@@@ Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK: Sour Candy (Interscope, 2020) Our second foray into Lady Gaga’s most recent sci fi dancefloor biscuit. Space sounds and fat synth bass right out gate, and a major label pumped unt-sss. It’s a booty shaker and lyrically it’s a bit difficult to understand the specifics so Imma hit up the genius and see what she’s on about. I’m guessing it’s about licking her like she’s a sour candy or some such junior high locker room metaphor. I’m pretty close — how predictable she is. The lyrics play on the word sour as in she’s a little crazy and angry and maybe what dudes would call PMS-y, which is an offensive term but I’m using it as a word not as a weapon. But in classic Lady Gaga fashion she starts singing about unwrapping her like she’s a sour candy. It’s a word salad revolving around those two ideas with a little take a bite, take a bite action at the end which may be an oral sex reference. So pretty high minded stuff on the Lady Gaga dancefloor. The sounds are pretty standard but they don’t sport a minimalist techno feel as they’re very pumped and compressed and filling the stereo field (with sour candy). Some might say it’s metaphorically a Turkey with a lot of sour candies stuffed in its stuffing hole. I like the guest BLACKPINK much more. Well it’s been another depraved trip around Lady Gaga’s va-jay-jay centric kindergarden mind, it’s gonna be huge, the tune it is (not her va-jay-jay).
@@@ Flynn: One of Us (Sony, 2020) The following three listens are from last week’s Line of Best Fit. This might not be an easy listen as these breathy singer/songwriters are a reach for me. Plus it’s a major label tune. It opens with him singing over the ringing piano chords, before it explodes into a big cheese bomb in the chorus. Imma bit confused regarding the lyrics — he says he now knows what it feels to be one of us but aren’t all of us one of us? It’s an odd vocal hook lemme listen again. I know it is now to be one of us. I know what it’s like to listen to an overly dramatical track and I could use some sympathy. The sounds are epic pop electro with manicured production and new sounds.
@@@ Camille Delean: Fault Line (New Habitat Records, 2020) More singer/songwriter, this time a soft rock formula with some country feels added. Not super country, just a slide guitar in the back of the mix. I think I hear a shaker going on here which begs the question: why no cowbell? It can really spice shit up. I like Delean’s voice, it’s strong and direct and the arrangement shifts in places to keep you interested. I’m particularly impressed by the drummer’s small changes — nice job yo. It’s a song with bittersweet feels to it but it doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own drama. The next song started and it has the shaker, I think the last song was a shoosh from a reverb. So the question for this second song, you guessed it: why no cowbell? Very nice and focused arrangements on this record.
@@@ Jessie Ware: Ooh La La (Virgin, 2020) I’ve seen this singer’s new music pushed in a couple different spots on the interwebz. This is a pre-release track, it’s the first track on the record and it’s a slightly kraut-y disco track. It’s got a little Prince feel to it, but the guitar sounds are pretty ’80s and a bit ineffective. I think if you’re going to go for the pop funk you gotta have some funk in there, there’s not enough in here for me to feel adequately funked over. The lyrics revolve around her getting picked up and ridden around town with her man which is all right but a bit unexciting. Compare that to Lady Cab Driver by Prince and you’ll clearly see the difference. I thought this would be better. It’s not as atrocious as Lady Gaga’s latest biscuits but it’s not go to material for me.
YTD recordings listened to: 438
Good music, not list worthy: 228
Not good music: 198
Honorable Mentions: 0
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