@@@ Harry Styles: Sign of the Times (Columbia, 2017) I have heard Harry Styles’ name but I had to see on the interwebz that he was in One Direction. I fucking love One Direction! They are so awesome. Now this single is going in one direction and that’s straight downtown to Cheese City, where the streets are paved with cheese and people wear clothes woven with fine cheese threads. I would guess that the music honchos behind Harry Styles (not behind his young behind) are trying to make Mr. Styles into an adult because this song oozes with cheap, shallow quasi-philosophical sentiments. You know, the way adults are. The main vocal hook is ‘stop you’re crying, it’s a sign of the times.’ I’m not sure what the fuck he’s talking about but my panties are quaking just listening to him reach for those falsetto notes. You go Harry, you super hot cheese monger. This pop biscuit streaks across the sky like a fecal comet, raining down tiny droplets on those outside while it flies by. Well done!!
@@@ Future Islands: The Far Field (4AD). I’ve peeped Future Islands in the past (ah, confusing) but I saw on this week’s All Music notable release email that these guys have a new full length. These guys are rooted in ’80s synth rock with the accompanying sounds, thought the singer is gruff and more energetic than what you might expect from a band of that style. I’m sorry to report that I’m more than a bit distracted because I’m still all hotted up by Harry Styles’ performance. I would say this record is for folks who like a little adventure. The band is pretty tame and smoothed out but the singer has just a little danger going on. #HarryStylesRocks
YTD recordings listened to: 229
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 123
Not good music: 86
Honorable Mentions: 1
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