I try not to be That Person. If I sing on the subway it's because I'm the only person in the car or it's like 2 AM and the other people on the platform are a relatively safe distance away. But I'm Glad is a unique album that deserves special treatment -- up to and including looking weird on the subway.
I had the chance to catch some of these songs at JazzFest this past spring, but the set was interrupted by a deluge so mighty I don't think I've gotten that wet from swimming, so the music was a bit soured in my memory. And something that the outdoor PA managed to mask was just how cool these songs are. Written in the wake of Winslow-King's divorce, these songs are churning blues rock with a New Orleans slink. Other than an outstanding cover of Muddy Waters' "Louisiana Blues," Winslow-King approaches the topic with a mixture of sadness, introspection, and optimism. While these are songs to drink by yourself to, they're also great for dancing -- even if it's a little semi-private victory dance on the subway.
Luke Winslow-King -- Official, Facebook, Purchase from Bloodshot Records