Be Here Now: New Albums 8-9-19 – 8-15-19 Reviewed

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Blinded by the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Blinded by the Light – A Pakistani-English kid discovers Bruce in the 1980s with a coupla period songs, some Bruce, a Pakistani pop song (“Get Out Of My Way, Fascist Pig”), and a new Bruce originally written for (and turned down by) the Harry Potter franchise (it stinks)- B-

Spilled Milk 1 – Bas – The Dreamville recording artist returns with four songs of surefire r&B style hip hop, hang out for the JID feature – B

Soul Searching – Bazzi – only 28 minutes in length, the shortness helps the quality control on Bazzi’s popular blue eyed soul stuff, “Paradise” was a big hit – B+

Dirt Bag – Blueface – The “Thotiana” West Coast rapper joined by a ton of featured artists (including Offset and The Game), for a well performed exercise in pure, old school, 90s style hip hop – B

i,i – Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma” is a good song, and if the album isn’t an innovative leap forward, it is a steadily intelligent, indie electronic big boys album that Justin should have no problem touring behind – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Super Moon – Dirty Heads = Dramatic ska and hip hop mix – B-

Live 1969 – Elvis Presley – I loved From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis (here), where we first heard some of the songs performed live at the International during his first Vegas residency, eight years after his last live performance (and something like 15 years after he bombed there). Memphis/Vegas included one side of new recordings of soul songs (where we got “Suspicious Minds”) and the live stuff. The box set finds Presley performing eleven complete concerts. The jokes are a little corny (though one where he claims he didn’t have big hit singles -they were all the same size, was funny), but it wasn’t yet cornball, the changing of lyric deprecating though unnecessary, and it remains one of his greatest live stints – A

Black Love & War – G&D, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime – Alty, arty rap of the first order, “Again” is masterful and the obtuse charm doesn’t wain – B

Hammered Hulls – Hammered Hulls – Three post-punk nyc style hard rockers – B

Now, Not Yet – half•alive – Nascent disco meets blue eyed soul and mainstream funk with a rock backbeat, pretty good for what it is: dance music – B-

Blueprint EP – Junior Sanchez – A big time DJ at the peak of his power, the “Be So Deep” extended mix is fabulous house and at nearly six minutes I wish it was longer – B+

F.N – Lil Tjay – More hip hop meets r&b – C+

Any Human Friend – Marika Hackman – Lesbian sex has never been so lesbian or so hot, even in a world of King Princess, UK’s Marika is a bummer 20 something party girl and if the songs were just a touch better… still the performances are ace – B

Caretakers – Pete Yorn – He’s been at it for decades and still excels at plod singer songwriter with the occasional killer tune – C+

PAUL – PJ Morton – The top r&b-hip hop producer on a solo effort, quite adventurous, sometimes Giospel, always smart – B

Superbloom – Ra Ra Riot – Rostam returns, and the sweet and strange indie pop remains clever and catchy though the trick has grown old so also boring – B-

Port of Miami 2 – Rick Ross – Back to Maybach music on a stacked to overflowing with featured artists (Drake among them) and tons of all out bangers, which should put the big man back on top – B-

We Are Not Your Kind – Slipknot -death metal between the masquerades of Insane Clown Posse and the industrial grind of Nine Inch Nails, but with a veneer of glam and way too self important – C

Everything Changed… – Social House – “At Least We Can Say That We Tried” is a clumsy The Weeknd steal, and “Boyfriend” is not as good as anything on thank u, next, and the other four are iffy… let’s hope they have more to offer – C+

Songs of Armor and Devotion – Strung Out – when they get the song right, the opener “Rebels And Saints” is hammer hit you on the head pop rock, they are great, most of the rest of the time they are obstreperous yes, but lack impact beyond riffology – C

How Do You Love? – The Regrettes – And you thought teenagers were a figment of your imagination. The LA four piece’s sophomore effort is the same only smarter pop punk – B

Stay – The Score Blah rock duo – C-

Inspired by True Events – Tori Kelly – Dreadful white girl r&b, – C-

! – Trippie Redd – I really enjoyed last year’s Life’s A Trip, but he was so arrogant and off key n stage (singing along to taped vocals), he felt like a con. Ahere, autotuned out of his mind, and with tracks that sound like somebody poured cough syrup all over their pro-tools – C

AOKOHIO – WHY? – Apparently there is a visual component as well on these not unattractive, quasi-arty, experimental, electronic snippets – B-

Bumps & Bruises – Ugly God -A sort of Tyga without the r&b – MUST TO AVOID – D


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