@@@ Yungblud: Parents (Geffen, 2019) A pre release mainstream single I got to via a music publicist email outfit I usually ignore. It’s a blend of bad boy rock lyrics, Imagine Dragons style music and while it may end up being huge as this sort of manufactured rebellion is quite popular to my ears it’s high end shiny trash. Lots of lyrics about taking drugs and banging girls and how old parents have no clue. Parents ain’t always right, that’s the best you could do, youngblood? I get the part about the greatness of being young but with this low level IQ it can’t be that much fun. It makes yesterday’s listen to Maroon 5 sound like a feat of artistry and taste, that’s how cheesy it is. Boo hiss.
@@@ Hailee Steinfeld: Afterlife (UMG, 2019) We switch from a cheesy youthful rebellion track to a little less cheesy love tune. It doesn’t have the grayness and depressing air that Arianna Grande’s music has which is nice. I like that they took the vocal melody and parallel processed it into a vocals synth with an organ so it sounds vocoded. That doesn’t happen through the whole tune but it’s noticeable and a creative sonic idea. She does wear that vocal hook out, we might have used a few more sentiments in the lyric department. The sounds are good, pretty standard for today’s electro pop. About the best thing I can say about this tune is that it could have been much worse.
@@@ DaBaby: Intro (Interscope, 2019) #1 on the Apple Music hot tracks. It’s a biographical hip hop track about DaBaby’s life, the death of his father, his daughter, his rising up to #1 record track. While I don’t really identify with the lyrics he’s got an interesting flow and his sounds are pretty fresh on this tune. He’s got a nice chattering beat but most notably he’s got a short vocal sample that repeats and really works. It’s much more of a song than a lot of hip hop which is a groove with MC sauce on it. This is by far the best thing I heard today, I would check out more of DaBaby fo sho. I think I might have heard him as a guest MC but you know the world is full of MCs and the names are confusing.
YTD recordings listened to: 499
Good music, not list worthy: 301
Not good music: 166
Honorable Mentions: 0
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