#6 Beyoncé – Homecoming The Live Album

# 6 on the People’s Top ten Albums of 2019

I’ve never been a huge Beyoncé fan. I don’t really know why. I don’t think I have a real reason. Which leads to my initial reaction.

Initial Reaction: This album has 40 tracks. FORTY! A run time of almost 2 hours. 1 hour and 49 minutes in fact. I was a little worried about that. How am I going to listen to Beyonce for 2 hours. Actually, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

Favorite Song: I have to give it her, she has a lot of hits… I mean a lot. Of all the songs on the album, there was maybe two I didn’t know. Since this is recording of her performance at Coachella, the songs are shortened and with banter to the crowd. So I didn’t find the need to save a ton of the songs, but I did save two. I already have the original version of “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and it’s one of my favorites. I love it’s dirty beat, and the live version is just as good. So, yep, saved. The second is “Run the World (Girls)”. No, it’s not masterful song writing. But it’s catchy, it makes me want to dance and it makes me feel powerful. Sue me. LOL

Would I listen to the whole album again: Immediately I thought no, but then I changed my mind. I would say its a good album to put on while your trying to get something done. Clean your house, shake your ass, do the laundry, twerk. Let your inner Sasha Fierce out. Nostalgia points for her bringing out Kelly and Michelle and doing a few Destiny’s Child songs.

#7 Marin Morris – GIRL

#7 on People Magazines top 10 albums of the year and our first country album.

Initial thought: She has a nice voice.

Favorite Song: All My Favorite People. I feel bad that it’s my favorite song, because it’s really not her that makes me like the song. Her performance is good but what really sold it for me was the vocals and guitar of the Brothers Osborne. So much so that I will be looking up their other stuff. I’m not a huge fan of country music but the little I like usually fits a certain hardness to it and their voices and guitar had that. But to give Marin a compliment, she changed up her style to compliment them, and I liked it. Did I save the song – sorry, but no.

Would I listen to the whole album again? Not by choice. But if my husband, who likes country were to put it on, I wouldn’t immediately make him change it.

#8 – Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby

#8 on People Magazines Top 10 albums of 2019

After hating on Carly Rae Jepsen so hard, I feel like this review is going to be a little lack luster.

Initial thought: Smooth…

Favorite Song: New Apartment. Fun song, reminded me of the first time I lived on my own and the emotions that go along with it. I also found that some of her talking bits between the songs gave me a little chuckle. I particularly liked her story about guys from her past hitting her up. “I was like 7 years old!”

Would I listen to the whole album again: nah. I didn’t save the song I mentioned. I’m not a prude but some of the song content was a little too much for me. I mean, I love Prince and some of his songs were extremely racy. But it was sexy without trying too hard. This was just – eh.

#9 – Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated

#9 on People Magazines top ten albums of 2019. With one album I’m seriously thinking People knows absolutely nothing about music.

Initial thought: Huh, this has to get better, right?

Favorite Song: I’m sorry but there is absolutely nothing redeeming about this album. Her voice sounds like she’s trying to sing like a baby in some songs. The #10 album was better than this. How did this album even get on here? Nothing musically is challenging. It’s all just bad cheese ball fluff pop. And I consider myself a pop fan. If that’s what pop is now – nope, nope, nope.

Fun fact: I read she recorded this album after a breakup. No angsty break up songs here though.

Will I listen to the whole album again: if the above isn’t enough evidence, absolutely not.