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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-5-22 – 8-11- 22

Newly built for maximum impact The Holtzmann Effect (nearly named after fictional sub-atomic particles ability to repel -from “Dune”) are a hard rock band from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a place that has to be seen to be believed, and makes you wonder why the four piece hard rock classicists aren’t performing black metal, or at least sludge. However what The Holtzmann Effect are doing is taking elements of grunge, specifically Pearl Jam, and marrying it to harsh riff metal and then adding a tune somewhere deep in its bones on “Human”, (Grade: B+).

Over to albums, I reviewed Eminem’s hits and misses from the disappointing second half of his career on Curtain Call 2 earlier today (here) (Grade: B+), whatever Pussy Riot were -and let’s be honest, would you go to prison for your music? – they are now a mainstream electronic dance band and as bland as they can be, even Big Freedia can’t bring them to life on their first mixtape Matriarchy Now (Grade: C+), some big country and Americana names come out for the 80s country scenemaker, starting with John Prine and including Eric Church, Sturgill Simpson, Del McCoury, and Jamey Johnson on Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson (Grade: B+), percussionist Jay Bellerose and multi-instrumentalist Keefus Ciancia join T-Bone Burnett on part two of his avant-garde and dreary album of bad news The Invisible Light: Spells (Grade: C-), an ambitious in his own way attempt by Calvin Harris to get his hitmaking mojo working on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 and it just never happens (Grade: D+).

Back to singles, no, not that “STAYING ALIVE”, sounds like a Drake backing tape with two nimble rappers Drake and Lil Baby trading sad raps for DJ Khaled (Grade: C+), kudos to Maisie Peters with the English singer songwriter with a pop blast that is the strongest since “As It Was” (Grade: A-), and kudos to Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen who escaped from one hit wonder years ago and returns with “Beach House”, a fine blues garage rock goes pop (Grade: B), so Ryan is finally up to date following three albums with this classic rock meets Motown “Fantasy File” (Grade: B+), finally Slade at the Reading festival in 1980 with “Cum On Feel the Noize (Alive! At Reading) – Live” and it is a great song but the sound is a little weedy (Grade: B).

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 – Calvin Harris – D+

Beach House – Carly Rae Jepsen – B

STAYING ALIVE (feat. Drake & Lil Baby) – DJ Khaled – C+

Curtain Call 2 – Eminem – B+

Blonde – Maisie Peters – A-

Matriarchy Now – Pussy Riot – C+

Fantasy File – Ryan Adams – B+

Cum On Feel the Noize (Alive! At Reading) – Live – Slade – B

The Invisible Light: Spells – T Bone Burnett – C-

Human – The Holtzmann Effect – B+

Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson – Various Artists

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