Amy Ray: Didn’t It Feel Kinder ( Daemon, 2008 ). Solo album from former Indigo Girl. Pictures of horses throughout.
Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It
( Columbia, 2008 ). Hour ten of the big marketing meeting, Columbia/Sony HQ. They still haven’t figured out a name for this guy’s debut album. Every minute it’s late costs the label $5,000. “I don’t know, man,” Saadiq finally cries out in despair. “This shit…this shit…it’s just the way I see it.” “Jesus Christ, fine,” the marketing guy snaps, gathering his papers. “Let’s just call it that. I think this guy is retarded or something.”
Sisters Morales: Talking to the River ( Luna, 2008 ). Produced by Steve Berlin, who was in Los Lobos and the Blasters. But I couldn’t get past the damp graphic design: Looks like sample art from the DiscMakers catalog.
Chip Taylor: New Songs of Freedom ( Train Wreck, NA ). A hodgepodge mini-album from the songwriting great, featuring a few songs from 2001’s Black and Blue America—which, according to the creepy liner-note alibi, “received substantial acclaim in Europe but was never discovered in the U.S. because of the tragic events of 9/11.” Funny, that’s exactly why nobody’s heard of Thunderegg, either!
What Laura Says: Thinks & Feels ( Terpsikhore, 2008 ). I mentally shuffled through various iterations of the artist and album names here: Would I be more interested if it were Says & Thinks by What Laura Feels? Doesn’t Say and Feels Nothing by What on Earth Is Laura Thinking? I guess it’s probably fine as is. Bonus: Features the surely hard-hitting number “Fashionably Moral.” Crank it!
Lucinda Williams: West ( Lost Highway/Universal, 2007 ). Spine sealed shut by one of those priapic copyright-infringement warning labels. Let it be.