What's This Album About?
By Bobby Waller
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Good singer/songwriters have a profound love of words, but most album reviews give lyrics a light treatment. In this podcast, host Bobby Waller dives deep into the lyrics of today’s best songwriters to find their meanings, messages, humor, and humanity.
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Bobby Waller's What's This Album About? podcast dives deep into different albums and focuses on the lyrics- what the artist was trying to say.
It is very well resesarched and executed. Bobby's passion for music clearly comes across, and his appreciation for the words comes across very clearly.
For me, it has introduced me to music that I would not otherwise have been exposed to, and I have even sought one of the albums out on Spotify.
I highly recommend this podcast for anyone who loves music and particularly the "why" behind the music.
Discovering new tunes
For me, this is a new avenue to discover music and get absorbed in it. I don't tend to analyze lyrics on my own, so it's nice to have Bobby here to do it for me :)
What’s This Album About, Bobby Waller’s new Podcast, is a simple enough premise; Listen to an album and parse it’s meaning through the artists' lyrical content. This is thoughtful analysis in an age of disposable singles and emphasis on beats and style over substance. Bobby’s enthusiasm for music and lyrics is infectious and each episode (regardless of my own personal interest in the artist) is revelatory and a pleasure to listen to.