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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-15-22 – 4-21-22 Reviewed

Today sees the return of two major performers post-breakthrough, I reviewed Morgan Wallen’s first rate piece of self-flagellation and self-excuse “Don’t Think Jesus” earlier this morning (here) (Grade: A-) and Lizzo, who since her breakthrough in 2019 with her 2016 single “Good As Hell” has become a cultural phenomena, on her first release from her upcoming first album in three years, “About Damn Time”. She rides a World’s Famous Supreme Team’s sample of “Hey DJ” on an anthemic piece of percolating funk perfect for Lizzo time (Grade: A-).

Staying with singles, Kay Flock is joined by Cardi B in giving New York drill a good name on a sexy, rap dance track, “Shake It” where Kay’s rapping should be hugely admired, the 90s indie band with the lousy name, Built To Spill, sign to Sub Pop and on their debut release “Gonna Lose” mix and match proggy breaks and fuzzed out guitars (Grade: B+), John Doe of X continues his rootsy Americana with a loser (Grade: C), I don’t hate Phoebe Bridgers because of the callous way she threw Ryan Adams under the bus after claiming on Brooklynvegan that she was super down for a sexual relationship with him, when the #metoo came for him, she did a Judas, I don’t hate her at all, what I do is dislike her boring, folk indie pop music and “Sidelines” is more of the same (Grade: C-).

Continuing at albums, Kurt Vile is another rocknyc artist that we just can’t hear except for an occasional song, (watch my moves) is an odd collection of minor songs and not entirely pleasant though the songs have moments, “Like Exploding Stones” is like dozing off on gummies in the middle of the afternoon (Grade: B-), er? what? Sault were the band of low key, political and black English musicians performing faux-folk, then that’s what they were, now they are an instrumental band of cinematic soundtrack on Air (Grade: B), after breaking up before their time, and finding that the three DJs were better together, returned on Paradise Again, Swedish House Mafia present an oddly deflated house album that constantly veers into electronica and seldom explodes (Grade: C+), Tim Kasher of Cursive’s fourth solo album Middling Age implodes on the final track, “Forever Of The Living Dead” beautifully on his nightmare of loss and aging leading to the forever of death, Tim doesn’t hit that height again but he is never less than interesting on one of his best efforts (Grade: B+), more is more on the deluxe Harold And Maude from Yusuf/Cat Stevens, you’ll enjoy it no doubt but hang loose for the very last track, a demo of “Don’t Be Shy” without the piano (Grade: A)

Gonna Lose – Built To Spill – B+

El Romance-0 – John Doe – C

Shake It (feat. Cardi B, Dougie B & Bory300) – Kay Flock -B+

(watch my moves) – Kurt Vile – B-

About Damn Time – Lizzo – A-

Don’t Think Jesus – Morgan Wallen – A-

Sidelines – Phoebe Bridgers – C-

Air – Sault – B

Paradise Again – Swedish House Mafia – C+

Middling – Tim Kasher – B+

Harold And Maude (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Deluxe) – Yusuf/Cat Stevens – A

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