@@@ Sheridan Reed: Money Maker (N/A, 2019) I got to this soul/r&b single via a music publicist email. It is a bit of a white boy frat r&b tune with the singer sound mad similar to the deceased singer from Sublime. I appreciate the groove but overall it’s not really my thing. It’s not my kind of soulful.
@@@ Ava Mendoza: Unnatural Ways (New Atlantis, 2018) I got to this out rock guitarist’s record via a gig announcement from the awfully pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust. It’s a big guitar rock formula here a la Frank Zappa without the childish lyrics and my favorite part of the record is the organ player. Whoever is rocking that is doing a good job and the tone of the organ fills out the bass space and gives the record a fullness. All the players are good and this is medium bluster and pretty accessible though it sounds like Mendoza has jazz training.
@@@ Dean Lewis: Stay Awake (Island, 2019) This is a hot track at Apple Music and it sounds like a label and an A&R person want to take a bite out of Ed Sheeran’s audience and his bank account. The production here is exquisite and polished but the tune is cliche trash except with an Aussie accent to class it up. You would hear this at a gas station or while you may be getting a colonoscopy. Maybe not at a colonoscopy factory because the tune is a bit of one by itself. Maybe a dentist’s office. These emotions are so recycled I can’t give it an iota of love.
YTD recordings listened to: 164
Good music, not list worthy: 97
Not good music: 61
Honorable Mentions: 0
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