@@@ Macklemore: Glorious (Bendo, 2017) I check out Macklemore’s jams cuz he cracks me up with his cornball flow. This single is no exception to his usual ways. He’s mad grateful for his life in this track and he mashes a gospel choir with some EDM four on the floor and other sounds. It’s supposed to be uplifting but I find the cliche nature of the lyrics and the arrangement to be very hollow. He’s testifying and I wish he wouldn’t. I made it 2:53 through the song before I had to shut it off yo.
@@@ Iced Earth: Incorruptible (Century Media, 2017) Highlighted in the metal section of Apple Music they start out gloomy church choir and big thunderous tom fills. But I suspect bones will be crushed forthwith. It has begun! I came for the beatdown and all I got was a cheese sandwich. I guess there’s no escape from America’s tidal wave of cheese regardless of genre. This is an epic, slightly more muscular classic metal formula with that kind of singer that sounds like they gots their balls in a vice. This second tune opens up with the line ‘A storm is raging on the open sea…’ I would call this Metallica with cheddar. Ah well.
YTD recordings listened to: 375
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 147
Honorable Mentions: 4
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