@@@ Kelela: Frontline (Warp, 2017) Let’s keep on with Pitchfork’s top 100 songs of 2017. I didn’t get the hype of this record when I checked it upon release but she’s at #9 for the year. They call her vocals bold and stunning but I don’t hear it. She’s got a good voice and she’s got some standard double track for background. Compare this track to Prince’s Lady Cab Driver and get back to me. The tune is solid, it’s focused but I don’t get chills and I don’t fill my diaper. I wanted to fill my diaper in joy, but I didn’t.
@@@ Bjork: The Gate (One Little Indian, 2017) People love the Bjork — she’s part superhero, she’s part feminist kickass, part weirdo. Here again we have an artist’s brand/personality overshadowing her music. This opens up Bjork-apella with a couple of wind instruments. It’s like Lord of the Rings had a love baby with Blade Runner — both ancient and futuristic. After the Bjork-apella shit gets mad emotional — slow, contemplative storytelling from a place where she gives love from. This single is 6:38 and I’m not sure I can make it. I’ve been watching the Great British Bake Off (highly recommended!) and if this song was a cake it would a big fluffy, multi-tiered affair and a bit of a messy inside fillings. I honestly can’t tell you what this song is about. I keep hearing about the care for you but then I heard a ‘when did you get so needy?’ which is never a good sign. I made it 5:45 and this is not one of my top 100 songs of 2017.
@@@ Jay-Z: The Story of OJ (Roc Nation/UMG, 2017) I love the sounds on this track, it’s unfortunate that Jay-Z starts talking New York City real estate in the middle of the track. And then he goes from race politics and intermingles that with buying art as an investment and it’s just a mash of self-blowing and holy roller fake politics. I don’t give a fuck about how much your bullshit paintings are worth — you can roll up ’em tight and slide ’em up yer high end uptown ass and nobody would even know they’re missing! Nice beats and really tight arrangement with a lot of confusion sauce yo. You can’t be on the top 100 songs of the year with this level of lyrics, I’m sorry that’s just sad. Plus he throws in that Jews and money reference, I’m not sure that passes the smell test.
YTD recordings listened to: 9
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 4
Not good music: 4
Honorable Mentions: 0
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