I’ve recently spent a lot of time with my musically talented female counterparts, and I’m enamored with their ability and charisma. Therefore, this week is dedicated not only to their music and charm, but to their voices and tremendous contributions to the business in its current paralyzed state. Girl Power isn’t just a 90s concept. These women show that we still rule, and rule hard.
1. “Boys & Girls” – Alabama Shakes
Alabama Shakes has changed my life, and I’m mad it took so long to discover such a powerful band. This song, along with their debut album of the same title, is the perfect example of soulful, heartfelt, sassy social commentary. The slow, full combination of vibrating bass, low guitar, and simple drum patterns creates such a melodramatic mood to match the sad lyrics about gender roles and friendship. It questions the silly notion that women and men aren’t chemically capable as just friends, and adds personal experience to enhance the emotion. It’s beautiful. It questions social norms. Therefore, it’s perfect.
2. “Better” – Regina Spektor
I love Regina’s piano identity, and how that instrument has become the central one of choice, but I’m also able to appreciate the way she structures the rest of the song to compliment her featured musical style. “Better” is a fantastic example of that accommodation, utilizing that technique throughout this short song. In combination with the lyrics, that relate stories of a caregiver who watches their loved-on decay from sadness, the song has an uplifting tone. It’s catchy and upbeat, but deals with a difficult subject matter that Regina plays with to repeat the seriousness. Her repetition really enhances the meaning.
3. “Primadonna” – Marina And The Diamonds
Marina’s attitude alone slays and swoons me, but this song is the beginning to her varied sass on “Electra Heart.” The song becomes a great club jam so quickly and the automatic response is to dance, that one forgets the song is actually about a confident woman torn by the perceptions of the people around her. She’s adored and she’s hated, but the ultimate goal is to please only herself, and that’s something to aspire to. The electric rhythm featured is pretty constant, and it gives space for Marina’s vocal stylings, which are a nice accompaniment to the truth she speaks, making the song fun and admirable.