Monday, July 11, 2011

Quick Hits

James Vincent McMorrowEarly in the Morning
Dubbed “the Irish Bon Iver”, and I can really see it.  He has that same ghostly falsetto.  And, while this album is a bit more fleshed out with instruments than Bon Iver’s first album, it still has that same stripped-down feel at points.  I wouldn’t put him on the level of Bon Iver, but there are some really amazing moments on this album.

Favorite track: "We Don't Eat"
Rating: 4/5

It’s Beyonce.  Some of the tracks were amazing.  Some of the tracks didn’t do much for me.  When it hits, it’s fantastic.  When it doesn’t, it’s kind of boring (and, at times, a little annoying).  It’s uneven, but I enjoyed it.

Favorite track: "Best Thing I Never Had"
Rating: 2.5/5

I feel like I should’ve liked this more than I did.  Lots of reverb and distortion.  Seems like it should be a great summer album, but it just didn’t click for me.  I didn’t dislike it…but it just seemed to be the same song over and over again.  This seems like one that I’ll like more with repeated listens.

Favorite track: "Strange"
Rating: 3/5

Buck 6520 Odd Years
This is something a little different for him.  He’s always been a little strange, but this one seemed almost like a collage of musical styles, all trying to fit into hip-hop.  A little bit of pop.  A little bit of rock.  And a handful of moments that I can’t even quite describe.  I enjoyed it, but it doesn’t really rank up there with his Bike for Three album, or Situation.

Favorite track: "Superstars Don't Love"
Rating: 3/5

Asobi SeksuFluorescence
I heard about these guys a while ago, and this is my first time to actually sit down and listen to them.  Much like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, this is one that I feel like I should like (and in the same category, too…kind of fuzzy, summery music), but I didn’t really like it.  Nothing really jumped out.  I think I’ll end up liking the Pains of Being Pure at Heart album more than I’ll like this one.  In fact, I’m not sure I have much of a desire to listen to this album again.  It just felt kind of blah.

Favorite track: "Pink Light"
Rating: 1.5/5

Family PortraitFamily Portrait
Seemed like a lo-fi summer album.  But, once again, it didn’t really hold my interest.  There were some good moments, but most of the album just felt like one big underproduced faux-tribute to the Beach Boys.  I don’t get it.

Favorite track: "Come Back to Me"
Rating: 2/5

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