Be Here Now: New Albums 11-8-19 – 11-14-19 Reviewed

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Get Loud! – Agnostic Front – Heads down , no nonsense, mainstream hardcore by past pros – B-

YOU – Ali Gatie – The Iraqi Canadian singer songwriter has low key, bummer songs to spare on his debut EP, a little sleepy but  with backbone – B-

Building Balance – Allen Stone – Old school, blue eyed soul  – C+

Escapism – Audien – The return of trance after Armin van Buuren took it away from its roots as far as he could on his double earlier this year, Audien returns it – C+

i don’t care at all – bbno$ – Soundcloud refugee, he is the newest on the lost soundcloud rap revolution, the funny rapper places himself in the middle of the dead scene on an album of manufactured beats and low key self-revelations – B-

CHAMPION – Bishop Briggs – a break up album by the singer songwriter, and a lot of it is painful, the title track is projectile, but when she really gives into the pain, like “I Still Love You” she has a point to make and makes it well – C+

SEXORCISM – Brooke Candy – Anybody who namechecks Wendy O can’t be all bad, and for sure these rap-pop-EDM sex bangers are thrillers all even as they subvert ever the brace of rapper strippers on the scene. A modern pop classic of absolute perversion of the uptight norm – B+

songs from 3am – Caro – lo fi sad songs singer songwriter tropes on her debut EP, it needs that song and doesn’t have it – C+

Moon Trip Radio – Clams Casino – inclement, electronic ambient sounds and tingly beats but they miss the raps that they are built to bear – C+

Survival – Dave East – 90s OG, stories from the street with a sharp edged voice and a touch of the nasal – B-

Hot Pink – Doja Cat – Very impressive, sort of a less out there Brooke Candy, her every extinct is towards pop charts, the beats are slippery and low key, the raps youthful and skips along bars like “what a time to be alive, we are living in the future” before proving it. A truly unique pop move that should stick to the Billboard 200 like glue… Smino makes a terrific featured guest early – A-

Glorious – Ella Henderson – Four years between her first and her sophomore release, Ella is still tailor made for featured vocals on Clean Bandit songs. Even so, a rock solid sort of modern pop tracks , especially the title track – B

The Juice: Vol. II – Emotional Oranges – Chill-r&b with plenty of electronica – B-

MAGDALENE – FKA twigs – From the hymlike intro on, FKA Twigs details emotional supplicant as Christian metaphor even as you considers it self-discovery it feels needy,  one strange and experimental, distort and brilliant song after another. Despite a list of collaborators that includes Jack Antonoff and Skrillex, it remains resolutely in its own impenetrable world of sorrow glimpsed like darkness visible – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

01050525 – Foo Fighters – Another piece of crap live songs plus demos, some of them released earlier this year, “I’m In Love With A German Film Star” is a change of pace  – C-

Dreamin’ – Friendship – Imagine if Mount Eerie perform alt country sad songs, and here you are – B

No Other (Deluxe Edition) – Gene Clark – The 1974 cult classic by the late great Byrd with alt takes galore – A

George Michael & Wham! Last Christmas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – George Michael, Wham! – The film has been verily condemned though I loved it, the soundtrack is a middling George Michael’s Greatest hits plus a never heard new song from his final recording session in 2015 – B

Even If We Don’t Get It Together – Grandma – lo fi r&b, the song with Rico Nasty is a keeper – B-

HANADRIEL – HANA – According to Hype Magazine, “electronic experimental artist HANA has live-streamed her entire album creation process on streaming platform Twitch”… it’s a smart act of demystification for the electronic singer songwriter on an album that could be a little more welcoming – B

Sea of Worry – Have A Nice Life – droning shoegaze rock star, goes off the deep end but the title track is great – C+

Lost Frequencies – Hawthorne Heights -emo with edge, if this is your market share, they sure deliver – B-

Industry Plant – iann dior – How 2018 he is -emo rap ala Juice WRLD but not as good – B-

