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Singing in the rain

music Updated: Jul 30, 2011 18:23 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times
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Monsoons is in full swing. So here are some happy rain songs to get you through the week.

1.Summer Rain by Belinda Carlisle (1990): Here’s a goodbye summer/ welcome rain song to start with.
2.Set Fire To The Rain by Adele (2011): Once the romance is over and we get stuck in traffic jams and flooded roads, this is the song we will be singing.
3.Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall by Simon & Garfunkel (1965): A superb, uplifting song for when you’re down and out.
4.Naked In The Rain by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991): Not the pop song that you’re thinking about, this is from the BloodSugarSexMagik album. It’s as funky as the rain, when it hits you on your open skin.
5.She Talks To Rainbows by The Ramones (1995): Those who have partners with a crazy artistic streak in them will love this.
6.I Love A Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit (1980): It’s two in the morning, it’s raining, look outide your window. That’s when you put this on.
7.One More Rainy Day by Deep Purple (1968): Before Ian Gillan joined the band, a pure psychedelic sound emanated from the Purple heads and this song tells us of the months to come.

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny:

Turtleneck And Chains
The Lonely Island
Universal

Rating: ***

Bottomline: Hip-hop-ha-ha!

Here We Go Again
Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis
EMI

Rating: ****

At first you may think, “Oh no! Not another Ray Charles tribute album”. But refrain your thoughts. This album is about two great music souls in perfect sync with each other, channeling the spirit of one of the greatest artistes of all time. And that too in a live setting, recorded in the February of 2009. The velvet-voiced Norah Jones lends stellar support while Wynton Marsalis brings his legend to the table like never before. Willie Nelson is Ray’s soul brother. Also note performances by Ali Jackson and Mickey Raphael.

Bottomline: Hit this road, Jack!

Speed Of Darkness
Flogging Molly
Sideonedummy Records

Rating: ***

Now here’s something to get your Irish animal out of that green box…even if you aren't Irish! The fifth studio album by LA-based Celtic Punk rockers slays you with its titular opening track. And from then on it’s absolute mayhem. The songs take one through a range of emotions and thoughts from unemployment to lost love. Frontman Dave King, married bandmate Bridget Regan while on tour in Japan. Just a piece of trivia, that doesn’t reflect in the album. It’s just fun Celtic-punk to swig a few Guinness with.

Bottomline: Listen like lightning

Steady As She Goes
Hot Tuna
Red House Records

Rating: ***

Legendary psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane veterans formed Hot Tuna as a spin off in 1969 and have never looked back. Led by gutarist andvocalist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, Hot Tuna put out their first album way back in 1970 and have been active on the festival tour circuit since. With a rootsy-bluesy rock sound that harks back to the delta blues, led by primary songwriter Jorma Kaukonen, this mellow album is best enjoyed on a laid-back evening that heralds the night’s revels.

Bottomline: Solid as a rock!