Be Here Now: New Album Releases Reviewed 12-8-17 – 12-14-17

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Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! – Besides the Anthony Newley cut and paste, nothing here isn’t something you’ve not heard her do before and better. It was a good show when I caught it at Barclays a coupla years ago but we don’t need this memento in the slightest– C+

Belle & Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) –    The older I get the tweer they sound, “Fickle Season” is simply painful – C

Double Or Nothing – Big Sean And Metro Boomin – Big Sean can really bring it, not just songs that are actually songs but also raps with killer hooks, like the punchline to “Big Bidness”. Metro Boomin’s skill is in the beats, which he bakes fresh. This is very strong material, though lyrically it could use a little something something – B+

Jim James – Tribute To – Not bad tribute to George Harrison, though a little obvious: two Beatle songs, one Dylan co-write, three off All Things Must Pass, and, of course, “My Sweet Lord”. If he had just added “Mystical One” he’d have kept my attention – B

Good Charlotte – A G.C. Christmas, Pt 1 – Harmless enough – C+

G Perico – 2 Tha Left – The Broadway Gangster crips are a 40 year and counting crew from the West Side of LA and on his third release of the year, G Perico is still representing. Which makes him more gangsta than not. But then so was Big L. And G Perico is no Big L – C+

Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues Acoustic – The title track is a keeper, for sure. The other two, not so hot – C+

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.COLLECTORS EDITION. – In which Lamar decides his album is a palindrome – B

K. Michelle – KIMBERLY: The People I Know – The thing is, K. comes across like a typical reality star wookie so it is hard to believe that this album is probably the most serious reflection of life for a middle class black woman available. The songs are strong, and strongly opinionated, and, no, not humble, but they have no reason to be because she is, after all, K Dot– ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

Luke Bryan – What Makes You Country – Just what the world needs, a grown up frat boy. A coupla good songs but perhaps his weakest effort to date – C-

Control The Streets, Volume 1 – Quality Control – A virtual who’s who of Atlanta trap, Gucci, . Migos Cardi B, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black… on and on. Nobody brought the top material but it is like a Christmas album from a record label, the spirit is willing – B

Statik Selektah – 8 – the hip hop producer’s eighth album sounds an awful lot like DJ Khalid except when he is inviting The Lox and sampling biggie. Better the deeper you go, that is the poster boy for white shame Joyner Lucas on “Don’t Run” and yes, Curren$y followed by PnB Rock, followed by Raekwon and Royce Da 5’9”. I guess Eminem was busy… B

Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk – Lil Durk is from the South Side of Chicago and Tee is from Detroit, so this is inner city nasty ass gangsta. I’d liked “Whatyo City Like” earlier this month, and “Bloodas” all weekend, but the beats are a little samey – C+

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – I prefer this to the last two Radiohead albums and it is now available for streaming – A-

Various Artists – The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – The upcoming movie is about PT Barnum, and you’d have to be a sucker to not believe Hugh Jackman can do everything. Of course he can. Except for make shitty songs sound good – MUST TO AVOID –  D+

Boom – Walker Hayes – Fair to middling modern country, “You Broke Up With Me” is a goodie  – C+

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