Top Five Albums - Fall Edition

Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart (Available Now)

Her pop tunes hook me every single time!

And, her ballads are not too shabby either.

King of Anything is a standout and will surely see tons of airtime on radio and TV. My favorite tune, Hold My Heart, is four songs in and strikes a chord with me – more than words can express. Basket Case is quite “Edie Carey-esque” and a nice change of pace from some of the more “produced” tunes on the album.  Watch a live version of Basket Case here – also enjoy the interaction between SB and the audience. Sara puts on a great live show!

Another strong album by Sara B.!

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KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit (Available Now)

Tiger Suit took me surprise.  Did I mention that I LOVE surprises?

Fade like a Shadow is a perfect first single and is as strong when performed acoustically (with some killer looping) as it is on the record. Give a listen to this stripped down version and the album version.  My heart belongs to (Still a) Weirdo, though. Watch the video on the TBA Reviews page where M. Billings offers up a killer review of Tiger Suit.

Brava to Ms. Tunstall for another gem. Brava!

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Avett Brothers – Live, Volume 3 (Available Now)

I had heard of this band, but hadn’t paid much attention to them until news circulated that Brandi Carlile would be opening for them this Fall for a handful of shows. As friends began to rave about The Avett Brothers’ live shows and two songs were in heavy rotation on WXPN, my ears perked up and I found myself singing along. The most popular tunes include I and Love and You and Kick Drum Heart. This live album is PURE ENERGY and captures the “give and take” between the band and its fans beautifully.  Other standouts include Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise and The Ballad of Love and Hate.

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Edie Carey – Br ing the Sea (Release Date: November 2, 2010)

I am a HUGE Edie Carey fan and have been since first hearing about her in 2004 (Thanks to my pal, Andrea)! This album includes vocals by Shawn Mullins and Glenn Phillips – not too shabby, huh? The first cut on the album, Easy Now, is classic Edie Carey. The chorus becomes a perfect audience “sing-along” when she plays it live. This album also includes one of my favorite Edie Carey tunes, Red Shoes. Red Shoes resonates deeply with me and usually brings me to tears (in a good way)! Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show (Available Now)

**Shout Out to my TBA Gleeks!**

First of all, if you haven’t experienced the brilliance of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show DO.IT.NOW. I have attended several showings of Rocky Horror over the years and it is wicked fun! Fans bring in props (including toilet paper, newspaper, water, etc) and participate throughout the film. It’s even more fun watching on the big screen while live actors act it out in real-time. The original Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975, was the springboard for several now-hugely-famous actors, including Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf (HAHAHAHA!).

Glee’s take on the film’s iconic songs is quite impressive.  If you can ignore overuse of “auto tune” on a few tracks, their versions of Dammit Janet and Time Warp are not too shabby. Check out clips from the Glee Rocky Horror episode here.

 

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