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Week in Music Review October 29th: Black Radio 2, Night Time – My Time, Recharged, Reflektor and More

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There were several notable albums released on the 29th of November and a couple on Halloween as well. I am a fan of music in case you didn’t know. I hope I don’t scare you away with the fact that a genre means nothing to me. In the words of Duke Ellington “Their only two kinds of music, Good and Bad. So lets get to it.


Sky rev

First up is newcomer Sky Ferreira. This 21-year-old girl was born in the 90’s, so how she managed to pull off this retro sound on her debut album Night Time; My Time shows a true love for music. The sound and feel of the album is cross between 80’s pop and the 70’s all girl band The Runaways, with out the rebel edge and raunchiness of The Runaways. Though her album cover art may deceive you. She poses naked in the shower fully exposed. I expected the album to get boring after a while as it became repetitive, but the album actually flowed well and continued to evolve. Not bad Sky! She scores a 7

 


R&B comeback

The Robert Glasper Experiment released Black Radio 2. The first Black Radio album won Grammys. If you haven’t already, seen my previous post from last week Ten Facts About The Robert Glasper Experiment. Black Radio 2 is an easy flowing collaboration album that transitions from track to track with the sounds of smooth Jazz and soul with guest vocals on each track. All of the featured guest held their own. The featured vocals include Common, Snoop Dogg, Brandy, Norah Jones, Jill Scott and Patrick Stomp of Fall Out Boy just to name a few. Very chill and Soulful and the sequel did not disappoint.

Black Radio Two scores an 8


Recharged rev

Lincoln Park Fired up reinvented, revamped, reunited and almost retarded. There latest album Recharged is a reinterpretation of they’re last album in remix fashion. Must of the album is very dubstep heavy. Maybe you could even call it metal dubstep. There were some high point in the album and appearance by rappers such as Bun B and Pusher T adding refreshing moments. For the most part, if you’re not into dubstep this album is repetitive and annoying in a lot of areas as songs are long and over produced. Which I guess would be the point of recharging the album.  Don’t let it completely scare you away though it dose have positives to it. It’s what you have to sit through to get to the positives

Lincoln Park scores a 5.5


Arcade fire rev

 

Arcade Fire brings Reflector. Reflector holds the classic alternative rock sound in great story telling fashion. It’s produced well and it flow like the soundtrack to a film. It’s very entertaining. It’s not the kind of album that you pluck hit single off of. In fact there really are no singles, but it is a ride from start to finish.

Reflector scores an 8.


Dirty heads rev

 

The Dirty Heads also recording an entry for the week. Whenever I hear this band all I can think about is Sublime. Remember Sublime in they’re 90s prime? I’m sure The Dirty Head remember as well. The alternative, pop and heavy reggae influenced band released they’re album Home/Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions. Yes, a long name for an acoustic unplugged album. The album is very mellow and smooth, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

The dirty heads scores a 6


Mellowhigh

 

On Halloween day the Odd Future Wolf Gang paid us a visit. You may have herd about the group MellowHype that includes OFWGKTA members Hoddgy Beats and Left Brain. Well this week they released MellowHigh and added fellow click member Domo Genesis to the group.

If you know anything about odd future led by Tyler The Creator, then you know what they are about.  MellowHigh was no surprise. They are rude, vulgar, disrespectful, crude, violent and rebellious. They don’t care about radio singles or pop culture, they are they’re own market. They don’t have a lot of subject mater but you can’t deny the raw talent. They have what rappers call bars and their bars carry much more punch then 90% of the mainstream rappers in the business.

MellowHigh scores a 7.5


Kelly Clarkson rev

I know it’s a little early but Kelly Clarkson is in the holiday spirit with her Christmas album release this week Wrapped In RED. If you need some music to jam around the holidays to spread some cheer around the family, then I highly recommend this album. Kelly’s voice is undeniable. She has added some original twist and there are a few songs that are worth jamming year around. Forgive me if you’re a scrooge when it comes to Christmas albums but I give props where props are due and Kelly scores a 9 out of ten for her efforts.

 


Daddy Yankee review

Also Daddy Yankee release King Daddy, but I don’t speak Spanish so I must leave it to the Hispanic music lovers to score his album. Though it does make good background music. I can say it was well produced.

 

Next week is huge for music. It includes releases from Eminem, M.I.A., Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion just to name a few. I plan on getting an early start right after this post because lucky me already has copies of all the albums set to drop on November 5th.

 


Rating System

10 – Instant Classic – must have

09 – Great Album just short of classic

08 – Good Album recommend checking out

07 – Above average more upside then down

06 – Worth the listen, has a few moments

05 – Average, maybe core fan base will enjoy

04 – You’re not missing much if you skip this one

03 – Bad album- let down

02 – Trash- don’t waste your time

01 – Everyone involved inthis album needs to reevaluate their life

Marcus J. Clark is not a human being, but an experience. An energy that revolves around art, music, comic books and Film. A Gift to the free world containing supernatural artistic powers to transport every open mind to the contradiction that is The Savage Wonderland.