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Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Album Releases 7-15-14

Tim Allen not in picture

Tim Allen not in picture

Liminal – The Acid – I’m thinking the Acid mean transitional not either side of any boundary with the album title, since the songs seems to wander, the singer is pretty good and they sound like the National meet electronica on this debut – B

Begin Again – V/A – will somebody please give Kiera Knightly a cheeseburger and fries, maybe her singing wouldn’t be so anemic.  The songs on this movie soundtrack were  written by the guy from the New Radicals, who always kinda sucked – C-

Ghosts – Big Wreck – Prog rock goes hard rock, with Rick Wakeman inspired keyboard player, the vocals could be better – B

Strange Desire – Bleachers – The guy from fun. already released his two best songs and over an album it is overcooked the same way fun. is but without the Broadway musical addiction, but till then it is catchy as hell – B

YES! – Jason Mraz – Feel good soft rock, if your idea of feeling good is root canal – D

Terms Of My Surrender – John Hiatt -There is a market for Hiatt’s Americana, here playing blues riff, and on the title track I am one of them, but over an album he bores me senseless – C

Jungle – Jungle – There is a market for this UK dance duos hard rhythm disco moves and rather this than Disclosure for sure, nothing misses the beat and non of this is beats for beats sake as song after song makes itself known. The remix album is gonna blow you away – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

Hello Memory – Little Daylight – They irritate after awhile, the singer sounds too twee, but till then they are a fine pop electronic band with a folkie feel – B-

Passerby – Luluc – Gorgeous and melodic singer songwriterly folkiness but doesn’t hold your interest  – B

Friends & Lovers – Marsha Ambrosious – More songs about kissing and fucking by the talented hip hop flicked old r&b inspired former memory of Floetry. Every time I remember she’s English I’m shocked – B+

Melted Toys – Melted Toys – Pure at heart, I’m sure, these San Fran based indie poppers do the ambient stuff with the best of them and we eagerly await Brooklynvegan’s cut and paste overview on their upcoming show at Rough Trade  – C+

World Peace Is None Of Your Business – Morrissey – Man Versus Animal in the world series of Moz cliches – B+

Mandatory Fun – “Weird Al” Yankovic – If this guy was a satirist he would be a God, as a parodist he nails everybody dead,  Robin Thicke, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, even if  Thicke is awful 2013. Only Pharrell doesn’t work. – B

Conversations – Woman’s Hour – These are The xx wannabes which is fine by me, maybe I can actually get in when Woman’s Hour plays the Armory. Plus this is a really good  electronic mood album – B+

Everything’s Infinite – Wunder Wunder – You’re gonna like this a lot, electronic psychedelia with tons of hooks and melodies – B+


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