@@@ Miranda Lambert: Wildcard (Sony Music, 2019) I saw this record at the top of last week’s All Music notable release email. The opening track here is called White Trash and it is new country pop arena rock white trash redneck business. I know Lambert is pretty popular but to me the combination of sounds here is just trash and I guess you could say these sounds are a white trash aesthetic. I don’t know if she gets the irony of that. I doubt she and the produces would agree but I guess they’re trash. Too splashy, very few sounds of any sort of subtletly or sophistication, I’m ashamed to be white when I hear this. C’mon fellow crackers, can we not do better than this? It’s supposed to be ironic or funny but it’s not. The second tune is more of a midtempo but it’s still a blend of cheesy ’80s rock sounds with a pubic hair of country. You treat my mind like a hotel room, and I know why I gave the keys to you. That’s how I feel about this record except I don’t want to cough up the keys. I think I might need more than celebrating one’s own trashy life.
@@@ Frank Ocean: In My Room (Blonded, 2019) #2 or #3 in the Apple Music hot tracks section. I’m split with Ocean — I think he’s a bit overrated but he does present himself as a human with human emotions and he is a musician. Some of these hot tracks punks are brands and attention seeking whores, just pimping music to get where they want to go. Ocean has always excelled at mashing up hip hop/r&b with intimate bedroom vibes. The beat is down lower here, and he’s got a mental vocal sample clicking away and Ocean brings more energy to his vocals than usual. I leave this 2:13 of Frank Ocean music the way I came in. I like a lot of the elements here, but it doesn’t all add up to genius to my ears. The lyrics have a rambling feel to them and it doesn’t go past being a well devised bedroom groove.
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