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

It’s Almost Dry is as good as Pusha T’s excellent Daytona, the latter produced by Kanye West in 2018, the former released today, half produced by Ye, the other by pop minor maestro Pharrell Williams on a set of pop charts aimed rap track. The songs are consistently well rapped and gift wrapped tracks for people who like rap but maybe don’t love it: Pusha T includes the best verse Jay Z has performed in years, Kanye and Pusha T build a song from a John Lennon sample, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert appear on a Pharrel soulful add, and the album concludes with a Clipse reunion. On top of which, Pusha T remains the rapper to beat with the ice cold “Diet Coke” and the Nigo (the fashion guy) featured “Hear Me Clearly”. A fun album but not much more (Grade: B+).

More albums, considered Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce since Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space in 1997, I tend to agree in at least that Everything Was Beautiful is better than the rest and while it might not be the masterpiece of sonic and melodic brilliance it appears to be on first listen, on the other hand it might be (Grade: A-), the Irish post-punks Fontaines D.C. third Skinty Fia would be a disappointment if you invested in the group, a somewhat dreary set of downbeat guitar triangulation (Grade: C+), at the age of 72 Bonnie Raitt’s first album in six years, Just Like That… would have been a smash in 1972, a brilliant piece of blues guitars and classic rockisms with the Americana title track a fine piece of songwriting (Grade: A-), sure, CCM sucks but that isn’t to say it doesn’t have its moments and Anne Wilson’s My Jesus, her debut album, is classic country rock as words of pray seeped in backstory (Grade: B-).

Over at singles, I reviewed April Rose Gabrielli’s third release on Soho Records, the anthem of the year year “Need A Break”, earlier today (here) (Grade: A), of the three singles we’ve heard off the upcoming album, “Free” is the best from the upcoming Jack Antonoff co-produced Florence + The Machine album, Florence’s best work since “Dog Days Are Over” (Grade: B+), the eagerly awaited Madman Across The Water super deluxe 50th-anniversary reissue is on its way, till then here is the Elton John “Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)”, though far less a demo and far more a piano guide (Grade: B), in 2018 Luke Combs was the classic country performer to beat but since then Morgan Wallen has pissed on his chips, “Tomorrow Me” is one reason why, good sure, but not more than that as country ballads go (Grade: B-), Logic has seen his star dim quite a bit since he joined Twitch, he is back with a WIz Khalifa tour and new single, a smooth rap and dexterous word twister “Tetris” (Grade: B), as Alyson Camus noted earlier this week (here), even the biggest stars tend to have a three year window, and even the superstars can’t sustain it forever, Ed Sheeran is the proof with “2STep” which isn’t aided by a Lil Baby verse (Grade: C+) and speaking of Ed, his disciple George Ezra (remember “Budapest”?) returns with yet another good song “Green Green Grass” singer songwriter but lively and a goodie (Grade: B+)

My Jesus – Anne Wilson – B-

Just Like That… – Bonnie Raitt – A-

2step (feat. Lil Baby) – Ed Sheeran – C+-

Tiny Dancer – Piano Demo – Elton John – B

Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C. – DC – C+

Free – Florence + The Machine – B+

Green Green Grass – George Ezra – B+

Tetris – Logic – B

Tomorrow Me – Luke Combs – B-

It’s Almost Dry – Pusha T – B+

Everything Was Beautiful – Spiritualized – A-

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