@@@ Wu Tang: The Saga Continues (Entertainment One, 2017). Focus on another ’90s crew. At least the Wu is not baring their souls like Willie Patrick. The first real non skit tune brings the stripped down funk with the kung fu wizzy and the thick ghetto blackness. Man, RZA has skills. The rhymes are solid and they don’t sound rusty at all but the arrangements steal the show. The string flourishes, sporadic background vocals, and tight tight bass lines really show the youngsters how it’s done.
@@@ St. Vincent: Masseduction (Loma Vista/Concord, 2017). People love the St. Vincent and I have been unable to see why. I guess some indie folks might think this is kinda funky but it’s funky in a nerdy and not very funky way. It’s got plenty of art school sauce so if you like some dishwater funk with that sauce well then you will be very happy with this. She does a good job singing, the beats are all right, but the energy kinda lags in terms of what she wants to do. To my ears she ripped a lot of the elements for her tunes and some of the melodies from Prince. I continue to feel that Ms. Vincent is overrated.
YTD recordings listened to: 672
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 362
Not good music: 283
Honorable Mentions: 6
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