@@@ Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville, 2018) #3 on NPR’s best of 2018 list. I know she’s a critical darling but I’ve never heard the mind blower to convert me. The production here is large sounding with shades of Daniel Lanois’ Emmylou Harris record. She’s going for the big meta lyrics and I wish they were better. The playing is very good, there are some interesting sounds tucked into this country record, but I don’t hear the best of year vibes here.
@@@ Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador, 2018) #4 on the NPR best of 2018 list. Oh boy, mopey indie music. Has the world an infinite appetite for downer guitar indie or is there something wrong with me? Dacus has a fantastic voice and she deploys it with great taste but the tunes….they’re more background music for a coffee shop rather than something that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I understand I’m running the risk of being a krank by not liking what is apparently so likable but this doesn’t work for me. This makes me feel sleepy.
YTD recordings listened to: 678
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 369
Not good music: 264
Honorable Mentions: 8
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou