Album: Side-Stepper, 2008
Justification: So, given my opinion of Kings of Leon spans broad indifference (first two albums) to outright hostility (everything since) and also that my love of soul and funk post- about 1975 is, to be generous, fairly patchy, you may justifiably ask: why is this on the list?
Take a guess.
I don’t know what it is about Ms Washington’s voice, but it hits me very deeply. As I’ve said before, I think she’s one hell of a songwriter and musician and that we’ve seen but a glimpse of what she’s capable of doing to date – but hers is one of the very, very few voices that I listen to as much for the pleasure of her timbre as the songs themselves.
It helps that the Melbourne-based Bamboos know how to pen a snappy arrangement, and those drum fills leading into each chorus are downright sassy. Also, flute solo. C’mon.
Still can’t abide KoL, though. God, ‘Sex on Fire’ is an awful song.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: Another one I haven’t written up as yet: ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. Sorry. Have ‘Mexican Radio’ by Wall of Voodoo from the 15th instead.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…