@@@ Luke Combs: What You See is What You Get (Sony, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. All three listens today. This looks like some shaggy ass bubba new country (from the look of the cover) but we shall see. I think I’ve heard this first tune, Beer Never Broke My Heart. Clever but it’s still bubba ass pop country arena rock. This could be a Budweiser commercial. I think they lead with the best song as the second tune is a cheese ballad talking about his dad riding a John Deere tractor in 1996. Signifiers people, signifiers. Please remember this has nothing to do with class, I’m listening to this as music and its ability make me feel. I don’t feel much even though he’s pulling hard at the nostalgia heart strings. It says a lot about cliches and repeated themes. What is super interesting here is how this is as sophisticated as an Ariana Grande record is in messaging to certain demographics and listeners. I don’t like Ariana Grande either.
@@@ Slayer: The Repentless Killology (Nuclear Blast, 2019) A live recording from 2017. I’m a pretty big Slayer fan they’ve played a huge role in bringing metal to lots of people. It’s not my favorite metal of all time but it certainly outperforms Metallica in its metal-ness and ability to stay away from redneck vibes. These guys have been playing for a long time and it’s impressive that they can still put out so much energy. I don’t care much that they’re focusing on their classic tracks, it’s just awesome to hear them dropping these tracks at this high level.
@@@ SebastiAn: Thirst (Because Music, 2019) Our last listen of the day, a huge figure apparently in the history of electronic music becoming mainstream. The first tune is not great. It’s that cheesy kind of shopping mall, electronic pop music with arena rock feels and no ambient trippy flavors to it. I skipped to the second track but I’m guessing this this is gonna be a pretty quick listen. This shit ain’t for me, it’s frat boy electronic. There is sophistication to this record. Unfortunately that sophistication lies in the production and it is employed to cover what is a purposeful decision to have the music be mostly empty. For example, on this third tune Movement there are some very nice subtle Beatles feels. However the tune is not much more than these sounds though there are lyrics. I would recommend this music to cows that are going up the chute right before somebody puts a metal bolt into their skull. It will distract them. It will do the same for humans.
YTD recordings listened to: 598
Good music, not list worthy: 357
Not good music: 202
Honorable Mentions: 0
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