Be Here Now: New Albums 1-3-20 – 1-9-20 Reviewed
Beethoven: Late String Quartets – Ludwig van Beethoven, Brodsky Quartet – six quartets, composed two years before his death in 1827, were dismissed as minor at the time but were reassessed as among his finest work. The Brodsky Quartet, Elvis Costello’s old pals circa The Juliet Letters, were made for it and don’t disappoint in the nearly four hour long work – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A
Street Trauma – D-Block Europe – English rap duo who take off from grime not trap, are gangsta and touch rappers. their third mixtape of 2019, it is as consistent an attempt at UK drill as you could hope for – B-
Now Or Never – Brett Kissel – Country song stories from Canada, light enough but not unpleasant – B-
Are You Ready? Live At The Forum, Los Angeles, 12/31/1979 – Cheap Trick – Originally released as part of Rough Trade’s “Black Friday” blow out last November, it has thankfully made its way to streaming services, where it stands as a remainder of how great the power pop rocker Beatles meet Cheap Trick avatars of rock truly were – B+
En Tus Planes – David Bisbal – The popular Latin pop singer expands his palette to include Latin Urbano, and gets a smash hit with “A Partir De Hoy,” featuring Sebastian Yatra. SO the gamble paid off and the only is alright, finding a middle line between 1990 and 2020 – B
00999925 and 00959525 – Foo Fighters – Throughout 2019, Foo Fighters were releasing standard hard rock EPs from their archives building up to the 25th year anniversary of their debut album. For a very successful rock band, the Foos were better when they started out and while neither of these EPs are worth your time, search out their cover of Killing Joke’s “Requiem” on 00999925 – C+ and C-.
Fates Worse Than Death – Short Fictions – Short Fiction are indie rockers with a quirk post-punk angularity as they concern themselves with climate change. I wouldn’t worry guys, a nuclear exchange with Iran should beat mother nature’s rebellion – B