As the new year progresses, we are still tirelessly working towards our new year’s resolutions. Progress is, of course, great, but sometimes we get caught up in our busy schedules and forget about the constant flow of music. If you missed the releases of these three albums, take a few minutes, and dive in. Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you’re making dinner, be sure to check these out.
His second release this year, Stapleton reminds us why he’s such a success. “The idea of finding happiness in the face of hardship is not new in country music, and that’s the whole point,” says Pitchfork Magazine‘s Stephen Deusner. “What has made him so successful is how Stapleton invests these ideas with gravity and gratitude.”
Soul of a Woman is the closest thing to closure. After Jones passed away last year, there was a noticeable and aching gap in the music world. The release of this album feels like her way of saying goodbye to her fans.
After being remastered and reissued, what was once viewed as a mediocre album by critics and fans has taken a positive turn. Deusner describes the work of the Chicago-native bands saying, “What’s amazing is how well it works.”