@@@ John Paul White: The Hurting Kind (Single Lock Records, 2019) An Americana record off last week’s All Music notable release email that traffics in adult alternative, Byrds era folk rock, and straight up classic FM. I must say straight up that while White is quite a capable singer he is milking the emotional titty a bit hard. So if we are to accept that this is the sonic equivalent of a manly Midwestern country steak, it sure is a steak that is slathered with more than a bit of Philly cheesesteak sauce. And if you protest the use of the word cheese then you could substitute the word corn. It’s all American corn. Unfortunately.
@@@ Shovels & Rope: By Blood (Dualtone, 2019) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. The first tune, I’m Comin Out, is a bombastic anthem. Maybe they’re gay? Not gay in a bad way, just straight up gay. Maybe they’re emotionally gay which I’m not sure what that is. The second tune is a sing-a-long strummer with a female singer. It’s also super bombastic and mainstream. So there’s that word bombastic again. I’m going to peep one more track and while these guys aren’t milking the drama titty they sure as shit are firing the corn cannon. I’m more than a bit peeved that these two listens work in more of a simulated emotional world rather than something that feels real and passionate to me. I’m sure these are great people but I think I might prefer watching some house paint dry. Remember I want to love it, I really do.
YTD recordings listened to: 200
Good music, not list worthy: 122
Not good music: 69
Honorable Mentions: 0
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