YES! Music Picks :: Winter 2011
Debut album of singer-songwriter Kesang Marstrand (daughter of global peace activist Marianne Marstrand and Tibetan translator Ngoedup Tsering).
A relaxed and delicious voice, an intimate guitar, and seasoned songwriting. Asian-tinged “Real Boy” is fresh, and she turns Paul McCartney’s bouncy “Say, Say, Say” into a caress.
The Sound of Sunshine
This is a new sound from Michael Franti. Instead of reggae-spiced protest rock, there’s acoustic guitar and songs about family and friends. The flavor is world dance. The message is “be happy.” Franti’s upbeat outlook comes after a ruptured appendix nearly killed him last year.
Many Great Companions
A double treat from folk-pop’s Dar Williams: a new best-of compilation, and a disc revisiting 12 of her classics “with a guitar and a few friends,” including Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and Mary Chapin Carpenter. A wide-ranging introduction that will also please long-time fans.
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