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The Good: 2020 Albums Countdown (30-14)

11 Dec

#28

Eminem (2 amazing 9 good 2 alfred talking(3 tot); and hated 4 of 17  =

11.8% awesome; 

52.9% good songs; 

Awesome good avg = 32.35%

23.5% hated = 

Awesome – hated = neg%

Good – hated = 29.4% good

Awesome good avg – hated = 8.85%

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/11/30/eminem-music-to-be-murdered-by-album-review/

I had to deliberate long and hard to decide where to place the album on the list.  It contains probably the best rap song of all time (yup, I said it) and also a really powerful song, that’s ne of the best of anybody this year.  Unfortunately, it also contains that Eminem-brand misogyny, violence, and toxic masculinity, as well as a denial of white privilege.  I used to overlook those things a lot because I was younger, and I could think of the guy’s real life upbringing and struggles and somewhat justify all that toxicity.  Rap is a historical record of racial politics and socio-economic struggle.  But also, it’s 2020, and these issues are at the forefront, and Marshall Mathers has had plenty of time to get counseling, perspective, and education.  So I could not bring myself to rate it in the Awesome grouping for those reasons.

#27

Alanis Moressette (3 awesome; 3 good; OK; 1 meh; 2 dislike OF 11 = 

27.3% awesome; 

27.3% good; 

9.1% meh; 

18.2% dislike

Awesome – dislike =

9.1% awesome

Good-dislike =

9.1% good

Awesome good avg – dislike = 

18.2%

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/11/alanis-morissette-such-pretty-forks-in-the-road-album-review/

I feel like half of this album is my favorite.  It’s a more mature version of Morissette, though she’s still got that edge I’ve always loved.  She is honest and emotional, independant, yet in this album, there’s more vulnerability then I remember on prior works.

But then half of the songs fall into the “trite” category.  Maybe a little too saccharine for my liking.

#26

T.I. (3 awesome; 9 good; 3 ok; 2 meh; 2 dislike of  20 = 

15% awesome; 

45% good; 

Awesome good avg = 30%

15% meh; 

10% dislike

Awesome – dislike = 5% awesome

Good – dislike = 35% good

Awesome good avg – dislike =

30%)

Taylor Swift

Evermore (1 awesome; 10 good; 3 ok; meh; 1 dislike of 15 (so far)

6.7% awesome; 

66.7% good

Awesome good avg = 36.7%

93.3% OK & up

6.7% dislike

Awesome – dislike = 0

Good – dislike = 60%

Awesome good avg – dislike 30%)

DON’T FREAK OUT THESE ARE FIRST IMPRESSIONS & SOME ALBUMS TAKE MANY LISTENS TO APPRECIATE

#25

Kelsie Ballerini (11 of 13 good; 1 strongly dislike message = 

84.6% good 

– 7.7% dislike = 

76.9% good)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/14/kelsea-ballerini-kelsea-album-review/

I have this little theory that Taylor Swift went around and did some (uncredited) featured work on all her friends’ albums.  Like just for fun and because she can.  I talked about it on the Selena album and on Katy Perry, and I thought I heard some contenders in this album too.  I heard her on those other 2 albums, then made my theory, then listened  for it on this album.  Song candidates:

1) The Other Girl- the parts where it says, “They know about me” and also “red dress” line.

2)  and/or Love and Hate

3)  and/or Hole in the Bottle (the layered voice could easily be TS, and that last laugh?  If that’s not Taylor, then it sounds identical.  

#24

Smashing Pumpkins (awesome; 3 good; 1 ok; 6 meh; dislike of 10= 

30% good; 

40% Ok & up)

I mean, they haven’t given me all that much to say about the album.  It’s Ok, nothing really stands out except for the progressive track title spellings.  Not bad, could be more noteworthy next time around.

#23

Nada surf ( AWESOME 6 GOOD 1 OK MEH of 9 = 

66.7% good; 

77.8% ok and up )

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/nada-surf-never-not-together-album-review/

Not the “Popular” sound at all!  Far from it.  It’s actually more of a Death Cab for Cutie sound.  I was surprised this one ranked above my honorable mentions list.  It’s mellow, but not boring, and they gave me just a taste of their 1990s sound, but mostly had a new vibe.

#22

John Legend ( 4 good 3 ok of 16 =

25% good; 

44.8% ok & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/john-leg

end-bigger-love-album-review/

There were many songs on this album that I didn’t like something about.  But each of those disliked songs had at least one redeeming factor, or this entire album would have been ranked lower.

#21

Katy Perry (5 good 7 OK of 12 = 

41.7% good

100% OK & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/katy-perry-smile-review/

#20

Bon Jovi (2 awesome; 6 ok; 4 meh of 13 = 

15.4% awesome; 

46% ok; 

Aweseome + good avg=

30.7% good)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/10/bon-jovi-2020-album-review/

Bon Jovi wins easiest, most genuine segway into current events.  He does a seamless job of staying true to his own sound, and having an album that discusses all of today’s issues.  He hits on:  Political ugliness, the division in the country, war, racial justice, covid, and I applaud him for taking it on, and doing it well.  Every artist has a responsibility to do that right now.

