@@@ Ed Sheehan: Shape of You (Warner, 2016). Sensitive troubadour and Tizzy Stick cohort follows the Taylor Swift model and goes full mainstream with undercover dance and racy lyrics. I’m not gay but Sheehan is most definitely sexier than Taylor Swift — she’s a bit of a cold fish pretending otherwise. Otherwise this is corporate, medium IQ booty music. I made it two minutes, shit they should use this music at Guantanamo Bay. He likes the shape of her body, they’re kissing in the back of a taxicab, he can’t wait to do it with her, yada yada yada. Change your underwear because this is a lyric video. Fuck me, 2017 is gonna be great!
@@@ Echolocation: Gone is gone (Rise Records, 2016). A hard rock/metal supergroup that’s not the front page of the Apple Music heavy metal section. It’s got members of Mastodon, QOTSA (Queens of the Stone Age for those non fans) and the singer from Abba. Wait no Abba singer. After a bit of a dreamy, half-prog opening they get into a slow monster walking stoner metal vibe. Let’s peep more as this first tune is kinda too sensitive in the verses for my taste. The second tune moves into a modified grunge, riffy thing and it’s all right. Like Pearl Gym after a gym membership or Metallica after a night of couples therapy. Not really, the singer of Metallica picks dudes like this out of his stool in the morning.
@@@ Campos: Miracles & Criminals (Doral Fin, 2016) A lounge-y pan Latin smart party record I got to via the WRIR weekly email. I spy and conclude from the clipped video below that these guys hail from Peru. Man, high IQ. This first tune has space organ, solid percussion, a little surfy electric guitar, and a modern Latin flavor. Let’s peep more. The second tune, the title track (flipped below) is a loping, chill track with some stylish organ playing (bird chirp like) and a dreamy feel. I like this record but I don’t love it.
YTD recordings listened to: 15
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 10
Not good music: 4
Honorable Mentions: 0
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