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Be Here Now: New Releases Snapshot Review 10-1-13

we’re still into Joanie

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 – Justin Timberlake – The songs could have been stronger but the grooves sure did their job – A-

I Hate Music – Superchunk – Great punk power rockers, but missing that one song, that “Digging For Something” – B

Days Are Gone – Haim – Overrated indie blues mood band but with some killer tracks  – B-

Pure Heroin – Lorde – This years Lana Del Rey with a voice to match – B

Redneck Crazy – Tyler Farr – More songs about drinking and blue collar salutations. Same about the voice – C+

B-Room – Dr. Dog – Lo fi  bizarreness veers into preciousness  but still a sweet and different sound-  B

Unvarnished – Joan Jett And The Blackhearts – You know what you hope it sounds like? That’s exactly what it sounds like; glam rock, power rock, street anthem, soccer game top of the terrace at the top of your lungs singalonga  – B+

M.O. – Nelly – With a list of guest stars that includes Nicki Minaj, Pharrel and Florida Georgia Line, and a song called called “Rick James” that lives up to its name, and songs that are more songs that vamp,this is a surprisingly cohesive hip hop album – B

Walking Papers – Walking Papers – Blues band filled with grunge stars and Duff McKegan – C-

Influence Vol 1: The Man I Am – Randy Travis – George Jones cover included – C+

My Brother’s Keeper – K-Co And Jojo – They’re back and this is good boy bandish r&b – B

We Are Young And Free – Hillsong Young And Free – The U2 of Christian rock…. with absolutely everything that implies though preaching to the converted does come with the terrirtory – C-

Incisions  – Oceano – Hardcore slice and dice – C

VII – Blitzen Trapper – They sound like an indie the Band – B-

Glow And Behold – Yuck – Byrdsy jingle jangle – B+

Blur The Line – Those Darlins – Country indie band, very strong songs, potential album of he week – B+

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