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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-9-22 – 9-15-22 Reviewed

With all the four star reviews, the old adage about whores and former satanist metal gods all end up respectable comes full circle, the older and closer to the great hell in the sky they become, the more respectable. That doesn’t save Ozzy Osbourne’s Patient No. 9., a feature creature of sludgy UK metal and guitar pyrotechnics with the Eric Clapton featured “One Of Those Days” at least one time you can hear what he isn’t doing on the rest of the songs (Grade: C-).

Still on albums, I reviewed Lou Reed’s astoundingly complete I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos earlier this week (here) (Grade: A), Santigold’s Spirituals was recorded during the 2020 lockdown, and it has if not a religious bent, certainly a sense of togetherness on some of the finest electronic pop tracks of her career (Grade: A-), Julian Lennon’s Jude is another nothing much set of piano ballads (Grade: C), The xx have always been the dance rock band to beat and bassist Oliver Sim is well beyond capable of crafting a superbly drawn and drawing in set of electronic, immersion pop on the excellent Hideous Bastard (Grade: A-).

Over at singles, for all Bjork weirdness “Atopop” doesn’t venture that far from the Vulnicura and Utopia template of sound melanges that battle against any tune in sight (Grade: A-), it is hard to go wrong with Springsteen’s “Fire” and Rita Wilson with Elvis Costello do a credible job with Elvis drawing “kiss” over five notes (Grade: B), better than you think it might, the duo Run The Jewels mix raps, El-P produces, and the backing tracks are thrilling stuff on “Opening Theme (Grade: B), Nigerian Rema is having a breakout year Stateside and Clean Bandit remain a top EDM band who seldom ever suck, and don’t come close on the Afrobeats plus “Sad Girls” (Grade: A-), did you see the leader of Phoenix getting his blood sucked out of him on “What We Do In The Shadows”? You should you know, it is better than the (what a coincidence) Vampire Weekend Ezra’s add to the banal “Tonight” which survives on its bass hook (Grade: C+)

Atopos – Björk, Kasimyn – A-

Sad Girls (feat. Rema) – Clean Bandit, French The Kid – A-

Jude – Julian Lennon – C-

I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos – Lou Reed – A

Hideous Bastard – Oliver Sim – A-

Patient No. 9. – Ozzy Osbourne – C-

Tonight (feat. Ezra Koenig) – Phoenix – C+

Fire – Rita Wilson, Elvis Costello – B

Opening Theme (From “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm”) – Run The Jewels, Aqua Teen Hunger Force – B

Spirituals – Santigold – A-

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