5 Spring Albums To Look Forward To
Seeing the GOP candidates spew nonsense on every iPhone, computer, and TV screen gives me the chills. The end of awards season also sends me grabbing for the wine. But there’s a bright spot on the horizon: lesbian/bisexual (or friendly) music. Many new releases give me hope that I can make it through 2012, or at least to the summer – here’s five to live for:
Being a naturally born pessimist, I’m dreading many things this coming season. Seeing the GOP candidates spew nonsense on every iPhone, computer, and TV screen brings the chills. The end of awards season also sends me grabbing for the wine. But there’s a bright spot on the horizon: music. Many new releases give me hope that I can make it through 2012, or at least to the summer – here’s five to live for:
Sinead O’Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You), February 21
She’s still crazy, just like we like her. This new album reminds us of another good reason we’ve stuck with the Irish firebrand year after year (and through her ever-changing orientation)—her voice is gorgeous. Just listen to “The Wolf is Getting Married” and you’ll agree.
Nneka – Soul is Heavy, February 28
If you don’t know Nneka, Google or YouTube her immediately.The Nigerian-German beauty is thoughtful and talented and about to release her third album. I have a feeling she’s going to blow up, at least in the U.K., where they appreciate left-of-center artists.
The Ting Tings – Sounds from Nowheresville, March 13
This British duo isn’t trying to change the world, just to give it a good time. You know their song “That’s Not My Name,” and now they’re back with their second album. Lead singer Katie White is the adorable rocker girlfriend you’ve always wanted.
Madonna - MDNA, March 26
Plenty of folks criticizedMDNA’s first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” for being featherweight (especially compared to Madge’s Ray of Light, Music, andAmerican Lifedays), but her gamble paid off – the single is now in the top 10. Hopefully, the rest ofMDNA will offer more than workout fodder.
Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream, April 10
It was so good to see this legend at the Grammys (looking the same since her “Something to Talk About Days”). Now, we’re beyond excited to hear her first new material in seven years. Slipstream’s first single is Raitt’s reworking of Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line.” She’ll follow up the release with an American tour.