08th May2013

Reviews :: New This Week

by Ryan

Watch out, I’m going off-script. The title of the site is “Music I Like…” today, that third word will not be true. But it’s music I feel that I need to speak to.

All albums released on May 7, 2013.


The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Now, you know I love Jay-Z, but this was just a disappointment. Ok, it wasn’t really a disappointment because I didn’t expect much. When it comes to soundtracks, there are really only 3 that you need even take note of: The Bodyguard, Rocky IV, and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

I thought that the cover of Jay and Bey’s “Crazy in Love” by Emeli Sande was fun. On the whole, though, only one track stands out: Jack White‘s cover of “Love is Blindness” by U2. This is probably my favorite thing that I’ve heard from White outside of The Raconteurs. I thought this was a soundtrack exclusive, but it was actually a B-side to a single from his Blunderbuss record.


Pistol Annies: Annie Up

For every Nashville artist that gets a record deal, there are 3 more who settle for songwriting deals. There are another dozen who bus tables at Bread & Company. So, it’s always fun to see an artist (here, Miranda Lambert) grab a friend or two from when they were coming up to create a self-serving, fun project. The downside here is that The Wreckers did this same thing 9 years ago, and they did it so much better.

I’m intrigued by the timing of this record (up against Natalie Maines‘ solo effort, Mother). I think that this is definitely a call out to jilted Dixie Chicks fans with a bad ass female trio that’s not going to start a political fire. Unfortunately for the Annie’s, again this is a track that the Dixie Chicks tread better than anyone else. The Annie’s have great harmonies, but their voices are a bit grating and their songs mostly lack heart. The one place where they succeed is “Trading One Heartbreak for Another“, and that is bolstered by the fact that it sounds like “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

patty griffin american kid

Patty Griffin: American Kid

I don’t like Radiohead. I love The Bends, it’s one of my all-time favorite records. But I don’t like anything else they’ve done. I’m finally ready to say the same thing of Patty Griffin. As records go, it doesn’t get much better than Living With Ghosts. I’ve probably listened to it 30x more than everything else she’s put out, combined.

There’s nothing wrong with this album about Griffin’s father. I just can’t engage with it. Her early work had an edginess that I find lacking in her more recent work. She seems to have let go of any of her rock sensibilities and gone all in on country/folk/Americana. I find this a little amusing since her boyfriend is Robert Plant of Led Zepplin.

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