Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
DISCO4 pt. 1 – HEALTH
With only one of the twelve tracks, throbbing and glistening opener “CYBERPUNK 188.8.131.52.” being attributed exclusively to HEALTH, DISCO4 :: PART I is a wild and mesmerizing experience. HEALTH are one-of-a-kind creators who chose one-of-a-kind collaborators to accompany them on this strange sonic exploration where unique parts live in melodic, momentous harmony. One can only try to guess who PART II will bring into the fold.
Enlightened In Eternity – Spirit Adrift
An ode to the timelessness of classic heavy metal, Enlightened In Eternity opens with the AC/DC-meets-IRON MAIDEN galloping of Ride Into The Light, sounding for all the world initially like Thunderstruck covered by your favourite NWOBHM band. Garrett has upped his guitar playing for this record; it’s chock-full of ripping solos such as on the opener and tasteful leads such as on Astral Levitationand Cosmic Conquest. Likewise, drummer Marcus Bryant turns in a fantastic performance, driving the songs forward without rushing as well as underpinning slower sections with aplomb. Vocally SPIRIT ADRIFT are absolutely a classic heavy metal act; soaring vocal lines with hooks aplenty and just the right amount of venom to avoid turning into Swiss cheese.
The LIBRA – T.I.
T.I. made sure that every single track on The L.I.B.R.A. is meaningful. For instance, on a song like “We Did It Big,” he pays homage to his fallen friends, while on a song like “How I Feel,” he makes sure that he talks about all of the evils that are haunting the black community. T.I. also does a great job of reminding the world that he is more than willing to go toe to toe with his enemies on “Make Amends,” that respect needs to go on his name on “Put Some On It,” “Respect The Code,” and “Pardon,” and that he can hold his own against some of the best lyricists on “Make Amends.” So what do I love about The L.I.B.R.A.? I like the high-powered beats on the album, I like the rap performances that T.I. gifts us with on most of the songs on the album, and I like the album’s front cover. What I don’t like about the album is that it features way too many people and it is too long. All things considered, I think The L.I.B.R.A. is T.I.’s best album since Paper Trail.
Fake It Flowers – baebadoobee
On Fake It Flowers, despite the shiny new record label, Beabadoobee hasn’t lost her adolescent, DIY charm. It transports listeners to a very particular time – albeit one that Bea wasn’t alive for – and will likely make even grown adults want to smash up their childhood bedrooms. Maybe that’s what we all need right now.
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