Ten Songs: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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1 – Everything In Its Own Place – Phish – Performed live on day eleven of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden that concluded on Sunday, Phish took the classic Radiohead track and added voices to replace a singular voice, Thom Yorke’s whiny, displaced, crawl. Phish’s take is true to the spirit of the original though the changing into a chorale  seems to mess with Thom’s sense of the solitary – B

2 – Moonage Daydream – Kellindo Parker – Speaking of Phish, a week after hearing Phish cover Bowie, I heard Parker perform the same and there was zero comparison, Parker and his violinist blew the roof off Bowery Electric. Unlike Phish, Parker sci fi’d the fuck out of it and left it a perspiring mess – A-

3 – Unforgettable – Thomas Rhett – Two of the writers here were behind the excruciating “Body Like A Back Road” but this is not that, a uxuriant love song recalling the night he met his wife, the song is a electronic pieced together (check out the beats) of such insistent sweetness, there seems to be a new strain of joyful pro-womanness in country. Rhett isn’t Eldredge but this is in that class – A-

4 – Bodak Yellow – Cardi B – The former stripper gives lessons in how to deal with life and money, based around a terrific beat, Cardi B took it and ran, it is one of those songs that change a person’s life – a terrific mix of backing track to rap concerns – B+

5 – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution) – A$AP Twelvyy – I wasn’t crazy about the album, but here he is terrific, “this is my last year real broke..” Twelvyy claims and I believe him – B+

6 – Starman – David Bowie – Why all the Bowie? I am in the middle of Rob Sheffield’s excellent “On Bowie”, which overstates the case (and not every lost in space story is influenced by Major Tom), but he did mention the Top Of The Pops performance of “Starman” and it is a must see, so see it below – A+

7 – Clouds – Prince – I spent two weeks listening to Hit N Run Phase One only to discover that I was actually up to Art Official Age. This song has a kiss on the neck sending Prince into suspended animation for 45 years… if only – B+

8 – Brothers – Randy Newman – I am not a huge fan of the new album but if I was it would be because of this song, where Randy returns to 1961 if only to think on Cuba and conclude “Celia Cruz, Celia Cruz, the greatest singer in the world today, if she’s there and wants to get away then bring her here to the USA” – B+

9 – Guantanamera – Celia Cruz – You know the song, this is a terrific take – B+

10 – Ivy – Frank Ocean – This was a highlight of Frank’s superb Panorama set last month, the central vision of young lovers and nostalgia aching at him is masterful as Ocean gets, the coda bizarre and fitting – A


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