My Albums of the Week #8: Ozzy Osbourne, Marc Ribot, Luciana Souza

I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.

Luciana Souza
Duos II (Sunnyside Records, 2005)

Tracklist (favourite tracks underlined): 1 – Sai Dessa / 2 – Nos Horizontes do Mundo / 3 – A Flor e o Espinho/Juízo Final / 4 – Muita Bobeira / 5 – Modinha / 6 – No Carnaval / 7 – Sambadaú / 8 – Aparacida / 9 – Trocando Em Miúdos / 10 – Chorinho Pra Ele / 11 – Atrás Da Porta / 12 – Vocé

A sublime acoustic guitar-and-voice album that traverses the wide range of Brazilian music traditions. Also a great showcase of Luciana Souza’s vocal versatility and lyrical poetry, performing this program in duos alongside four different guitarists, each bringing a distinctive style.

Ozzy Osbourne
Ordinary Man (Epic, 2020)

Tracklist (favourite tracks underlined): 1 – Straight to Hell / 2 – All My Life / 3 – Goodbye / 4 – Ordinary Man / 5 – Under the Graveyard / 6 – Eat Me / 7 – Today Is the End / 8 – Scary Little Green Men / 9 – Holy for Tonight / 10 – It’s a Raid

An amazing late-career effort by beloved rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Dare I say it even ranks among his best records, including his Black Sabbath releases. Includes some interesting collaborations and also features some of Ozzy’s most profound and personal lyrics, though never at the expense of his iconic rocker persona.

Marc Ribot
Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (ANTI-, 2018)

Tracklist (favorite songs underlined): 1 – We Are Soldiers in the Army / 2 – Bella Ciao / 3 – Srinivas / 4 – How To Walk in Freedom / 5 – Rata de dos Patas / 6 – The Militant Ecologist / 7 – The Big Fool / 8 – Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round / 9 – John Brown / 10 – Knock That Statue Down / 11 – We’ll Never Turn Back

An inspired, eclectic program of protest songs, whether original, rearranged or hybrid. An eclectic blend of various music genres tied together from visionary, militant musician Marc Ribot, featuring a star-studded and multicultural cast of guests. Released in 2018, it also feels like a powerful reflection on the first two years of the Trump administration.

Written by Matt Micucci

I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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