@@@ Black Bear: digital drug lord (Bertram, 2017) R&B/soul off the Apple Music new music section. This first tune has provocative lyrics and solo piano accompaniment. The second song brings some beats and low end and I like it more. It’s not peeling my face off but it’s good. His strength is the rawness of the lyrics. I’m not sure if Black Bear is a white boy, but he kinda sounds it. He’s doing a pale Drake thing mixing singing and hip hop, it’s all right.
@@@ Imelda May: Live Life Flesh Blood (Decca/Universal, 2017) Off this week’s All Music notable release email and I’m peeping it because it’s produced by T Bone Burnett and he’s got skills. The first tune is mad mellow, lonesome and comforting at the same time. The second tune brings a mellow drumbeat but the focus remains on the guitar playing and the singing. I like it but I think I might prefer Emmylou Harris’ records done in the same vein. This is just a tad too polished and sleepy time tea to make it to my stereo.
@@@ Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk, 2017) Some power pop/punk in the Superdrag vein. My main beef with most indie guitar rock is how fucking butter soft most of it is. I don’t need to be bludgeoned like a metal record but I need a little muscle. So these guys rock a bit and they have a strange female voice out front and it makes for an interesting contrast. I don’t like this second tune as much as the opener. I’m liking this record less as it plays more but I really like the first tune. It’s clipped below, that’s how much I care. I give I give I give and all you guys do is take.
YTD recordings listened to: 259
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 142
Not good music: 95
Honorable Mentions: 1
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