Enjoy this selection of outstanding projects crafted in large part in the solitude of quarantine. While they traverse divisions of genre and attitude and atmosphere, they all prove resoundingly that art can thrive in any time and place. – Ed.
Paul McCartney’s 1970 hit “Maybe I’m Amazed” — with its bluesy piano, thunderous drums, reggae-ish guitar and anthemic organ — was all Paul. He played the entire band and sang (with harmony help from his wife, Linda, the tune’s inspiration). Ditto for the album the song is from, his freshman outing McCartney, as well as 1980’s McCartney II. So in the spirit of those legendary LPs — they bookended a fruitful post-Beatles decade that also saw the release of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, John Lennon’s Imagine and Ringo Starr’s Ringo — comes McCartney III, out now and featuring the Walrus on pretty much every note. The ebullient new album perfectly exemplifies why McCartney has been on top of the hill for roughly six decades: Everything is a hook. Nothing is ever tossed off or phoned in. Every part of every song is a catchy, hummable earworm. It’s a miraculous achievement.
El Último Tour Del Mundo
Megan Thee Stallion
Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger
12 Songs From Home
There Is a Tide
In July, without warning, Taylor Swift emerged with a new album. But the real surprise came when her folklore collaborators were revealed. Members of the National, Bonny Light Horseman and Bon Iver — the top of the indie heap, basically — had taken part in the sessions, alongside her regular producer Jack Antonoff. The result is a sensitive, low-key statement filled with aching drama and pastoral contemplation. Music for a chart-topping campfire.
Laura Jane Grace
how i’m feeling now