Here’s What We’re Listening To Now…
Olivia Rodrigo: Guts
In June, the lead single Vampire on Olivia Rodrigo’s latest album Guts was met with nearly universally positive reviews. The song layers Rodrigo’s beautiful, lilting vocals over simple piano chords with a distinctly vintage feel to tell the story of a toxic relationship. When the song breaks down into its harder, faster, angrier riffs, it comes from a somewhat unexpected place. This shift alone suggests that the full body of work in Guts will delight and surprise listeners..
Willie Nelson: Bluegrass
It is hard to understand how something as familiar as Willie Nelson’s most popular songs could manage to feel fresh, but somehow on this album, the artist succeeds in recreating his work in a way that makes it feel new and alive. On Bluegrass, Nelson has selected 12 of his songs to rework with a bluegrass vibe, and in the process created something that his old and new audiences will enjoy.
By Vanessa Hutchison | Photo by Robert Linder