@@@ Pure X: Middle America (Fire Talk, 2020) Slotted as lo fi on last week’s All Music I find this to be more garage-y than lo fi. Pretty gorgeous guitar tones and a dual guitar attack if I’m not mistaken. A dreamy female voice sits in that basket of buzz with a slack drummer keeping time. The guitar tones go a long way to make the vocals work better. I’m checking out the beginning of the next tune and I tell you some recording/mix engineer deserves some credit for these sounds as they rule this record. I believe the tunes are low key and low profile on purpose. You know I’m not super sure of the gender of the singer here, it’s not the biggest deal I just don’t want to make it appear that I’m not paying attention.
@@@ Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen: A Stone’s Throw (Rune Grammofon, 2020) A female Norwegian guitarist with a love of classic metal riffage smashes that testosterone soaked sound with jazz horns. A little Motley Crue, a little Sonny Sharrock. Fans of contrast and car crashes will dig this sonic combination. I’m a bigger fan of the combination than I am of the guitar tone. I should be nicer, I dig the melodic guitar playing and don’t have much use for the rhythmic chording that supports it. Big points for the smash up and the energy here. It does become quite unhinged in the last third of the tune and I’m feeling that.
@@@ Trapt: Make It Out Alive (Crash Collide, 2020) Some finely polished hard rock off last week’s All Music notable release email. A third grunge, two thirds hard rock. They want you to know they’re going to make it out alive. He dressed his wounds…oh boy. Most everything here is pretty standard. Standard drum sounds, standard guitar sounds and unfortunately standard vocalizing. I can get with the drummer but beware the lyrics and the singer.
@@@ Bury Tomorrow: Cannibal (Sony, 2020) Rougher metal also off All Music but a combination of sounds still pretty accessible as far as metal goes. Percussive/rhythmic guitar playing and an off the hook singer who I’m taking a liking to. I prefer the verse to the chorus where the tune goes more hard rock than thrash. Twitch-relax, twitch-relax. Highly manicured sounds which lessens the impact for me. Regular readers know I prefer the full meltdown over the manicured, epic style of metal.
YTD recordings listened to: 540
Good music, not list worthy: 273
Not good music: 238
Honorable Mentions: 0
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