@@@ Beyonce and Jay Z: Summer (Sony, 2018) Beyonce and Jay Z are two of my least favorite musicians ever. I love Solange but these two, blech. However, they are a huge deal and I like to keep my finger on the corpse of the mainstream music business. I’m sure the sounds here are going to be high end. I’m a little surprised at the Caribbean influences with the soul arrangement on this first tune. Beyonce is the main attraction of this first tune but the lyrics are pretty standard if not cliche. Now Jay Z is on the mic and this is adult mature, post gangsta Jay Z. It’s a well focused track but I don’t see it to be the work of our finest American superstars. There are better soul tunes for sure, there are better lyrics, there are better vocal performances and rhymes. I guess when you Beyonce a solid B is considered an A.
@@@ Grouper: Grid of Points (Krankey, 2018) Some alternative off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It opens female acapella but this first tune appears to be an intro flavor pack and the second tune is the proper first tune. It is piano and wispy, angelic female singing, sparse arrangements and super ethereal. I don’t want to type too loudly while I listen that is how fragile we’re talking here. This is music for sad female teenagers but personally I don’t think it’s good for this demographic. That’s just my opinion but it is its own little world, easily squashed is what it sounds like to me.
@@@ Nervosa – Downfall Of Mankind (Napalm) Some all female metal off this week’s CFUV weely email. We’re more concerned with the quality of music than the gender of the creators of it and these ladies bring a solid, muscular style to this record. The singer is quite pleasing with a sandy, cattish growl to her voice and she is back by some thrash drumming and a wall of buzzy as a million bees guitars. I like this record with the singer leading the way.
YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 177
Not good music: 151
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto