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Be Here Early: New Albums reviewed 1-17-17 – 1-23-17

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Windy City – Alison Krauss – She hasn’t released a solo country album this century so these covers of country nuggets would be welcome anyway. But it is more than welcome because it is Moondog Matinee obscure and yet if you love this stuff you’ll love it maybe as much as I do – A

In It To Win It – Charlie Wilson -The Gap Band leader a little on the bland side, and even T.I. can’t help enough to make this r&b jams album memorable. Hell, even Pitbull can’t help – C

The Long Road Home – Danny Worsnop – The Asking Alexander singer goes Americana. First song called “Prozac” – C-

Plural – Electric Guest – Pleasant electronic duo perform pleasant disco and mild mannered funk – B-

Plata O Plomo – Fat Joe, Remy Ma – Old school from Terror Squad alumni though The-Dream steals the sucker with “Heartbreak” – B-

Future – Future – Vastly superior on record than on stage, these seventeen outstanding tracks find him shoplifting, cooking crack, and making money on the would be autobiography that cuts the difference between trap and goth nightmare tracks. As always, it’s the voice, one of the top five around, sells it from one end to the other -A-

Savage Times – Hanni El Khatib – The enemy of Trump nation, a half Mexican, half Palestinian guitarist, gets his world music garage rock pop side on with this constantly smart rock album,. A coupla more tracks tracking the line between us and them as strong as “Gonna Die Alone” -a monolithic pop track waiting on a rap verse, and he could well crossover as he compiles his last handful of EPs in one place – A

The Chief – Jidenna – The Nigerian soul man broke through with “Classic Man” a coupla years ago and when I saw him live he was holding his own and then some between Vince Staples and Future. On his first album, he is a classy classic man with sure the usual but also a sort of disquiet dignity unlike his contemporaries. This has excellent r&b songs and hard hitting flows that sounds like nothing else in hip hop today – B+

Double Parked – Luxuriant Sedans – Flawless blues rockers like the last 40 years never happened. Imagine the Fabulous Thunderbirds shooting black jack shots in a blue collar bar. Got it? This is the band playing in the backroom – B+

Heart Of Love – Phoebe Legere – The cabaret alt star of your dreams goes honky tonkin’ on this terrific set of original weirdness – B+

Got Soul – Robert Randolph And The Family – still lousy soul jam band after all these years – C-

Prisoner – Ryan Adams – Classic rock meets singer songwriter Geffen style on Adams dissection of the emotional devastation leading to divorce on this potential best of 2017 – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Notes Of Blue – Son Volt – The guitars are awesome but bored must be the color of the blues – C+

Terrible Human Beings – The Orwells – Bad news guys, “Who Needs You” was a fluke –

 

 

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