@@@ Miley Cyrus: Younger Now (RCA, 2017) Cleaned up, re-Disneyed Miley Cyrus needs to maker her Lamborghini payment so she’s back for the masses. Let us see what she and her marketing team have come up with. She’s got a greaser rockabilly look on the cover and her first line is ‘I feel like I just woke up’ she’s on about ‘no one’s stays the same’. It’s a pretty simple pop rock arrangement with acoustic guitar and a few electro details thrown in for good measure. She keeps singing ‘what goes up must come down’ and I’m at the point I get to with a lot of pop songs where there are meanings that are hinted at but mostly it is evocative word salad. Miley is hinting at some sort of rebirth/change yada yada yada, let’s move on.
@@@ Crystal Eyes: The Female Imagination (Sweetie Pie, 2017) Some female fronted classic guitar indie off an old CFUV weekly playlist email. Reverbed vocals and a slack Velvet Underground manner of rocking. Let’s peep a bit more but I don’t usually go for this sound/energy. The second tune has a wee bit more energy but it’s not a full spanking to be sure.
@@@ Thy Art is Murder: Dear Desolation (Nuclear Blast, 2017) Some tightly manicured and aggressive metal from former CIA case officers off the Apple Music metal section. I’m feeling the guitarist, he’s all amped up on Red Bull and whatnot. The singer is right at the line that divides hardcore singers and barnyard animals and I hope the drummer has proper health insurance as he’s hitting that double kick so frequently his leg might fall off. Ah my leg!! I like this third tune (clipped below) which is a piquant blend of some classic metal guitar riffing, tasty thrash drumming and a full metal beatdown. The production is super pristine so that changes the listening experience but these guys bring it.
@@@ Baka Not Nice: Live Up to My Name (Warner Bros, 2017) A gangster ballad off the A-list hip hop. Mr. Not Nice is not really very nice and he appears to be extensively involved with shooting other folks. The arrangement is pretty trippy and the synths are used more percussively than melodically which it makes for a funkier and weirder listening experience. I like the snare sound they got on the drum machine. Mr. Not Nice drinks Henny when he’s shooting at the range as it helps his aim out on the streets when he’s been drinking. You get the idea.
YTD recordings listened to: 544
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 293
Not good music: 227
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips