The Earliest Bird

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 1-21-22 – 1-27-22, John Mellencamp’s “Strictly One Eyed Jack” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2022

waiting to expire and yet it has its moments

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-14-22 – 11-20-22, Elvis Costello and The Imposters” “A Boy Named If…” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2022

upper echelon Elvis

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 1-7-22 – 1-13-22, The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2022

it’s here, it is gonna be here the greater percent of the year and it is very, very good.

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release For 12-17-21 – 12-23-21, Brando Lair’s “Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2021

Greatest artist of 2021? As Britt might put it, Hum Ba Dum Ba Dun Ba

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-10-21 – 12-16-21, Juice WRLD’s “Fighting Demons” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2021

a soundtrack to the horrors of teenagerhood where insecurity and anxiety has been increased through the isolation of the pandemic

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release For 12-3-21 – 12-9-21. Arca’s kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2021

the state of pop art is somewhere in Arca’s sound

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-26-21 – 12-2-21, David Bowie’s Box Set “Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001)”

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2021

mid-life crises

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 11-19-21 – 11-25-21, Adele’s “30” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2021

apply to fanbase for sure

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release Beyoncé’s “Be Alive (Original Song from the Motion Picture “King Richard”)” 11-12-21 – 11-18-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2021

as powerful statements go, and trust me on this one, it isn’t “What’s Going On”

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release serpentwithfeet’s “DEACON’s Grove” EP, 11-5-21 – 11-11-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2021

amongst his best songs

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 The War On Drugs’ “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2021

junkie walking on a pretty daze vibe

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-22-21-10-28-22, Jack White’s “Taking Me Back and “Taking Me Back (Gently)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2021

where an innocent child discovers his parents are from another planet

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-15-21-10-21-22, Adele’s “Easy On Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2021

it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-8-21 – 10-14-21, James Blake’s “Friends That Break Your Heart” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2021

the intensity of Scott Walker to the melodic grace of The Walker Brothers

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release 10-1-21-10-7-21, Slowhand And Van’s “This Has Got To Stop” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2021

a pleasant and unassuming little blues rocker

The Earliest Bird 9-17-21 – 9-23-21 Top New Recorded Release, Lil Nas X’s “Montero” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 17, 2021

Wanna get fucked up the ass? Get famous.

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Elvis Costello And The Attractions’ “Spanish Model” and Lorde’s “Te Ao Mārama” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2021

foreign (to me, I mean) language takes

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 9-3-21 – 9-9-21, ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith In You/Don’t Shut Me Down” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2021

return to a place where their forward thinking 70s synth pop with wonky lyrics lives again

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Recorded Release 8-27-21 – 9-2-21, The Beatles’ “Let It Be (2021 Mix)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 27, 2021

words are not needed at all to convey the power of early love

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-20-21 -8-26-2, Lorde’s “Solar Power” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 20, 2021

Summer’s almost gone…

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 8-13-21 – 8-19-21 Yemi Alades’ “Queendoncom” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2021

lovely and femme centric African pop songs

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 8-6-21 – 8-12-21, Aventura and Bad Bunny’s “Volvi” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2021

If you don’t like Bad Bunny, this is a good place to start.

The Earliest Bird: 7-30-21 – 8-5-21 Top Recorded Release, Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2021

Does Billie also have the twisties?

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 7-23-21 – 7-29-2, Jackson Browne’s “Downhill From Everywhere” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 23, 2021

a lot more than late for the sky

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 7-16-21 – 7-22-21, Elvis Costello And The Attractions and Juanes “Pump It Up” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2021

very, very clever and confusingly redundant

The Earliest Bird: Top New Release 7-9-21 – 7-15-21, Los Lobos “Jamaica, Say You Will,” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 9, 2021

LA story

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release 7-2-21 – 7-8-21 Randy Edelman’s “Comin Out The Other Side” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2021

the spirit of American exceptionalism

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 6-25-21 – 7-1-21, Tyler The Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost”

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2021

God gotta know he might have peaked when he made you

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release, The Killers And Bruce Springsteen’s “Dustland” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 18, 2021

Flowers is to Bruce 2021 what Bruce 2021 is to Bruce 1978

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 6-11-21 – 6-17-21, Marla Mase’s “830” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2021

a world more beautiful now that it is rare

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 6-4-21 – 6-10-21 Liz Phair’s “Soberish” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 4, 2021

a weirdly prosaic lyricism of break ups

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recording 5-28-21 – 6-3-21, DMX’s “Exodus” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2021

It wasn’t over and it is over.

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Recorded Release 5-21-21 – 5-27-21, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 21, 2021

Not fearless, but this year’s model… 

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 5-14-21 – 5-20-21, Nicki Minaj’s “Beam Me Up, Scotty” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 14, 2021

I just single-handedly annihilated you know every rap bitch in da building

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 5-7-21-5-13-21 Madonna’s “Express Yourself” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 7, 2021

a timeless cheer of artistic freedom

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 4-30-21 – 5-6-2, DJ Khaled’s “Khaled Khaled” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2021

may God forgive him

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 4-23-21 – 4-30-21 John Lennon’s “Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Collection)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2021

Lennon at the heat and heart

The Earliest Bird 4-16-21 – 4-22-21: Eric Church’s “Heart” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2021

If not Bruce, then who?

The Earliest Bird 4-9-21 – 4-15-21: Top New Recorded Release Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 9, 2021

earlier world of teen angst and romance

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Release 4-2-21 – 4 8-21 Demi Lovato’s “Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2021

a serious attempt at Pop-Art

The Earliest Bird 3-26-21 – 4-1-21 : serpentwithfeet’s “Deacon” reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2021

a creation of serendipity and miracle

The Earliest Bird 3-19-21 – 3-25-29: Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2021

she doesn’t get us off enough

The Earliest Bird: The Top new album 3-12-21 – 3-18-21, Rob Zombie’s “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2021

the antidote to the nightmare we have been living in

The Earliest Bird 3-5-21 – 3-11-21: Drake’s “Scary Hour 2” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2021

in a minor key

The Earliest Bird 2-26-21 – 3-4-21: Julien Baker’s “Little Oblivions” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2021

bad faith healers enthralled

The Earliest Bird: The Top Recording 2-19-21 – 2-25-21 The Hold Steady’s “Open Door Policy” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 19, 2021

losers, grifters… and me

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Release 2-12-21 – 2-18-2, “Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album,” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 12, 2021

one remove from the Chicago streets it is bearing witness to

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Release Of 2-5-21 – 2-11-21, Cardi B’s “Up” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2021

big bad pussy

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Release Of 1-29-21 – 2-4-21, Weezer’s “OK Human” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2021

thank your father

The Earliest Bird: To Recording 1-22-21 – 1-28-21 Billie Eilish and Rosalía’s “Lo Vas a Olvidar” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 22, 2021

a signpost up ahead for Latin pop crossover.