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.
Power Up – AC/DC
As a tribute to late AC/DC guitarist and founder Malcolm Young, that he is credited as a songwriter on every single song on Power Up is magnificent. But what’s greater is that – even with the tragic loss of the man with the heaviest right hand in all of rock’n’roll in 2017 – AC/DC have made an album that, even for them, is a high-voltage celebration of life, the best of times, and the absolutely indomitable, boundless power of a couple of chords and a four-four beat. In a time where getting together with your mates and partying and getting the beers in and shagging and living it up is all but illegal, as a reminder of just how powerful and timeless the very idea of these wonderful things are, AC/DC have never felt more necessary or vital.
Therefore I Am (single) Billie Eilish
New standalone single ‘Therefore I Am’ is a bruising statement that picks up where 2018’s ‘Copycat’ and ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ left off. At that time, Eilish felt slighted by the impersonators, in the former claiming that the pretenders were merely in italics, while Billie “in bold”. Low-key brutal. Everyone wanted more than just a piece of her, but to wholesale pinch her style. On ‘Therefore I Am’, she’s had enough of that shit. Therefore I Am shares DNA with the laid-back funk of her 2019 debut album’s (the staggering ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’) ‘All The Good Girls Go To Hell’ and ‘My Strange Addiction’, sharing the same glitchy beats and rhythm, but there’s more playfulness this time around.
So Help Me God – 2 Chainz
Trap rapper 2 Chainz, a.k.a. Tity Boi, a.k.a. Tauheed Epps, has returned with a stacked 15-track album titled So Help Me God! After facing delays on the release in late September and October due to sample and skit clearances, his sixth studio album finally dropped last night. Featuring Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rick Ross, the album also includes singles “Quarantine Thick,” featuring Mulatto, and “Money Maker,” featuring Lil Wayne. While the feature list may read like an upcoming Thanksgiving dinner during which no one brings up politics to Trump-supporting uncle Lil Wayne or failed candidate Kanye West, it seems like everyone is getting along just fine. Despite 2 Chainz’s appearance on West’spresidential “theme” song, he did not consider it a full endorsement, recently speaking at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign.
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