@@@ Amy Shark: Adore (Wonderlick/Sony, 2017) Blurbed as the perfect indie rock slow dance single I ask myself how could I not peep this? Regular readers know I’m no defender of indie rock, but this shit is not indie rock. Call me a genre bitch but these marketing sluts are label surfing fir red. This is a pop song with a guitar part and major major label production. Don’t shit on my head and tell me it’s raining. She adores you, I get it but puh-lease. I would be more understanding if I didn’t feel mad deceived right out of the gate. Make your pop songs and be proud motherfuckers.
@@@ Diana Rein: Long Road (Diana Rein, 2017) I got to this record via the indie blog Indiepulse. It’s a modern electric blues rock kinda record and while guitar shredding mamas are hot they’re not as hot as badass female drummers. My problem here as with almost all modern blues rock records is that the arena rock production doesn’t work for me. I like dirty ass sounding blues. Let’s peep a bit more. The songs are pretty standard, the riffs as well, c’mon folks get yer freak on yo.
@@@ THUNDER BODY: Solstice (Rootfire Cooperative, 2017) Roots reggae I got to via a music publicist email. This first tune has some different lyrics which I appreciate. I don’t insist my roots reggae have every sound perfectly reminiscent of classic roots reggae — these guys definitely evoke the vibes. What’s different here is the singer and the lyrics; if you don’t like his flow or the lyrics it’s not going to work for you. Myself I think they do a good job with the sounds and I appreciate when people try to step out and throw even the slightest variation.
YTD recordings listened to: 741
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 394
Not good music: 309
Honorable Mentions: 7
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