Author Archives: thomasinskeep

About thomasinskeep

I write about music.

My favorite songs: “Hurt You”

Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Love, Marriage and Divorce, as we get closer to decade’s end, increasingly sounds the decade’s best album, the R&B cousin of Shoot Out the Lights. Between ‘Face’s pen and that stunning ache in Braxton’s voice, “Hurt You” … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, my favorite songs, R&B

Pop top 40: 3/10/79

40 years ago: arguably, peak disco. Not yet peak yacht rock, but a couple gems show up. And what’s that down below at #35: the first stirrings of the next country crossover boom? Also, the only decent Dire Straits hit! … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, charts

Breathe with me: the Prodigy, collected

Wrote this glowing review of the Prodigy’s hits+ comp for Stylus in 2006. And fortunately, they rebounded after this. Check out last year’s No Tourists, which may be their strongest since Fat of the Land. The Prodigy easily had more … Continue reading

Posted in reviews, Stylus

Pop top 40: 2/26/83

If a chart could be said to be “peak ’83,” it might well be this one. One iconic song after another, along with a few, er, ringers, as you can hear, as you “take it to the nth degree.” 1 1 … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, charts, pop

Pazz & Jop ballot 2018

It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE! P&J has risen from the grave! à la Anthony, here’s my P&J ballot, slightly tweaked from my Uproxx ballot, along with points and comments. ALBUMS: 1 Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (23) – Jeremy Dutcher’s marriage of … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, best of, lists

My favorite songs: “Late Nights and Early Mornings”

This song is the single greatest Prince rip of all time — yes, even moreso than “Oh Sheila” — and it’s not just due to the highly effective way that Marsha Ambrosius uses the Linn drum here. No, it’s also the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Sanctified Lady”

I recently had a moment of reckoning with Marvin Gaye’s “Sanctified Lady.” I was driving north up the California coast on US 1, from Santa Cruz (which I call home) to San Francisco (where I lived for 9 years and … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B, RIP