George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s: Top 5 Songs

I am back! Sorry for the technical glitches, and thanks for joining me on my NEW blog! I am also ready to provide you all with some listening inspiration in a short “review” of my 5 favorite songs (IN ORDER!!) off of George Ezra‘s latest album, Staying at Tamara’s. While I think this album is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish, I have decided to narrow down my analysis to the 5 songs that I think are the absolute best on the album. Here goes! (P.S. – in true Lindsey fashion, I have linked each song to be ethical AND to give you an easy way to access each work of art :D)

1. “Pretty Shining People

I consider this song incomparable to any other song I have experienced, which is why it gets #1 on my list. It offers listeners frustration, sadness, hope, and contemplation in equally awesome doses. It is best experienced on the vinyl album, but if you don’t want that or don’t have it yet, you still need to hear this piece ASAP. Just listen to it, and you will understand what I mean. Explaining any further will just ruin your own idea of the song when you hear it – but expect the desire to dance to be part of your listening (you’ve been warned). SO MANY EMOTIONS HERE.

2. “The Beautiful Dream

I hate to sound trite, but…this song gives me ALL the feels. I can’t even explain how many different ways this song can be interpreted, and how many different ways people can relate to it, but for me this song serves as a reminder of those times that you dream about whoever it is that you have feelings for. The song itself is a beautiful dream. I’m about to make a few ridiculous comparisons, but this gives me “Pretty Things“-level chills (Now I’m shocking everyone). Maybe even more powerful emotions, because I think I cried a few times during my first listen.

3. “Shotgun

This song is catchy. It’s light. It makes you happy. And it sounds like summer. So yes, I am about to make ANOTHER shocking comparison. They even both reference cars in some way. SHOTGUN IS 2018’S LEMONADE!!!! (I promise this is the real me writing this post.) This does not mean “Shotgun” has replaced “Lemonade” in my heart, because, come on guys. Let’s not be ridiculous. But seriously, I just listed out every simple reason you need to listen to this song now. It will get you so pumped for summer!

4. “All My Love

This is a last-minute addition. I actually forgot about this one a little bit, but upon closer listening (word choice?), I realized that this song is about as clasically George Ezra as you’re going to get on this album, and that counts for something. I also appreciate the way this song celebrates that clasically romantic concept of a selfless love where two become one (with or without marriage). It’s a little more lowkey than other songs on this album, but still a very enjoyable piece overall and a good departure from that more blatantly emotional feeling of most of the rest of the album.

5. “Paradise

This is another “Pretty Shining People” type crowdpleaser – as evidenced by the fact that it became a huge hit in the UK (And, I believe in the US, as well, since I keep hearing it everywhere!). This is another ode to perfect love that is simply a paradise. A must-listen! Enough said.

I also suggest checking all of the songs out for yourself, at least eventually, so that you can make your own decision as to which ones are the best – because honestly, they are all awesome. It was extremely difficult to narrow this down to my favorite five songs, and if I tried to make an honorable mentions list, it would probably include all of the other tracks – and that’s really saying something. While this album does, in my opinion, stray from what I consider the classic George Ezra sound (think “Budapest” or “Barcelona”), I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing (especially considering this is only Ezra’s second album, and some experimentation is expected). There’s very little room for disappointment for most listeners here. Ezra is always just so different – and Tamara’s is no exception.

Should I be a throwback and review Wanted on Voyage‘s best 5 songs, as well? Let me know what you think below!

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Lindsey Flagg

Lindsey is the founding editor of Music to My Ears. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Purdue University Northwest. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found making a fool of herself singing karaoke or creating sappy poetry.

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