Be Here Now: New Albums 12-27-19 – 1-2-20 Reviewed

Written by | December 30, 2019 4:30 am | No Comments

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Reliquias – Aldo Trujillo – Mariachi meets Mexican pop guy – B+

Year One Demos – American Football – Instrumental demos from the great emo band

2019 – Andrew Applepie – One man band with an ear for melody but a lack of energy and not half as cute as he supposes – B-

k bye for now (swt live) – Ariana Grande – The problem is exactly what you think it is. With the opportunity to re-invent herself on stage the way she did on record, Ariana punted – C+

The Barn, Maple Hill Farm, Sep 23, 2018 (Live) – Black Uhuru – The Kingston, Jamaica, pop phenomena who followed right in the Wailers footsteps, returned last year to recording after fifteen years, and here they show how they do it on stage – B+

Music to listen to~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help – I thought they were metalcore, but they are a variant on industrialcore, sound modulations and disturbed vocals for all – C+

Sessions – G Herbo – Chicago drill agent from the violent second city, cancels summer because too many kids are getting killed on the streets – B-

JACKBOYS – JACKBOYS, Travis Scott – try the Travis Scott Jackboys with the likes of Quavo, Offset and Young Thug, artists on Scott’s Cactus Jack label, as well as a remix of “Highest In The Room” featuring two of the year’s biggest breakout stars, Rosalia and Lil Baby, only seven songs but all goodies – B+

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch – John Mulaney – Sure, Mulaney should absolutely appeal to children, and the Netflix special is OK though with its insistent on discussing death, maybe a little yucky. The songs are OK but that’s it – C+

Cottonwood – NLE Choppa – Memphis seventeen year old spits bars with ease, can write a hook, and has hooks apolenty. WHat he is missing a strong voice, and anything other than somewhat adolescent (unless you are in the market for people burping in your ear) rap bullshit OG – C+

‘The ReVe Festival’ Finale – Red Velvet – Until computers start churning out hit songs, the label gerrymandered K-pop r&b girls of Red Velvet will have to do – B-

Jesus Is Born – Sunday Service Choir – One of executive producer Kanye West’s greatest achievements, a Gospel-Spiritual album for voices with Gospel covers, realigned Kanye songs, and original spirituals  – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Jewelry – Your Old Droog – The always excellent Droog answers Jesus Is King with Jew Tang Forever and gets it to stick on an endlessly entertaining Hanukkah album – B+

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