Sam Smith: To Die For (Capitol/Universal, 2020) A pre-release single from Sam Smith’s new record. I’m not a big huge Sam Smith fan, it’s just too schmaltzy for me. He can sing, but it’s mad cliche. This tune features a sparse arrangement behind his voice — a filtered, somewhat funky beat, a bit of strings, some piano. Sam’s lonely, that’s the message here. Maybe if he wasn’t such a bummer? I like how the beat is eq filtered, I don’t like how there are more vocal tracks as the tune moves on though it doesn’t go over the top. Good luck out there Sam.
Migos: Give No Fxk (Motown, 2020) Migos don’t give a fuck! With two vocal guests to boot. Super fat bass, I enjoy that. The rest of the arrangement, meh, it sounds a bit disposable. I guess Migos don’t give a fuck about the lasting value of their tracks. ‘I got too many diamonds, I look awesome’. I can’t say that’s the best vocal line I’ve heard. They’re running business, they’re making a lot of money, somebody in the back of the mix keeps saying flush it, so maybe they got a clogged toilet. And I will do as that MC commands and I will flush it.
Bad Bunny & Sech: Ignorantes (Rimas, 2020) Dag, my Apple Music keeps crashing, what a pain in the ass. I gotta go ghetto with the GooglePimpTube, I hate the GooglePimpTube, it sounds like shit. Bad Bunny is a loverboy and a bit fat tongued as well. He’s a big deal fo sho. I like the arrangements more than I like his voice but it doesn’t matter what I like as this video has 20 million hits in 4 days. You go bad bunny! I like his guest vocalist more than I dig him. He’s really not a very charismatic vocalist but when you’re a hottie you get to roll like that.
Ingrid Andress: Life of the Party I’m still on the GooglePimpTube and I’ve listened to the top 8 songs from Apple Music hot tracks and fuck it’s been a sad journey and we’re gonna end this death march with this track by Ms. Andress who’s been the life of the party since he left. She’s drinking a lot and she’s lonely, maybe she should roll out on Sam Smith, he’s lonely too! I’m open to the lyrical topic but the cliche lyrics, I ask America can we not do better than this? If she’s the life of the party I don’t want to go to the party, it sounds mad boring. I’d rather drink by myself. I can’t tell if she’s an aspiring country singer or a pop star or both, I get a few country feels. When she goes high in the chorus proclaiming that she’s the life of the party….oy.
YTD recordings listened to: 122
Good music, not list worthy: 70
Not good music: 52
Honorable Mentions: 0
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