@@@ Ariane Grande: One Last Time (UMG, 2017) I respect Ariane Grande’s commitment to her fans, but music is music and I give no breaks for kind deeds so let’s peep this tropical pop banger she has unfurled in the wake of the Manchester bombing. Oh boy, color me confused as this tune seems to have nothing lyrically in common with the Manchester bombing. It’s a love song, and it’s not very tropical (if at all). Now you say why should have anything to do with the bombing but look below at the graphics on this video from the GooglePimp. This tune does not show nearly the heart she showed the folks there. It’s plastic in the way that corporate pop can be and Imma guessing this is a throwaway track from her last record that she (and her marketing) have decided to put out there and associate with this horrible bombing. #cynical. Solid C-.
@@@ Flogging Molly: Life is Good (Vanguard, 2017) I’m a little surprised to this long running Irish punk outfit on Vanguard but this first tune seems to be a traditional acoustic version of what they’ve done with electric guitars for a long time. Ah, there’s ya Irish pogo punk in the second tune. The production here is very polished, the playing very energetic. I dig the singer, these guys are all right. They got a party vibe going on in the third track and a nostalgic ballad (I suspect) on this fourth tune.
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Not good music: 131
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