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Rapid Round September 2018

Between vacation and grantwriting, I’ve gotten very far behind. So here’s a rapid round of things worth listening to that I haven’t gotten to yet.

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Craft – White Noise and Black Metal
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 6.5/10
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Calibre 50 – Mitad y Mitad
Genre: Banda/Norteño
Rating: 5.5/10
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Parius – Tales from the Eldritch Realm
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 6.5/10
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Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Genre: Folk/Country
Rating: 9/10
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Israel Nash – Lifted
Genre: Rock
Rating: 8/10
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The Coral – Move Through the Dawn
Genre: Rock
Rating: 8/10
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Thomas Dunford – Bach
Genre: Classical
Rating: 7.5/10
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Hanterhir – The Saving of Cadan

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: This utterly trippy, extremely long concept album about… Cadan… puts forth a wall of psych-rock sound that just ebbs and flows, and grows on you with each listen. And, Cornish.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: The Night Flight Orchestra is a 80s nostalgia rock side project comprised of members of various metal bands, like Arch Enemy and Soilwork. When you first listening, the early impressions are that you are settling into a fun session listening to parody rock. But then… they are just too good to be parody. This is a tremendous rock album, not just a novelty act.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

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Genre: Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: Tremendously enjoyable jazz, that flirts with bubblegum elevator music, soul/R&B and other genres. With the lack of hard edges and strong cross-over appeal, it works as a very successful call to make jazz accessible to new listeners. It is very long (a double-album) and it falters in the second half.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen

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Genre: Pop
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: This is superficially a pop/R&B albumb, but remarkably diverse and sophisticated, both musically and lyrically. It takes a few listen-throughs to realize how great it really is.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Ammar 808 – Maghreb United

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Genre: Electronica/North African
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 9.5/10
Commentary: This album is a full-on sensory assault of deep bass, electronic beats and traditional North African instruments. It is so intense it is hard to listen to in the background; it demands that you stop and give it your full attention. It ends up sounds both traditional and futuristic in the best possible way. Best album of the year so far.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Jaroussky/Forsythe/Baráth/Fasolis – Orfeo ed Euridice (1774)

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Genre: Opera
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” is core material in Flute II, which I suffered through in a methodical and unmusical way. But that left me with a great nostalgia for this opera, but I haven’t really enjoyed most of the recordings. This one is great, nicely mixed so that the orchestra is not overpowering, and with singing that is more expressive than precise, my preference. This is the 1774 version of the opera, not the more commonly heard 1762 version.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Parkway Drive – Reverence

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Genre: Metalcore
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: So I guess this will be my metalcore album for the year. Not my favorite genre, as I’ve made very clear. I kinda like this album though. It has all these swooping choruses and feel very arena-ready. Not that I would ever go to an arena show. But I bet this would be cool…maybe. I don’t know. I’m not sure why I like this so much, but I do. Enjoy.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Chip Taylor – Fix Your Words

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Genre: Country/Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: So Chip Taylor is this guy who wrote “Wild Things” — yes that Wild Things– then chugged out some kinda dreary Nashville records and then spend a few decades as a professional gambler. Now, for at least a decade or so, he’s been back churning out soft country-flavored acoustic albums, all thoughtful and interesting, and some quite good. This one, Fix your Words, is sort if in the middle of the pack. I enjoyed it a lot, but those who aren’t into long mostly-pointless voice-overs about Hank Williams as well as an excessive amount of throat-clearing and tooth-sucking between whispered musical phrases might feel differently.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Ghost – Prequelle

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Genre: Stadium Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: So then there is this moment where you here thischeesy metal shtick… and you think this is the best thing ever. Ghost is basically the heir apparent to cheese-coated stadium metal, and this is the album that solidifies that status. They’ve shed enough of their occultism to have popular appeal, while still staying strong and weird. Of course, the album is hit or miss. There are some really terrible songs. We don’t care.
More info: here.
Listen: here.