MercyMe’s previous album Welcome to the New was one of the strongest albums of 2014, with a terrific balance of energy and heart, and compelling, cohesive thematic focus. How do you follow that up? By doing the same thing again.
With So Good, Zara Larsson has cranked out an effective pop album with So Good, one that emphasizes her powerful vocals and implements a powerful slew of catchy melodies. Unfortunately, it also betrays a shallow life philosophy, one that reflects the “live in the moment” impulsiveness of the broader culture.
You probably haven’t heard of Nadia Reid. But this indie New Zealander has crafted a folk album that is simple and low-key, with an optimistic tone. That trio could be an insult in rock or pop, but in folk music, it makes for one of my favorite albums so far this year.