Be Here Now: New Albums 1-10-20 – 1-16-20

Written by | January 13, 2020 4:30 am | No Comments


TREASURE EPILOGUE : Action To Answer – ATEEZ – Another K-Pop boy band, the near beer of r&b – C+

Bach: Orchestral Suites – Johann Sebastian Bach, Various Artists – Baroque suites composed in mid-1800s Germany, performed well – B

The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City – Beach Slang – Beach Slang meets Tommy Stinson on  a gritty, hard hitting ‘Mats like rocker of an album which might appear to be a rip off, maybe, right? Maybe and sure it sounds maybe a little too close to the originals, but if you don’t wanna hear songs that sound like “I Will Dare” (not to mention Westerberg’s “Knocking On Mine”) what, precisely, do you want? -B+

Live from Maida Vale EP – Behemoth – black metal screamo stuff – B

Junk Food – Easy Life – Dreamy, bummer rock plus beats when they feel like it and a mix of singing and rapping – B-

Lonely Generation – Echosmith – “Cool Kids” was a deserved hit, the follow up album took seven years and so no one remembers the SoCal pop rockers, but this is as good as anything that came before – B

Seeking Thrills – Georgia – One woman band from London, electro-pop that needs to kick harder – C+

Humans and Monsters Are Not the Same – Govana – Modern dancehall plus beats, a future of reggae no doubt – B

Brightest Lights – Lane 8 – We had a word for this when I was a nipper: trance with a touch more house than expected and strong melodies – B

Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar – Maya Beiser, Ambient Orchestra, Evan Ziporyn – the best Bowie tribute so far, Blackstar rearranged for cello. Who could ask for anything more? – B+

The Circus EP – Mick Jenkins – The Chicago art-rapper’s first recording in a coupla years are mood swings with good lyrics, try the great “Carefree”  – B

I Disagree – Poppy – Pop meets metal meets prog , “Concrete” is a great song – B

QPac – Quando Rondo – Trap beats meet exciting flow via Atlanta – B

Re-Dunn – Ronnie Dunn – Without Brooke, Dunn covers some big Americana, classic rock and country songs to fine effect, just about everything here sounds great but let’s hear it for the slide guitar on “It Never Rains In California” – B+

Rare – Selena Gomez – Gomez’s best album is a post-heartbreak-health scare set of fast on its feet pop-dance tracks with a point of view – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

Viaje – Sharlene – sweet but sassy Latin pop via the Dominican Republic, won’t crossover but should make an impression on the Latin charts – B-

Glory, Pt One (Live) – Planetshakers – a pretty good CCM album, a live one but it isn’t the rock bombast we are used to do, less weightiness  with pulsing beats and tons of voices – B

You, Yeah You – Tommy Frenzy – Guitar rock with riffs to burn, post-punk vocals, and a whole lotta snarl; hang around for “Split”  – B+

Share A View – Turnstile, Mall Grab – Dancecore if you like, Turnstile are hardcore guys, Mall Grab EDM dance trancers – B-

1800 Seconds Vol.2: Curated by Future – Various Artists –  Pusha T curated Volume one of 1800 Tequila’s intro to rap newcomers, Future curated this one so as much trap beats and slurry vocals as you can take, as well as sing rap of course because it is 2020. The problem is bad rap is easier to do than rap anything else, and nothing here is great – C+

Electronic Elements 2020 – Various Artists – exactly what it says it is though for a forward looking genre it isn’t up to much – C+

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Original Soundtrack) – Various Artists – The show is high teen drama, the songs are terrible – C-

Street Shots 2020: Streets of Kingston – Various Artists – Reggae with beats, lots of reggae, lotsa beats but a touch difference than dancehall – B+


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