@@@ Betty Who: The Valley (RCA, 2017) A sophomore arena pop record off the new music section of Apple Music. After a decent a cappella opening tune it gets into the full electro cheese with the lyric ‘some kind of wonderful’. I’m not feeling that way, to be honest. Oh boy, I’m not gonna make it too far into this big ass sausage of pop cheese. Too upbeat, too gooey — awkward funk, stupid lyrics, full shopping mall production. Oy!
@@@ Colton Dixon: Identity (Sparrow, 2017) Some modern Christian music off the Apple new music section. I like to peep the Jesus folks out once in a blue just to see how they’re mixing the J Man with the sounds. This first tune is like a movie soundtrack mashed up with some Eye of the Tiger syrup. If you don’t know that Eye of the Tiger reference you have to GooglePimp that track and get with it. A little rock, a little electro. I’m on the third tune as I can only take this in small shots. Wow, it just morphed into a exploding Jesus Cheese Grenade, that’s really quite something. I like old school gospel (mostly the African American stuff) so I’m not opposed. However, I am a rabid anti-cheese-ite. I gotta tip on this record, it’s just a bit much for me. Big whoa ho background vocals and whooshes and all manner of positivity.
@@@ Creeper: Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner, 2017) Punk revival (?) off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is punky in the guitar sound, not so much in the lyrics and the production. It’s more than glam punk, it’s gummy kinda xanthin gummy or chewy. Those are all metaphorical words but the idea is to take big arena vocal arrangements and plop them on a shiny, medium rough punk rhythmic undercarriage. Like chocolate syrup on a chainsaw, hmmm, bloody and unsatisfactory. It doesn’t super work for me as I think of punk as being somewhat or very dirty but I’m no punk nazi. Check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 203
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 108
Not good music: 76
Honorable Mentions: 1
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee