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Torres and Opinions on Miguel

Mackensie Scott of Torres has shown off her prodigious songwriting abilities in two critically acclaimed and intensely emotional albums. Torres joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and live performance. Later they review the latest from Grammy-winning artist Miguel.

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Chris Squire, a celebrated bassist and founding member of the British rock band Yes, died last Saturday in Phoenix at the age of 67. Squire announced earlier in the summer that he would not be joining the band for its summer and fall tour as he was receiving treatment for leukemia. Squire was the only member of Yes to play on each of the band's twenty-one albums and to participate in every tour over their four decade career. Squire sought to create a“cinematic trip for the mind”through his work with Yes, and Jim greatly admires this nuanced approach to making music. Greg and Jim remember Squire by playing "Heart of the Sunrise" from the band's hit 1972 album Fragile.

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Georgia-born musician Mackenzie Scott emerged out of the Nashville scene in 2013 with a critically-lauded debut under the moniker Torres. Her 2015 followup Sprinter, recorded with PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis, has earned even more acclaim, including a spot in Greg's Best of 2015 (So Far) list. Torres joined Jim and Greg in the studio to discuss her emotionally charged and unconventional songwriting. She became devoted to music early on, idolizing Taylor Swift as a teen and then earning a college degree in songwriting. Her songs are both intensely personal and also sung behind the guise of characters, drawing inspiration from varied sources like the Old Testament and J.D. Salinger. Torres explains how music allows her to confront feelings about her childhood when other methods of communication have failed.

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Miguel Wild Heart

Wild Heart is the third studio album from cutting edge R&B singer and songwriter Miguel. Miguel who is of both Mexican American and African American heritages, has always had a different approach to the R&B genre. While his first album was tinkered with by A&R folks, his last record was his coming-out party; displaying his affection for multiple genres and subject matter of an adult variety. On this third album, Wild Heart, Miguel continues his exploration into genre and sexuality. Jim thinks he comes from the school of thought of Marvin Gaye and D'Angelo, artists whose avant garde nature scared traditionalists. He gives this album a Buy It rating. Greg agrees and says the orchestration and the honest lyrics make this album one of his favorites of the year. He gives it a Buy It as well.

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Featured Songs

  1. The Syn, Grounded, Created By Clive / Grounded (Singles), Deram, 1967
  2. Yes, Heart of the Sunrise, Fragile, Atlantic, 1972
  3. Torres, Sprinter, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  4. Torres, Son, You Are No Island (Live on Sound Opinions), Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  5. Torres, Chains, Torres, Self-released, 2012
  6. Torres, Ferris Wheel, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  7. Torres, Strange Hellos, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  8. Torres, Moon & Back, Torres, Self-released, 2012
  9. PJ Harvey, Dress, Dress (Single), Too Pure, 1991
  10. Torres, Cowboy Guilt, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  11. Torres, New Skin, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  12. Torres, Exchange, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  13. Torres, The Harshest Light (Live on Sound Opinions), Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  14. Torres, November Baby, Torres, Self-released, 2012
  15. Miguel,“What's Normal Anyway?”Wildheart, RCA, 2015
  16. Miguel, Leaves, Wildheart, RCA, 2015
  17. Miguel, The Valley, Wildheart, RCA, 2015
  18. Ciara, Pick Up the Phone, Goodies, LaFace, 2004
  19. Jon Brion, Theme, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Original Soundtrack, Hollywood, 2004
  20. Blackmore's Night, The Dancer & the Moon, Dancer and the Moon, Frontiers Records, 2013
  21. Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., Born in the U.S.A., Columbia, 1984
  22. Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, Born to Run (Single), Columbia, 1975

Footnotes

nytimes.com Chris Squire Obituary torrestorrestorres.com Torres soundopinions.org Best of 2015 (So Far) list soundopinions.org Greg on Torres at SXSW officialmiguel.com Miguel soundopinions.org A Review of Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel