Among my 2004 favorites: Folk is alive and well!

Nick Drake is gone, and so is Elliott Smith. But their style has survived in Sam Beam, the mind and soul behind Iron & Wine. I found out about them through the soundtrack of “Garden State” (the year’s best OST in my opinion), and I am officially hooked on the mellow voice of Beam… as a beam of light it casts rays of melancholy interspersed with hope that make you want to listen to “Our Endless Numbered Days” once and again. This makes the choice of a favorite track almost impossible, but if forced, I’d probably stick with “Naked as We Came”, “Sunset Soon Forgotten”, “Love and Some Verses”, “Each Coming Night” and “Sodom, South Georgia.” In a nutshell, an album impossible not to love!

U2's latest has got a cover

Finally, we can see the cover art for U2’s latest album, “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb“, scheduled to be released on November 23, 2004 (yet already available to be pre-ordered). Frankly, I don’t love the cover, but I will go with the old adage: “don’t judge a book by its cover”… The first single, “Vertigo” rocks! (and you can also check it out serving as the music to the latest iPod ad… which also rocks!)

So, long story short: I keep excited about this new release, four years in the making. I feel it will meet my expectations, much like R.E.M.’s latest did. If you haven’t gotten your copy of “Around The Sun“, in a nutshell you are missing on the “Automatic for the People” of the new millenium.

Keane

How happy I am to have been introduced to this band. Keane, in a line similar to Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Starsailor and others, rocks! It reminds me of Travis… hmmm… or should I say James? šŸ™‚

Well, here for your enjoyment is a link to Keane’s program in KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. If you like what you hear, get their album “Hopes & Fears“. I suspect you will not be dissapointed.