The Early Bird

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 1-27-23 – 3-2-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 27, 2023

the mixes his producer Daniel Lanois didn’t like

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 1-20-23 – 1-26-23

By Iman Lababedi | January 20, 2023

tasteless as Oatmeal milk

The Early Bird And Sneak Peaks Return Next Week!

By Iman Lababedi | January 13, 2023

why review five in a hurry?

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-9-22 – 12-15-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2022

it sounds better than ever

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-11-22 – 11-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2022

the arriviste at 32 years of age

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-4-22 – 11-10-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2022

the standard zeitgeist bearer

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-28-22 – 11-3-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2022

never has sex and violence been quite so appealing

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 10-14-22 – 10-20-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 14, 2022

great rapping but the beats are missing

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-7-22 – 10-13-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2022

from black Americana to color blind pop punk

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-30-22 – 10-6-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2022

a perfect, arrogant, guitar smashing masterpiece

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-23-22 – 9-29-22, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 23, 2022

strong set of country standards

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-16-22 – 9-22-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 16, 2022

just fine even if disappointingly not major

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-2-22 – 9-8-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2022

from Japan and Korea to Poland and Hungary, Mexico and beyond

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-26-22 – 9-1-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 26, 2022

a similar trick to his smash hit

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-19-22 – 8-25-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 19, 2022

a close miss

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-12-22 – 8-18-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2022

lays down his claim to being a giant

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-5-22 – 8-11- 22

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2022

hard rock classicists

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-29-22 – 8-4-22

By Iman Lababedi | July 29, 2022

gorgeous trap, autotune, cool emo

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-22-22 – 7-28-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 22, 2022

a more commercial endeavor

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-15-22 – 7-21-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2022

if you don’t worship Jones you don’t worship pop or country for that matter

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-8-22 – 7-14-22

By Iman Lababedi | July 8, 2022

a US friendly greatest covers album

The Early Bird 6-24-22 – 6-30-22: Top New Recorded Releases Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2022

a seamless flow of Allenness, family friendly vibe

The Early Bird Top New Recorded Releases 6-17-22-6-23-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 17, 2022

adds a minute and a half with an extended coda

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 6-10-22 – 6-16-22 Recorded

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2022

with Liverpool mucker Allan Myles

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 6-3-22 – 6-9-22, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 3, 2022

makeouts and makeups

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-27-22 – 6-2-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 27, 2022

a whiny piece of crap

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-20-22 – 5-26-22

By Iman Lababedi | May 20, 2022

a godawful reworking of “Juicy”

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-13-22 – 5-19-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2022

Pre, post, during the pandemic

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-6-22 – 5-12-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 6, 2022

unmistakable Freedy spot on-ness

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-29-22 – 5-5-22

By Iman Lababedi | April 29, 2022

sex and romance (and sex… yeah, it’s kinda important)

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 4-22-22 – 4-28-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 22, 2022

well rapped and gift wrapped

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-15-22 – 4-21-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 15, 2022

an anthemic piece of percolating funk perfect for Lizzo time

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-8-22 – 4-14-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 8, 2022

sounding more like Gilmour than Pink

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-1-22 – 4-7-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 1, 2022

the ultimate so-so

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-25-22 – 3-31-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 25, 2022

an exceptional set of straight ahead reggaeton

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-18-22 – 3-24-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 18, 2022

the standard bearer for hyper-pop

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-11-22 – 3-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2022

as sad as blue can get

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-4-22 – 3-10-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 4, 2022

An interesting time for musicians who have been cancelled

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 2-18-22 – 2-24-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 18, 2022

a just about fantastic country swing album

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 2-11-22 – 2-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 11, 2022

clotted cream mixed with maple syrup

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 2-4-22 – 2-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2022

a quiet, somewhat bland set of low key indie pop plus synths and distracted vocals

The Early Bird: New Recorded Released 1-28-22 – 2-3-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 28, 2022

in the middle of Latin Pop 2022

Brief Encounters Top New Recorded Releases 1-14-21 – 1-20-21

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2022

I bet Sub Pop were overjoyed as well

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 12-17-21 – 12-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2021

feel free to hold your nose while you congratulate LadBaby

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-10-21 – 12-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2021

a vivid and yet boring dream

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2021

SZA’s best since 2017

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 11-26-21 – 12-2-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2021

in New York City, in the snow, at Christmas time and on Broadway

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-19-21 – 11-25-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2021

though pleasant enough is nothing special

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-12-21 – 11-18-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2021

adds some great songs from the vault)

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-5-21 – 11-11-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2021

a third album of outtakes (11 of em)