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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-1-22 – 7-7-22 Reviewed

Not quite as big as they Imagine themselves to be, the Las Vegas electronic rockers Imagine Dragons are the Killers with better songs and better anthems, and with little to be choose between them the band adds their 2021 release to the newbie in a 32 song, knocking on two hours behemoth that goes on way too long and it can be as bathetic as you can imagine a song about Dan Reynold’s hero, a kid with cancer on “Easy Come, Easy Go”, possibly being. Still, it is worth dipping in for the last two tracks at least and none of it is deeply upsetting (Grade: B).

Over at singles, I reviewed Cardi B’s fine, new riches for bitches “Hot Shit” plus major features earliest today (here) (Grade:B+), Little Big Town dropped one of the best songs of the year a coupla months ago but that was then and “All Summer” had every reason on earth to be a strong follow up but it is a bluesy country track that doesn’t deserve its name (Grade: C-), the short and sweet Charli XCX and Tiesto dance track “Hot In It” (Grade: B+) goes down easy, Charli is two minutes and nine seconds and Yungblood’s under two minutesos next, the latter’s “Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today” is typical English style glam pop punk (Grade: B), a slice of July 4th, Red State style piece of jingoism on Luke Bryan’s “Country On”, “hey soldier wherever you might be, hats off for keeping us free” -a pretty good, somewhat stupid track (Grade: B), the Shins leader and Danger Mouse return with a new single, “We’re Not In Orbit Yet…” from an upcoming album, their first in eight years and not long enough (Grade: D+).

Back to albums, and Broken Bells aren’t the only people to take an eight year break, so did Paolo Nutini and his return is industrial sounds added to singer songwriter pathos, and deserves a thorough listening though whether with pleasure or not is a different question (Grade: B), Jack Antonoff usually hears it from rocknyc, but this is a well produced 70s tribute album with St. Vincent’s “Funkytown” and Caroline Polachek’s “Bang Bang” leading the way (Grade: B+), the r&b songwriting gun for hire Muni Long gets in front of the mic on a fine selection of old-school, 90s style soul follow up to her 2021 album with an additional 5 songs on Public Displays Of Affection Too (Grade: B+), and then there were none, Bunny Wailer, the last of the three original Wailers, passed last year and the just dropped Rise Up – Live, recorded on stage in 1995 for a Santa Cruz Broadcast is a 28 song full, full blown reggae rasta brilliance from one of the true greats (Grade: A)

Rise Up (Live 1995) – Bunny Wailer – B+

We’re Not In Orbit Yet… – Broken Bells – D+

Hot Shit (feat. Ye & Lil Durk) – Cardi B – B+

Hot In It – Charli XCX, Tiesto – B+

Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 – Imagine Dragons – B

All Summer – Little Big Town – C-

Country On – Luke Bryan – B

Public Displays Of Affection Too – Muni Long – B+

Last Night In The Bittersweet – Paolo Nutini – B

Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists – B+

Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today – YUNGBLUD – B

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