The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-2-18 – 11-8-18 Reviewed

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The More Blood, More Tracks Sampler (Grade: A-) isn’t nearly enough, though it does put “Up To Me” and “Call Letter Blues” back on the album… plus Dylan didn’t include “Buckets Of Rain” on the sampler… This is a case where undoubtedly the Box Set is the way to go because Dylan recorded the entire album over six days, four in New York, two in Minneapolis and the six CD box set (Grade: A+) is what remains of the sessions: they are all of a piece, they feel like Dylan working through the songs, it’s like hearing him think.

Singles, the new Anne-Marie “Perfect To Me” is better than anything on her last album (Grade: B+). I am a non-believer when it comes to Carly Rae Jepsen, but her new one, “Party For One” is like Charlie XCX without the weirdness (Grade: B). King Princess is the female Troye Sivan, a pure popstar who is completely lesbian identified, “Pussy Is God” is a masterpiece of sexual heavy breathing (Grade: A-). Mariah Carey’s “A No No” samples Lil Kims’ “Crush On You” (Grade: B). What’s with all these Queen covers?  Troye Silvan’s “Somebody To Love” is a slow, heart felt song of interdependence and the lack of (Grade: A-). The new Rufus Wainwright is one of his better songs this past ten years: “Sword of Damocles is my artistic response to what I see currently transpiring within the American government and how its collapse is affecting every aspect of existence for us all” (Grade: B). I’ve kept a little away from the White Album singles but “Glass Onion – Take 10” is pure Lennon and by being stripped of all psychedelic effects it sounds better (Grade: A)

Back to albums (and EPs)…. The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – In Four Contemporary Suites is composed by Imogen Heap, I wrote this two years ago after catching the play in London: “The trebly echo effects that recur in the second act, the brooding, as opposed to fascist anthem, you might expect, that opens “Part Two”, the entire tempered tenseness of the uncluttered synths and back tapes, they all feel like signature moments of her sound” (Grade: A). Jay Critch is the Brooklyn boy most likely to, though his reception at Tidal X was very underwhelming as was his performance. Whatever was wrong that day, his current mixtape goes its own way and it is a little hit and miss but mostly hit, maybe now he will be who he is, the new Brooklyn Hood Favorite (Grade: B+). Extremely popular, and very smart, Vince Staples has still not yet managed to beat “Norf Norf”. Having said that, FM! is 22 minutes of great politricking in the bad news California sun “We gonna party ’til the sun or the guns come out.” (Grade: B+). Larry Schneiderman called Barbra Streisand’s Wall, a major political statement.  I consider it MOR and too overcooked by half though the hated Lay Liberty” is the worst of it  (Grade: C+). I usually hate the all male a capella band Straight No Chaser, and I’m still not crazy about One Shot, but the “Go Your Own Way” is excellent  and the “The Boys Are back In town” (Grade: C). Finally, H.E.R. has been on the radar all year, and Part 2 of I Used To Know Her is as strong as part one, just sublime chill r&b, hugely lovely voice and songs getting better and better.  “Carried Away” is one of the best songs she’s ever recorded (Grade: A-)

Perfect To Me – Anne-Marie – B+

Walls – Barbra Streisand – C+

More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 (Sampler) – Bob Dylan – A-

More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 (Box Set) – Bob Dylan – A+

Party For One – Carly Rae Jepsen – B

I Used To Know Her Part 2 EP  – H.E.R. – A-

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – In Four Contemporary Suites – Imogen Heap – A

Hood favorite – Jay Critch – B+

Pussy Is God – King Princess – A-

A No No – Mariah Carey – B

Sword of Damocles – Rufus Wainwright – B

One Short – Straight No Chaser – C

Glass Onion – Take 10 – The Beatles – A

Somebody To Love – Troye Sivan – A-


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