@@@ Niall Horan: Too Much to Ask (Capitol, 2017) A ‘heartfelt’ piano ballad off the hot tracks section of Apple Music. It’s sweet and soft like apple butter — think James Taylor on a piano. I have a feeling the tune is gonna build to a big ass sonic climax — could be wrong. As far as schmaltzy ballads go this could be schmaltzier. If this tune was an ice cream cone it would be a plain vanilla in a wafer cone. I just checked with my friend and a wafer cone is the one with the flat base so it will stand up on a table without assistance but it’s very sweet and not very substantial. And it’s not artisanal vanilla ice cream, it’s that old school shit that came in in a half gallon box.
@@@ respectful child: ::Searching (Coax, 2017) Some ambient music off this week’s CFUV playlist email. The first tune opens up with delayed guitar — I know I’m a total music bitch but I like to keep my ambient music separate from my electric guitars. This first tune has a lot of echoed guitar. I’ve skipped ahead and had bites of the second and third tunes and the delayed guitar is the dominant element. I like delayed guitar but when it’s ambient music it introduces a New Age/arena rock element to the proceedings. I avoid New Age vibes in my music the same way I avoid the plague. I understand my readers/listeners might be dying for some echoed guitar ambient music so have at it if you roll like that.
@@@ A Giant Dog: Toy (Merge, 2017) Blurbed as hook driven rock on the Apple Music. An updated, slightly campy Cheap Trick type of rock. Two singers, one male/one female singer, some medium crunchy friendly guitars and hooks with a dash of indie. I would call this one third camp-one third classic rock-one third indie.
YTD recordings listened to: 599
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 318
Not good music: 255
Honorable Mentions: 6
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