Wikipedia Brown chooses six cerebral, melancholy, singer-songwriter albums that were released 50 years ago!
Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
A psychedelic soul masterpiece with the incisive lyrical content of a great protest album. A criminally overlooked message of anti-war, anti-imperialism, and ant-racism with a deeply funky groove.
Dory Previn – Mythical Kings and Iguanas
The album title sounds like prog-rock bombast, but this record could not be any more different. These are dark, unusual folk ballads with fascinating lyrics about exorcising your demons and finding love.
Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
Released in March of 1971, this was Drake’s second album. Exquisitely arranged music and lush, opulent instrumentation. A somber, quiet masterpiece.
Joni Mitchell – Blue
One of the greatest albums of all time. A groundbreaking work of confessional songwriting and personal intimacy paired with some of Joni’s most accessible and melody-driven compositions.
Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution
A dark, sparse album recorded in a single day. This is biblical, prophecy-laden, harrowing music from a relatively unknown folk songwriter.
Loudon Wainwright III – Album II
Depressing, imaginative, and often funny, Loudon’s second album is just like the man himself: divisive but usually entertaining. A cynical look at early fatherhood and life on the road.
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