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Mediocre Albums Run-up – August Edition

Here are three highly anticipated albums, which have all gotten better reviews than they deserve. They are all fine. They are all fun to listen to. They are all a solid 5/10.

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Bruce Springsteen – Western Starts
Genre: Stadium Americana
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: The best songs are the cheesy ones.
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Baroness – Gold & Grey
Genre: Campfire sludge metal sing-a-long
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Legendary sludge metal act experiments with other genres
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The Black Keys- Let’s Rock
Genre: Saving the family legacy
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Chug a chug a chug a chug.
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The Hollering Pines – Moments in Between

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Genre: Country/Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 9/10
Commentary: This is in the running for best country album of the year so far. Really amazing, and it just grows and grows the more you listen to it.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Rainford

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Genre: Reggae
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: There is a cricket on the moon, apparently. And, there’s this quote, which somehow makes it all make sense “My socks are telepathic. My pants are telepathic. Everything I wear is telepathic! I have a cap that I like a lot. It gives me my telepathic power.”
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Waterboys – Where the Action is

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Genre: Nostalgia Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: So with the many extra bonus tracks I just assumed this was a reissue of back catalog (especially since it includes the excellent “Out of All This Blue”, again).. but apparently this is a whole new album which I didn’t realize for several weeks.. I love this type of sappy anthem rock, which sounds basically just like every other album they’ve ever put out. You either get it or you don’t.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Country Music Round Up – June 2019

It’s been a really good month for the genre.

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Doug Seegers – A Story I got to Tell
Genre: Your Dad’s Country
Rating: 9/10
Commentary: Perfectly traditional, and really good.
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Ian Noe – Between the Country
Genre: Interstitial Appalachian folk
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: Modern Appalachian country. Not self-mocking, and not too serious either. Always sad.
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Justin Townes Earl- The Saint of Lost Causes
Genre: Saving the family legacy
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: His strongest work ever. The usual chug a chug a chug style of ‘on the road again’ playing, but with humor and very solid songwriting
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Charlie Marie – Charlie Marie
Genre: Channeling the spirits of forebears
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: A solid but not cliched take on old forms. Checks all the boxes.
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Askew Sisters – Enclosure
Genre: Traditional/folk
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: The musicality here is just incredible. “The Wounded Hussar” is the standout.
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Caroline Spence – Mint Condition
Genre: Sad songs sung well
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: One of the best middle of the road country albums this year.
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Rob Melancon – Pinkville
Genre: Cigarettes and Alcohol
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: Hiqh quality Tom Waits impression.
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Felice Brothers – Undress

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Genre: Americana
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 3.5/10
Commentary: Almost unlistenably smug and tedious, another ineffectual contribution to the culture wars from the Felice Brothers.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Devin Townsend – Empath

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Genre: Broadway
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: Devin Townsend is sort of a thrash metal granddad. All the reviews describe this album as uncharacterizable and groundbreakingly creative. It is only uncharacterizable because the reviewers didn’t grow up listening to Broadway musical scores. It is a musical. A heavy metal musical. 8.5/10 for being a cool concept, docked 1 point because musicals are deeply uncool.
More info: here.
Listen: here.