Great Albums

Carlos Libedinsky – Narcotango 2 – (2006)

Electro-tango is an even newer form of tango music. It combines smooth electronica with traditional tango music. Carlos Libedinsky’s “Narcotango” projects are classified as “neo-tango,” which is basically just Nuevo tango with some electronic backing. If you like the sound, this album is great. Some of the best tracks are “Solo por Hoy,” “Tres son Multitud,” and “El Aire en Mis Manos.” “Solo por Hoy,” however, is the best.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Songs from Lonely Avenue – (2009)

Brian Setzer is a brilliant musician and, somehow, this is his first album made up of entirely original material. He usually stuffs his albums with covers – er, his own take on songs from rockabilly to pop classics. But he has done something wonderful here by writing all his own songs. Listen to this album from start to finish and it will play like a movie. I’ve never listened to anything and thought I was watching a movie with my eyes closed. It’s the perfect score to something from the beautiful genre of film noir. “Lonely Avenue” is one of the best tracks on the album and it sets the mood perfectly. There are plenty of upbeat numbers as well, including the back-to-back “Mr. Jazzer Goes Surfin’” and “Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin’.” I’ve been meaning to feature this album on the site here since it came out (three years ago!). Well, I finally got around to it.

Yo-Yo Ma & Friends – Songs of Joy & Peace – (2008)

No one can sanely argue that Yo-Yo Ma isn’t one of the greatest musicians around – of any kind. This album is primarily a Christmas album but there are covers of other songs, notably Ma & James Taylor doing the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” My picks for the album are “Panxoliña: A Galician Carol” (with Cristina Pato) and “A Christmas Jig/Mouth of the Tobique Reel” (with Natalie MacMaster). The album is very interesting and incorporates sounds from all over the world and is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.