@@@ Jennifer Lopez: El Anillo (Sony, 2018) I have not heard a Jennifer Lopez tune in ages. I’m more than a bit shocked at the freshness of the sounds here. It is a blend of Spanish language lyrics, Latin percussion rhythms and electronic sounds. Lopez does a good job at not oversinging and bringing lady funk to the tune. She’s not particularly feminine in her vocal style which is also a bit surprising. There is a small part of the tune where the vocal melody becomes more romantic but it is sandwiched by tough dancefloor sounds on either side.
@@@ Dierks Bentley: Living (Capitol Nashville, 2018) A pre-release new country single off the Apple Music hot tracks seciton. Regular readers know how much I love new country music with its arena music production and it’s piquant lyrical blend that consists mostly of corn and cheese. Now I like corn and cheese as much as the next guy but I like it when I go out for Mexican. This is a tune about being grateful for your life and I’m down with that except these are third grader lyrics and should come with a baby food spoon and a Disney cap. Some days you’re living, that’s the big vocal hook. Oy.
YTD recordings listened to: 231
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 122
Not good music: 101
Honorable Mentions: 3
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