@@@ Lisa Hannigan: At Swim (ATO, 2016) ‘Gently mystic’ folk tunes off this week’s All Music weekly email. The first tune is pretty with some very nice vocals, muted acoustic guitar strum, and electric guitar wash in the background. The second tune, Prayer for the Dying, brings on the piano and the drummer. I don’t hear anything particularly ear catching in the playing or the lyrics but the music is very pretty. I’m not sure pretty is enough for me (and I don’t mean to be a bitch about it), but check her out.
@@@ Ed Harcourt: Furnaces (Polydor, 2016). Some more meaningful white people’s music off this week’s All Music notable release email. These are ‘regal and powerful indie hymns’ according to his Apple Music blurb for the record. After a choir-y intro piece the second tune, The World is on Fire, is a bit of a Nick Cave inspired slow tear jerker. Unfortunately for Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Cave does it better. Let’s peep a tad more. Third tune and it’s still a bit overwrought and Imma finishing up my listen with the title track and it’s just a wee bit much for me. Check for yourself.
@@@ Eddie Levert: Did I Make You Go Ooh? (Blackbyrd, 2016). A new record from one of the frontman from the O’Jays. I would say the closest reference I have for this record is Sign O’ the Times by Prince. Upbeat funk with some guitars. I like Levert’s vocals, they’re understated and work well within the arrangements.
YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 373
Not good music: 244
Honorable Mentions: 12
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