I just read that the upcoming issue of Mojo magazine will include The 50 Best Records of 2015.
I'm struggling to come up with 15. And of those I did come up with, I just about like half of them. That's right, 7.5 of the records on my year-end list are there because I don't hate them, not because I love them.
So many disappointments this year from artists I've always looked forward to hearing.
Dan Auerbach's new project with Richard Swift, The Arcs got old real fast. It's all affected vocals and production. It works on the first tune, but got me twitching by the fifth tune.
Ron Sexsmith's "Carousel One" received favorable reviews when it was released in March and like most of Sexsmith's records contains more than a few fantastic tunes. But, something feels wrong. Sexsmith's delivery has always been melancholy, even on his upbeat tunes. Here, both he and the musicians sound sleepy. It taxis, but never takes off.
And what's the big deal with this new Adele tune? Hasn't the "Hello. It's me. How've ya been? Is your sister Muriel seeing anyone?" thing been done to death? And isn't it musically identical to about 5 other Adele tunes? What am I missing? I don't mind Adele. This isn't that. I just don't see the appeal of this very mediocre new single.
And speaking of "Hello, It's Me," I'm still not over the misery brought on by Todd Rundgren's "Global" and with each review of praise, my head spins and my pressure rises. And I love the man.
Speaking of misery, how about that tossed off piece of wanking from Wilco. Talk about disappointing. "Star Wars" confounds.
And speaking of confounding, how can someone with even a modicum of respect for music, get behind Andra Day?
This is from Rolling Stone:
Why You Should Pay Attention: Don't be fooled by the images of Andra Day in doo-rags and vintage furs like a post-millennial Billie Holiday. Far from a retro artist, her music spans from "Forever Mine," which is inspired by the Flamingos' doo-wop classic "I Only Have Eyes For You," to the soaring empowerment anthem "Rise Up," which she performed last month on the BET Awards. "I'm not going to put myself in a box," she says. "Whichever chord progressions move me, whether it's rock, jazz, doo-wop or soul, I'm going to put it together and not be worried about whether people can put it in a lane or not."
"Far from a retro artist?" Someone actually wrote that. It must have been based on something, maybe Andra Day said, "I'm far from a retro artist." It is certainly not based on the music because the record "Cheers To The Fall" is nothing but retro. Worse though, it sounds like a Rutles parody of Amy Winehouse. It is a painful listen, not because Andra Day can't sing, or because the people involved--?uestlove, Raphael Saadiq, the Dap Kings--can't play. It is because it's an AMY WINEHOUSE RECORD!
Day even covers Winehouse.
I know. It's me. Blah blah.
The 15 records I like will be coming soon.