A Year in Music, All Mirrors, Andrew Ridgeley, Angel Olsen, Billie Holiday, Debbie Harry, Downhill Lullaby, George Michael, Lana Del Rey, Madame X, Madonna, Marina and the Diamonds, Mirwais Ahmadzai, Norman Fucking Rockwell, Odetta, Prince, Remind Me Tomorrow, Seventeen, Sharon Van Etten, Sky Ferreira, The Shangri-Las, To Be Human, Tricky, Wham!
Six years after her debut, Sky Ferreira returned with the haunting ‘Downhill Lullaby’ – a taste of things to come? And Marina (of the Diamonds) captured the spirit of our uncertain times with ‘To Be Human’, from her Love + Fear album.
As this decade draws to a close, many musicians I grew up are now writing their memoirs. Prince’s unfinished The Beautiful Ones and Andrew Ridgeley’s Wham! George and Me are poignant reminders of what we’ve lost, while Debbie Harry’s Face It and Tricky’s Hell Is Round the Corner offer lively testaments from artists with plenty more to give.
With a biopic and documentary currently in the works, Billie Holiday is a voice for this century as much as the last. Paolo Parisi’s graphic novel, Blues for Lady Day, gives a faithful rendering of her brilliant, if troubled life; while Billie Holiday: The Last Interview and Other Conversations is an invaluable resource, allowing the lady to speak for herself.