@@@ Lorde: Liability (Universal Music, 2017) The big music machine is spoon feeding us little bits of Lorde and oh I’m not finding it as delicious as they would hope. Hey, hey Regina Spektor has been rocking this sad girl/piano thing for years and frankly she’s a better singer. There better be a explosion of cheese sauce in the chorus or it’s gonna be a straight fake meaningful bite job. No ‘splosion people just a wave of standard breakup drama. Plus Lorde’s voice should not be exposed too much, ahem.
@@@ Alt-J: Relaxer (Warner, 2017) Alt-J has a full length banger coming out in June but they’re already dropping little bits of kibble on the internet. It opens up slack and downtempo, like an electro spaghetti western theme song before he comes in with a highbrow British vocal thang. Just as with Lorde biting the Regina Spektor this is a pretty Radiohead bite but with a topping of sweet sprinkled cheese. It remains somewhat dark but it goes orchestral and I just heard the line ‘I just want to love you in your own language’ which annoys me. I’m not sure why, but most likely because I find what precedes it to be more than a bit of a jumble.
YTD recordings listened to: 165
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 89
Not good music: 62
Honorable Mentions: 1
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