The month of November has come to an end, and December only means it will get colder. Here is a list of albums to help you embrace the winter spirit.
Jazz is one of my favorite genres of music to listen to. This album combines two of my favorites: Ella Fitzgerald and the Gershwin Songbook. While I listen to this all year long, some good old-fashioned jazz music is sure to make you feel warm & cozy.
It’s “Red” season, and I am not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Taylor Swift’s re-release of her hit album from 2012. You are living under a rock if you haven’t listened to Red (Taylor’s Version). Even if you already know all the songs from the original album, you should still stream this one as there are a slew of new songs and it has the 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” This version of the album is infinitely better than the original, simply because Taylor is reclaiming her songs and releasing them as her own.
Standouts: “Red (Taylor’s Version)” “Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”
Lana Del Rey’s most recent album has to be one of my favorite albums by her to date. This is definitely the singer’s most vulnerable and personal album. With this album, it’s clear she has ditched the high production of her past albums (for good) in exchange for more emotional ballads with just a guitar and a piano by her side. So many songs from this record remind me of lullabies and I think that’s intentional, as some of the songs on the album seem to be dedicated to her loved ones.
Without a doubt, Blue is one of the best albums ever written. If you’ve never listened to it, then you need to get on that. It’s a perfect folk record that won’t fail to make you feel nostalgic and prepare you for the holidays.
I don’t know what it is, but there is something about this album that just makes me want to listen to it on repeat during the fall and winter, which is exactly what I have been doing. While In Rainbows may not be the band’s most popular album, it certainly is a cult favorite. You can figure out why by just listening through it beginning to end.