#19

Rufus Wainwright (2 awesome; 3 good; 3 ok; 4 meh; dislike of  12= 

16.7% awesome;

25% good; 

Awesome good avg = 20.87%

66.7% ok & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/rufus-wainwright-unfollow-the-rules-album-review/

#18

The Strokes (1 AWESOME 5 GOOD 3 ok of 9 = 

11% awesome; 

55.6% good; 

Awesome good avg = 33%

100% ok & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/the-strokes-the-new-abnormal-album-review/

This is one of those albums that just might be too cool for anyone listening to it.  I’m glad to hear some more true alternative genre, but some of the experimental sounds are just too much.

#17

Haim (4 awesome; 5 good; 7 ok;  meh; dislike of 16 = 

25% awesome;

31.3% good; 

Awesome good avg = 28.15%;

100% OK & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/05/haim-women-in-music-part-iii-album-review/

I tried to listen to Haim before, because I heard a lot about them.  But I just didn’t really connect.  But some of their stuff was good on this album, and it made me want to listen to more of their catalogue again.

#16

Chris Stapleton (3 awesome; 6 good; 1 ok; meh; dislike of 14 = 

21.4% awesome; 

42.9% good; 

Awesome good avg = 32.15%

71.4% ok & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/chris-stapleton-starting-over-album-review/

#15

Miley Cyrus (3 awesome; 8 good; 4 ok; meh; dislike of  15 = 

20% awesome; 

53.3% good;

Awesome good avg = 36.65%

100% OK & up)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/14/miley-cyrus-plastic-hearts-album-review/

This album is awesome–but not really because of Miley herself.  She pairs with standouts and covers some favorites.  But whenever it’s Miley, by herself on her own track–it doesn’t really hold up.

#14

Lauren Alaina 

Getting Over Him

(2 awesome; 4 good  of  6 = 

33.3% awesome; 

66.7% good)

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/12/12/lauren-alaina-road-less-traveled-album-review/

Overall, I was disappointed.  If your EP is made of a few really great songs, put it out.  But if the songs are not perfect, either edit til they are better, or add some stunners and make a full album.  Also, the two things I liked best about her past album, was Alaina’s positivity and good messaging, and her vocal strength.  This EP showcased neither.

Yet, here it is at the top of the ‘Good’ list, because it’s out of 6 songs.  So maybe it’s the smartest way after all…

I didn’t realize Alaina had put out two EPs until (embarrassingly late) the day before I was ready to publish the finalized list.  Why not just make them 1 album?  So to all the people I said edit and put out an EP if you need to–never mind on that.  Spotify made it a complete pain in the ass!  It was hard to see them.  Hey Spotify developers, if you’re reading this–puh-leeze make all kinds of music chronological.

Katy Perry: Smile Review

25 Nov

Do I think this album has some catchy (old term) radio-worthy songs? Indeed. Does it deserve Grammy nominations? MMm, I don’t know if anything here was substantial enough to warrant that. Do I think Taylor Swift was featured on one of these songs? Yes I do. I don’t care what anyone says, I can hear it. Maybe someday the truth will be revealed.

Never Really Over:  Perry really knows what she’s doing when she picks (does she write her own stuff?) her songs.  This first track immediately grabs the listener by the ear and pulls them into the album.  It’s got that hook.  Masterfully catchy.

Cry About It Later:  That gallop beat!  It makes it exciting, it makes the song good for dancing and running alike.  And it’s a cool thought to have fun now and feel pain later.  The guitar interlude in the latter part of the song took it into retro territory, which I think was unintended.  

Daisies:  Did Taylor Swift write this, did she sing at all, and is she credited?  It has her stamp all over it.  I am pretty sure that’s Taylor’s voice, like you can especially hear it come in on 0.26 sec. And blended with Perry’s voice on 0.44.  And on 0.52.  Also 1.20 and 1.34.  After 2.16, it’s an obvious duet, so I don’t understand why she’s not credited…  Other than Kaylor reasons…  You can hear it well at these time stamps:  2.32, 2.37, 2.42.  Or if it’s words that are easier for you to hear: “nowhere” “ cover me in daisies” too.  Daisy is a decidedly Kaylor symbol.  Lyrics like, “put our hopes in a box in the attic” and “take those sticks and stones, I could build a house” and “tell me that I’m crazy”

Resilient: The optimism in this song rings genuine, which I like.  Perry can easily veer into the superficial, and that didn’t happen here.  The imagery of a flower growing through the cracks of concrete is both nice, and holds up.  And she sticks with the metaphor throughout the song (other than one gold reference), so that’s good.

