@@@ Kelly Clarkson: Never Enough (Atlantic, 2018) A monster shot of mainstream sonic cheese from the Greatest Showman Reimagined sountrack. I have no clue why the Greatest Showman was reimagined but these decisions are out of my hands. Unfortunately. The shine of a thousands spotlights will never be enough, other stuff will never be enough, never enough, that’s the hook people. When she hits the chorus it’s full throated Cheez Whiz. I know we’re all on the same side but I don’t understand how this infantilizing, arena pop actually effects people at an emotional level. To my ears it sounds ridiculously plastic. That’s just me and folks is free to enjoy their shit as they see fit but be careful, too much cheese can kill your ass, you dig?
@@@ PIERRE AKENDENGUE: La Couleur De L’Afrique (Lusafrica, 2018) Switching gears bigly, here we have an EP of African music that I found this week’s WRIR playlist email. The first tune kicks out a mellow laidback vibe with a simple drum beat and accompanying hand drumming. The twist here lies in the string arrangement, but otherwise it’s pretty familiar. It’s a nice track that builds to a big swell in the chorus before dying back down in the verse. The production here is very clean and shall we say arch? I like the grittier sounding African music — that’s my preference. I don’t have anything against this music and its sound though I prefer a stronger swing. If I wanted the soaring music I could always cut myself a big ass slice of Kelly Clarkson cheese. This record undoubtedly surpasses the Greatest Showman soundtrack but they’re not completely unrelated.
YTD recordings listened to: 635
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 254
Honorable Mentions: 8
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