Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ken's Best of 2021 - #4: Aaron Lee Tasjan - :Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!

I first discovered Aaron Lee Tasjan opening for Margo Price. He was a perfect opener for Price, with his "indie folk grit" dabbling into country with some pop sensibilities. On Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, he blows up that sound completely. His 2021 album still has some of the sensibilities of folk and country, but it leans much more heavily into pop territory without being pop. The album also has a distinct 70's meets 2021 vibe to it. Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! mixes so many styles into its songs that it has basically created a genre since you wouldn't listen to this album and declare that it's folk, or country, or pop, or rock. On this album, Tasjan is also very open about his sexuality (particularly in songs like "Up All Night" and "Feminine Walk"), which also helps make this album feel like it's Tasjan truly being Tasjan. Plus, it's an incredibly fun album. It takes all the fun you would find in 70's AM radio, classic country, neo folk, and pop and makes it all a party. I mean, not a raging party, but more of a small gathering of close friends.

Songs of note: "Computer of Love," "Up All Night," "Feminine Walk," and "Dada Bois"

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