@@@ Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador, 2018) This musician is getting a big push for her second record. I even saw her scheduled on a morning talk show for housewives. F’real! This first tune is your classic bored guitar indie — smart lyrics, simple strummed electric guitar. This first tune, which is over six minutes long does expand to having a full band but if you don’t like the singing and the classic indie formula you’re not going to have a good time. The second tune is much more mainstream with a tom fill, a small horn part, some distorted guitars but Dacus needs a Red Bull. Or at least half a Red Bull. She almost gets to Cheap Trick vibes in the chorus of the second tune, Addictions. I’m pretty bored by this music — she’s a bit like a colander of overcooked rice noodles. Too soggy without any snap.
@@@ Wiz Kalifa: Captain (Atlantic, 2018) I check out Kalifa’s tracks because he’s just so blunted I find it entertaining. I hope he has his shit under control habit wise, I take no joy in folks losing control over their chemicals. This is a standard put down track with some gun references, bank account references, banging other dudes’ ladies, and of course some weed references. Very nice bass, it’s just a couple of notes but when they come it’s fat and overwhelming. Paired up with the skitter it’s pretty standard for today’s hip hop. The point here lyrically I believe is Kalifa sees himself as badass, a sort of captain among normal folks. He takes your lady cuz he’s the captain, he gets paid cuz he’s the captain, etc.
@@@ AFRIKA MAMAS: Iphupho (ARC, 2018) A lot of people like the South African vocal stylings so I thought I would check out this record. I prefer the band playing of African music but these women surely can sing and those who like this beautiful harmonizing should be made aware of this record. There is no instrumental playing except a little hand percussion, and it’s not my cup of tea but they do a great job at what they do.
@@@ Judas Priest: Firepower (Sony Music UK, 2018) Wow, Judas Priest just splanked out their 18th record. I didn’t know folks was still interested but apparently I’m very wrong. Unlike the bad boy petulance of AC/DC these guys are more bulletheads and metal warriors. I’m not sure what to say about this music as it sounds the way Judas Priest has always sounded — for those who think that change is the only constant has not checked out Judas Priest lately. The lead singer is closing in on 70 so you gotta give respect that he can still belt it out. Whether you like it or not is a whole ‘nother matter.
YTD recordings listened to: 137
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 73
Not good music: 61
Honorable Mentions: 3
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