Randy Newman, Dark Matter (2017)
My favourite album of 2017 – and my most-played album of 2017 too – was this. No surprise, anyone reading will know I’m a huge Randy Newman fan. Have been since I first heard about him, saw him interviewed; was a fan before I even heard his music – turns out I’d heard heaps of his music (cover versions of songs he’d written and film scores) before I started collecting up his studio albums. I adore them. All of them. But there are a small handful in particular that I think are about as good as music gets; certainly as good as deceptively simple songwriting gets. These days he has a lucrative film-composer gig. And he only makes albums when he feels like it. A great luxury that he worked incredibly hard for. So it was super exciting to hear about Dark Matter. And at first I meant to review it. Then I decided – and this has been the case across the last couple of years – that it’s nice to have a favourite album you don’t write about. You keep it for yourself. That’s been the case with me and this. And now, finally, I have the LP.
Sample Track: Brothers
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