Be Here Early: Choice Album Releases 8-19-16 – 8-25-16

Written by | August 19, 2016 7:03 am | No Comments



Vacancy – Bayside – Mainstream powerpunk band still performing straight ahead, but absolutely better performed hard rockers, sometime channelling, wait for it, Bruce (try “Mary”) , if you go for this sound, you’ll go for it big time. I don’t at all, but this is too good to be denied – B+

Pure And Simple – Dolly Parton – Ten love songs, all by Dolly, all pure and simple and lovely. Her best album since Better Day includes her best song since “In The Meantime” in the title track, and while it drags from time to time, in short doses it is a fine collection of new songs from a great country songwriter – B+

Endless – Frank Ocean – A video album in conjunction with the upcoming release of his eagerly anticipated album dropping some time this weekend, Endless. It features Frank building a staircase while low key r&b mood music plays. This might play better with people who don’t obsess about him than those who do, compared to, say, PARTYNEXTDOOR, this is sheer genius at rest: contemplative and downbeat,yet clever, musical, open to interpretation, and absorbing. Will the album have a different setlist – B+

Brave Enough – Lindsey Stirling – Prog rock classicist (in the other meaning of the word) violinist gets a whole bunch of popsters (Dan + Shay? ZZ Top?? Rivers Cuomo???) to sing the vocals on her increasingly self-satisfied pop crossover songs. Maybe if she did an intrepertive dance while they sang em? – C

Real – Lydia Loveless – Two years after she broke through with her Liz Phair goes to Nashville “Head”, Lydia’s latest is missing that one huge song but makes up for it with a Stones type country guitar album of Grand Ole Opry worthy rock em track after track.  – B+



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