@@@ Jeff Tweedy: Warm (dBpm, 2018) When I hear the simple rock basics of the opening tune and Tweedy’s world weary voice it sounds to my ears that he’s channeling John Lennon (or aspiring to). He’s going for that straight ahead shot to the heart. I get that Tweedy has been in the game for a long long time and people love him but I find his music to be pretty pedestrian and his lyrics and singing not enough to overcome that. I’d rather listen to Tom Petty, he’s more interesting to me. It’s not awful music, it’s just very typical, something you might hear in a doctor’s office and it’s a mystery to me how or why people flip out over this musician. He’s ended up as a late ’70s classic FM slack country half rocker — that’s not a personal attack, that’s what he is. Maybe people remember what he was like way back in the day when he first started out and they hold that close to them but I listen to the record as it exists in this moment in time without all the footnotes or history.
@@@ Chris Carter: Disobedient (Self-released, 2018) I saw this musician mention on the All Music notable release email and saw this record just came out when I went on the Apple Music. I can’t tell if this is a new record or a re-issue so I gotta head over to All Music and verify. It’s a reissue of a 1998 record and it sounds it. The synths have a dated sound to them, I don’t really care one way or the other. The record sounds a bit sci-fi and a little undercover rock ‘n roll as it maintains a tempo without being a fully abstract piece of music. I like the pieces but like some of the more out pieces more.
YTD recordings listened to: 664
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 260
Honorable Mentions: 8
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