Earlier this year Drake proved himself the standard zeitgeist bearer with the dance meets hip hop state of the art Honestly, Nevermind and right now the 21 Savage collaboration (though somebody counted up the words each rapped and it is two thirds Drake Her Loss), both albums are vastly superior to the dreaded Certified Loverboy) especially the newbie with Drake playing gangster OG Don Corleone to 21 Savage’s blustery Sonny Corleone. It all works and the Travis Scott does more than that (Grade: A-).
Still on albums, I already reviewed Ryan Adams pretty good, hard rocking Devolver (here) (Grade: B), Squeeze are back for their first new release in six years, though really one new song “Food For Thought”, two obscure oldies and three live in Liverpool on Food For Thought, to raise money for independent UK food banks (Grade: B), Daniel Radcliffe gives a bravado performance on the bizarre satire story of “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”, you can see the movie for free on the Roku Channel and the album is half songs and half incidental music (Grade: C+), from the beginning of her career, though two years into her ascendency at the Village nightclub, a pristine and returned set with the hiss gone Live At Bon Soir and Barbra nine months into her Broadway debut “I Can Get It For You wholesale” where she went from comedic singer to protean vocalist capable of ransacking the Great American Songbook and anything else that captured your ear… it must have been stupendous to be there (Grade: A).
Over at singles, Brockhampton breaking up was a true loss and the first single from the final album “Big Pussy” is more a Kevin Abstract solo and no worse for it (and based on the intro he should try his hand at jazz) (Grade: B), another great for sex and love lesbian Fletcher on the excellent “Suckerpunch” perhaps her best song to date (Grade: A-). Max Martin is so 2010s he deserves to be up there with Ye and TayTay when you discuss the decade, and here the superstar producer returns with P!nk on a cavalcade off hooks on “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” Grade: B), let’s end up with some Christmas songs, Camila Cabello performed “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” on “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City” special on NBC in 2021 with a Mariachi Band and it sounds terrific (Grade: B+), Jason Aldean prefers to twang on “Christmas In Dixie” (Grade: C-).
Live At The Bon Soir – Barbra Streisand – A
Big Pussy – Brockhampton – B
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Camila Cabello, Cheche Alara – B+
Her Loss – Drake, 21 Savage – A-
Suckerpunch – FLETCHER – A-
Christmas In Dixie – Jason Aldean – C-
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story – Original Soundtrack – C+
Never Gonna Not Dance Again – P!nk, Mattias Bylund – B
Devolver – Ryan Adams – B
Food For Thought – Squeeze – B
I wish Cliff had beat Stormzy -who I admire but not here
we are all now sold on “Anti-Hero”
A horrorcore anthemic track with creepy vocals and abrasive guitars
they don’t quite show growth they do show
The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-2-22 – 12-8-22, Yemi Alade’s “African Baddie” Reviewed
One of the best albums of the year
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”