@@@ Kanye West: Wash Us in the Blood (UMG, 2020) I’m not sure I dig gospel infused Kanye as much as back in the day narcissistic Kanye. Travis Scott as a guest on the microphone over hand drum to open. As usual the sounds are crisp and tightly arranged, it’s the lyrics I usually have beef with. I like the mentions of the death penalty and the mention of genocide and it’s a blend of spirituality, politics and Kanye West. It goes from meta to Kanye’s troubles with the media and I’m not so interested in that. I guess the main question here is whether the West is obligated to deliver something that makes sense or do a plethora of references/shout outs get the job done. I don’t have the answer to that for anybody but me and I think he lyrics should make more sense than this. I like the references but it’s all very complicated by West’s personality and history of wacky shit. It’s pretty good, if it made sense I would say it’s moving towards great.
@@@ Joshdub: Fuck 2020 (N/A, 2020) How can you not get down with these lyrics? The sounds are solid but it’s a bit weird but when you check out the various versions of this tune up on the GooglePimp they’re all short and the whole thing repeats so it’s either half a track or somebody went way postmodern and just looped the bitch in identical fashion just to fuck with everybody’s head the way the ‘rona has. I’d take a more finished tune I think it would be worth a listen but I’m happy with what they gave.
@@@ Kasey Anderson: The Dangerous Ones (N/A, 2020) I got to this via music biz blogger Bob Lefsetz. Gravelly voice, classic rock guitar sounds, straight rock drum beat. If Born in the USA era Springsteen had a lovebaby with John Hiatt it would sound a lot like this. “White boys with money make the whole world run, you and me baby we’re the dangerous ones.” The first half of that I’m down with, the second half seems a bit overcooked. Now if this guy had just thrown a molotov cocktail at a police car before he tracked this song I would be more inclined to agree with his assessment of himself as dangerous. The playing is spot on, but I continue to maintain that everybody can use a twist or a bit of sonic freshness. I don’t think I’m a prime consumer of anthem rock at this point in my life but it’s well done and I like half the vocal hook.
@@@ Jess Macc: Win Some, Lose Some (Self-released, 2020) Aargh I can’t remember how I got to this track. The beginning part of the tune is mostly a big country, Daniel Lanois sound with lots of tom tom drumming. Macc has a big enough voice to stand up in a tune set up like this — strummed acoustic guitar, drums loud in the mix (yeah!), electric guitar, organ and big changes. Lyrically standing up for herself as one of the hooks is ‘there’s no fixing what you did to me.’ There’s a bridge where the energy moves up to peak defiance before it dies back down but you do get an added gospel choir. I usually don’t go for the gospel choir, I don’t usually even dig it for the J man. I’m not going for it here. There’s a tambourine up in there and you know what that means, I’m wondering if they tried cowbell or not before they chose tambourine. Because cowbell takes a backseat to no other hand percussion.
YTD recordings listened to: 520
Good music, not list worthy: 261
Not good music: 230
Honorable Mentions: 0
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