Not the End of the World:  Gosh, how many ways can I say that Perry knows how to pick material that is a catchy, ear-worm?  This is too.  Nice fast speed, some neat background tricks (ghost laughter) with the production.  A sample phrase, but blended within the song beautifully, so it’s meshed, not separated.  Gets stuck in my head every, damn, time.

There were several bland love songs in between.

Harleys In Hawaii:  I am not a fan of the lyrics.  It’s cheesy drivel.  But the song got points for production value and that sustained note Perry sings toward the end.

Only Love:  Has some nice choral backing, and a pretty acapella outro.

What Makes a Woman:  I think it’s good to ask what makes a woman.  So that society at large, can realize a lot of it is performative, and not the characteristics that actually define the female.  Women can be anything.  And Perry ( clumsily) points this out.  Hair length, softness of skin, and makeup really don’t matter.  I’m not a fan of bringing up bitch to describe women, nor do I like the over-the-top compliments to women, for biological things beyond control.  Perry gets halfway to a feminist perspective, in challenging factors that define the traditional feminine.  But she also misses the point that women are also no better than men.  That’s not what feminism is going for.  We just want to be treated as people, no worse, but also no better.  So C+ for broaching a stigmatized subject, but points off for not entirely understanding the goal.  Also, that last line is a rhyme cheat, “turnin” and “woman” do not rhyme..  But good overall effort.  And thanks for the bravery for putting this out there when our patriarchal society makes feminist a bad word.

40th spot to 31st Best Albums of 2017

8 Jan

#40-TLC

You just can’t recapture the past.  Especially without a member, my personal favorite member.  But TLC’s self-titled 2017 album comes out strong, especially the song, “Haters” in which the message is absolutely true.  And it’s a good message.  Very relevant in these tumultuous times.  I’m not big on the very heavy sampling, but maybe the other 2/3 of the group can work out the kinks of being a duo and produce some quality tunes that are more in line with the past albums.

#39-Katy Perry

I think she was pushing a little hard to find that empowerment anthem, and because she was trying too hard it didn’t happen organically.  I like ‘Hey Hey Hey” but the first line of the song is, “A big, beautiful brain” which is a little over-the-top and not that singable.  Another example is “Power.”  It’s almost like Perry writes in soundbites that she hopes can become the next catch phrase or mantra.  I suggest she just write from her heart instead.

#38-John Mayer

I’m not gonna lie—Mayer is losing major points and positions because of his weird-ass cover art.  He looks like a junkie with unwashed hair that someone doodled over at the bus-stop.  WTF?!  Whoever convinced him to go that direction (or approved it) should be terminated.  Also, as much as Mayer tried to introduce some funk vibe into The Search for Everything, the album is mostly boring.  It’s like once he lost his arrogance, he also lost his inspiration.  The only songs I could attach to is “Never on the Day You Leave” and “Roll it On Home.”  The song “Changing” gets honorable mention from me.  But sometimes Mayer comes on a little too strong and tries to force emotion, which I do not like.  I would like to see John Mayer do something different but have that spark too.  Work on the whole package, man!  This album makes me wonder if he was just a flash in the pan-not a real talent.

John Mayer

#37-Kid Rock

He has that southern-fried rock going on, but I can’t help but think of Trump when I listen to it.  I don’t know if it’s true or not, but my impressions are Rock is more racist than rebellious these days.  I have no idea how he is as a person, but the type of music is a little too Lynard Skenard for me to feel comfortable jamming to.

kid rock racist

#36-Various Artists

Trios sounds like an experimental, jazzy cacophony.  Sometimes it’s just discordant sounds, others it intones a suspenseful mood.  The album is individual and cohesive.

#35-The Killers

It’s a little quiet, and a Lot less dancy.  Wonderful Wonderful was probably the best example of (just slightly alternative) rock & roll in the scene, which comes as a surprise to me.  “The Calling” is the most reminiscent of their other albums.  I also liked, “The Man…Remix” is a space-oriented shake-your-ass kind of song

#34-Drop Kick Murphys A little less pub-anthem, but still as cheeky as ever.  You can still sing to them when you’re drunk, but 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is more melodious than past fare.  Standout of the bunch is “First Class Loser” which is awesome!

Dropkick Murphys

#33-Evanescence

Synthesis is Epic to the point I was wondering if it was written for a show or at the very least a video game.  This gal can SING though and per the usual she proves it.

#32-Linkin Park I see Linkin parts as four distinct sounds:  The angsty scream-yelling (not too much), the rap with thoughtful lyrics that make sense, the melodious singing, and the catchy hooks.  This album is very melancholy, without a lot of that anger that I used to like.  The sound is too different in One More Light and alienates me as a long-term fan.  The songs are still catchy, but they’ve lost that edge.

#31-Maroon 5

Red Pill Blues doesn’t have that special Maroon 5 beat.  It’s also not dancy at all.  And it’s not really catchy like past albums.  It’s kind of soft and unassuming, a dud actually.  I’m disappointed and hope they will rev things up again.

Adam Levine douche