@@@ James Arthur: Naked (Sony Germany, 2017) Having half of you is not enough, he’s standing naked! He’s not really saying why he’s naked — he’s got relationship problems in this electro pop tune. He’s giving all he can for chrissakes! It’s building like a stock market rally though his voice is kinda doughy. I see from his Apple Music discography that he’s a tattooed bitch so that’s the marketing sell. He’s a rough boy going pop loverboy. I can’t really figure out how he’s going to give her everything when he’s standing there naked. Maybe he has the world stuffed up his ass. It’s possible, he’s keestering the world. A lyric video, Christmas is early bitches!
@@@ Neck of the Woods: The Passenger (Self-released, 2017) Some hard rock/heavy music off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Oh my the singer is pissed — his vocal cords turning to fiberglass threads with a rough but not crazy metal band behind him. I feel bad the singer is so out of sorts — it’s the holidays and the stock market is at record highs! I prefer my metal much messier and crushed but check this out for yourself.
@@@ Blank Range: Marooned with the Treasure (Sturdy Girls, 2017) Classic roots rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Shades of the Band, Blues Traveller with a twangy singer, a lot of guitars and a little hippie looseness to get you over the hump. You also get some old school organ to go with the duel guitar attack. I’m not particularly in the mood for this but it’s all right.
YTD recordings listened to: 761
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 407
Not good music: 317
Honorable Mentions: 7
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