@@@ Born Ruffians: I Fall In Love Every Night (Yep Roc, 2020) All of today’s listens are off this week’s All Music notable release email. This is a big soul band ensemble, full horn section but a nerdier singer than what you would expect to hear out in front of a big outfit like this. More classic rock feels than indie ones but it’s not a standard old school big soul band thing. i.e. not the Blues Brothers. Lots of energy, a shoutalong vocal hook (I fall in love every night), and a crunchy pushed to the limit hot mix. When he sings that he falls in love every night he means it.
@@@ Warm Digits: The View From Nowhere (Memphis Industries, 2020) Bouncy synth rock evoking the 1980’s on this track. Oy, who is responsible for bringing this sound back because I think they need a slap. The singer is all right and I dig the stringy bass sound but the beat is just so square I feel embarrassed. Sounds a bit like Robert Palmer and that Aussie band with the hottie singer. Bad hard drive, shitty spindle on the ol’ hard drive. INXS! I got that without the GooglePimp, swearsies realsies. As you can read I’m forced to entertain myself here and I made it just over halfway through the track.
@@@ Empress of: Love is a Drug (Terrible Records, 2020) More ’80s business, oy! Another female singer doing a better Madonna job better than Madonna has done, vamped up keyboards and kraut-y beats. I like the keys and how they intrude, but the beats could use some seasoning and I think songs about people bleeding on the inside and love being a drug should be outlawed. It’s just been done enough so let’s stop. Just trying to help. Somebody stole the bass sound from Prince which is a good move.
@@@ James Elkington: Ever-Roving Eye (Paradise of Bachelors, 2020) A jaunty folk rock tune a bit more fleshed out than Dylan’s version of this formula and friendlier as well for the age of Wu. Bobby Z. has always been so austere which I enjoy at times and not so much at other moments. A big soft layer of vocals comes in and really changes and mellows that folk rock and we’re in a trippier bit more stoned out part of town. Age of Aquarius people, the Earth is a big blue marble, it’s all so beautiful and nobody ever has violent diarrhea. Ever. I didn’t think this tune would go hard retro but it’s fine man, I don’t want to shit on the aura with my negative mental energy. Big long electric guitar solo before all those vocals return. I’ve always been a bit suspicious of hippie feels but if you’re up for it this will groove your socks off!
YTD recordings listened to: 257
Good music, not list worthy: 139
Not good music: 112
Honorable Mentions: 0
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