I would highlight a new artist but all I really want to listen to is Adele’s newest album. So here are 10 albums from 10 different artists I think I may be listening to 10 years from now:
1. 21 by Adele – I can’t stop listening to this album. It gets better every time I listen to it. It’s a sonic, vocal and musical masterpiece.
2. Moondance by Van Morrison – Flawless throughout, I never tire of these songs. So many moonlit nights had air filled with the sound of Van singing these tunes.
3. Live at Royal Albert Hall by Bob Dylan – This is easily my favorite Dylan album. These 2-disc piece of history marks his move from acoustic troubadour to bluesy pop icon.
4. Abbey Road by The Beatles – Genius.
5. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday – Lady Day’s last recording, recorded just weeks before her death and released just after, it is a stunning, hypnotic piece of art. Though technically not her best singing, it is her singing that makes this one her best.
6. Blue Train by John Coltrane – Almost every sermon I’ve ever preached should should this album as a footnote.
7. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys – I get chills every time Sloop John B starts. Every. Single. Time.
8. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen – Americana. Gothic. Haunting. Beautiful. Stories.
9. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield – I’m not sure there would be a Duffy or an Adele without Dusty. Every song is incredible and full of heart-rending soul-deep beauty.
10. Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin by Ella Fitzgerald – I bought this on my birthday while living in St. Louis. Autumn was in full swing, winter winds not far behind. And I can’t listen to this album without that moment. That was 10 years ago.
Sure, I could list more…what are some of yours?
One day I was sitting in a Barnes & Noble and I heard this incredible music playing. I couldn’t sit still while listening. It was old. Timeless even. But sounded new. My first thought was how this sounds like Duffy and Dusty Springfield. Before I left I checked with the music section. It was Adele’s newest album, 21.
I’m tempted to call this album flawless. And I am not the only one. Right now it is the number one album on iTunes and getting rave reviews everywhere.
Below is the official video for the opening tune. You can thank me later.