also, a fun little anecdote about this album: I was listening to this album for the first time my friend noticed. She asked "Do you like John Martyn?" I replied, "He sounds pretty Chill". "I was concieved to John Martyn", then she turned back to her computer screen. So if you're feeling particularly in the mood, maybe this folk album is the one for you (cheeky wink).
I would recommend "Solid Air, "Don't Want to Know" and "I'd Rather be the Devil".

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