Not as bad as some, but a little tricky, U sets a challenge. This is the second post in this series for today, as I am coming close to the end now. At least I had a top pick in mind from the start. Please play along; any group, song, album, or singer, as long as the name begins with ‘U’.
Big ballad, powerful voice, and a song about lost love, from a strong female vocalist. That ticks all my boxes, and this song from Toni Braxton is just great too.
Un-Break My Heart
Released in the UK in 1952, the same year I was born, this song has endured throughout my whole life, with many versions and covers of the original bringing new audiences at least once a decade. This is the original though, with the incomparable tones of Nat King Cole.
Aretha Franklin is one of the great soul singers of all time. Her back catalogue of songs is huge, and she has been popular for more than fifty years, since signing her first recording contract in 1967. Rightly known as The Queen of Soul, she is famous for both ballads, and more up-tempo songs. Over the years, she has collaborated with many other famous singers, and also appeared in two feature films. This quiet love song has always been my favourite though, and I waited for ‘U’ to use it.
Until You Come Back To Me
British band Squeeze have a distinctive London sound. They were hugely popular here, with their songs about everyday life, great guitar work, and the distinctive vocals of Glenn Tillbrook. Over the years, they have split, then reformed, and changed some of the line-up too. They still continue to tour, with the original singers and guitarists, Difford and Tillbrook. Their big hits showed a talent for musical construction, interesting and often meaningful lyrics, and a sense of time and place too. Here’s a good one from 1979, when Jools Holland still played keyboards.
Up The Junction
An up to date entry for a change. From the talented arranger and producer Mark Ronson, and the vocal talents of the likeable Bruno Mars. A huge hit from 2014, and a real toe-tapper. Sassy video too.
Utah Saints are a British electro-pop band. They specialise in sampling, mixing, and DJ work, delivering driving beats well-suited to the Dance and Rave scene. Not really the sort of thing you might expect to find here, I agree. However, this video is great fun, and I always enjoy seeing it.
Always going to be my top pick, and featured many times on this blog. And why not? Massive Attack are a powerhouse of overwhelming songs and music, and they have sold millions of records. In 1991, they released the album ‘Blue Lines’, hailed as one of the best albums of all time. And it featured this orchestral wonder, a wall of sound, behind the flawless vocals of Shara Nelson. Drift away, on this modern masterpiece.