Looking for good singer songwriters


29. Mär. 2006, 22:59

In the last month, I've speant a lot of time in my car or on airplanes, and I've found myself listening to a lot of Jackson Browne, esspecially his self-titled album, and especially Song For Adam and My Opening Farewell. I am looking for other music like him, but newer, and maybe in other languages (particularly German, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Urdu/Hindi).

In order to properly name drop and get some readers, what I want is a mixture of the sound of such contemporary musicians as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Iron And Wine, The Mountain Goats, Cat Power, John Legend and Sufjan Stevens with the socially conscious themes of their predecessors such as Pete Seeger, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Marley.

I want a prettier Billy Bragg, an acoustic Erykah Badu, and a more prolific India.Arie, a less distracted Q-Tip (of Kamaal the Abstract). Souad Massi is the best example of what I am looking for, but I don't know how well known she is.

Speaking of, why did that last list contain three females and only one male? Is it easier for a female to sing about socially conscious subjects today, while socially conscious male singers sing stick to abstract topics, a la Bright Eyes?


  • rootee

    Here's one whose music I discovered while on a plane: Carla Bruni. She sings in French too, if you want something in a different language.

    30. Mär. 2006, 7:00
  • fabiomanic

    Nick Drake, Lou Rhodes, Jim Reilley, Kate Rusby

    30. Mär. 2006, 8:50
  • smmurphy

    dwrd: I don't know, psych folk is a bit unfulfilling, to me. I just don't see the sincerity in it, I mean, its fun, but it doesn't make me want to cry as much as sigh and wish that contemporary music wasn't so ironic. You are right about the older musicians you list, Cohen and Waits, in particular. Rootee and fabiomanic: good catches, at least from what I can sample, Bruni and Rusby seem really cool. But whats up with Bruni, is she some sort of model or something.

    3. Apr. 2006, 4:17
  • rootee

    She apparently started out as a model during the 80's. http://www.carlabruni.com/

    3. Apr. 2006, 23:45
  • mjcrbt

    I suggest David Byrne Grown Backwards, Lhasa The Living Road, Isobel Campbell and Marl Lanegan Ballad of Broken Seas, Fiona Apple Extraordinary machine, Richard Hawley Coles Corner, XTC Apple Venus.

    13. Apr. 2006, 11:59
  • ArcticCorsair

    Being a fan of Jackson Browne you would probably like JAMES TAYLOR and early CAT STEVENS. One of my favourite artists is Lucy Kaplansky. She started out in Greenwich Village with Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin. She only returned to recording music around 10 years ago but has released some realy terrific albums in the ensuing years. She is Pschiatrist by profession so her songwriting has a real insight and meaning. Check out Ten Year Night for starters

    20. Apr. 2006, 21:17
  • ArcticCorsair

    Oh, btw, why not check out Joni Mitchell?

    20. Apr. 2006, 21:18
  • stefanks

    Ray Lamontagne only has one released album, and i wouldn't say he's on the level of jackson browne or james taylor, but he's real good. Check out the song Jolene

    25. Apr. 2006, 21:53
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