Be Here Now: New Albums Reviewed 2-23-18 – 3-1-18

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6ix9ine – DAY69 – Bad ass real G from Bushwick uses boying good looks dismayed with tatts and a full throated voice for blood and guts, Offset is there on the “Gummo” remix, Fetty Wap is here as well, but they can’t save him from JV status – C+

Alice Cooper – The Sound of A – The title track  is a bluesy glam workout, the four other songs live in Columbus – B-

Anna McClellan – Yes and No – Born to survive the woozy vocal tag, this singer songwriter has her moments, in an off tune, back and forth way. “Heart Of Hearts” is pretty good as well – B-

Bad Gyal – Worldwide Angel – Catalonian beauty performs a “Spanish hybrid of dancehall, trap and reggaeton sounds with production from Jam City and Dubbel Dutch,” on very catchy mixtape  – B+

Bea Miller – aurora – Pledgemusic pop star in waiting with an ear for earworms and a way with a bath – B-

Blac Youngsta – 223 – Memphis rapper sees a lotta death and bitches, ordinary but well rapped – C+

Caroline Rose – LONER – At its best when at its lightest, “Bikini” is my jam, at its worse it is pure pop electronic with attitude and smarts – B+

Dan Gillespie Sells – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (West End Edition) – Songs from a West End musical about a 16 year old drag queen, so I am guessing Kinky Boots meets Billy Elliott with songs somewhere in the middle – C+

Darlingside – Extralife – Indie pop rock opera about the apocalypse, has its moments of clearheded horrorshows and always pretty but a touch longwinded – B-

Dukes of the Orient – Dukes of the Orient – John Payne and the remnants of Asia reunited after Jon Wetton’s death and here the progressives are. Enjoy –  MUST TO AVOID – D

Good Gas – Good Gas (Vol. 1) EP – Producer  FKi 1st has a rare sense of fun and novelty and not much else, inspired by his mascot teddy bear – C

Grant-Lee Phillips – Widdershins – Sure “Walk In Circles” is a great song, and though nothing else here matches, it is a consistently pleasant, somewhat boring, piece of classic rock product – B

Holly Miranda – Mutual Horse – Her Mommy died a month ago but Holly considers this album upbeat… instead it is as downbeat an album of female singer songwriter angst as you will ever hear, including the Crazy Horse circa 1987 cover – C+

Imarhan – Temet – Classic rock with an Arab twist in Berber via Mali, Niger, Algeria, Libya and Burkina Faso, not my scene though the band can really play – C+

Jerry Garcia Band – GarciaLive Volume Ten: May 20th, 1990 Hilo Civic Auditorium – Oh please, no – D+

Lo Moon – Lo Moon – The most boring bunch of bastards you ever got stuck in an elevator with, a sort of po-faced tedium Americana soundscape blah… they were dreadful on stage as well  – C

Nina Simone – The Colpix Singles – 27 songs from the start of her career to just before she hit it big – A

Passion – Whole Heart (Live) – “Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship” -poor God, poor students – D

S. Carey – Hundred Acres – His voice is OK, sort of Bon Iver-y woodland stuff, the first song, “Rose Petal” is the only real keeper – C+

Screaming Females – All at Once – Business as usual shredding and screaming, and business is good – B+

shy kids – in a state – Indie popsters from Toronto not affiliated with Drake (strange, I know), but they write pleasantly catchy tunes, try “The Middle” – B-

SOB X RBE – GANGIN – 80s rap styles from Cali teenagers, good on the Kendrick Lamar curated “Black Panther,” better here where they sure bring the noise – B

Stalley – Tell the Truth Shame the Devil, Vol. 2 – Rick Ross protégée has a dark vibe but not much of a rapper – C,

Starchild & The New Romantic – Language – New r&b which means the melodies suck but the beats are very fresh… I don’t get the Parliament reference – C+

The Doors – Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 – When the music was over, we turned out the lights – C+

The Lovely Eggs – This Is Eggland – Wiggy giggy psychedelic fun and games by knockout duo of wide eyed jokesters who mean it, always great all the way to “Would You fuck” – ALBUM OF THE WEEK –  B+

The Low Anthem – The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depths of the Sea – I hated it at first and to be honest, it doesn’t live up to its title. But it is an engrossing little sucker that quietly turns you round. the anti-This Is Eggland if you will – B-

Turnstile – Time & Space – Aggressive and loud but intoxicated in its own brutalness and timeless in its been there done that – B

Totally Mild – Her – Popscape weirdness from Melbourne, Australia, all of it is good and “Lucky Stars” is great – B+

Vance Joy – Nation Of Two – He exists so people who love Shawn Mendes can say, “hey, at least he’s not Vance Joy” – C-

Yellow Claw – Amsterdam Trap Music, Vol. 3 – Some of the best trap beats I’ve heard all year, I wonder why they haven’t made a fortune selling em to Atlanta rappers – B+


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