Be Here Now: New Albums 12-21-18 – 12-27-18 Reviewed

Written by | December 26, 2018 4:54 am | No Comments


Meet You There Tour Live – 5 Seconds of Summer – The Australian, youtube, boyband sensations were never One Direction and were heading for the dustbin of pop culture when they gave up on rock and went dance , soul, etc, and got their biggest hit “Youngblood” which closes out this live in London bore – C

i am > i was – 21 Savage – Gangsta stories on the street as 21 Savage realizes that he’d “Rather be in jail then dead and rich,” the murder of his brother helped wake him up, and his ode to his Mom is a signpost for rap never quite highlighted, though from Kanye to Jay Z and back,  the matriarch’s are the bedrock of black America – B+

Icy Colors Change – Azealia Banks – r&b Christmas EP – B

Hoodie SZN – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – One part hooky, poppy r&b, and one part rhythm based 808 mixed downbeats – B

Bijoux 23 – Elijah Blake – Bland r&b by a stabled songwriter – C

How to Socialise & Make Friends – Camp Cope – Girl indie pop rock band from Melbourne, I thought it was OK when it was first released but after Brooklynvegan made it their best album of 2018 I listened again. It is better than I thought (from a B to a B+) especially “The Opener”  and the title track which includes the legend: “For the rest of my life it’s just me on that bike”. The lead singer has a great Courtney Barnett type sing speak voice – B+

Other People’s Stuff – John Mellencamp – remember when John’s son begged him to stop smoking… yeah, neither does John – C+

DONT PANIC! (Acoustic) – Lauren Sanderson – A singer songwriter repeat of the hip hop rap and beats of the original EP… and better for it – B

Winter EP – Money Man – Freed from his Cash Money contract (MM bought himself out of it), this is ice cold street life raps and hard beats – B

Low in High School (Deluxe Edition) – Morrissey – After shrugging my way through the album last year, I caught Moz at MSG, December 2017 and he was, yet again, great. But I didn’t go back to Low In High School till this plus seven tracks deluxe, including covers (good ones), and new songs, about as good as the rest of the album (ergo, great lyrics, great singing and performing, and bad tunes). At 21 songs in length it has the breadth of a masterwork – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Life Sucks… Let’s Dance! – Reel Big Fish – Ska punk masters bring the party and man do we need it now – B+

The C.I.A. – The C.I.A. – Ty Segall releases his sixth album of the year, a punk speed rocker with his wife  Denee Segall and the Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelly. Loud fast rules, noise less so – B

Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3 – The-Dream – Quite possibly the most relentlessly boring album that ever opened with a woman having an orgasm. Over two and a half hours of plodding r&b – MUST TO AVOID – C-

A Very Spidey Christmas – Various Artists – Spideys from the Spidey-Verse sing Christmas songs. Not William Shatner but not bad – B

Realer – YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Aptly named from the keeping it real Baton Rouge rapper, hard raps and serious flow. a little clipped but always flowing like a river right through it – B



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