The Early Bird

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)

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2021

saccharine and yet still effective

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-22-21 – 10-27-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2021

a covid-19 as break up, post-pandemic as new love metaphor

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 16, 2021

simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-8-21 – 10-14-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2021

an even keel through neo-r&b with rap production values

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2021

it could be and has been worse

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-24-21 – 9-30-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2021

a fistfull of prime originals

The Earliest Bird: The Top New Recorded Release 9-24-21 – 9-30-21, The dB’s “Tell Me Two Times” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2021

tonal shifts that leave you feeling woozy

The Early Bird 9-17-21 – 9-23-21: Top New Recorded Releases Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 18, 2021

I woke up in the middle of the night to buy the box set and I’d do it again

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2021

she compares her chest to the Sierra Madres

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

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2021

a world of people sharing these passing fair moments

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-27-21 – 9-2-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 27, 2021

the beauty and also the weariness of pregnancy and childbirth

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-20-21 – 8-26-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 20, 2021

romantic Americana meets singer songwriter confessional mid-life crisis

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-13-21 – 8-19-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2021

best Stones steal EVER

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-6-21 – 8-12-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2021

amongst the greatest work of his entire career

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-30-21 – 8-5-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2021

an impeccable collection

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-23-21 – 7-29-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 23, 2021

a unique r&b and pop and gospel cut and paste

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-16-21 – 7-22-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2021

a highlight of one long highlight