Tuesday Tunesday: Visions of Us, Post-Pop Depression, Struggle Love

Taylor Graham
Music Contributor

Our Tuesday Tunesday music contributor, Taylor, returns with three album reviews from Damien Jurado, Iggy Pop, and Jaheim. If you'd like to contribute your own music takes, submit an inquiry to mail@stjanemedia.co or give us a shout on Twitter.


Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land

 

From the first song I can tell this is going to be an interesting album. That first track is November 20 and has unique sounds and melodies. Mellow Blue Polka Dot almost has a rhythmic blues sound to it. QACHINA is probably the song I would like to skip over on the album. I just didn't feel the beat or lyrics and his voice isn't anything special on the track.

Almost midway through the album, Damien Jurado picks up the pace a bit with the track, ONALASKA. It's a bit catchier than the other songs and definitely more upbeat. Walrus is a good track too, but my favorite song is A.M. AM. The song has a good beat, nice lyrics, and is voice is very pleasant.

Queen Anne is a decent song and this album seemed to improve the more I listened to it. This album reminds me of another artist, but I cannot quite pinpoint it. It has a great deal of mellow, slower songs that would be good to listen to on a long car ride.

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

This is a fun album with a lot of superb instrumentals. The introduction on American Valhalla is great and then breaks in with the interesting vocals. I'm not sure how to characterize his voice, but it's refreshing. Sunday is a cool track and I really dig the back up vocals. German Days is depressing for me for some reason. I think it's the way he sang on this track—sounds rather dark along with the instruments.

Overall, I did not love listening to any one song. I think this album is more enjoyable from an instrument perspective. This is not an album I would find myself listening to regularly, but perhaps I am not the target audience. 

Jaheim - Struggle Love

Now we're changing it up with some R&B. I am not too familiar with Jaheim, but I loved listening to this type of music back in the day. The first song My Shoes begins with singing about haters so that's promising. Lyrics aside, Jaheim really does have a great voice for R&B. My Shoes is a pretty good track too and after listening to the album a few times it's my favorite one.

This album takes me back to the days when I listened to a lot of Jagged Edge and Tyrese. Songs To Have Sex To has that classic R&B sound, but surprisingly it's not that catchy. Be That Dude has a good beat and I liked the rhymes on the track.

The album closes out with Aholic, which was a good choice. It is one of the more serious songs with lyrics from which I presume are about Jaheim's upbringing and life. This is a pretty solid album—it didn't blow me away or anything, but it is not a bad album. If you like R&B you will probably like it. That's all until next week!