The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-23-21 – 4-29-21 Recorded
I am so sorry for the delay (the late bird), I was up half the night pouring over John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Collection), the nearly eight hour box set (my review here) too almost deafening indifference from reading audience (you’ll miss me when I’m gone SUCKER) (for the record: A+), and will follow it here and now with the 114 track The Who Sell Out (Super Deluxe) Box Set on a soap operaish -at least album long concept adding commercial jingles between tracks to pad it out and put it together- album that isn’t a favorite but is close to a favorite from the 60s rockers. Album number three stands up fine as the one place Townsend seemed to find the middle groove behind r&b and pop and pomp and circumstance with Tommy just a year later. The box set is a huge collection of Sell Out and adjacent songs, outtakes, stereo mixes and jingles in their spur (including a fistful of Stones covers) (Grade: A).
Let’s move to singles where Ryan Adams preps his after the fall last act with a song “Do Not Disturb” in a moody full band sound with deep bass and not bad at all on “Do Not Disturb” and though it will be about as big as any track on wednesday, the dream blue Americana track is beautiful. I wouldn’t worry to much about Adams being cancelled, any tour will be a success (I mean, you wouldn’t catch him at the Beacon Theatre?) (Grade: B+), “Save Your Tears” is the legitimate disco pop follow up to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Light” and ariana Grande is a great add to the synthy beaut (Grade: A-), always great to hear from the loud and dangerous UK rapper Lil Simz, who is at the best with the hip hopp anthemic, orchestrated big sound with a terrific rap on “Introvert” (Grade: B+), I am a huge fan of H.E.R. and the only time I saw, er, H.E.R. on stage she was opening for Chris Brown (here) and here she sings a moderately pleasant duet of neo-r&b, “Come Through” (Grade: B), speaking of pleasant enough, Van Morrison’s third single off his next album “Love Should Come With A Warning” which is a jazz, r&b effort with solid country underpinnings and a Georgie Fame feel plus a rhyme on Meryl Streep (Grade: B), Lil Yachty returns with “G.I. Joe” and more power to him, real good flow (Grade: B).
Back at albums, Snoop Dogg can be all over the place, and while I love his voice he always hit me as a little overrated, and having said that From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites of straight up g-funk and better than normal on his EIGHTEENTH ALBUM (Grade: B+), Finally, the second Eric Church album, Soul, in two weeks (third if you include the vinyl only drop), is to Heart whato country and rock, a nine song beauty of inescapable power and self-restraint (Grade: A). I know this review is a little skimpy, I guess that’s you get when you IGNORE ME!
Come Through – H.E.R., Chris Brown – B
Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Collection) – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – A+
Introvert – Lil Simz – B+
G.I. Joe – Lil Yachty – B
Do Not Disturb – Ryan Adams – B+
From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites – Snoop Dogg – B+
Save Your Tears – The Weeknd, Ariana Grande – A-
The Who Sell Out (Super Deluxe) – The Who – A
Love Should Come with A Warning – Van Morrison – B