@@@ BAT FOR LASHES – LOST GIRLS (AWAL, 2019) #1 on ABC News best 50 albums of the year. Cinematic synths that sound like sunset and the open road? Fantastic! Oh boy, this sounds like the ’80s cut a smelly fart. Gated snare sounds, simple and unfunky drum machine beats and Madonna on cough syrup lyrics. This was ABC News’ #1 record, that’s fucked up! I would never say this music sucks, but it’s definitely not for me. For me these are empty sounds and it’s frightening to me that people would consider this awesome. I love electronic music but the lack of ideas and the sounds….
@@@ The Who: Who (Polydor, 2019) Off the same 2019 ABC News list. I’ve seen a lot of praise for this record but I’ve held off listening as I love some of my old Who records. I find bad records by former superstars depressing but this first tune has plenty of energy and pop to it. The second tune, Ball and Chain, has an unmistakable Teenage Wasteland feel to it. It’s a bit weird to hear these dudes going on about Guantanamo Bay but hey who cares, they be rocking. These guys do a better job of reanimating rock/arena rock/ambitious rock in their ’70s than gents more than half their age. It’s not a record I feel like I would spin all the time but I’m impressed with the energy and the music. I think they’re purposely trying to not make a lyrically epic record, the third tune is called I Don’t Wanna Get Wise and is pretty mundane and everyday in its aspirations.
YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not list worthy: 406
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 15
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