Jeff Buckley is easily one of my favourite musicians. His debut album “Grace” has been one of my favourite albums for a long time, and any time I listen to it, I’m instantly transported to the time that I first discovered it.
Now, I definitely feel too old to call myself a Taylor Swift fan, and I don’t like *everything* she does, but if I’m being honest, I’ve really enjoyed her newest album, “1989.” Swift’s new “more pop-less-country” sound is fitting, and I’m a sucker for good pop music- and 1989 is full of it.
Remember 2000? It was the first year of the new millennium. We had safely survived the “Y2K bug” unscathed. Al Gore and George Bush faced off for the U.S. Presidency, and Bush won, despite losing the popular vote (and we heard the phrase “hanging chad” over and over again). A little boy named Elián González captured our TV screens and hearts with his highly publicized custody battle. Playstation 2 and GameCube were introduced to the world, The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia, and Dora The Explorer made her debut. I also turned thirteen that summer.
2000 was quite a newsworthy year, but there was also a lot going on in the music world. Boybands and pop princesses reigned supreme, rock music got a huge resurgence, bands like Linkin’ Park and Coldplay made their debuts, and plenty of one-hit wonders dominated our radio waves.
Here are 15 albums that were released in 2000, which will turn 15 years old this year!
I’m not usually a big fan of covers, but every once in a while, an artist gets it right.
“Interlude” is the follow-up to Cullum’s 2013 release, “Momentum”, which was surprisingly more of a pop-based album. However, Interlude calls to mind Cullum’s blues/jazz origin, as the album has a heavy jazz influence and stylistically sounds more like his first albums, “Heard It All Before” (1999) and “Pointless Nostalgic” (2002).
A friend of mine unknowingly introduced me to Fiona Apple back in 2005. It was in the days of Myspace, and he had a few of Fiona’s songs playing on his Myspace page (remember those little players you could put on your profile that’d auto-play music when you visited someone’s page?). I quickly fell in love with the song, “Fast As You Can” and downloaded it to my iPod. I thought it was such a quirky, smartly written song and I listened to it repeatedly.
Coldplay has evolved a lot over the years. The British band started off with an acoustic sound on their debut album, “Parachutes”, while “X&Y” featured more of a symphonic rock sound. In the recent years, the band has experimented with an electronic sound, particularly on albums like “Viva la Vida” and “Mylo Xyloto.” So upon my first listen of “Ghost Stories”, I was surprised to hear that Coldplay has seemingly gone back to their mellow, acoustic roots.
When I heard about Xscape, the second posthumous Michael Jackson album (the first being 2010’s disappointing, “Michael”), I didn’t have great expectations. Jackson was such a perfectionist when he was alive, so I’m always a bit weary about hearing unreleased songs from him in particular, because I know they never got to the level of excellence that he would’ve wanted them to be.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing indie rock musician, St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark) in concert. I’ve been a fan of St. Vincent’s music for about five years now (it was love-at-first listen after hearing her song with Bon Iver, “Rosyln”in 2009), so when she announced that she was coming to Sydney this May, I bought tickets the moment they went on sale. St. Vincent is one of several acts performing as part of Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival- a two-week long festival in the city which celebrates music, art and ideas.
One of my absolute favourite things to do is go to concerts. I love music and there is something so amazing about experiencing it live! I’ve gone to quite a few concerts over the years, and I plan on going to many more as the years go by. After going to the St. Vincent concert last night, I started thinking about the other concerts I’ve been to and all the ones I’d still like to see someday. I decided to share a list of the ones I’ve gone to (though I honesty think I’m forgetting a few!), and the ones I hope to go to in the future.