As we wind down on the twenty-tens, I’ve been looking back at the last ten years and I’m amazed at how many of my favorites have been recently released. I think the Naughts have the potential to be one of the richest decades of pop music we’ve had in a very long time. The technology has advanced to the point where beautifully crafted and sonically superior music can be crafted in one’s home. Singer, songwriters, and instrumentalists have the ability to mine from and be inspired by the last 60 years of musical history and knowledge. And with the advent of so many streaming services and artist-friendly online stores, the path to creating one’s art is firmly in the control of the creator.
So I’ll be selecting a few of my favorite songs and/or albums from the 2010s each week to post for your pleasure. Hopefully, I can turn you on to some new music. If you’ve heard it before, pass it along to someone else who might enjoy it. And as always, please support the artists who produced it.
I’m gonna start with a soul singer from Washington state named Allen Stone. His second album, Allen Stone was released in the Fall of 2011 and although Allen may look like a hippified Warren Zevon, this is laidback soul at its finest. It was even a Top 40 album on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts.
I chose the following because this seemed like the obvious choice at a potential hit, but there’s not one skippable song on this album. Enjoy!