Be Here Now: New Albums 10-5-18 – 10-11-18 Reviewed

Written by | October 9, 2018 12:40 pm | No Comments


abysskiss – Adrianne Lenker – The Big Thief leader watches the seasons arrive and leave on these miniature story songs, each one pretty splendid with just acoustic guitar and piano and a sense of unease, her lyrics are too opaque but she certainly sells em. Adrianne is truly in a class of her own  – A-

Champagne Eyes EP – AlunaGeorge –  The EDM duo seem to be missing their aim a little since the DJ Snake song, this EP is very pretty pop mood music and if there isn’t a knock out punch so be it – B+

Wanderer – Cat Power – Sure, she gets awful lugubrious on these slo-mo deep feel songs, still from time to time, “Horizon” for one, she nails down the mix of melancholy and melancholy – B-

Gold – Chas & Dave – UK would be Dancehall duo keep on selling “Gertcha” and why not when they are as catchy as this stuff – B

The Unheavenly Creatures – Coheed and Cambria – It starts with a two minute piano instrumental then settles down to prog rock till your ears bleed – C-

The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon – Echo & the Bunnymen – “reimagined” hits and album tracks, much better when they speed it up like “Bring On The Dancing Horses” than when they soup up strings on “Ocean Rain” – B-

Desperate Man – Eric Church – At its best, Desperate Man is what Eric does, well written, well recorded, and somewhat timeless, dirt on uts boots, country rock. At its worse, like the opening song “The Snake,” it is a tedious form of blues country… He names a song “Heart Like A Wheel” and actually gets away with it, and whenever he turns on the radio you’ll be all ears – B

Dose Your Dreams – Fucked Up – Overlong at nearly 90 minutes, it is another half baked concept album that runs out of steam. Having said that, whenever Abraham takes on lead vocals, more than half the time, the album is a serious keeper and its musical scope is ridiculous large for hardcore – B

The Lost Tapes – Ghostface Killah  – Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, E-40, Killah Priest, KXNG Crooked,Cappadonna, Big Daddy Kane, and more, feature on this “dusty soul rap”. It all sounds like business as much by the prolific Wu Tang star – C+

Evening Machines – Gregory Alan Isakov  – “I’m a ghost of you / You’re a ghost of me / A birds-eye view of San Luis,” and this haunted Americana from somewhere in Colorado is a ghost of an album, moody, lovely, and moving , that echoes forward – B+

Monster – Hugh Cornwell – Talk about Stranglers… even forty years ago  Hugh looked as though he’d just been paroled for multiple rapes, but time has mellowed him and this plod rock does nobody any favors – C

Uniform Clarity – Jim James – The My Morning Jacket leader sounds mellow, simple, dextrous, boring beyond reason – C

TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 – Kim Petras – EDM popster has a  sound that heavies up the template beats on this EDM pop album deep dip  – B

WAX – KT Tunstall – Scottish  singer  could speed it up a touch though she still has a strong rocker voice – B-

A Star Is Born Soundtrack – Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Wait a second, they are selling this as authentic… this crappy Americana??? An exception, maybe “Maybe It’s Time” (written by Jason Isbell) but otherwise don’t believe the hype – MUST TO AVOID – D

Drip Harder – Lil Baby, Gunna – Two younger Atlanta rappers at full beam as they trade lines, verses, whatever, with consistently excellent results … Lil Baby has one of the great new voices – B+

Solo Anthology: The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham (Deluxe) – Lindsey Buckingham – Lindsey be nimble, Lindsey be quick, at least on this excellent refresher course on the great guitarist and songwriter away from the Judas Fleetwood Mac – A

[Untitled] – mewithoutYou – Progcore from Philly that seems to be flirting with emo, the song constructions are unique but the songs could be better… try “Another Head For Hydra” – B

First Flower – Molly Burch – “What do I care what you think, you’re not my father…?” is the opening line on this guitar ringing neo-folk album sophomore album from the Austin chanteuse, “Wild” is classic and “To The Boys” a feminist semi manifesto, her deep voice is an acquired taste though when she sings higher it is gorgeous  – B+

Stranger in the Alps (Deluxe Edition) – Phoebe Bridgers – There is a reason I missed this the first time, she can be boring over the long haul, though “Motion Sickness” and “Smoke Signals” remain excellent, the deluxe adds two songs so, yeah, not very. One of them is the “Motion Sickness” demo but it must have been late in the creation – B+

C’est La Vie – Phosphorescent – Down home singer songwriter with an ear for the odd instrument, the songs stick nicely, “New Birth In New England” is  a real keeper – B

Traces – Steve Perry – The Journey journeyman sounds just the same, his voice maybe a little deeper, his soul a little more wounded – C-

DIME TRAP – T.I. – Maybe the third most influential rapper of the 21st Century (behind Kanye and Gucci Mane), this is a little too long and not everything sticks, but so much does, including songs with Anderson. Paak, Teyana Taylor, and the hardass Meek Mill, that is his best in years and a clear pop move. No, not everything is worth the effort, and there is too much filler, though what does, is  – B+

Trench – Twenty One Pilots – The follow up to the huge breakthrough is more of the same, electronic soap opera prog… you know the drill – B-

VI – You Me At Six – Painful hard rock – D+



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