The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-6-20 – 11-12-20 Reviewed

Written by | November 6, 2020 11:06 am | No Comments


Dame Shirley Bassey’s I Owe It All To You is a slender concept, easy listening grand finale (reviewed here), and two years after her country-pop Golden, the Australian easy listening champion returns with an excellent collection of 1970s style disco, synths, light vocals, disco songs, with some classic EDM bounce here and there (Grade: B).

As mentioned on last week’s Sneak Feats, we are a little on the (relatively) quiet side albumwise, though singles are still hard hitting, starting with an excellent remix of 24Goldn’s “Mood” -a terrific song that bounced from Tik Tok to the top of the charts and this will bring it back all the way, Justin Bieber remains the best featured player in the game (Grade: A), another ace remix is reggaeton superstar Maluma’s The Weeknd featured “Hawái” on the opening verse in English before switching to Spanglish on a pop treat (Grade: B+). Meanwhile, what is left of Broadway can be found with Cher on her tribute to our likely next President on the old “Cabin In The Sky,” originally sung by Ethel Waters, “Just A thing Called Joe” and it is a beautiful rendition that makes enormous sense (Grade: B+), still on Broadway, or at least the West End, while we still haven’t seen the follow-up to “The Phantom Of The Opera,” here comes the first stirrings of his next rock opera “Cinderella” returning to his “Jesus Christ Superstar” blueprint with first the album then the West End production, it is mostly a nothing special  high low orchestrated mover (Grade: B-).  MOR is the definition of the Barry Gibb and Jason Isbell song on the Americana “Words Of A Folk” written by Barry in 1969 but never released from Gibbs upcoming return to his family heritage on an upcoming album (Grade: C+).

As noted, new albums are on the quiet side. Nav is from Canada and you can hear that moody Drake vibe on the Punjabi via Toronto rappers constantly arresting album produced by Atlanta’s Wheezy as a series of smooth flows and quietly dramatic backing tracks (Grade: B), I should have seen Rage Against The Machine (my second viewing) by now but, well, you know, meanwhile in honor of its 21st anniversary, the live show known as The Battle Of Mexico City (Live) happened days before The Battle Of Los Angeles dropped, and two years before the video of the show hit, here it is  first time on streaming services and well worth your time (Grade: B+). Another live album, Neil Young returns to his climate warning nightmare in a small town performing his 2003 album as Return To Greendale (Live) and while the album isn’t much, the album sounds great, the performance beautiful though I’d have preferred to hear his and the Horses  Psychedelic Pill (Grade: B). Half of the Who’s WHO (Deluxe & Live At Kingston) is as you might have guessed live as well, it adds a remix song to the deluxe, and a live album from February 20. 50 years after Live At Leeds, though oddly, nothing from the actual WHO album (Grade: A-),

Finally, another single, an alternate version of a good not great song on a great not masterpieces Armed Forces…the superdeluxe is available on streaming platforms, it’ll help taking the bad taste left by the dreaded Hey Clockface out of your mouth (Grade: B+)

Bad Cinderella – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carrie Hope Fletcher – B-

Words Of A Fool – Barry Gibb, Jason Isbell – C+

Mood (Remix) feat. Justin Bieber, J Balvin & iann dior – 24kGoldn, Justin Bieber, J Balvin, iann dio – A

Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe – Cher – B+

Busy Bodies – Alternate Version – Elvis Costello & The Attractions – B+

Disco – Kylie Minogue – B

Hawái – Remix – Maluma, The Weeknd – B+

Emergency Tsunami – NAV – B

Return To Greendale (Live) – Neil Young, Crazy Horse

The Battle Of Mexico City (Live) – Rage Against The Machine – B+

I Owe It All To You – Shirley Bassey – B

WHO (Deluxe & Live At Kingston) – The Who – B+



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