@@@ Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit, 2017) African music from stalwarts Orchestra Baobab. A full ensemble including percussionists, horn players, kora and guitar players and this first tune is sweet but not cloying. I’m on the fourth tune and I agree with the All Music review that this is not a burning disc but more of a laid-back affair. Extremely tight but not overpowering grooves, beautiful vocals and fairly long stretching tunes. I guess the kora player is a first time addition to this band (which has been around close to 50 years) and it’s a nice flavor. This record will be on my year end list as there aren’t many bands that can get this vibe going.
@@@ Pharmakon: Contact (Sacred bones, 2017) This noise record opens up sic-fi and more than a bit aggro industrial. Lots of machine like noises and no discernible song structure emerging straight away. There’s a female losing her shit in a non-singing kind of way — sounds like she’s having some sort of horror movie break down. Let’s peep more. This second tune is unfolding quite slowly with similar metallic synth patches. I say let’s get down and let it all hang out instead of teasing with bits. The second tune unfolds pretty much the same way — a lot of noise and a lot of female vocal despair. I don’t 100% require tunes but this is not quite enough for me to get with, it sounds a bit half finished.
@@@ Aime Mann: Mental Illness (Superego, 2017) I know folks gush over Aimee Mann but I’ve never understood why. But peep I will as I have an open mind. This first tune is sweet with arpeggio guitar, a little hand percussion and ’70s era soft rock vocal stylings. The second tune is a tad less engaging but she’s rocking the melancholy sad song in the B+ range. I’m on the fourth tune and it continues to be a melancholic, pretty record. I appreciate it and I certainly don’t hate it, but it’s not something for me to jump up and down about. This tune below is the first on the record and the best of what I heard.
YTD recordings listened to: 212
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 112
Not good music: 80
Honorable Mentions: 1
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