@@@ Melissa Manago: Little Crimes (Chesky Records, 2016). I saw this record on an audiophile reselling website as part of some sort of special offer. Ah America and its special offers. Given this is audiphile business this is not going to be rough music, it’s for rich folks to kick back and enjoy their overpriced stereo system. Manago has a pleasant voice and on this first tune she’s got mostly two acoustic guitars accompanying her. Uh, there’s a hand drum. Maybe a bit too much reverb on her voice which produces a bit of a highbrow vibe. I prefer her voice to her lyrics. I’m on the third tune and it is as I feared, this is too refined for me. Too important.
@@@ Perdition: Perdition (Imminence Records, 2014). Some heavy music off my heavy metal newsletter. After a bit of a mangled Lord’s Prayer we’re into the squeeze — some kick drum thwacking and a wall of static, percussive guitars. The first vocal line is ‘I vomit on gods’ Oh my, that’s not gonna work on Sundays! There’s a synth in the back of the mix which seems a bit out of place and as we move into the second tune it’s full on puonding thrash with some demented melodic guitar playing. The mighty orc and the battering ram guitars! Delicious. In search of this GoogleTube nugget I see this record came out a couple of years ago and these guys are considered a symphonic death metal band. That sounds about right.
@@@ Charlie Hunter: Everybody has Plan Until they get Punched in the Face (Decca, 2016). Some high end white people blues off this week’s All Music notable release email. Hunter has ridiculous technical skills but I’ve never heard them presented in a way that makes me jump for joy and that looks set to continue. This appears to aimed at the heart of heartless hedge funders with nothing in their underpants. I would liken this to music to baked french fries as it would taste a lot better if it was hot and grizzy.
YTD recordings listened to: 587
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 322
Not good music: 216
Honorable Mentions: 10
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