@@@ Reason Define: Pointing Fingers ( , 2018) I got to this hard rock single via a music publicist email. It’s pretty mainstream ala Super Drag and many many other power pop rock bands. It’s an all female lineup which is cool, especially for Justice Kavanaugh. I kid, I kid. I think the background vocals put a tad too much polish on it for my tastes but the energy is high and this is aimed at the heart of the suburban listeners that crave musical guitar drama.
@@@ Olympia: Star City (EMI Australia, 2018) I got to this Australian singer’s single via an Australian online music mag. Fancy that. It’s an interesting and un-American blend of pop rock. It rocks all right with a classic urgent rock drum beat and some loud guitars but it’s very hook-y in the vocal melodies with some small guitar melodies and a synth tucked back in the mix. It’s a bit hard to put into words so listen if you can be bothered.
@@@ Petra Glynt – My Flag Is A Burning Rag Of Love (Pleasence) I think I got to this record via the same Australian music magazine but I’m not sure. It comes out blasting with an electro rock vibe with some kaleidoscopic vocals panning back and forth across the stereo field. I skipped to the next tune to see if there is a proper vocalist for the record or a bowl of chopped vocals. It is the former as a female singer hits the headphones. I like this tune, Health, much more. She sounds more than a bit like Madonna but she can actually sing. Her mixed salad approach works much better on that second song which I clipped below. Because I care. I find the arrangements interesting, the sounds and tunes a little less so. As always check it out for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 610
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 327
Not good music: 247
Honorable Mentions: 7
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