What’s your favourite woman-centric album?
It’s true to say that music has an effect on all of us, whether it be a song that reminds you of a time in your life, or an album that had a lasting impact on you. Most people can recall at least one album that makes them nostalgic or ready to dance. As an homage to women who’ve left a mark on music, here is a couple of the albums some of us love.
Love You To Death (2016)
Tegan and Sara
By: Amber McLinden
How does a gay woman not know about Tegan and Sara? When I first listened to this album in my friend’s car, I simply could not get enough. The track “Boyfriend” still rings through my brain. I absolutely love Tegan and Sara now.
If you think about discovering this duo at this point in their career, and then working your way backwards through their discography, you can imagine my journey. Love You To Death, then Heartthrob, Sainthood, The Con (gets me through some emotions), and back and back until I hit their 1999 debut album.
The world of Tegan and Sara was awoken to me, and I couldn’t get enough. Thanks to Love You To Death, and hearing “Boyfriend” in the car that day, I got to experience some amazing music by some amazing women. That album, among the many others they’ve written, have gotten me through some difficult times this past year. It’s also been there for some great times as well.
Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
By: Nathan Kunz
From the ridiculous title, to the half-assed cartoon cover, and into the snappy indie-pop music, Courtney Barnett’s 2015 LP ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ clicked with me immediately. Barnett’s ability to write beautifully minimalist lyrics snippets and stories is unmatched in modern music, creating paintings of modern life and grand concepts one moment, then opting to write a song about crushing on a fellow swimmer at the local pool the next. On tracks like ‘Pedestrian At Best’, Barnett thrashes and punches with a genuine angry urgency, while on song’s like the mammoth seven-minute ‘Small Poppies’, she swings and swoons softly before collapsing into a sliding messy solos and crashing cymbals.
Throughout, Barnett sprinkles in the most witty lines of modern times with ease, delivering in a speak-singing voice that challenges the likes of Dylan or Reed. In ‘Aqua Profunda!’, the proclamation that Barnett “much prefers swimming to jogging” feels as though it holds gravity that isn’t there, thanks in part to the genius placement and delivery deployed.
A highlight nestled in the middle of the listing, ‘Depreston’, takes a tale of house hunting and creates a beautiful narrative of a wandering mind, curious of the past tennant’s life story. Sliding guitars and steady riding drums accompany the story throughout, erupting into a tasteful pay-off as Barnett repeats the offer to “Knock it down, and start rebuilding” for a spare half-a-million.
Barnett’s tackling of fringe-interest stories and concepts backed by bright instrumentals rocketed her debut into a personal all-time favourite, where I can’t see it being knocked out of any time soon.
What’s your favourite album by a woman? Let us know in the comments below!