@@@ Ben Rector: Brand New (Sampler) (Aptly Named Recordings, 2015). Some uplifting, cheerleading soft butter-y rock I got to via the Beats Highlights page. The lyrics of this first tune are chock full of tired ass worn, cliches. I’m gonna dance and I don’t care if people are watching — shit like that with big whoa ho hos underneath that. I”m gonna give the second tune a chance and then probably flush. The second tune, The Men That Drive Me Places, is like a stale grilled cheese with way two much cheese oozing out of the bread. I mean, just fuck me I hate this song.
@@@ Crazy Town: The Brimstone Sluggers (Membran, 2015). Slotted as alt metal on this week’s All Music weekly it’s really just mainstream pop music with some fuzzy bass and some power chords. Perfectly manicured for America’s shopping mall. I can see metalheads busting a what the fuck, yo upon hearing this, this has really nothing to do with heavy metal. This isn’t really my cup of tea, it’s a cheesy pop biscuit.
@@@ Pins: Dazed by You (Bella Union, 2015). A single tune from a music publicist email. Think the Ramones with clean guitars and stacked female harmonies. Simple, straight ahead vocal melodies over basic guitar and drums. Speeds up and disintegrates across the finish line.
YTD recordings listened to: 702
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 404
Not good music: 243
Honorable Mentions: 17
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