Be Here Now: New Album Reviews 3-23-18 – 3-30-18

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C+070 Shake – Glitter – Excellent neo-r&b by former 1975 opening act and Kanye West indie label find, she has a lovely voice and this is state of the art with a sad edge – B+

at Wendys – We Beefin? – Wendy brings the beef with this very good EP featuring an unknown female rapper throwing shade on McDonald’s and Burger King… yes, it’s come to this – B

awakebutstillinbed – what people call low self​-​esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you – If this isn’t the emo record of the year, what is? Shannon Taylor’s best when rocking hard, like the first two songs on the album and the single “Father” -all teen angst at the top of its lung for the new revolution – B+

Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman – This sounds like singer songwriter soul indie though given she has worked with BADBADGOOD you aren’t mistaken when you note a jazz infection… not a million ways from Ricki Lee Jones – B

Chief Keef – The Leek (Vol. 5) – Chicago’s most famous gangbanger, is considered the face of drill and not meant to be messed with. Sosa’s second mixtape of the year is brutal without having any bangers on it – B

Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright – They’re not that well, the Beyonce approved, Grown-is hit made pop and beats sisters don’t take long to wear out their welcome on these clever clever art pop songs – C+

Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain – Great voice from this modern day singer songwriter, the songs range from great to also ran – B-

Diplo – California – With featured rap stars up this ring yang, Diplo proves he works well with what he has – B+

Don McLean – Botanical Gardens – abysmal effort, the man has forgotten how to write a song – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown – The Heartless Bastards lead singer takes us on a trip to the center of her mind but it is far more exciting than that sounds even if the DIY life lessons is a little wooly headed – B-

George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s – The songs sometimes hook but man does that voice start grating – C+

Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead (Live) – A thoroughly useless product – D+

Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again EP – Nothing special Irish folk rockers – B-

ITSOKTOCRY – PASTELGORE – A lot of samples, some good tracks and Cry? a happy man – C+

Jack White – Boarding House Reach – WWhite’s worst album is a weird out bore that never finds its way to lose it. Why walk a dog? because it’s there… oh and fuck him and his ban on cell phones – C

Jordan Davis – Home State – This is CCM? Sounds more like silly crappy AOR – C-

JP Cooper – Covers – EP- The “Ex-Factor” cover is gorgeous, the rest much less so – C+

Kasbo – Places We Don’t Know – EDM pop songs from a young Swedish DJ exploring the sweetness of innocence, try “Your Tempo” – B-

Lissie – Castles – Lissie is from Ohio but big in Sweden, the reason is she turns up the drums loud enough to add dance to her singer-songwriter vibe – C+

Miles Davis – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 – “Coltrane decided to go with us, but he grumbled and complained and sat by himself all the time we were over there.” Five1960 Concerts (Paris, Stockholm and Copenhagen) with Coltrane gagging to jump out of Davis control and leaving at the end of the tour to go solo – A

Monster Magnet – Mindfucker – Old school hard rock, if that’s your taste you can do no better than this headbanger – B

Neil Young – Paradox (Original Music from the Film) – The album is bad though the movie is worse – C

NoMBe – They Might’ve Even Loved Me – German soundscape manipulator writes songs for all the women in his life – B+

Preoccupations – New Material – The former Viet Cong release their first disappointment, where they attempt to meet the mainstream in the middle and sound like Joy Division without conviction – C+

Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo in Blue – Their sophomore effort is better than the first album, tighter performance, better songs, “Crises Fest” is very very good and they’ve submerged their jam instincts for a rock aesthetic that really works – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Svrcina – Svrcina – She’s another singer songwriter who places the drums a little too high in the mix – C+

THE FEVER 333 – Made An America – Rise Against the Machine soundalikes – C

The Shadowboxers – Apollo – Ten years for this? They were a snooze opening for Justin Timberlake and this is a soulful but limp exploration of their famous mentors sound – C

The Sword – Used Future – Powerful little hard rock outfit with a moody veneer and prog instincts – C+

Timeflies – To Dream -The Chainsmokers without the monster hooks or indelible melodies – C

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes – 90s vibe sex and love, her voice is a little husky and the material isn’t great – C+

Trouble – Edgewood – Mike Will-I-Made-It’s best work in a year is with the Atlanta gangster, it is a brooding G thang, not bad, the Drake song is a keeper – B-

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Therapy Phase 01- Nice falsetto but boring soundscape indie stuff – C

Various Artists – Chillhop Essentials Spring 2018 – Instrumental sounds for an hour – C+

Víctor Manuelle – 25/7 – Is that Bad Bunny working with this old school salsa singer from Puerto Rico? Manuelle is at his  best when he steers clear of the ballads, and the new sounds of Latin pop work well on him – B

Waka Flocka Flame – The Brick House Boyz – Still feuding with Gucci, still a whole lot more fun than most modern rap, “Cold On The Streets” is great – B-

 

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