"When Folk Meets Rock"

"When Folk Meets Rock"

A collection of different musical sounds and artists

Lovers of folk and rock lend me your ears! My occasional visits to Starbucks have lead me to discover an album that combines these two genres, folk and rock, we so love into one compact disc under the name “When Folk Meets Rock.” Combining the works of 15 artists from a multitude of decades, this mixed album gives listeners a taste of everything from Bob Dylan to Belle and Sebastian. I will give a disclaimer and say that this album leans more toward folk than it does rock. However, it certainly contains the “commercial appeal of rock” like the back of the album describes. I personally bought this album to discover new artists, which is what I believe this album lends itself to the most, exploration. 

My favorites include Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon,” José González’s “Down the Line” and The Cave Singers’ “Seed of Night.” Employing catchy tunes with simple harmonies, the music is easy on the ears for even the most stubborn of listeners. Folk Rock is often associated with the 1960s in accordance with musicians such as Bob Dylan and The Byrds. The genre has its connections with American folk revival music and British Invasion bands. While this album only includes three 60s pieces from The Beau Brummels, The Byrds and Bob Dylan, there is no denying that folk is continuously meeting rock in our current generation, as is made clear in this album. I suggest looking up the artists on this album. Since I bought the CD from Starbuck a while back, I doubt it is still sold in their stores. I tried finding the album on iTunes but to my dismay it could not be found. The item is also not currently available online at Starbucks. Therefore, I am going to include the list of songs included in the album below so that you can make you own musical explorations!

  1. The Cave Singers “Seeds of Night”
  2. Bob Dylan “She Belongs to Me”
  3. Devotchka “You Love Me”
  4. The Byrds “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”
  5. M. Ward “Fool Says”
  6. Love “A Message to Pretty”
  7. Belle & Sebastian “Sleep the Clock Around”
  8. The beau Brummels “You Tell Me Why”
  9. The Magnetic Fields “I Think I Need a New Heart”
  10. Donovan “Celeste”
  11. Nick Drake “Pink Moon”
  12. Jeff Buckley “Last Goodbye”
  13. Josh Ritter “Girl in the War”
  14. José González “Down the Line”
  15. Al Stewart “Nostradamus”