Nadia Reid – “Holy Low”

Don't you hate it when you have a pretty good idea of what your top 10 will be for the year, and then you hear something really excellent close to the end of the year and it throws everything into chaos? Yeah, I thought so!

Anyway, I read about Nadia Reid's debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (a melancholy album about a break-up by a woman is pretty much my wheelhouse this year) and immediately queued it up on Spotify. And when I finished listening to the album, I started it over again. And then got home and listened to it a few more times. This is pretty much all I listened to while writing papers for school last week. Anyway, here's probably my favorite song from it, "Holy Low."

J said the album gave her feelings of nostalgia that she couldn't quite place, and I totally get that. Her voice evokes a lot of bands I listened to in my late teen years, but I can't quite put my finger on who. Not that it really matters, since I just listen to the album over and over and worry that recency bias will make it too high in my top 10 this year. I suppose that isn't the end of the world when an album is this good.

For whatever it's worth, I think this is my top 10 as constructed today. It'll probably change sometime before the end of the year, but it's something!

01. Chastity Belt - Time to Go Home
02. Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
03. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
04. Nadia Reid - Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
05. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
06. Wimps - Suitcase
07. Childbirth - Women's Rights
08. Future - DS2
09. The Intelligence - Vintage Future
10. Spelljammer - Ancient of Days

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19 thoughts on “Nadia Reid – “Holy Low””

  1. a melancholy album about a break-up by a woman is pretty much my wheelhouse this year

    Heh, I have to ask whether you have an opinion on Adele's "Hello." I figure it's unlikely anyone here will choose it as their "best of" selection, so we might as well talk about it today.

    1. So to be completely honest, I'm not sure I could identify a single Adele song! J is a big fan, and it's not that I dislike Adele, it's just that I've never knowingly listened to her so I haven't formed an opinion.

      Well, I guess I have the opinion that her partner has seriously outkicked his coverage!

      1. I'm amazed that you've not in any way encountered "Hello"--I barely listen to the radio and could hardly be considered up on current pop music, but it's beyond ubiquitous.

        Here you go:

        1. I've heard the song a few times and I can't say that I could recall it. Which wasn't true for many of the singles on previous albums, going back to "Chasing Pavement" (first I'd heard of her).
          Is the song missing a hook or something? (I haven't listened closely or anything, but I assumed it would have grabbed me.)
          Whenever I read the name, I keep thinking it's gonna be a Lionel Richie cover, and am disappointed when it isn't.

      1. Me too.

        She's got a great voice, but most of her songs do nothing for me. That said, I could listen to Rolling in the Deep every day.

      2. You're just spoiling for a fight, aren't you? πŸ˜‰

        I guess I feel like for what it is, it's well done. I wouldn't go around listening to it on a daily basis, but I would totally get drunk and cry along to it.

        1. I'll follow you there. I like the song. It's not my usual cup of tea, but it feels bigger than most of the songs on popular radio now. Drunken weeping might not ensue, but I could see some fearsome lip-syncing to it.

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