Recently, Dan Auerbach released his second solo album, entitled “Waiting On A Song.” For the making of this album, Auerbach recruited an assortment of Nashville music legends. This ensemble included big players like guitarist Duane Eddy, keyboardist Robert Wood and drummer G. Christman. Having already become a hugely successful member of the Black Keys, Auerbach appears determined to achieve success on his own. These people played on well-known hits by people like Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield. Interestingly, Auerbach wrote this album’s title song with John Prine. Auerbach revealed that during the year that it took to write this album, he avoided the Internet whenever possible. This tactic allows people to have the peace and quiet they need to really focus on their art.
Auerbach recently discussed his new album with a journalist from a major music site. Reading this interview, it quickly becomes clear that Auerbach is deeply knowledgeable about music. Indeed, Auerbach deserves widespread recognition for his willingness to broaden his musical horizons.
I certainly hope that Auerbach’s newest album becomes commercially successful. Without doubt, this individual has proven himself highly capable as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. When people are able to demonstrate fluency in so many different roles, these musicians truly deserve to have successful careers. People are mistaken when they argue that rock music does not serve a useful, functional purpose. However, one could argue that as people go through their stressful lives, excellent rock music helps people get through life with more contentment and less frustration. Only time will tell how the public will respond to Auerbach’s latest album. However, this musician has built a vast audience through his work with the Black Keys and a variety of other groups. Along with his high-profile collaborator, Dan Burton, Auerbach has revitalized rock music for a new generation. In interviews, I feel that this musician demonstrates an outstanding ability to explain his brilliant musical ideas.
When Lorde recently released a new song entitled “Sober,” this certainly caused a lot of excitement in the music community. This was the second song released from the Australian singer’s upcoming second album. Lorde’s exciting new album is called “Melodrama.” Throughout the world, people are waiting for this new album with baited breath. If the latest journalistic coverage is any guide, “Melodrama” will release to a built-in, receptive audience.
Lorde has certainly come a long way since the start of her career. I feel this is one artist who can adequately represent Australian music culture throughout the world. Wherever she travels in her touring endeavors, Lorde is sure to spread the knowledge that Australia has a first-class indie music scene. Although perhaps it is not fair to saddle Lorde with too many expectations, it is clear that this artist has what it takes to last for the long-term. Lorde may well achieve incredible things in the realm of synth-based pop music. I feel that simplicity and austere beauty have proven central in Lorde’s mass appeal. It is clear that this artist is now able to express herself without resorting to cheap cliches. Hopefully, Lorde’s talents will continue to grow for many years to come. To ensure her place in history, Lorde should develop her voice and focus her artistic vision.
If Lorde truly wants to prove that she is a top-tier artist, I think she’ll have to regularly change her style. At the very least, she will need to continue to improve her sales by at least 10 percent per year. If she doesn’t achieve this goal, she may find herself consigned to the dustbin of music history. Although Lorde doesn’t receive nearly as much news coverage as she once did, there’s no denying that she is still a major player in the music world. However, this situation might not last forever. I feel it is very important for young artists to reassess their strategies from time to time to avoid becoming sterile or lifeless.
According to MTV, Miley Cyrus’s newest and most recognized single, Malibu, has certainly become a change in direction compared to her 2013 album, Bangerz. However, the single that really highlights the change in direction is her newest single “Inspired”. All proceeds when buying the track will be donated to the Happy Hippie Foundation, which this month will bring awareness and pride to the LGBT community for Pride Month. This organization also provides support for the youth homeless and advocates for women’s rights among other things.
I must say, not only does this single prove that Cyrus is heading towards a different and possibly more successful direction, but to know that the words aren’t just about a boy who she loves is also just as comforting. She explains that in a world filled with so much sadness and that feeling of hopelessness, there needs to be that “door to change” and frankly, she’s right. With the strings as well as the acoustic guitar backing up the gentle and yet bold lyrics, it brings out not only the old country feeling that we once invoked from Cyrus, but it shows that not every song that speaks about change needs to include loud instruments to bring out the same kind of effect.
She recently performed the single at Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” concert, and since then, it had certainly brought to my attention that she is doing this for more than the sake of fame and publicity. She is more than willing to go the extra mile and perform passionately to bring awareness to global issues that in some way, shape, or form, hit close to home. Who knows if this is only going to be temporary? However, if nothing else, it does go to show that Miley is finding her musical identity and she’s evolving not only to get our positive attention, but she does it to expand upon her own musical capabilities.