@@@ Madonna: Medellin (Sire, 2019) I decided to peep this after seeing positive words about it in the Guardian. Madonna gets in on the Latin music bandwagon with her pre-release single off her 14th album. She is attempting to put a new coat of paint on her ongoing shapeshifting that she’s done through her career. Virgin, whore, yawn. I do appreciate the minimal arrangement, it’s pretty tasteful and her singing partner does most of the heavy work as he gets a big slice of the tune. At around 2:45 the tune really fills out and achieves liftoff but it comes back down with Madonna doing her thing. The arrangement is best here followed by the dude. This has been Madonna’s flow for decades — she’s better at putting sounds and ideas together than she is at performing.
@@@ Loyle Carner: You Don’t Know (AMF/EMI, 2019) Both this listen and the Lizzo listen below is from a Line of Best Fit email. Right out of the gate I’m struck by the blend of old school soul and bombastic hip hop. It contains a sung hook and then comes the British MC with rhymes. I don’t think all British MCs should stop, but maybe they should think about it. For some reason it doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s the posh accent or what but it just comes off weak. Oh boy, I don’t really like the sounds and I don’t really like the rhymes.
@@@ Lizzo: Like A Girl (Nice/Atlantic, 2019) First off, big ups for Lizzo revealing the big booty on her record cover as seen below. However, I think she’s more radical going no clothes than she is with the lyrics and the music on this track. She does indeed, fire a shot from the cheese cannon. I’m thinking these lyrics focused on self-empowerment are getting a tad tired. The sounds here are pretty standard hip hop/pop with some dancefloor vibes to go with the diva vocals. I don’t hate it but it doesn’t hit me deeply, it’s a bunch of hooks with no real weight.
YTD recordings listened to: 205
Good music, not list worthy: 124
Not good music: 72
Honorable Mentions: 0
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