Be Here Now: New Albums Reviewed 7-6-18 – 7-12-18

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The Horizon Just Laughed – Damien Jurado – Singer songwriter with a feel for arrangements both quiet and intense and different, he gives his pretty good songs a haunting quality – B-

Measurements – Didirri – Australian singer songwriter’s sixdsong debut EP is tedious and fails to hook but still has a feeling of a precise vision of disquieted romance – C+

World Be Live – Erasure – Hang around for the “Atomic” cover – C+

Florida Georgia Line – Florida Georgia Line – Three song EP with that new car smell known as bouncy beats – MUST TO AVOID – C-

BEASTMODE 2 – Future – The mixtape returns with two killer songs to open, and a strong self portrait to end, and not much in between – B-

Piano Cinema – Harold O’Neal – A terrific solo classical piano album by a world class pianist, “Scenes From A Dream” is gorgeous  – B+

Windows II – HUNNY – Lead singer Jason Yarger has three Brand New (the band, not the adjective) tattoos, which makes the alt rockers emo but not really,  and on this five song EP they make the case of being a brand new big deal, “Rebel Red” is the best but there is no weak spot – B+

Legends Of The Summer – Meek Mill – Out of prison for now, this return EP has a great self portrait on “Millidelphia” (feat. Swizz Beatz) and a great banger on “1am” but I can’t take the Jeremih or the Miguel songs – B

A Light in a Dark Place – Point North –  I’d never heard of these guys and with an opening song called “Dearly Departed” I was thinking either a) CCM or b) Goth or 3) hardcore… I was wrong, hard hitting melodic metal meets emo –   C-

Bunkbed EP – The Night Café – UK up and coming rock band, opened for The Wombats, who they are better than: a full, powerful, youthful  EP,  maybe a touch too thick in the middle – B

Relationship Chronicles II – The Well – Did you read about the Christian right opening free versions of planned parenthood where they try and force you to keep the child? These guys do the same with CCM, pretend to be rock confessionals but are throwing you in the arms of god…. pimping for Jesus,  as it were – C-

Six – We The Kings –  Emo rockers ten years in can do this in their sleep, and while it does sound off hand, they are  melodic enough to pull it off – B

Palo Santo (Deluxe) – Years & Years – 20 Gay Teen poster boy synth poppers, it can take a little while to warm up but give em a chance and even “Sanctify” will reveal itself – B+

21st Century Liability – YUNGBLUD – To steal a description off Triple J (here) “bratty mix of pop-punk, hip-hop, ska, and cheeky attitude”. Yes, and it is all fun and more, and “Die For The Hype” is a spectacularly great number – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

 

 

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