@@@ Beyonce: BLACK PARADE (Columbia, 2020) I was reading on the interwebz, which is something I do a lot of when I came across an article talking about tokenism. For my purposes here’s a short definition: the practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing. And that’s how I felt about Beyonce’s other track that I listend to that was so generic and token that I can’t even remember the title. This tune is better than the other one I heard but her coupla notches above word salad lyrics are rarely if ever mentioned. The concept of the tune is clear but that’s about it and by the middle of the track the track is about her and that’s pretty much it as far as Beyonce is concerned. It’s always gonna be about Beyonce and her fortune. The verse is all right and I give a lot of respect to the arrangement but is there more than a tiny bite on Michael Jackson? If you don’t believe in the all knowingness of Beyonce then this is a well arranged track. If you believe in Beyonce then it’s awesome as awesome can be.
@@@ Taylor Swift: cardigan (Taylor Swift, 2020) I wanted to check out more of Tay Tay’s latest so I can be an educated listener. Remember this, dear reader of this small blog, that I’m most definitely the most far reaching and open minded listener in this here USA. Ms. Swift continues to milk the adult alternative singer songwriter thing rocking a metaphor of oneself as an old cardigan that somebody else puts on. It’s not really the most interesting topic though I think she does a better job singing this tune than the last one I heard. The 1 I think it was. She’s so tight, here vibe is tight tight tight and I find that so white white white. And I’m white. I like the keyboard sound, they’re a bit high in the mix and the lyrics are average, and I’m feeling like if you want me to listen to this many words I think they should be more interesting words.
@@@ Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion: WAP (Atlantic, 2020) Over a repeating chorus of ‘there’s some hoes in this house’ Cardi B. does a full on celebration of the vagina. And it is an X rated and explicit celebration of the wet ass pussy (WAP). Outside of a sparse bass/beat arrangement there’s very little here outside of the X rated central theme. As far as the lyrics/sentiment I can see it both ways — it’s kinda empowering for them to step to the mic and be nasty or nastier than most male MCs are and it’s also kinda potentially degrading if they put that vibe out there and ill men latch onto it and try to live it in reality when it’s a boasting song. So it’s complex as there is a real world out there. As a song it’s all right, not particularly interesting sonically and I think Megan shows more dexterity on the microphone than Ms. B does.
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