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Be Here Early: New Album Releases 2-10-17 – 2-16-17 Reviewed



Zombies On Broadway – Andrew McMahon – “Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me” is the second best song of the week but the rest of this Jack’s Mannequin refugee sophomore effort is business as usual indie pop dressed as alt. He is a talented guy but try and prove it – C+

Brett Young – Brett Young – Straight up country ballads, no nonsense, no stylistic blowjobs, good voice, the songs are a little disappointing though. An exception: “Like I Loved You” – B-

Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins – Chuck Prophet – The title track is so great, and he has accrued so much goodwill over the years and years, you forgive him for the rest of it being business as usual. Especially when business is pretty good – B

Mr. Misunderstood On The Rocks: Live And (Mostly) Unplugged – Eric Church – The only problem with this 32 minute EP from November 2016 (though new to streaming) is that it may mean we will miss a live album from his current three hour show. Still, that opening track is very very good – B+

Memories are Now – Jesca  Loop – neo folkie nails it dead once or twice, “The Lost Sky” is intense and “Songs Of Old” has a timeless beauty, but she has only one tempo and it ain’t 6/8 time, and when it starts to drag it really really drags – B-

DROGAS Light – Lupe Fiasco – Why is the Chi-Town superstar performing trap half the time? And why would one of the best political rappers write an album about the light (and the drugs) when the socialist maverick should be putting Vince Staples to shame. A pop move, for sure, and it has excellent moments, but not enough of them – B

Songs Of Cinema – Michael Bolton – Dull as ditchwater middle of the road versions of stuff like “Stand By Me”. Still, his Netflix comedy special is quite funny. And anyway, MOR is now cutting edge – C

Human – Rag’N’Bone Man – I love just the idea of this big anti-pop star with a bigger voice, but I hate his material. I claimed he was this years Jake Bugg but maybe he is this years Celine Dion, or at least Michael Bolton… Michael McDonald? – C-

Live In Paris – Sleater-Kinney – I saw em on this tour and they sucked though that was due to the venue. This live one isn’t bad at all, I wish I’d seen it. Plus, from “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” to “Dig Me Out”, they take care of us old timers – B+

The Temple And I – Thievery Corporation –  The DJ duo who brought you “Lebanese Blonde” go all out rub-a-dub without adding anything to reggae. That doesn’t make it bad, it does its job as well as Skippy Marley ever shall, it makes it bland – B

Leap Of Faith – Timothy B. Schmit – Sure, I wanted to hate this. I can’t take his voice, for one thing. But a coupla these tracks click nicely and the guitar performance is ace country folk, and the rest of it allows me to hate just like I wanted – C

The Waiting Game – Una Healy – The former the Saturdays singer isn’t going after Little Mix, this is pretty, mainstream old school pop – C+

Deadbeats Compilation Volume 1 – Various Artists – Very impressive all beats and electronica all the time from the EDM label headed by Zed, including the Dead one himself , who is no better than Pusher and Kid Froopy -who opens the album somewhere entirely – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

50 Shades Darker – Various Artists – Alexandra Patsavas invented the soundtrack album plus state of the art pop songs for the “Twilight” movies and nobody has improved upon it. This is better than the first “50 Shades album” if you like the Zayn and Tay Tay song more than I do, if you don’t The-Dream and Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas rule it, and you’ll probably adore the Sia song, and otherwise music supervisor Dana Sano is no Alexandra Patsavas and no Mutemath here, folks – C+

T2 Trainspotting – Various – Yeah, yeah, “Lust For Life” -got it – C+

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