What’s This Album About?

Singer/songwriters have a deep love of words, but most album reviews give lyrics a light treatment. Host Bobby Waller dives deep into the lyrics of today’s best songwriters to find their meanings, messages, humor, and humanity. Discover new albums from artists across genres.


Episodes Date

Can innocence survive cruelty? The Lemon Twigs explore the effects of cruelty on innocence on their new album, Go To School, an allegory about a chimp who goes to school for human kids.
September 24, 2018
Something Old, Something New The past and the present come together on this innovative album that seamlessly blends old-timey songs with fresh new beats.  
September 10, 2018
Indie Pop's Rising Diva Cowboys Up   On the surface, Mitski's new album, Be the Cowboy, is full of sweetly melancholic songs about love and loneliness. But on closer look, it's a seriou...
September 7, 2018
How did rock n' roll transform from teenage dance music to serious art? Host Bobby Waller explains in this bonus episode on rock's coming of age.
September 3, 2018
Alt-country star Robbie Fulks collaborated with Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis's sister) to create "Wild, Wild, Wild"--an album that pays tribute to the raucous spirit of early ...
August 26, 2018
It's been forty years since the release of Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo! Host Bobby Waller explores the meanings behind the band's name, debut album title, and song lyrics. Lea...
August 13, 2018
Critics are calling Automata II by Between the Buried and Me a prog metal triumph. But what is prog metal? And what's going on tin this dark tale of mania and manipulation? 
July 28, 2018
The album title "Please Don't Be Dead" references blues artist Fantastic Negrito's brush with death in 1999 that left him in a coma for three weeks. Host Bobby Waller shares the fascinating back ...
July 9, 2018
How is Angelique Kidjo's remake of classic Talking Heads album like a pizza? Host Bobby Waller explains how Kidjo's take on Remain In Light is an example of what sociologist of religion call "the pizz...
June 28, 2018
Critics are calling Father John Misty's new album "raw" and "honest". But what exactly does it take to write honestly? Host Bobby Waller looks at the techniques FJM uses to communicate frankness in hi...
June 15, 2018

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