Album of the Week: Age of Apathy by Aoife O’Donovan


Album: Age of Apathy
Artist: Aoife O’Donovan
Release Date: January 21, 2022
Label: Yep Roc Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • Sister Starling
  • Phoenix
  • Age of Apathy

Thoughts:

Aoife O’Donovan is an artist with origins in the Boston area, and rose to fame as member of the string band Crooked Still (I have the not so impressive bragging rights of having attended the band’s first gig at Club Passim).  As a solo artist, O’Donovan is more of a singer/songwriter in the folk pop tradition.  Other reviews of this album compare her to Joni Mitchell, which I guess is fair, but not something that I noticed on my own.  O’Donovan has a powerful voice and does amazing things with it while singing deeply literate lyrics. A few songs stand out (the opener “Sister Starling” and the title track, most significantly) but this is definitely one of those albums listening to in its entirety.

Rating: ***1/2

Song of the Week: “Kurunba” by Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee


Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee – “Kurunba”

For the first single from her upcoming debut album BAMANAN, Mali’s Rokia Koné collaborates with Irish producer/remixer Jacknife Lee.  While musically exuberant and danceable, “Kurunba” deals with serious issues of women’s rights in patriarchal societies where women passed the age of child-rearing face exclusion. Koné previously performed with the supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique which focused on gender equality.