@@@ Hoops: Fall Back (Fat Possum, 2020) I seen it on the Twatter! Comin’ out with the mad ’80s feels — a retro beat, chorused guitar and the friendliest gent on the microphone since Ronald Reagan! Oh Ronny, you Commy fightin’ crazy biatch. Now here we go with the baking show metaphors — some desserts can be too sweet, different people enjoy different levels of sugar. This is pixie stick sweet, it’s too sweet for me! Da doo doo background vocals, I guess the singer is the biggest sweetener. You get a big guitar shred for this type of track but it unfolds within the initial impression. Also some bouncy bass, everything here is pitched around comfort and awesomeness. I’m not saying folks shouldn’t like this but it doesn’t work for me.
@@@ Psychedelic Furs: Come All Ye Faithful (Cooking Vinyl, 2020) I’m checking this track out (I got to it via a music publicist email) because I know the sax player from work I’ve done as an audio engineer. I remember the singer sounding kinda bombastic and he still is and they’re unapologetically offering up some updated post-classic classic rock for ya earholes. It’s a midtempo rocker with chopped up guitar sounds and acidic lyrics. I like the horn playing, I’m agnostic on the guitars and the drums and the lyrics are a small positive for me. I’m not getting any lasting impression from the track, it goes in both earholes and didn’t land for me. I like some elements of it.
@@@ Kareem Ali: Night Echoes (890243 Records DK, 2020) Some house dancefloor business that has a bunch of relationship related vocal samples to open it up. That fades away and and it gets into classic house rhythms with a looped vocal sample which I like but which also drives me a bit nuts at the same time. I could use a bit more sonic development here, take this out for a bit put something else in for a bit, that sort of thing. Oy, this vocal sample is making me feel like I’m in a mental hospital. I stopped listening with 1:45 to go, check it out and if that constant loop at that volume doesn’t make you reach for a rope you’re a more stable person than I!
@@@ Country Westerns: I’m Not Ready (Fat Possum, 2020) I seen this one on the Twatter too! Described as a garage rock trio, which I get, I do notice the Neil Young style distorted electric guitar sound more than the garage rock. The singer is an earnest gent with some gravel in his voice. They rock a classic formula in an uptempo energetic manner. With the familiar song structure it comes down to the singer and the execution of the playing. I dig the drummer’s steadiness and the guitar tones while feeling the Replacements style singer.
YTD recordings listened to: 508
Good music, not list worthy: 254
Not good music: 225
Honorable Mentions: 0
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