@@@ Halsey: Now or Never (Astralwerks, 2017) A single in the Apple Music hot tracks section from an upcoming big bucket of bangers in the that’s coming out real soon. From the sound of the single I won’t be checking out that record. I like some of the sounds here (though they’re pretty standard sultry urban pop sounds) but she needs to get herself a room cuz she’s singing and panting like she’s about to cream her jeans. Which is fine, get your freak on, but not while you’re singing. Masturbate first then go sing in front of the microphone. Call me a stickler but I’m not masturbating while I write this review post cuz those are separate activities. And this review is more creative than what she’s going on so I would be more justified.
@@@ Tei Shi: Crawl Space (Downtown/Interscope, 2017) A major label electro record from the All Music notable release section. The Apple Music blurb says she always wanted to be Britney Spears. Yikes! I can hear that dream in the first tune and she does a better job than Britney because Britney is not about music, she’s about booty. The arrangements are really tasteful, the sounds are top notch, the singing is really good, but the lyrics and the tunes are standard. There’s nothing to pull you in besides the sounds. Say, for example, the brilliant spiritual horniness of Prince’s 1999. This is much more conservative than that.
@@@ Arbouretum: Song of the Rose (Thrill Jockey, 2017). A mash of big ’70s rock with a little stoner rock as well as a smudge of the Lord of the Rings epic journey. Yes, Frodo Baggins rock yo. Ooh, they’re tickling the Grateful Dead funny bone on this second tune Comanche. Some tinkly, long meandering guitar solos. I mean meandering in a good way. So if you’re a sensitive, fully actualized millennial rocker these guys will serve you up their own particular take on post 9/11 pastoral rock.
YTD recordings listened to: 245
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 133
Not good music: 91
Honorable Mentions: 1
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