John Hiatt continues to impress with his clever songwriting and great guitar work. Some songs on this album sound eerily similar to Bob Dylan… maybe because Hiatt’s voice is cracking with age. Overall great album that I could listen to multiple times.
This album started out promisingly, then after the second track it just went downhill. Lots of noise pretending to be music. Flying Lotus, despite having several great musicians join him on this record (e.g. Thom Yorke), failed to capitalize on the influx of talent and delivered a mediocre experience.
Yesterday I listened to Bob Dylan, and today it was his son’s turn. The Wallflowers reunited for an average album that has good moments that serve as reminders of their first couple of records… but about half of the songs are fillers that one can tell were not thought through and are there just so this can be considered a full album. This has me reconsidering whether to go see The Wallflowers opening for Eric Clapton in March.
Cool — a word that describes well Lana Del Rey’s music, known to us until now through her Born to Die album. That first full-length record is one of the few from 2012 that I keep going back to… I just love her voice and the atmosphere she creates through her music. This new album is also cool, but it goes a little beyond cool in that her lyrics are more grown up now (as if the previous album were not “grown up” enough already!). Nice use of echoes, beat, and adult themes. Lana Del Rey has scored another winner with this one!