Be Here Early: New Album Releases 6-16-17 – 6-22-17

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Pretty Girls Love Trap – 2 Chainz – “You need to get off my lawn… please,” 2 Chainz warns on this grown up rap album filled with mid-tempo trap with everyone from Gucci Mane to Migos along for the ride but not getting in the way – B+

Other – Alison Moyet – The great Yaz lead singer singing Brechtian soul tracks like Scott Walker with schizophrenia – B+

Reflective (Part 1) EP – Bassnectar – There was a time, in 2014 with Noise Vs Beauty, when Bassnectar was huge in EDM circles, a House monster well beyond the average DJ. Now, less so though “I’m Up” reminds you of why you went so far off the deepend for him – C+

Fake Sugar – Beth Ditto – Ditto has a terrific voice and she uses it to great effect on her first solo album, an even keeled set of modern disco and soul moves – B+

BOOMIVERSE – Big Boi – I miss Andre 3000 (the Lennon of the duo), here Killer Mike hits em up on one of the two best tracks, Adam Levine helps out on the other and that tells you everything you need to know about this business as usual hip hop album – C+

Paradise – Broadside – Very pleasant pop punk, though I would prefer a less sing songy lead singer – B

We’re All Alright! – Cheap Trick – Their second album in two years is a heads down no nonsense hard rock extravaganza, the coda to “Nowhere” must be seen to be heard… – B+

Homey – Chon – Math rock instrumentals, great for what it is – B-

Iteration – Com Truise – No, that’s reiteration on this electronic soundscape snooze – C

Fingerprints – Eli Young Band – Down home cookin’ Americana – C-

Crack Up – Fleet Foxes – I dismissed this as indie Americana for twits till I read Brooklynvegan’s Andrew Sacher’s review: “With the help of a string quartet on some songs, they near Renaissance territory.” “-Naiads, Cassadies” is a gorgeous piece of blue dream trance stuff and the rest of it isn’t – C+

The Journey Man – Goldie – I love drums n bass as much as the next person, and Goldie is a legend, but two hours? A relentless wallop of DNB and all its variants like the 21st century never quite happened – B-

H.E.R. Vol 2 – H.E.R. – Deep blue soul from the anonymous singer – B-

2:00 AM In LA – Jake Miller – “Your lipstick’s like cocaine”? Even Ed Sheeran wouldn’t touch that one – C-

From The Outside – Hey Violet – The concept was a 5 Seconds Of Summer as all girl band, it has had limited success though they aren’t terrible. “Break My Heart,” the first single, is pretty good modern pop rock plus beats. But it is a mess of an album and soon implodes and doesn’t recover, though its youthful romantic angst undoubtedly has an audience somewhere  – C

The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell And the 400 Unit – The woke Mr. Isbell kicks himself for listening to racist jokes when he was a kid. As good a reason  as any to make a terrific country-rock Americana album – B+

A Thousand Cathedrals – John Lucas – Singer songwriter whose sound is quite pretty -it flies forward from strict guitar picking, but whose songs are nothing special – C

City Music – Kevin Morby – Woods guitarist is a bit too precious for his own good though the ode to the Ramones will take him a long way – C+

Melodrama – Lorde – In which Lorde spends a year in New York partying and recording an album with Jack Antonoff and by some alchemical miracle, returns to the business of popstar with an excellent album of proto-hedonism and heartache – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Tomorrow Forever – Matthew Sweet – Sweet has one great skill, power pop via electric guitar with absolute solo skills and a gift for melody. The skills remain but the originality has dissipated – B

Feed The Machine – Nickelback – Why are they the worst band ever not called the Police? That fucking singer, that’s why – D+

Woodstock – Portugal. The Man – All it would take for these prog meets indie meets soul guys from Alaska to be THERE is ten more songs as great as “Feel It Still” -the bass lick alone makes you wonder why they can’t do it all the time. Actually, two more as great – C+

Weather Diaries – Rise – Shouldn’t this be louder? I mean a lot louder? Still, it is a sustained and beautiful piece of music by the returning heroes. Of course, it isn’t My Bloody Valentine – B

How Did We Get So Dark – Royal Blood – Blues rock duo like Black Keys without Dan Aubercher’s occasional pop moves – C+

I Am Nice – Sammy Brue – Nothing special folk pop Americana except SAMMY IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD! – C+

So You Wannabe An Outlaw – Steve Earle – A whole lotta  country rock outlaw rock, some of it good, none of it great, but, hey, none of it it folk so there is that – B

The Journey – Styx – Congrats to these proggers, they suck as much as they ever have – C-

Bop City 2 Terrorising – Terror Jr – An electronic trio with more melodies than the average indie performer – B-

Abysmal Thoughts -The Drums – Jonathan Pierce now has complete control of The Drums, and Abysmal Thoughts proves it was his band all along, except it doesn’ts have the vision of 2011’s Portamento or 2014’s Encyclopedia, it sounds similar but the genius seems to have shifted. It misses a breakthrough the consciousness of queer friendly pop or the extremeness of PWR BTTM – B-

Cars 3 (Original Soundtrack) – Various Artists – Brad Paisley is so much better when he doesn’t sing, the finger pickin’ “Truckaroo” is awesome – C+

Rich Forever 3 – Various Artists – Mostly Rich The Kid performing yet more Trap, “Pardon Me” is good – B-

Beautiful Thugger Girls – Young Thug – The Future track is killer and the paced out weirdness of the song is sustained for the entire 54 minutes, but it isn’t enough to keep you turned on. On the other hangs his slurry sexy vocals might be – B-

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