It’s been a while since I blogged about what I am currently listening to, without any further fanfare:
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
Being that I lived in Nashville recently, I couldn’t help but be bombarded by this bands name, and for good reason. They have been TN local favorites for years but with this new release, in the words of ZZ Top, they’re “Nationwide”. It’s one of those albums where the next track is just as good as the last. BTW They were nominated fro a Grammy this year and were ROBBED!, just sayin’.
Kristian Stanfill – Attention
While not being as epic as a Hillsong United album and not quite as accesible as say, Chris Tomlin, Stanfill’s “Attention” fits nice and snug right in the middle. To me, this is a very good thing…its something a little fresher than the norm. I was hooked from the guitar intro on the first track, “Alive and Running”. For some more goodness check out his Hello EP released independently…he has a great version of “From the Inside Out” on there.
Keith Urban – Defying Gravity
To me, this guy is the TP (total package). Good looks, good voice, good musician, and good songs. He is about the only country artist out there doing rock/country/pop thing without coming across chessey or cliché. His band flat kills it too, which is never a bad thing. Good songs with guitar solos you can sing to in the car, ’nuff said.
Katy Perry – One of the Boys
This girls voice is amazing. Its both pretty and gritty all at the same time. She has incredible range, writes her own songs (rock/dance/r&b with pop sensibilities) and plays guitar. What makes her unique in her songwriting is that she can be both honest and deep AND shallow and whimsical all at the same time and still have it fit in a catchy 4 minute package. Love her. “Mannequin”, “Hot n’ Cold”, and “Thinking of You” are must listens.