@@@ Travis Scott: SICKO MODE (Epic, 2018) I guess we gotta send out 2018 with Drake showing up like an unwanted erection. This tune is getting a lot of love and I get the variety of sounds and parts but it’s the bounce and not the lyrics (or Drake) that got this track 151 million streams on the GooglePimp. It’s a little heavy on the pitch shifted sci-fi vocals and too heavy on the Drake who I can hope will take 2019 off. I’m not holding my breath on that.
@@@ Mitski: Nobody (Dead Oceans, 2018). I checked this record out when it first came out and was pretty shocked to see it land on almost everybody’s year end list. When she gets to the chorus I’m thinking this is some pretty light piano pop rock. Handclaps, funk guitar riff and just what the fuck why the love? Let me be clear, it’s not garbage but it’s like a pork rind — light, crunchy and not really good for you. I’ve never had but I don’t see how they taste good either. This one gets a big questions mark, c’mon America!
YTD recordings listened to: 701
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 380
Not good music: 270
Honorable Mentions: 8
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