2019 Staff Picks: Music

By Skokie Staff Adult Services

Our expert staff members look back at the year and share their favorite titles.

  • Souvenirs of Spain & Italy


    Cheery, delightful, and full of pieces to charm and inspire, just like the countries represented. Recommended by Mary.

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  • Jaime

    2019 by Howard, Brittany

    Brittany, you are awesome! The lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes does not disappoint in her debut solo album, a moving tribute to her older sister. Her style is glorious and wide-ranging.The creative mixing of jazz, soul, and funk with psychedelic guitar licks evokes emotion from even the most cynical of listeners. Recommended by Sharon and Lydia.

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  • Limitless: Duos Performed with the Composers

    2019 by Koh, Jennifer

    Her newest CD from Chicago hometown record label, Cedille Records, propels Koh to new heights of technical mastery and sublime artistry. Recommended by Mary.

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  • Cuz I Love You

    2019 by Lizzo

    Lizzo has taken the country by storm, and it's not surprising. In a Pitchfork review, the author categorized this album as "empowerment-core," and we cannot think of a more accurate genre. Get ready to get down and love yourself with this listen. Recommended by Lydia and Leah.

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  • Let It Roll

    2019 by Midland (Musical group)

    It's been a bad year for country music, but Midland comes to the rescue with this retro throwback to the late '70s country music of Jerry Reed and Don Williams. Mellow, fun, and a great album all the way through, it is one of my favorites of the year. Recommended by Lynnanne.

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  • Good Luck, Kid

    2019 by Joseph (Musical group : Portland, Or.)

    I like the pop and the three-part harmonies. I would armchair travel with this music anytime. Recommended by Sharon.

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  • The Highwomen

    2019 by Highwomen (Musical group)

    Inspired by the '80s supergroup Highwaymen, this supergroup of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby responds to the lack of women's voices on country music radio. Each song speaks to the complexity of being a women in this world. It's a shame that these amazing songs will not get much radio airplay, but as long as talented artists like them exist, country music will survive. Recommended by Lynnanne and Sharon.

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  • K-12

    2019 by Martinez, Melanie

    After four years, Melanie Martinez is back with her second storybook album. The songs manage to relate to both her own personal battle with fame and to common worries from kindergarten to high school. "Orange Juice" is by far the most personal track that I think many girls growing up could relate to and empathize with. Recommended by Monica.

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