Hot off the presses: new music! Better said, new music that is worth your time.
As I am writing this, I am in full-on catch up mode. You see, it is decidedly not early September anymore, but this summer and fall were busy, fun times and it has just now gotten cold enough in Boise to make sitting here and typing about music sound like a great use of my time.
On the bright side, I have lots from September and October to write about. On the dim (not bright?) side, this was a release week long on relevant artists but short of anything worth my very hard-earned recommendation.
That is the price you pay when you try to write about music releases every single week: not all 52 each year are the same – sometimes you get six great albums on the same day, sometimes you get none. As Forrest once said, “each week’s release schedule is like a box of chocolates…”
Also released (and not strong enough to recommend):
CMMNWLTH – How Can We Really Know For Sure?
Yes, these guys are from Boise, and I have gotten to see them several times because of this fact. Regardless, they are pretty badass – and this album was ALMOST good enough for me to recommend. It’s just not a consistently solid album and lacks anything quite good enough to stand out. Having typed that onto the internet, I will say that “You” is a solid song that channels Jimmy Eat World without getting too deeply into the cliché pool, and “Lately” is worth checking out also. This is much more mellow fare than one of their live shows, but it does show some depth for a band that is just getting started. Go see them live when you have a chance.
Everlast – Whitey Ford’s House of Pain
See what he did there with that album title? He reminded you all (as I so frequently and annoyingly do whenever “Jump Around” is playing) that he was the main man in House of Pain. Gotta be honest, dude does have a cool voice – you have to give him that. “One of Us” is acoustic guitar mode Everlast that works, as does the hip-hop mode of “The Culling” and “Smokin & Drinkin”, but much of the rest of the album is mediocre at best.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Forget About Georgia EP
Young Lukas is starting to take after his legendarily prolific father, Willie, and his legendarily prolific buddy Neil Young – this five-song EP is he and his band’s third release in the past 2 ½ years. The title track is badass, with Lukas killing it on his heartsick and broken vocal while his band is up to the challenge of keeping it interesting for the over 8-minute duration.
Hozier – Nina Cried Power EP
It must be EP season! This four-song mini-album from the studly crooner was a disappointment for me. Maybe I need to give it more time, but I think not. His debut album didn’t take me more than one listen to hear the genius – consider me hopeful that he starts over and delivers a sophomore effort that can stand up to the debut. It has been 4 years now… just sayin’.
Waxahatchee – Great Thunder EP
OK – Clearly, it is EP season… This one is a mellow affair, and after being transfixed with her latest, 2017’s Out in the Storm, I was slightly disappointed. “Chapel of Pines” and “Slow You Down” are fine tracks, but again, I hope for a better LP sometime soon.
Paul Simon – In the Blue Light
This is basically a re-work of some of his older and less known songs, and I found it to be decidedly “meh”.
Paul McCartney – Egypt Station
Blasphemy!!! I list Sir Paul 7th on this list?!!?!? Behind Everlast?!!? And bands nobody has ever heard of?!!!!? And I don’t even recommend the album?!?? That’s right, Jack, it’s my blog. “Come On To Me” is actually delightfully catchy, albeit overly repetitive. However, when I hear his music now I have a hard time not hearing how drastic of a drop off this is from his best. Same can be said for many older artists, I know…
Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration