7 Albums to Help You Beat the January Blues


Technically, the days have been getting longer for just over a month now, but at this point in the year, spring can feel like a long, long way away. At times like these, when even leaving your house can feel like a challenge, it’s important to find little ways to stay positive and find joy throughout your day. While a great book or a long soak in the bath are also pretty high on the list, our personal favourite pick-me-up has to be spinning a great record. So on that note, we’ve picked out seven albums that will have you dancing around your living room like it’s mid-July – crank up the heat, make a cocktail, and sing loudly! 


Good Thing – Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges has a unique sound that’s part Motown and part R&B, and we could not love it more. Anytime we just want to feel good and dance a little, this one does the trick. We highly recommend his debut LP Coming Home, too.


Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Kasey Musgraves’ runaway hit record was on every end-of-year list we saw as 2018 wrapped, and we’re still spinning it on heavy rotation in the new year. It’s upbeat but chill, starry-eyed but witty, and overall positive and uplifting – so basically everything we want in a record.


Abbey Road – The Beatles

What do we even say about Abbey Road? It’s guaranteed to start a singalong if you toss this on at a party, and it’s just as fun to belt it out if you’re staying in solo. It’s a classic for a reason, and you literally can’t go wrong with this one on the turntable.


Brushfire Fairytales – Jack Johnson

Not actually going to Hawaii this winter? Transport yourself there with a Jack Johnson record. Easy to listen to and fun to play along with if you’ve got a ukulele in the back of your closet, this record is mellow, sweet, and will make you feel like you’re sitting around a bonfire on the beach.


Tapestry – Carole King

This album is the equivalent of a heart-to-heart with a good friend – so basically exactly the mood captured in the cover image. King’s songs are introspective but ultimately affirming, and perfect for a cosy afternoon under a blanket.


Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

Rumours was the 11th studio album for Fleetwood Mac, and you’ll find a few of their most beloved hits – including “Go Your Own Way” – here. Just try to listen to that track without breaking into song yourself! We’re not sure it’s possible.


Direct Hits – The Killers

If you’re looking for something with a little more noise that brings the energy levels in the room up, look no further. This is a great party record, a great cooking-dinner record, a great cleaning-the-house record… you get it.


If this list has brought to mind other records you’ve been looking for, you’ll be pleased to hear that Sunrise Records can order in just about anything you’re on the hunt for, so it pays to ask if you don’t see it stocked in-store. And if you’re thinking about a splurge, their new Club Sunrise loyalty app has arrived at the perfect time for us to rack up some points! Check out the details here.

Once you’ve nailed down your soundtrack, join us in testing out a face mask (or two) while your records spin, and stay well all winter with these favourites from Saje.

Visit Sunrise Records in St. Vital Centre to shop the records featured in this post (check store for availability).

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