New Music For Old People: Emeli Sandé, X Ambassadors, Edie Brickell & Steve Martin

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “Next to Me” — Emeli Sandé

Well, I admit her photo got me at first. But this is a great CURRENT pop record and she shows signs of lasting if the songs and production remain at this level and she steers waaaayy clear of Chris Brown.

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2. “Unconsolable” — X Ambassadors

This is eerie at first but it rises up at the chorus and stays there. I also love words that people may have never used in songs before and the title may qualify. I also love the way “false start” is used in the lyric. There are other songs on this EP you will hear in the future.

3. “Remember Me This Way” — Edie Brickell & Steve Martin

He is as good a banjo player as he is a comedian but he’s been banjo-ing longer. Well, we KNEW she was a good singer, but up to now maybe being Mrs. Paul Simon was a full-time job for the last 21 years. She sounds great on this — actually they both do. It’s rare to hear a banjo play seductively, but the comedian matches the subtlety of the vocal. A sympathetic duo with nary a backward glance to Victoria Tennant or Carrie Fisher.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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