Be Here Now: New Albums 9-21-18 – 9-27-18 Reviewed

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II: The Sword – Andy Mineo – Smart businessman  Andy releases the second of four EPS which will add up to his latest album, and it is more first rate electronic rap amassing into a blanched view of the new Millennium generation – B+

This Too Shall Light – Amy Helm – Leon’s daughter doesn’t fall far from the tree on this studiously tasteful and bruised Americana -hang around for “Mandolin Wind” – C+

Hello Like Before: The Songs Of Bill Withers – Anthony David – Withers is the “Lean On Me”  cat who had a resurgence of interest a coupla years ago, David gives a neo-soul feel to deep cuts – B-

Black Reign EP – Avenged  Sevenfold – Consider me all in when it comes to EPs, this mainstream metal band are much less annoying over 21 minutes and the instrumental is quite good – C+

Azalea – Lydia Luce – Tedious folk using classical instruments – C

>> – Beak> – a great experimental electronic band led by Portishead Geoff Barrow, this is their most accessible work to date, at least the first half, and then it jumps off a cliff – B-

15 – Bhad Bhabie – The “cash me lata” girl is now 15, and has some heavy duty help -Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, the ubiquitous Ty Dolla $ign, and while she is OK over a song, over an album she is an amateur, and although she is an amateur she is an inspired one  with a real personality and some good songs. Especially the “Bhad Bhabie Story (Outro)”  which is that New York Times interview come to life – B

The Big Bad Blues – Billy F Gibbons – Great blues guy, he is like ZZ Top with only half the beards. That harp playing on “Bring It To Jerome” is almost as good as Mick Jagger – B

iridescence – Brockhampton – a boy band in the sense that it is all boys in the band, this high end anti-pop hip hop posse isn’t as good as you think – C+

Chris – Christine and the Queens – The French popstar’s second album is better than the first, poppier and less ambient they kick in as songs – B

Camas Separadas – Daniela Spalla – The Argentina export sounds like old school French pop balladeering – B-

No Stylist – French Montana- Three songs, the title one with Drake, so why isn’t it # 1? – B-

Bear Creek to Dame Street – Hudson Taylor – Irish brothers folk pop with a sort of boy band semblance – C+

Subject to Flooding – Jagwar Twin – Is he not a DJ? Beats and atmospherics over songs that should be a little better – C+

Mercury Lane EP – Jimmie Allen – Modern country which always sounds like bro without the pick up truck – C+

Redemption – Joe Bonamassa – Style over substance on blues rockers – C

Bridges (Deluxe) – Josh Groban – The Andrea Bocelli (who is featured on one song)  of beards  , covers big songs like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and “She;s Always A Woman” while Jennifer Nettles and Sarah Mclachlan pay their respects. It’s all so tasteful you want to punch him – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Million Dollars to Kill Me – Joyce Manor – They’ve been around for over five years and here you get ten songs in 22 minutes, strong and sweet pop punk alithought less snot nosed brats and more thought out post-teens – B+

GREATEST HITS: You Never Saw Coming – Kid Rock – I don’t give Greatest Hits album of the week because, well, because I don’t. And I won’t here, but this will answer your Kid Rock problem, if not your Kid Rock moral quagmire, in one fell swoop. Just about perfect – A

MITH – Lonnie Holley – Protest music as experimental pop art by the artist and sculpture, song title of the week: “I Woke Up In A Fucked Up America” though the sounds aren’t my scene – C

DROGAS WAVE – Lupe Fiasco – There are two Lupe Fiasco’s, one is the political flamethrower and the other is the rap pop star, this is the former – C+

Azalea – Lydia Luce – Fourth on the bill at the next Lilith Fest – C

Old Dog Demos – Mac DeMarco – He does not lie: demos, and, indeed, instrumentals. from an album you kinda liked but don’t really remember – C+

BINGE EP– Machine Gun Kelly – Somebody tell Eminem that you never punch down, all Machine Gun Kelly has done that actually matters is “Bad Thing”.. Here he hits back at “Em” but since they share the same producer and are both on Interscope it sure sounds like bullshit. MGK’s answer on “Rap Devil” is OK, but if this is a friendly rap battle MGK ain’t good enough – C+

Ruby – Macy Gray – “Over You” is killer, and while she has never beaten “I Try,” her Billie Holiday rasp is always worth hearing – B

Seasons – Mahalia – Pretty good alt-r&b from the UK – B

Art of Doubt – Metric – Give these electronic rockers “A” for effort and “C” for execution – B

Pleased to Eat You – Nashville Pussy – Nice southern boogie meets the Cramps with a mouth full of pussy and a rock your butt off attitude – B-

Good Cry EP – Noah Cyrus – Errr, I sure liked that song with Lil Xan last week, but most of this is a disappointment, especially that track with Gallant…  Two exceptions: the title track and “Where Have You Been” So a third is worth your while – C+

Piano & A Microphone 1983 – Prince – Recorded at one sitting in 1983, better in context than when they pulled it out for singles – B

Quiet River of Dust Vol 1 – Richard Reed Parry – Ambient mood music – C+

The Hex – Richard Swift – strange singer songwriter who adds dashes of electronics to odd songs with strong hooks, like this one from “Wendy” “da do ron ron” – C+

Melt – Shaed – Electro popstar and twin brothers backing her – C+

Living The Dream – Slash – Or nightmare – C

Road To Ruin (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – Ramones _ The least of the first four albums gets a revamping – A

COORDINATES EP – The Band Perry – Hip hop production values on mainstream country, nicer than you’d imagine – B

Sick Boy…This Feeling – The Chainsmokers _ There moment may have passed but not their skill set – B+

The Blue Hour – The London Suede – What? Eh? When did the Britpop harbingers become prog rock -I preferred trashy and how – C

Ever Changing – EP – The Neighbourhood – Alty hip hop squad have some major help from Ghostface Killah among others on this interesting EP that never quite takes off – C+

Proper Dose – The Story So Far – Emoish rock – C

Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 3 – Various Artists – Neo-R&B and rappers like Leikeli47… Miguel is the money shot – B-

Mission Bell – William Fitzsimmons – Americana snooze, though he can write a a tune when he wants to – B_

Role Model – Young Dolph – He wakes up in the morning, checks the obituaries, and, if he isn’t dead , rolls a blunt and records a song -some of these  are more than worth your while, some not so much, “Black Queen” is as good as anything he has ever done and this should work if Yo Gotti doesn’t kill him first – ALBUM OF THE WEEK –  B

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