We had been promised the first new album since the disappointing Scorpion in 2018, Views seemed further and further away. And now, knocking on three years later we are waiting still after being promised the wonderfully named Certified Lover Boy in January and not getting it after Drake injured his knee and had to rehab. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great … ” but we still don’t have the album.
Drake dropped Scary Hour, a two song EP that gave us “God’s Plan” a coupla months before scorpion, and now we have a three song EP Scary Hour 2. It isn’t bad at all, “What’s Next” is Drake on top a clickety clacky used again on “Wants And Needs” with Lil Baby, who is professional to a fault, meanwhile Rick Ross is first rate on “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” and the same beat is used again. .
None of it feels quite good enough, none of them have the certitude of “Laugh Now Cry Later,” his huge single from last year, they all feel like chair warmers and I would be very interested to see just how well they actually do. They feel like tracks in a minor key, their POV being something over there that isn’t quite what we might want them to be. Drake is so talented he can use the same thing for all three songs and still sell em off. Drake is Drake, Lil Babe is the future, Rick Ross is the past master. They come together yet are all the same ambience, mood, feel.
A neat trick but let’s hurry up with the album.
New Wave pop bliss out
I WISH I HADN’T GONE
a time-capsule type of roster
Creem -America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1971 (Volume 3, Number 6)
“Sure, we don’t pay much but then who else do ya know who’ll publish you?”
in the immortal words of Jason Isbell to me at Gov Ball a coupla years ago: “let’s do this…”
one of the great top tens of the 2020
old school Puerto Rican underground sounds
a masterful pop about loving a drug addict
Interpol is at Just Like Heaven
the best post punk UK rock band alive