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Be Here Now: New Albums 4-26-19 – 5-2-19 Reviewed

Neotheater – AJR – Essentially, novelty, but still a fine collection of indie shrapnel, pop electronic but human glow songs – B

Designer – Aldous Harding – The title track is masterful and the Australian singer songwriter maintains a sky high level of songwriting – B+

You’re Welcome – Cokie the Clown – Fat Mike goes Americana, some of this is quite good and all of it is much better than I thought it would be – C+

You Can’t Steal My Joy – Ezra Collective – Pretty good jazz collective from London – B-

Gangalee – Farruko – Latin Trap and reggaeton meets, well, reggae – C+

For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones) – Game of Thrones – That depends on how your define inspired – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Assume Form (Deluxe) – James Blake – After not listening to it in a month, Assume Form sounds even better, you show me a song as lovely as “I Can’t Believe How We Flow” and I’ll show you “I’ll Come Too” – A

Anger Management – Kenny Beats, Rico Nasty – Rico is a great rapper, and this punk rock Afro weird rap album should cement her rep – B

ARIZONA BABY – Kevin Abstract –  The experimental, out there, Brockhampton founder, child of Frank Ocean, is pretty good no doubt -a sort of lulled and gulled sound machine and a fine, distracted (if not abstracted) rapper – B

Oh My God – Kevin Morby _ I haven’t heard the Bob Dylan comparison in awhile, Kevin is a singer songwriter indie Americana guy with a ton of ambition, and if I was younger I’d be a little more impressed at his word jonesing and sweet arrangements, now we can no longer be Ryan Adams friends, “OMG Rock n Roll” will do , – A-

Selfie – Leo Sayer – Some of it really sucks but then who loved “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” THAT much? But some of it, “Occupy,” is classic rock goodness – C+

Not Waving, But Drowning – Loyle Carner – Spoken word comes to rap, with the Kate Tempest contemporary as skilful as this stuff can get. Put it this way, Steve Smith would not be upset by the suicidally inclined work – B+

One Heart To Another – Maddie & Tae – Pretty excellent country duo, you might remember them from the hysterical slam dunk answer to country sexism “Girl In A Country Song,” nothing on their new EP is as good but all of it is very, very good – B+

The Last Party – Matt Martians – The Odd Future keyboardist performs oozy woozy, slith pop, like The Internet half of Odd Future – B

Blue With Lou – Nils Lofgren – As in Lou Reed -it includes five songs Nils co-wrote with Lou forty years ago, and the title track tribute. Not bad – B

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres – Peter Doherty – It is pretty much impossible to overestimate Peter Doherty, the former Libertine and Babyshambles who keeps getting derailed by drug addiction. Yeah, he’s a mess, but as a missing link between Ray Davies and Noel Gallagher, with an ear for lyric and melody, the gift of song construction, an Englishness unbridled, and a wild bad boy streak, he has recorded one great song after another ALWAYS. His latest is genius. You don’t believe me, try “All At Sea,” try “Narcissistic Teen Makes First XI,” try “Someone Else To Be” -hell, try any song at all. There is no rocker close to Pete in the UK and maybe none in the US either  -ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Rated PG – Peter Gabriel – Gabriel songs used in movies, not bad and one masterpiece, “Taboo” with Nusrat Ali Khan. from “Natural Born Killer” -Nusrat was angry at its use – B-

Hurts 2B Human – P!nk – Two songs does not an album make, and P!nk sounds as though she is reaching for a depth she hasn’t earned – C

Chip Tooth Smile – Rob Thomas – Allmusic gave it a rave so I gave it another listen, and it isn’t very good though “One Less Day (From Dying Young)” is – B-

CrasH Talk – ScHoolboy Q – Chock full of featured artists (but where’s Black Hippie?), this is a pop move on the rap charts, the back to back 21 Savage, Kid Cudi songs, take the entire album elsewhere – B

Life Metal – Sunn 0))) – The drone metal giants have never been better than on this four track, epic mind melt – B+

In the End – The Cranberries – Say this for the 90s, Irish band… they haven’t weakened in the slightest and Dolores certainly had a lot more to go – C+

In League with Dragons – The Mountain Goats – The guy gives nerd pursuits whole new worlds of meaning on this “Dungeons And Dragons” tribute, and it doesn’t matter whether it is good or bad (not his strongest stuff), it is silly – C+

Fly Times Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young – Wiz Khalifa – VOLUME ONE??? – C+

 

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