This month’s recap of notable music releases features a Thin White Duke, a promising R&B prospect and some rather bland pop releases.
DAVID BOWIE – ★ (BLACKSTAR)
David Bowie‘s Blackstar along with unfortunate passing dominated the music scene in January, with an overwhelming amount and musicians and friends of the rock n’ roll legend paying their respects publicly. His experimental, progressive and intriguing final work was not only an album centred around Bowie’s battle with cancer, but also one that dealt with themes of mortality, life, death and everything between.
ANDERSON PAAK – MALIBU
R&B and hip-hop artist Anderson Paak released a smooth and varied west-coast styled LP with features with some of the industry’s most respected figures, such as The Game, Schoolboy Q and revered female MC Rapsody.
SAVAGES – ADORE LIFE
Savages released a well-received LP on the 22nd, and the powerful and raw record was produced by John & Jehn’s Johnny Hostile.
TY SEGALL – EMOTIONAL MUGGER
Garage punk hero Ty Segall also dropped this disturbing and visceral rock record on the 22nd of the month, to decent critic reaction and fan acclaim.
FAT WHITE FAMILY – SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS
January was apparently a good month for dark an dirty rock LP’s- the British outfit Fat White Family dropping a decent and gloomy alt. rock record in Songs For Our Mothers.
There were also pop releases from Sia and Rihanna, although neither gained the highest of praise from fans and critics alike, and there was also a rather bland and rather odd Bloc Party record.
LEW’S ALBUM OF THE MONTH
AOTM has to go to the man himself, David Bowie. Blackstar was not only a fantastic concept album, but a musically complex and progressive final release from the legendary musician.
In short, a pretty good start to the year for music in my opinion, but not with too many critically acclaimed records, or hugely anticipated albums aside from Bowie’s Blackstar.