Be Here Now: New Albums Reviewed 4-20-18 – 4-26-18

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Anna Leone – Wandered Away – Singer songwriter introvert from Stockholm (syndrome) sounds pretty and moody… and a little boring – C+

Ashley Monroe – Sparrow – Country Americana bore that standard bearers of taste love – C+

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant – Everything about this metal supergroup irritates but this is about as good as emo metal ever gets, good slow, good fast, good soft, good loud. I may have to leave my cell phone at home anc check em out live – B

Big Something – The Otherside – Prog rock by any other name would be this jam band by any other name – C-

Bishop Briggs – Church Of Scars – A modern day Annie Lennox without the artiness, nice lungs – C+

Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree – Business as usual southern metal boogie – C

Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe – Americana deep throated brothers etc, like a double up on Chris Stapleton – C

Cheech & Chong – Up In Smoke (Motion Picture Soundtrack) [40th Anniversary Edition] – The movie was very funny, this is alright I guess – C+

Father John Misty – Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All / Just Dumb Enough to Try – Yet again, I prefer this joker over a song (or three) than over an album – B-

Françoise Hardy – Personne d’autre – Legendary French singer sounds ageless on these French MOR ballads, time hasn’t touched her way with a song, though all that guitar is new – B

In Love With a Ghost – gay story – Pleasant instrumental music from a one man band – B-

J. Cole – KOD – Maybe “ATM” but maybe not, one way or another this is missing the popcharts by a wide margin but makes up for it with a solid, detailed rap album about rap and drugs. Cole has claimed  “Nobody ever asks nobody shit, that’s the fucking problem,.  It’s almost like we’re asking everybody — Hey, you good? You good, you sure you good, man? Okay, cool. Everybody’s fucking good. Well nah, actually everybody isn’t good.” And so he wrote these songs about drugs, despair, fame, etc, wages of sin – B

Kimbra – Primal Heart – From New Zealand, electronic singer songwriter who you know what the godawful “Somebody That I Used To Know” but is much better without Gotye, not great but pretty steadily clever – B-

Jesus Jones – Passages – The old indie stalwarts do what they do on their first album in 17 years, alty rock plus computers – C+

Lord Huron – Vide Noir – They’ve done precisely one great song, “Fool For Love,” in three years. Vide Noir is atrocious beard music and boring beyond comprehension -MUST TO AVOID – C-

Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live – Neil Young – Out of the studio and onto the stage in 1973- I saw him do something similar with Harvest Moon – he seems in a good mood but the junkie miserableness of the set hasn’t changed – A

Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer – If you must listen to roots rockers, these guys are the ones to check out. Their tour behind their front to back cover of Blonde On Blonde was first rate, and here we have a mix of bluegrass and Americana and it is nothing but a pleasure – B+

Pennywise – Never Gonna Die – The Cali punk band have been going for decades and as first releases in a decade go, this is flawless power punk with a great lead singer and twisted, hooky,  politically astute rockers – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

PRETTYMUCH – PRETTYMUCH an EP – Simon Cowell 1D meets NSYNC wannabes but their only chance is if the little girls understand on this bland r&b pop – C

Sasha Sloan – sad girl – You’ve heard Sasha on  Kygo’s “This Town” and Odesza’s “Falls,” co-writing for everyone from Charli XCX (“Track 10”) to Camila Cabello (“Never Be The Same”), the latter is a masterpiece and while here the 22 year old is performing singer songwriter tropes, she has the same voice in her inner ear, try lead off cut “Normal” – B+

Sting And Shaggy  – 44/876 – If you took off Sting’s vocals and added Beenie Man, this would be a mediocre reggae album, but since you can’t – C-

The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy – For the EDM  duo to signify they MUST be on on the charts and they aren’t but if they aren’t the songs lose meaning on this terrific four song EP – B

The Longshot – Love Is for Losers – Billie Joe Armstrong’s best work since maybe “American Idiot” is a 60ish rock pop confection with one potential hit after another, and “The Last Time” and “Taxi Driver” leading the way and nothing dragging – B+

Thievery Corporation – Treasures from the Temple – First rate dubmeister album but one of the best at the game – B

Wreckless Eric – Construction Time & Demolition – Eric Goulden is a little overextended, this is good Eric and not great Eric, it’s been three years since the excellent Le Beat Group Electrique and we have seen diminishing results since then. Of course, compared to everybody else in the world it is genius – B

Zoé – Aztlán – It is so weird, the Mexican Zoe perform psychedelic pop that sounds like it should be in English and it takes awhile to realize you can’t understand it. And a little longer to realize you don’t care – B

 

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