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Brief Encounters, New Album Releases 4-1-22 – 4-7-22

TILT – Confidence Man – This is the EDM trio who while dabbling in pop are the essentials of house, everything sound like the remix – B

Live At Shea Stadium – Desaparecidos – Conor Oberst’s punk rock agitprop pro Latin emigrants band at their best, which is alright but no more – C+

D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape – Dreamsville – J. Cole, Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Ari Lennox, EARTHGANG, Bas, Cozz, Lute and Omen — and contributions from A$AP Ferg, 2 Chainz, Sheck Wes, G Perico, Young Nudy, Kenny Mason and REASON on the mixtape … and yet while some of the flows are great it is awful been there done that for J. Cole’s crew – C+

Dream Widow – Dream Widow – this was before Taylor Hawkins left the building, Foo Fighters try their hand at metalcore and it is certainly a ripper and a fairly straighahead headbanginger -my favorite Foo album – B

Jim Reeves The Home Recordings – Jim Reeves – dead at the age of 40 in a plane crash, Jim Reeves was country lite but the countrypolitan surges on something like “He’ll Have To Go”, The Home Recordings are near his last days (one of them, “Hit Parade” was the last song her recorded,) the home demos feel very close to complete and remind you how wonderful a singer he was – A

Changeup – Joan Jett And The Blackhearts – these acoustic takes on Joanie hits has her singing as though she is being physically restrained, and it just doesn’t work, so after ten years of twiddling her pubes she gives us 25 songs from her catalog, and misses just about all my faves and especially “The French Song” (remember: “I have to laugh out loud when you say three’s a crowd”) – C+

Spencer Gets It Lit – Jon Spencer & the Hitmakers – is that Janet Weiss on drums? She toured with them. Anyway, Jon is performing a set of electronic blues garage rock – B

The Beautiful Unknown – Matt Goss – Goss was the lead singer with the UK boy band BROS, all grown up, and when he keeps to dance pop he is alright but the second he slows it he is brutal – C

Crooked Tree – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – the bluegrass stuff is first rate, the country blues stuff are a drag and the country ballads are in the middle – B

Glitch Mode – The 2nd Album – NCT DREAM – a subgroup of K-Pop boy band NCT adds electronic beats to K-Poppy pop, a little funky and very popular of course though it has the same problem as so much K-Pop does, with a cast of seven boys it remains unfocused – C+

The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime – Peter Doherty, Frédéric Lo – I preferred Babyshambles to the Libertines and both of them to this French-English alliance of Pete’s voice and chanson Francaise, a huge disappointment – B-

THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND – Pup – what if Titus Andronicus had a baby with Fucked Up? Yup, that’s the melodic punk set of songs to give up on life with; high melodic quodient yet straight ahead punk rock with every song a solipsistic nightmare – A-

ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE – Miley Cyrus – recorded live this year during Superbowl weekend, with a song set chosen by fanclub members through three giant tracks, “The Climb”, “Wrecking Ball X Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Party In The USA” at the end, I’ve never been crazy about her voice but I’ve liked her otherwise and it is a pretty good live album – B

Unlimited Love – Red Hot Chili Peppers – At 76 minutes it goes on for a year or two, and nobody would mistake it for Californication by any stretch, but Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Ultimate Love is the ultimate so-so RHCP album, nothing is GREAT, there is no “This Is The Place”, but very few songs that are rotten and “Let Em Cry” is as good as they get – B

Chris – Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams third and best part of the trilogy, Chris, reaches streaming services and is a classic rock plus heartbroken masterpiece – A

Where We Started – Thomas Rhett – the country guy certainly has his skill set, I’d give him a pretty good .500 average, and if you think the title track with Katy Perry is any good you’ll like it a whole lot more than I ever shall – C+

Confetti Nights – T-Shyne – Young Thug find and Young Stoner Life signee T-Shyne’s debut album has that melodic rap meets flow that is the calling of YSL, it isn’t bad but it isn’t on the same level of Young Thug, maybe he needs a little more seasoning because while he excels as a featured artist he drags over an album and features from Gunna on down are aces but don’t make a difference – C+

The Last Slimeto Sampler – YoungBoy Never Broke Again – a sampler indeed from what will be his third release this year in AUgust, it is hard edge raps and samples with Young Boy seldom better – B+

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