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Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-28-21 – 6-3-21 Reviewed


Doomin’ Sun – Bachelor – part Palehound and all Jay Som join together for indie mood music, melodic and lo fi catchiness – B-

You Hear Georgia – Blackberry Smoke – you just know they were gagging to put the confederate flag on the album cover – C

Cavalcade – black midi – I wasn’t crazy about the first album by the math rockers, but this has grown on me as it veers between post-punk and experimental art rock and math rock, with an obstreperous, large screen sound and a prog rock 70s overcoat sans classical leanings – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

Holy Demos Future Demos – Blitzen Trapper – lo fi, Americana versions of their last album, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, demos… very pleasant sounding and really quite youthful for a band that has been around for 20 years – B

LIVE IN STUTTGART 1975 – Can –  The German jam band who used repetition and ambient, and more repetition, to build a wall of sound that sounds old fashioned today but was mindblowing in 1975 and this well recorded live set will teach you why – B

Width Of  A Circle – David Bowie – wait a second, David had “Prettiest Star” in 1970? This album collects his 1970 recordings including demos and hits and near hits and BBC live  performances, plus a Velvet Underground cover. Not his best year, and why on earth did “Holy Holy” get so overrated? But you can hear him getting there – B+

Break Our Fall – Dispatch – they sound like crap jam band but, but, but, they’ve got their back against the wall and they have little to do with pop and the charts but remain a political viper of anger and rebuilding – B-

Exodus – DMX – this was a career move by the born again DMX before he was dead again, it is pretty good but not enough of DMX… the Jay Z-Nas feature is good, as is the Griselda posse… the song for my son thingy sucks – B+

Goodbye & Good Riddance (Anniversary Edition) – Juice Wrld – Three years later, includes some featured add ons with Lil Uzi Vert – A

Makeover – k.d. lang – the least likely singer on an EDM remix, on her own songs remixed… a terrible idea but well executed – C+

Reason To Live – Lou Barlow – The year of Barlow continues with a solo follow up to the fine Dinosaur Jr. album earlier this year, this is a lo fi, low key set of well written folk rock – B

Super What? – MF Doom, Czarface – Let’s hope there is more in the vaults from the late MF Doom, till then the supervillains have dropped the first posthumous release, an addictive collection of wild fun, comic book, rap pop – B

Reprise – Moby – orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from his career, performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra, a string quartet… only  worse – C-

Every Grain Of Sand – Nana Mouskouri – 86 year old Greek legend Mouskouri has been working since 1962 and has over 200 albums to her name, and this one filled with Dylan covers from all periods of her career, some in English, some in Greek, and a French language “Farewell Angelina”… all delicate and respectful and beautiful, better than Chrissie Hynde’s recent Dylan covers album, highlighted by “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” and “Every Grain Of Sand” in both English and Greek. Just about flawless – A-

Hi! – Texas – The great and soulful Scottish band hook up with Wu Tang again for one highlight, and maintain a marvellous level of inspiration singing and songs as they decided at the last moment to record a new one, Sharleen Spiteri is in great voice and Johnny McElhone will never be rated high enough – B+

Nothing Is Simple – The Sheepdogs – this is the band that won Rolling Stones best unsigned from a coupla years back, but they sound just awful in a mainstream classical rock and roll way… rock might not be dead but you can hardly call this living – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Beyond The Pale Horizon: The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1972 – Various Artist – I have the streaming version which is pleasant enough but miles from prog rock and is more like hybrid Brit folk and pop… but is that bad? Not at all. And the Strawbs track that opens it is beyond not bad – B


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