Tag Archives: Albums (2017)

Swag and how to use it: Shania Twain, the Killers, Tee Grizzley

Shania Twain – Now Anyone who cares is pulling for her, but her first album since weapons of mass destruction obsessed the Bush people is a painful listen: distended, dull, lacking the kind of memorable tunes accompanying awesome titles. Years … Continue reading

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Tough guys: Rostam and Kip Moore

Rostam – Half-Light As Vampire Weekend’s former keyboardist, guitarist, and producer, Rostam Batmanglij was its most essential member, meshing with singer Ezra Koenig in a partnership responsible for thin, sumptuous, string- and harmony-based arrangements that roamed far afield. His second … Continue reading

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Redundancy vs Results: LCD Soundsystem and Liza Minnelli

LCD Soundsystem – american dream “Six steps back,” James Murphy shouts at the beeps and electronic gurgles in “how do you sleep?” To call it a moment of self-recognition would flatter him. Perhaps he suspected this project — the first … Continue reading

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Veteran envy and veterans: The War on Drugs and Filthy Friends

I like to write these posts for the benefit of friends who avoid social media (saludos, Gaucho!). Last week I reviewed The War on Drugs, a Philadelphia band appreciated for its guitar grandstanding and for the unsubtle manner in which … Continue reading

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‘I don’t like your little games’

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do Electronic swoops, piano on the bridge, lots of boom boom bap — this single could be the new St. Vincent, or, to return to once upon a long ago, to a … Continue reading

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Testing the limits of reaching out: Tyler, the Creator and Romeo Santos

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy Having gotten clicks from demonstrations of truculence, Tyler Gregory Okonma shares a few unexpected admissions, truculently. I don’t think he’s either clever enough or cynical enough (or truculent enough) to fake them. “For the … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2017 — first half report

Hi! The year’s half over. Here are twenty-two albums I have loved. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound The xx – I See You Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now Arto … Continue reading

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Charlie Worsham and Lana del Rey

Charlie Worsham – The Beginning of Things Young, adept at playing several instruments, this Jackson native can sing well and write better. Although the credits on his sophomore album feature Nashville standbys Shane McAnally and Ryan Tyndell, the most important … Continue reading

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Striving and making sense: Haim and Jay Z

Haim – Something to Tell You In a chart era indifferent if not hostile to women recording songs without the help of a Chainsmoker or a phalanx of rap stars – when this week only Julie Michaels and Halsey have … Continue reading

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Rhymin’ and disappearin’: Vince Staples

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory Beats that clank and grind like the seats in an old jeep, mostly provided by SOPHIE, and beats with chirped samples and aqueous synth patches, mostly provided by twenty-year-old Zack Sekoff with assistance from … Continue reading

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Getting the details right: Jason Isbell and 2 Chainz

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound Intelligent songs intelligently performed, with a songwriter at the microphone conscious of his limitations as a performer, as a member of the human race; this is Jason Isbell’s best realized … Continue reading

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Comebacks: Big Boi, Ride, and Alison Moyet

Big Boi – Boomiverse When Antwan André Patton released his last good album, Barack Obama was in the White House and the Democrats still controlled both chambers. This native Georgian can’t be too happy about the results in the Sixth … Continue reading

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