Monthly Obsessions – September 2021

This month features more slow jams than usual. “Mrs. Robinson” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” are both acoustic icons straight from the ’60s and ’70s. I was humming “Mrs. Robinson” for weeks, which is probably why it eventually made its way into a post.

I was surprised that I revisited 1989, Taylor Swift’s album from 2014, during this month. I’m not a “Swiftie” by any stretch of the imagination, but 1989 is definitely my favorite of her albums. It’s refreshingly spare, and uses softer electronics to support, and even enhance, her voice without washing it out. “Blank Space” is chilling but catchy, and “This Love” is sad but lovely. Hopeful, too, in an odd sort of way.

I mentioned in my post about The Naked and Famous’s debut album that I revisit their work a lot. When I do, it’s typically the two songs you see in the playlist below: “Rolling Waves” and “Hearts Like Ours.” They’re just such forceful songs that are full of emotion, and I think the lyrics are also beautiful.

Take a listen below. What was on repeat for you this month?

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