The Weeknd, Stevie Wonder, Kat Edmonson and More: My Albums of the Week #12

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.

Kat Edmonson
Dreamers Do
(Spinnarette, 2020)

Tracklist (Favorite tracks underlined): 1 – A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes / 2 – Go to Sleep / 3 – In a World of My Own (with Duchess) / 4 – Night Walk – Interlude / 5 – When You Wish Upon a Star / 6 – The Parlor – Interlude / 7 – Chim Chim Cher-Ee / 8 – This Old House – Interlude / 9 – Someone’s in the House / 10 – Carlyle – Interlude / 11 – Very Good Advice / 12 – Too Late to Dream / 13 – A Little Night Music? – Interlude / 14 – All I Do Is Dream of You / 15 – Be Careful What You Wish / 16 – The Second Star to the Right / 17 – The Age of Not Believing / 18 – Morning – Interlude / 19 – What a Wonderful World / 20 – A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Reprise)

Conceptually inspired by all things night, Kat Edmonson delivers a fine program of originals and rearranged classics, including a few numbers from the Disney repertoire. A wide array of influences inspire the fine arrangements of the songs, nicely revisiting vintage vibes through a modern lens.

 

Stevie Wonder
My Cherie Amour
(Motown, 1969)

Tracklist (Favorite tracks underlined): 1 – My Cherie Amour / 2 – Hello Young Lovers / 3 – At Last / 4 – Light My Fire / 5 – The Shadow of Your Smile / 6 – You and Me / 7 – Pearl / 8 – Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares / 9 – Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday / 10 – Angie Girl / 11 – Give Your Love / 12 – I’ve Got You

Arguably the album where Little Stevie came of age. It may be a couple of tracks short of being a great album but clearly, it was close to getting to the point where everything Wonder touched was gold. Not to mention that the title track might be my favorite of his compositions.

 

The Weeknd
After Hours
(XO/Republic, 2020)

Tracklist (Favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Alone Again / 2 – Too Late / 3 – Hardest To Love / 4 – Scared To Live / 5 – Snowchild / 6 – Escape from LA / 7 – Heartless / 8 – Faith / 9 – Blinding Lights / 10 – In Your Eyes / 11 – Save Your Tears / 12 – Repeat After Me (Interlude) / 13 – After Hours / 14 – Until I Bleed Out

Quite a compelling album, at once tender and unsettling. The Weeknd works wonders with his broad sonic palette and prominent late ’80s influences. The compositional prowess is sometimes not very strong, which prevents this from being a modern masterpiece. However, the bite of the lyrics and the general aural vision are definitely noteworthy.

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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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