@@@ Bessie Turner: Down 2 (Don’t Try/LAB, 2019) A classic indie type single with a schmear of ambient sauce (at least at the beginning of the tune). It’s a looking back on a romance tune with plenty of guitars and the classic sweet in the verse and crush it in the chorus. Turner has a very pleasant voice and she effectively mines The Breeders formula for a bit more fun and nostalgia.
@@@ The Weeknd: Blinding Lights (Republic, 2019) #1 in the Apple Music hot tracks section. I think the Weeknd is surfing on his looks as I’ve never really felt an original musical impulse in his music. Look at that picture below and tell me you’re not panty quaking. Musically this is straight ’80s with loverboy vocals on top. The drumbeat is especially clunky but I guess this kind of appropriation of an awful white people’s beat is pretty hip. The Weeknd can sing, it’s just the whole package is a bit less than his outfit. Ooh, I really don’t cotton to this.
YTD recordings listened to: 618
Good music, not list worthy: 371
Not good music: 209
Honorable Mentions: 0
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