Album: Ain’t It Nice
Artist: Mal Blum
Ain’t It Nice is Blum’s blend of indie and Americana, taking on this air of instant nostalgia and warmth. I love how I could naturally feel any song on this album playing distantly in the background of a radio.
This album in particular stands out, as knowing Blum’s voice has dropped lower since his last release, gives such a tender quality to the sound overall. Adapting your sound when it comes to transitioning is something that can be difficult for a lot of artists, but Blum clearly nailed it.
Something I loved when researching this album was the fact that it’s creation was largely still in isolation. Blum and their collaborative partner on the project, Kyle Andrews, never even met in person.
The sentiment of creation here is out of preservation and love more than shines through, and I think a quote from Blum’s website puts the sentiment best.
“There’s a lot you can’t control right now. If you want to share your art, just share it.”
Taking on genres so dominated by straight men, Blum brings a welcoing queer lens to Americana and country, and if this is the direction Blum keeps taking, I frankly can’t wait for more.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot–Wilco
The Sunset Tree–The Mountain Goats
Sucker Supreme–Rosie Tucker
Everybody Loves You–Mal Blum, Laura Stevenson
Candy Bars & Men
Reviewer’s Name: Avery Martinez
Date of Review: 4/15/2022