“I’m Broke” by Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears was featured in the first driving scene in the premiere of CBS’ Scorpion. The song was on Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears’ debut album, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is.
In case you missed the return of the Lip Sync Battle on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, here’s Fallon’s battle with former No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani and country star Blake Shelton (better known now as the judges from The Voice). Blake Shelton gives Stephen Merchant a run for his money as the angriest lip syncer…
Fiona Bevan’s debut album, Talk to Strangers, more than lives up to the promise of its first single. The British singer-songwriter’s quirky soul-pop style falls somewhere between Sheila Nicholls, Joanna Newsom and Corinne Bailey Rae, but these are tenuous reference points at best. Fiona is really carving a niche of her own here.
Fiona’s rich lilt and jaunty instrumentation are particularly charming on “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” and the lovely “Us and the Darkness.”
The standout track “The Machine” dives into murkier, funkier waters.
Other highlights are Fiona’s exquisite, multi-faceted vocal on “Monsoon Sundance,” the enchanting, buoyant “Pirates and Diamonds” and the simpler beauty of “Forwards.”
I expect Fiona Bevan’s Talk to Strangers to make it on my best of the year list for 2014.