Today, I bring you the second installment in my recurring series, What I’ve Been Listening To. It’s been a busy couple of months, so I’ve combined my picks for October and November into a single post. Here they are:
“All Too Well,” Taylor Swift
It’s not really fall until you’ve listened to Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, RED and its unarguably most well-known track, “All Too Well.” Emotional, nostalgic, and peppered with uniquely personal details–like the lyric about that infamous scarf–this song showcases Swift’s formidable talent as a writer.
Standout Lyrics: Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise/So casually cruel in the name of being honest/I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here/’Cause I remember it all, all, all… too well
“Cornelia Street,” Taylor Swift
Similar to “All Too Well,” this track from Taylor Swift‘s latest album, Lover is rooted in the memory of things past, but with a twist. On “Cornelia Street,” Swift reflects on the joy of finding real love while she simultaneously worries about losing it. Wistful yet energetic, this is one of her best, most mature songs to date.
Standout Lyrics: Back when we were card sharks, playing games/I thought you were leading me on/I packed my bags, left Cornelia Street/Before you even knew I was gone/But then you called, showed your hand/I turned around before I hit the tunnel/Sat on the roof, you and I
“Extraordinary Magic,” Ben Rector
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector really outdoes himself with this gorgeous piano-laden track from his 2018 album, Magic. The production boasts a simple elegance, and Rector’s voice sounds eerily similar to that of Michael Bublé. An all-round beautiful love song.
Standout Lyrics: Out of thin air you appeared in my life/Like a burst of Technicolor in a world of black and white/When my heart was locked/Inside a box/You reached inside/And now I see my future when I look into your eyes
“Diamonds,” Morgan Evans
Following the release of his debut American album, Things That We Drink To (2018), Aussie country singer, Morgan Evans is back with his new tune, “Diamonds.” Catchy and fun, this is the perfect track for you and your special someone to dance to.
Standout Lyrics: I was always stressing/Running like an engine/Like nothing’s gonna slow me down/Till you got my attention/That sparkle in your eyes/Like the stars up in the sky/Making all the wrongs I’ve done alright/But you were my redemption
“club,” Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini plays with pop sensibilities and synths on the second single from her third studio album due out this spring. A stark contrast from the still-untitled album’s vulnerable lead single, “homecoming queen?,” Ballerini rejects the partying lifestyle that the club offers because, quite frankly, she’s just over it.
Standout Lyrics: I don’t wanna wake up on the floor of a bathroom/Lookin’ at the stamps on my hand like a tattoo/Say I’m never doin’ that again if I don’t have to/And I don’t have to go to the club
“Leave The Pieces,” The Wreckers
The Wreckers, a duo formed by singers Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, call out flaky guys who just can’t seem to make up their minds on this 2006 track from their album, Stand Still, Look Pretty. With an amazing fiddle intro and impeccable vocals highlighted by an unmistakable Southern twang, this is the country song of all country songs.
Standout Lyrics: And it’s alright, yeah I’ll be fine/Don’t worry ’bout this heart of mine/Just take your love and hit the road/There’s nothing you can do or say/You’re gonna break my heart anyway/So just leave the pieces when you go
And those are my picks for October and November. Keep checking back to see which songs I’ve got featured next month and let me know what you’ve been listening to as well.