The Early Bird: New Big Releases Reviewed 9-22-17 – 9-28-17
Big new releases? Where? A quiet week where the lead is the least lead like lead band in the world, the Killers. I loathed them at Governors Ball last year (in 2013 I gave em a D+), but despite weaknesses, album # 5, Wonderful Wonderful, isn’t bad. “Rut” (for Flowers wife who is suffering from depression, and won’t be helped here) is terrible, but the title track is wild EDM rock, a song for Flowers’ children is terrific bubblegum, and there are a coupla other winners. Grade: B-. The other big release is gangsta rap’s Kevin Gates latest mixtape, By Any Means 2, is more emo gangsta, as lead by Kanye and completed by Drake, now owned by Lil Uzi, but here with a more vicious streak, some of the material is very strong and some is very boring. “Imagine That” is a keeper. Grade: C+
“The end is coming, the end is coming, the end is comin,” that’s a David Bowie- Bowie quote off their song “No Control” (you know it from Outside, no, really) from the upcoming musical’s Original Cast of SpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical original Cast Recording. Bowie is joined by everybody from Panic! In The Disco to Cyndi Lauper to lyrics for all Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, the rest of who wrote new material. I am taking my three year old great nephew on December 23rd, so I have a vested interest in loving it. Fortunately, it survives the curse of exposition and is a catchy and fun trip, Grade: B+. Another B+ we didn’t see coming is Haiku From Zero by Australia’s indie electronic rock band Cut Copy, I prefer them to Hot Chip if not to LCD Soundsystem. Apparently “Black Rainbow” isn’t a freak accident because song for song this is a mucho appreciated new dance album for nerds and intellectuals of all stripes.
At some point in the foreseeable future we have to forgive Macklemore for the worst ever LGBTQIA anthem “Same Sex”. Maybe we can start with Gemini, an album’s album even if it isn’t all that. Offset is here, and Lil Yachty, Kesha, and many more. I want to like it, unfortunately I can’t find a song to get behind. It is all thin stuff… Lil Yachty is pretty good on “Marmalade” Grade: C. Fergie throws quite a bit at her second album as well, Double Dutchess is an attempt to make a grown up dance album. A failed attempt with moments here and there. Grade: C-. Cash ya lata with the full week of new album releases…