@@@ The Maine: Lovely Little Lonely (8123, 2017) Some mainstream half rocking, half bittersweet faux thoughtful white boy rock. Not as gloomy as the Goo Goo Dolls, but a tad soft at its emotional core. Call me crazy but I find this music scary. These are finely manicured false emotions designed to bolster people who are already sporting a somewhat tenuous connection to reality, many of them very young and just starting out in life. Records like this perpetuate the idea that art may be completely cliche and recycled and somehow passionate and emotional at the same time. And as the music soaks in through an already troubled society people hear this music and think fake emotions are not only normal but acceptable and encouraged. Fake emotions are so much more toxic than fake news, this is a dangerous donut people and it’s best to stay away and head for something with some splank to it.
@@@ Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town (Side One Dummy, 2017) I’m consistently amazed at how flexible the new country music has become. This first tune is minority country and mostly a Cracker tune with a funky white boy beat. It’s really quite something and it does fall in the same category as going into a bagel store and getting a donut. The second tune has more twang for sure, but I think he’s been listening to mad Cracker tracks. I own more than a few Cracker records and frankly his lyrics are better.
YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 138
Not good music: 94
Honorable Mentions: 1
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