50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks – John Fogerty – Good news, another CCR live album – B-

A Legendary Christmas: Deluxe Edition – John Legend – What to say about the deluxe version of a shit seasonal claptrap? That “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” should be date raped – D+

Julie Doiron Canta en Español, Vol. 4 – Julie Doiron – I am very late on Julie, she’s been around for twenty years, but so good on the new Mount Erie I researched further and found Vol 4, a 7 song EP, indie folk rock sung in Spanish released back in May. Try it, I insist – B+

Revenge Is Sweet – Krept & Konan – Grime is nonstop in the UK. Not bad, two good rappers for the price of one – B-

Mr – Leslie Odom Jr. – “Stronger Magic” -an answer song to “Witchcraft”,  is an astounding edition to the great American songbook, the rest of the Broadway meets r&b by the Hamilton alumni is nothing much – C+

Certified Hitmaker – Lil Mosey – Teen trap 101 -the Gunna feature is pretty good – C+

Death Stranding (Original Score) – Ludvig Forssell – From the video game, thundering and gothlike with cathedral power, and on the song with UK singer Jenny Plant (who has a stunning take on “God Only Knows” from 2017 you might want to search out), killing it on “BB’s Theme” – B

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs – 17 songs, all country classicisms, all great – A

2019 – Lucy Dacus – On stage, she was the liveliest thing about boygenius, on record she can get a little folk lilith tedious. These songs released throughout the year reaches its apotheosis with Wham’s synthy and driven “Last Christmas” – B-

Patience – Mannequin Pussy – I, more or less, missed it when released in June. But they are opening for Best Coast next year and it is punk pop femalecentric coolness, especially the great “Drunk II” – B

Back Together – Michael Ball, Alfie Boe – You wanna suspend belief? Listen to these overripe turkeys (I know, but I can’t call em strawberries) sing “if you can use some exotic booze there’s a bar in Old Bombay” – MUST TO AVOID – D-

Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes – Moor Mother – You can hear what Don Giovanni Records admired so much: experimental noise variants that seem to merge into a form of song, plus socially conscious poetry, by one Camae Ayewa, who you might remember from a Screaming Females remix last year. Powerful protest – B+

Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2 – Mount Eerie – Phil Elverum will, thankfully for him, never reach the depth of despair he reached in 2017. Here he is joined by Part One collaborator, the Canadian Indie violinist Julie Doiron, for indie folk songs of immense depth and sweet sadness… but it’s not A Crow Looked At Me  – B+

Homebound EP – Nora En Pure – Sing song EP, half deep house, half original club, all pretty magical – B+

Thirst – SebastiAn – In a good week for EDM, SebastiAn is especially good, strange electronic that merges piano based song structures with synth and Pro Tools tech sounds and fresh beats, featured singers include Syd because, you know, he’s a DJ)and Charlotte Gainsbourg because, well, he’s French – A-

Blue Eyed Soul – Simply Red – Mick misses nothing and gains less – C+

The Repentless Killogy (Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA) – Slayer – Career spanning devil worship, live take -I kinda wish I had gone on Saturday… – B+

Get The Money – Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders – Oh, now I get it, it’s a metaphor… no, not ,metaphor… satire of?  Simile?  It is still crap metal from the Foo Fighters drummer  – D+

Don’t Wake Me – Thutmose – Up to the second, child of Khalid, pop R&B – B-

Better Being Lucky – The Wonder Stuff – jingle jangle guitars, a violin for taste, same old first class songs -but a little out of time – B

Sunsets & Full Moons – The Script – I saw these guys open for McCartney at Citi Field back in 2009, they were OK rockers but out of their depth and they remain so – C

Inspired by True Events (Deluxe Edition) – Tori Kelly – Abysmal singer songwriter blah – C-

Watchmen: Volume 1 (Music from the HBO Series) – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Why does ever soundtrack by these guys sound like the same roiling computers and mood stuff – C+

OOFIE – Wiki – Not bad, not Ratking…  where’s the energy? – B


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