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  NEW ALBUM: Pink Sweat$ - Pink Planet
Posted by: Music Head - Yesterday, 14:01 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - Replies (1)

enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #133

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from Philly
debut album
modern r&b
minus the perversion
not bad for the genre

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  NEW SINGLE: Future & Lil Uzi Vert - Drankin N Smokin
Posted by: Music Head - Yesterday, 12:55 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - No Replies

enters the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart at #90

I don't like it



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  NEW ALBUM: Babyface Ray - Unfuckwitable (ep)
Posted by: Music Head - 28-02-2021, 13:19 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - No Replies

enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #128

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from Detroit
not on wiki
guess they don't want to fuckwitim

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  NEW SONG: Giveon - Heartbreak Anniversary
Posted by: Music Head - 28-02-2021, 12:34 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - No Replies

enters the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart at #74

I don't like it



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  NEW ALBUM: STRAWBS ~ Settlement
Posted by: Ruby - 28-02-2021, 09:42 - Forum: Rock/Classic Rock/Prog Rock/Blues - Replies (1)

STRAWBS ~ Settlement

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Dave Cousins – vocals, acoustic guitar
Dave Lambert – vocals, electric guitar
Chas Cronk - bass, pedals, 12-string guitar, vocals)
Dave Bainbridge - keyboards, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin
Tony Fernandez - drums, percussion
with
John Ford - vocals, guitar
Cathryn Craig- vocals
Schalk Joubert – bass (Judgement Day) (Dave Cousins visited SA in early 2020 BC ...)
 
No frissons here for me - I wonder if I’m missing something?? There are literally two songs that I would listen to again - wait, make that three – no four, maybe five, lol! – but also only because being a bit of a Strawbs fan, I made the effort to try and like them. I really, really wanted to so have had a few false starts writing these thoughts (hence the dithering above) and have heard the album all the way through a few times now. 

Hate to say it but Dave Cousins needs to not sing anymore, I think – or very occasionally, on select pieces - he does have a unique and highly recognisable delivery after all, but IMHO sounds best on the quieter, more reflective songs. He can still write lyrics (he’ll be delighted to know!) but someone else needs to give them a voice – sorry Dave. Actually – none of them are fabulous singers despite which John Ford’s contribution has already become earworm material. Also, despite these and prior scathing remarks, I will probably purchase this release, invoking the change of mind prerogative peculiar to my gender - that'll teach me to think out loud!

The premise of the album is that "there comes a time when every settlement is due" which is an ominous if true statement and which generally sets the tone for what is to come. Obviously, as with so many others in these times, there are marked references to, and commentary on the current state of affairs. 

Some nice piano/keys work on “Quicksilver Days” and on other tracks too – I’m noticing those more than anything else on this album, mind you the bass is not too shabby, nor is the guitarwork of Dave Lambert. Keysman Dave Bainbridge is, or was, with the band Iona, (I have one of their albums which I quite like) and Blue Weaver mastered and produced the whole thing from a castle in Germany, apparently. Considering it’s all been done remotely without even one face to face meeting, it’s quite a feat.

There are nine tracks on the vinyl album and an additional three on the CD that are tacked on the end and collectively called Off the Beaten Tracks. Apparently “Champion Jack” is one of Dave Cousins’ storytelling coups, and annoyingly, I can’t find it anywhere! I shall persist and post when I do. 

Track listing and writer/composer:

Settlement (Cousins)
Strange Times (Cousins)
Judgement Day (Cousins)
Each Manner of Man (Cousins/Ford)
The Visit (Lambert)
Flying Free (Lambert)
Quicksilver Days (Cousins)
We Are Everyone (Cousins/Cronk)
Chorale (Cronk)

Off the Beaten Tracks
Champion Jack (Cousins/Bainbridge)
Better Days (Cousins)
Liberty (Cronk)
 
I guess you either like Strawbs a lot, or the polar opposite, and if the former, this album will probably bring something more pleasing than The Ferryman’s Curse. Don’t expect the same magic as their seminal 70’s works though – those are where the real frissons remain.  

I recommend listening to tracks 7, 8 & 9 one after the other - 7 and 8 make more sense as a suite, almost ... 

The first of those ... "Quicksilver Days" ... 



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  NEW ALBUM: Pentatonix - The Lucky Ones
Posted by: Music Head - 27-02-2021, 13:40 - Forum: Pop/Dance - Replies (1)

enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #123

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from Texas
5th album
back to original tunes
not sure which is worse

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  NEW SINGLE: Masked Wolf - Astronaut In The Ocean
Posted by: Music Head - 27-02-2021, 12:32 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - No Replies

enters the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart at #68

I don't like it
but at least it wasn't filth



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  NEW ALBUM: Willie Nelson "that's life"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 27-02-2021, 09:08 - Forum: Jazz/Big Band/Easy Listening/Soft Rock - No Replies

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Deezer listen:

age: 87
96th studio album (including soundtracks and duet releases)...
his 17th studio album since 2010!
so cant really knock the dude for his longevity, prolific recording or status as an artist...
im a big fan, without a doubt the biggest fan he has on the forum (and of anyone i know!)...
his second collection of Sinatra standards (after 2018's 'my way')...
album sits firmly in the jazz genre, obviously!...
Diana Krall, not really a fan of hers, just saying she's on it...
of the eleven tracks only three or four i am partial to..
if its not my thing its probably a fair bet to say its not really yours neither....

single already posted but this is my favorite:



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  NEW ALBUM: Alice Cooper "Detroit stories"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 27-02-2021, 08:21 - Forum: Rock/Classic Rock/Prog Rock/Blues - Replies (6)

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Deezer listen:

his twenty-eighth studio set..
wasnt expecting much so was pleasantly surprised...
a return to an almost '70s rock sounding Cooper...
of the fifteen tracks, three are covers, one V.U, a Seger and an MC-5...
a couple of the songs have a bit of a 'soul/r+b' sound, well afterall, the theme is Detroit...
a couple of the Sledge sisters lend a hand on backing vocals..
a respectable rock album from a guy 50yrs into his career..

love this one from the album:



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  crazy price for Crazy Horse 'live' album!
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 27-02-2021, 07:32 - Forum: General Music - Replies (2)

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so Uncle Neil has just released a new-old live album.
was recorded on 1990 from the US leg of the then current World Tour...
it is available as a 4 disc vinyl set for $220 or as a 4 vinyl set plus bonus double cd set for $245!
there is no release schedule for a simple cd release...WTF!

seriously,
does Neil Young really expect fans to buy this???
seems like the old hippy has turned into a fully fledged capitalist in the extreme!

NOT HAPPY NEIL, NOT HAPPY AT ALL!

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