@@@ Dropkick Murphys: 11 Stories of Pain and Glory (Dropkick Murphys, 2016). You gotta give props to the Dropkick Murphys for hanging in the game. They know when to get the frat boy, Irish punk sing-along jams out just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This is definitely the kind of music Trump listens to when he’s licking Vladimir Putin’s nipples. And after he licks the Puti-nipples he then proceeds to pee on his dog which I think is a bit pervy. Anyway the sing along and guitar distortion is in full effect in this first tune. No lyrics here, beautiful. I’m on the third tune and these guys have a lot of love for the fans to go with the bagpipes and the penny flute parts. Some of the most heartfelt lyrics regarding blood and violence — it almost makes you tear up before somebody smashes a bottle over your head.
@@@ Sohn: Rennen (4AD, 2016) A few preview electro-indie bangers off a release that’s coming out January 13. Anyone who says a record is going to ‘drop’ at a particular time needs a slap. This first tune features gospel tinged vocal lines though the lyrics are for a tune called Hard Liquor. The arrangement is friendly industrial with a light sprinkling of ago to go with the vocal desperation. Oh my, this second tune they have takes that blues/gospel thing and breeds it with some Bieber pop sexy. This is all right but just once I’d like the pop left out and the full blues to get the focus.
@@@ Night People: You Me at Six (BMG Rights, 2016) Blurbed as ‘monumental rock splashed with precision pop’. I think ‘cliche cheese rock’ is a more apt description. Breathy, loverboy singer with by the number rock guitar riffs with tons of Bon Jovi whoa ho vocals. One more tune. This third tune, Heavy Soul, is not heavy soul. It’s a ballad, he just keeps running back for the same fight. Oh man, kids out there don’t traffic in this shit it will rot your mind. Leave this shit for the beer commercials.
YTD recordings listened to: 27
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 18
Not good music: 8
Honorable Mentions: 0
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