The Early Bird: Top New Releases 9-13-19 – 9-18-19 Reviewed
Ringo Starr releases his best song in decades and Migos release their best song in years. Ringo takes the chant that has long been a part of his live show, “What’s My Name” and tethers it to a hard swinging rock band that might have stepped off his terrific Ringo album in the mid-70s, and a vibe life affirmation from the love and peace giant, a terrific achievement (Grade: B+). Migos have been releasing boring songs for years now, but “My Family” to be featured in the animated “The Adams Family” movie next month, includes featured guests Snoop Dogg and Karol G, and takes extreme advantage of one of the great hooks of all time while adding an addition flourish flute bridge (Grade: B+). blink 182 and tour mate Lil Wayne join forces to mesh up two of their best sons ever with “What’s My Age/A Milli” (Grade: B). The Who have released their first new song since 2006, “Ball And Chain” -an acoustic streamed track with a bluesy workout for Roger (Grade: B-). The terrific English singer Corinne Bailey Rae does a more than credible take on Tom Waits classic “Jersey Girl,” nearly as good as Bruce’s live version (Grade: B+).
Charli XCX’s album Charli is state of the art EDM pop art though only the essential “2099” is, well, essential (Grade: B-), as we patiently wait for the Box Set, make do with the three live songs and a remix from 1985, on R.E.M.’s Monster Live EP (Grade: B+). There is a remastered Ready to Die by Biggie, I can’t tell the difference so let’s just say, go and listen to it because it is one of the best rap albums of all time (Grade:A+). Alice Cooper’s tribute EP to Detroit garage rock is six songs of timeless hard rock covers with the likes of Suzi Quattro and MC5 being represented and Wayne Kramer in the band (Grade: B+). JPEGMAFIA’s second album of the year, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, balances lame lyrics with superb rapping and arranging and his most commercial work to date (Grade: B+).
Finally, three true superstars of pop, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey, have a true dog of epic proportions. Produced by Max Martin, it crowds them into as bad a song as any of them have even been on (except for Miley, whose songs with the Flaming Lips were mindbogglingly lousy), as they shill for what looks like a crappy movie (Grade: C-)
Breadcrumbs – Alice Cooper – B+
Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels) – Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey – C-
Charli – Charli XCX – B-
Jersey Girl – Corinne Bailey Rae -B+
What’s My Age/A Milli – blink-182, Lil Wayne – B
All My Heroes Are Cornballs – JPEGMAFIA – B+
My Family – Migos, Karol G, Snoop Dogg – B+
blink-182, Lil Wayne – B
Monster Live EP – R.E.M. – B+
What’s My Name – Ringo Starr – B+
Ready To Die (Remastered) – The Notorious B.I.G. – A+
Ball And Chain – The Who – B-