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

MCU really have their moments and while “Hawkeye” isn’t “WandaVision,” it is a wonderful seasonal smash, in New York City, in the snow, at Christmas time and on Broadway where Hawkeye takes his kids to see “Rogers: The Musical” -an awful Spidey Turn On The Dark take on Captain America with a highly satiric, first act closer, “Save The City” lead by the Rent guy Adam Pascal – B+

Still on singles, Dionne Warwick can’t save the former great but that didn’t last long Chance The Rapper in an impossibly lousy song (Grade: C-), Eels is Mark Everett (aka E) and “Magic” is old school riff rock with arty electronics (Grade: B), Soupy Campbell released a very good solo album last week and while his return with The Wonder Year’s “Threadbare” is overcooked, it is deeply felt (Grade: B-), Arcane is a 2009 video game and now an animated TV series on Netflix and the only interest on “Misfit Toys” is Pusha’s verse (Grade: B), the grammy award winner singer reworks a West Side Story track on ” Another day in America “and includes superstar Ozuna on a winner (Grade: B+).

I reviewed David Bowie’s midlife crises six albums plus live box set Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001) here (Grade: B), Julie Doiron has worked with Mount Eerie but I Thought Of You is her first new solo album in nine years and it is worth the wait with one fine indie pop song after another, deeply tuneful, playing footsie with Americana and classic rock return (Grade: A-), Puerto Rican Anuel AA is second only to Bad Bunny and J Balvin when it comes to Latin Trap and urban sounds and Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren hot on the heels of his collaboration with Ozuna, is banger after banger trap by a master (Grade: B+), I reviewed Finnish soul man Sam Huber’s Up earlier this week (here), a fantastic collection of the sound of Philadelphia variants and a climate control protest song (Grade: A), the aging Irish boy band Westlife’s Wild Dreams with a slew of middle of the road pop dross for hausfraus (Grade: D+). Finally, if you only know Matt Berry from the sublime sitcom “What We Do In The Shadows”, the terrific comedy actor is also an accomplished musician and the 55 song compilation Gather Up is a superb introduction to a man who is more than capable of off-center singer songwriter tracks that gathered together can’t help make you believe that you have been ignoring him at your own peril, full disclosure, I myself hadn’t heard of him before his brilliant turn as a sex addicted vampire (Grade: A).

Speaking of sex addicted vampires… something of a slow week…

Save The City – From “Hawkeye” – Adam Pascal – B+

Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren – Anuel AA

Nothing’s Impossible (feat. Chance The Rapper) – Dionne Warwick – C-

Magic – Eels – B

I Thought of You – Julie Doiron – A-

Another day in America (with Ozuna) – Kali Uchis – B+

Gather Up – Matt Berry – A

Misfit Toys (from the series Arcane League of Legends) – Pusha T – B

Up – Sam Huber – A

Threadbare – The Wonder Years – B-

Wild Dreams (Deluxe Edition) – Westlife – D+

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