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Explore albums by notable singer/songwriters across musical genres. Dive deep into the lyrics to find the meanings and messages of albums by artists who pay careful attention to their lyrics, create strong concept albums, or have something thought-provoking to say through their music.  Listen here or subscribe through your favorite podcast app


Ep. 29: Fantastic Negrito
The album title "Please Don't Be Dead" references blues artist Fantastic Negrito's brush with death in 1999 that left him in a coma for three weeks. Host Bobby Waller shares the fascinating back story of this drug-dealer-turned-Grammy-winner whose new album warns us of the perils of our times while artfully avoiding divisive political rhetoric


Ep. 28: Angelique Kidjo
How is this remake of the Talking Heads' album Remain In Light like pizza? Host Bobby Waller explains how Kidjo's take on this classic album is an example of what sociologist of religion call "the pizza effect."


Ep. 27: Father John Misty
God's Favorite Customer


Ep. 26: Sarah Shook
Years


Ep. 25: Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.


Ep. 24: Lindy Ortega
Liberty


Ep. 23: Simon and Garfunkel
Bookends: A 50-Year Retrospective


Ep. 22: DAVID BYRNE
American Utopia


Ep. 21: BRANDI CARLILE
By the Way, I Forgive You


Ep. 20: KATE BUSH
The Kick Inside 40-Year Retrospective


Ep. 19: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
I Like Fun


Ep. 18: JEFF ROSENSTOCK
POST-


Ep. 17: SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
Soul of a Woman


Ep. 16: LEONARD COHEN
Songs of Leonard Cohen - A 50-Year Retrospective


Ep. 15: U2
Songs of Experience


Ep. 14: JULIEN BAKER
Turn Out the Lights


Ep. 13: ST. VINCENT
Masseduction


Ep. 12 - BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE
I Tell a Fly


Ep. 11: MOSES SUMNEY
Aromanticism


Ep 10: OPEN MIKE EAGLE
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream


Ep 9: BRAND NEW
Science Fiction


Ep 8: RANDY NEWMAN
Dark Matter


Ep 7: ARCADE FIRE
Everything Now


Ep 6: LORDE
Melodrama


Ep 5: COLTER WALL
Colter Wall


Ep 4: FATHER JOHN MISTY
Pure Comedy


Ep 3: VALERIE JUNE
The Order of Time


Ep 2: HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
The Navigator


Ep 1: RHIANNON GIDDENS
Freedom Highway


What's This Album About gives you album reviews of new releases by notable singer/songwriters across musical genres. Dive deep into the lyrics to find the meanings and messages of albums by artists who pay careful attention to their lyrics, create strong concept albums, or have something thought-provoking to say through their music.  Listen here or subscribe through your favorite podcast app