@@@ Styx: The Mission (UMG, 2017) I would never dog Styx out for getting old as everybody is getting old, but you can dog Styx out for being Styx. Wow, it’s like somebody took them and preserved them in amber. They open with the proggy organ arpeggios, the arena rock guitars, the ’70s cheese sauce. You gotta give them credit for not going with the Senior Geritol tempos — maybe they shot Red Bull into their eyes, but fuck it’s still Styx. This second tune Gone Gone Gone is about a rocket launch, yes! The guitarist has aged best and I never really loved the vocal arrangements. When they stack all those vocal harmonies, I kinda cringe a little bit.
@@@ Demi Lovato: Sorry Not Sorry (Island, 2017) I know from my love of mainstream culture that Demi Lovato is a brand and she means something. This is an anthemic, strong woman, you fucking with the wrong girl song. They lyrics are pretty standard for this type of tune, the sounds are average but she does a really good job on the vocals, she sings it well. There ya have it.
@@@ Double Tiger: Sharp & Ready (Easy Star, 2017) Some rootsy-ish dancehall off this week’s WRIR playlist email. The first tune is a party track but Mr. Tiger is the star with a quick and sharp flow on the microphone. The second town brings the tempo down — it’s called Creme de la Creme and it’s about a lady, if you know what I mean. The third is a classic takedown of Babylon/White Man. I liked the opening track the most which is usually not a great sign.
@@@ 21 Savage: Bank Account (Epic, 2017) Off the Apple Music hip hop A-list playlist. Mr Savage is pretty raw but his flow is somewhat detached and aloof but he’s got a fat fat bass working with the low profile skitter. He’s into spending a lot of money on his clothes, he appears to own a few firearms, and he enjoys fornicating. It seems like an odd choice for a single as it has a flat feel to it.
YTD recordings listened to: 442
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 244
Not good music: 178
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda