Music Mondays: Frank Turner, Shakey Graves, and Leon Bridges

Frank Turner, Shakey Graves, and Leon Bridges

Just because I’m featuring Frank Turner, Shakey Graves, and Leon Bridges this week (all releases I tweeted about Friday), that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of other worthy considerations. I could’ve (NOT could of, never that) selected Parker Millsap, Belly, Iceage, Gaz Coombes, Eternal Summers, Adam Stafford, or Matt & Kim. They all released terrific albums too! Let’s get into it!

Frank Turner: Be More Kind

Frank Turner: Be More Kind

Frank Turner’s Be More Kind leads the charge with some of Frank’s more pop-tinged offerings. Don’t WorryLittle Changes, and There She Is juxtapose the pop-familiar against tracks with a little more social conscience like Be More Kind and Make America Great Again. Tracks like 21st Century Blues and 1933 find phrase turns in more recognizable Frank fashion.

Don’t go mistaking your house burning down for the dawn

On this album, Frank bellows and he croons. He tones things down and then whips it up again into a frenzy. If you’re unfamiliar with the Frank Turner catalog, this is a fine entry point as you get a nice mix of new and old styles.

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Shakey Graves: Can’t Wake Up

Shakey Graves: Can't Wake Up

Austin, TX native, Shakey Graves (AKA Alejandro Rose-Garcia) proves my long-held belief that the more I think I know about the music industry the less I truly know. I’ve never heard of him before, but as it turns out he’s released four albums previously as well as acted in Friday Night Lights and Spykids. Time to get my radar readjusted again. If you’re like me and haven’t heard him before, finding a good comparison for his music is tough. The bluesy/rock isn’t like anyone I’ve listened to before. He reminds me a bit of the bands my parents used to listen to back in the 60s, if they’d recorded their album after eating mushrooms or snacking on peyote. It’s a trippy, lo-fi sound that burrows into your subconscious. I really like the album cover art and Can’t Wake Up is an odd nostalgic reminder.

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Leon Bridges: Good Thing

Leon Bridges: Good Thing

Speaking of nostalgia…

From the opening strains of track 1, Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand, on Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, I’m reminded of a modern day Sam Cooke. Yeah, he’s smoove. For the uninitiated, that’s next level smooth. Track 2 has a James Brown-like call-and-response between Bridges and the musicians that also adds a fun jazz-guitar noodling lead. There are Nu soul tracks that put me in a D’Angelo mindset too. My point is Leon Bridges is versatile. This is relaxin-on-the-patio or chillin-on-the-front-stoop music.

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