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Be Here Early: Choice Album Releases 11-18-16 – 11-24-16

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24 Karat – Bruno Mars – I wasn’t crazy about the title track, but over the course of an album Bruno has it going on big time. With the exception of the lousy second single ballad “Versace On The Floor”, this is 80s style r&b for the digital age. skillful as you can get, and, wide ranging as far as it goes. This should maintain his pop dominance even while the last single stiffed – B+

Glory Days – Little Mix – A Spice Girls for the new age of streaming, it took four albums and a break up with Zayn Malik for the girls to nail it down, but this should do it in the US and will probably beat out Bruno in the UK. “Shout Out To My Ex” is one of the best songs of the year – B

The Weight Of The Wings – Miranda Lambert – I didn’t like any of the singles and don’t give a fuck that she broke up with Blake, but this overlong 24 song break up and move on double has moments among the overkill and since when was ambition a sin? Platinum wasn’t without em and it was spectacular, and if she had released “Runnin’ Just In Case” instead of “Highway Vagabond” as the first single, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. So, call it crazy ex-wife, and keep an eye on the charts – B

Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists – The incidental music is useless but the songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a terrific Caribbean twinge are better than Disney tend to deserve and both “You’re Welcome” and “How Far I’ll Go” are pop smoothness that beat out “Let It Go” coming and going. Dwayne Johnson ain’t great but Jordan Fisher’s take on the former is aces, both voice talent Auli’l Cravalho and  pop star in waiting Alessia Cara are aces on the latter. Incidentally, I caught the coming attractions the other day and it looks terrific – B

Hardwired… To Self Destruct – Metallica – Apparently their breathtaking set at Global Citizen last September was no fluke, this is a heads down no nonsense heavy metal masterpiece that puts all the contenders to the back of the line, if you love this stuff this is the stuff to love – A-

 

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