Various Artists

Music Diary: September - Travel

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The September entry in the sublime compilation series Music Diary continues the globetrotting emphasis of previous volumes, this time hopscotching across the planet to celebrate not only its greatest places and spaces but also the freedom and romance of travel itself. While emphasizing theme and content over the mood and atmosphere that dominated earlier chapters in the series, Travel is still a wonderfully cohesive listen, buoyed by some of the more daring and eclectic song selections in the series to date -- Blossom Dearie's transcendent "I Like London in the Rain" best exemplifies its groovy, candy-colored aesthetic, but most everything here is worth following regardless of where it leads. Additional highlights include Lambert & Nuttycombe's "Oh My Darling," Nick DeCaro's "While the City Sleeps" and Caetano Veloso's "London London."