@@@ Pink: Hustle (RCA, 2019) I continue to dig Pink’s occasional rawness despite this track’s bombastic and very familiar song structure. The third line of the chorus which pronounces ‘don’t fuck with me’ is great but the finger snaps and the tune are not going win any points in this dark corner of the interwebz. It’s too much of a bite sandwich.
@@@ Ciara: Thinking About You (Beauty Marks, 2019) A booty anthem that borrows more than a page from Prince’s big book of pop funk. The vocal melody or at least parts of it remind me of Kiss maybe? The production is exquisite while the sounds are a tad too friendly. She’s a good singer without blowing the roof off the joint or letting her breasts out the way Mariah does. Mariah doesn’t go anywhere without letting her pet boobs out for a look around. Ciara’s Apple Music record cover picture has her in a black paint on booty suit so she close. I don’t really care if I’m the only music reviewer in America that thinks that these super manicured tunes don’t reach fulfill their potential due to a lack of contrast. Prince would at least do you the courtesy of throwing some super distorted guitar business to balance the sounds out.
YTD recordings listened to: 168
Good music, not list worthy: 101
Not good music: 61
Honorable Mentions: 0
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