BEST ALBUMS I'VE HEARD SINCE BECOMING A FATHER
One stormy morning in July 2014, my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, making me a father for the first time. Here are the albums I've heard for the first time since becoming a dad which I think are worthy of your attention. By no means are these albums about fatherhood. (This list requested by @mignac)
- •To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (2015)I'm all in on Kendrick Lamar. Was blown away by good kid, m.A.A.d city, and while I think that album had superior hooks and beats, TPAB as a whole was conceptually better. Execution was flawless. This album is in the running for my favorite album of the decade.
- •Haerts by Haerts (2014)This indie pop group from Brooklyn recorded one of my most listened to records of 2014. Such a joy listening to this album. Nini Fabi has a such soft and refreshing voice that is very easy on the ears.
- •1989 by Taylor Swift (2014) / 1989 by Ryan Adams (2015)Listening to Taylor's 1989 was initially an exercise in irony. Little did I know that liking it as a joke would transform to a full fledged love affair. Ryan Adams' take on the other hand, was stripped of commercial production, was bare and heartfelt. Even though the songs are Taylor's, by making it his own, he showed that at its core, the songs show a wide range of human emotion. If a gun was pointed to my head, I'd pick the original as the better album. But make no mistake, both are brilliant.
- •E•MO•TION by Carly Rae Jepsen (2015)Jumped on the pop bandwagon with Taylor Swift, and am still in the ride with Carly Rae Jepsen. An obvious homage to Cyndi Lauper all throughout this album. Emotion and I Really Like You are classic songs that go to places Call Me Maybe can only dream of reaching.
- •The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake (2006)Gave this band (and album) a spin after reading that St. Vincent opened for them in '07. Akin to a modern day Fleetwood Mac, this album surprised me in a lot of ways and I enjoyed listening to this immensely. Sometimes, I play this album for my son and I think he sleeps better with it.
- •Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass (2015)Listening to Natalie Prass is like a man drinking mojitos. There is a hint of embarrassment while enjoying a sip, but you can't deny, it is a mighty fine drink.
- •Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels (2014)I thank God that the universe aligned for El-P and Killer Mike to meet, be friends and do work as Run the Jewels. They are great individually, but together, they are nearly unstoppable. The track Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) is impossible not to love.
- •Sing It Loud by HI-5 (2012)My son's favorite album of all time, I've learned to enjoy this one too. 5 Senses mixes learning and fun, L.O.V.E. a bit campy but enjoyable and Robot No. 1 is self-aware without over reaching its bounds. Great album all around.