This is Music History Today the Album Review Show number 9. On this week’s show, we review the new albums from Weezer, Kelly Clarkson, Phutureprimitive, Bootsy Collins, & our indie band this week is Buffalo Killers.
Before we begin, last week on the album review podcast, I gave a bad review to the new Galantis album the Aviary. When the podcast went live, I posted it on Instagram (@CJBTProductions, for those of you who don’t follow me). Anyway, I’m flipping through my likes & wouldn’t you know it? Whoever controls Galantis’s Instagram social liked my post. Apparently, they didn’t listen to the podcast. Otherwise, they probably would’ve banned my page so if you guys are listening Galantis, I love you but your new album? Not great. I expect better because I know you’re capable of it. You still put on one hell of a dj set, though, so keep doing your thing. Just put out better music next time. On with the show.
This week, the fun band with the fun videos & great music Weezer is back with a new one called Pacific Daydream. I will say up front that I’ve never been a huge Weezer band. Out of all of their albums, I’ve liked maybe 7 songs. It’s not that I hate them; I don’t. I’ve just never really gotten into them. Will their new album turn me into a true believer?
In a word, yes. The songs are produced well. They’re pop rock catchy & well thought out. Favorites on it are Beach Boys (with its beach vibe), Mexican Fender, Feels Like Summer, & especially Happy Hour. Overall, it’s a great album. It may not get me to get their other albums but I’d definitely pick up this one.
The next album is from Kelly Clarkson called Meaning of Life. Kelly’s gone through some maturing & definitely is not the young girl who won the first American Idol. She seems happy with herself at the moment, with a child, a good marriage, & hopefully a record label that lets her put out her vision instead of what they want her to put out.
She has 14 songs on this one. Style-wise, it’s all over the map. On a lot of them, you could trade her for Christina or Mariah pretty easily, which means that the style is not her own. That’s ok because Kelly has the voice & the talent to pull it off well. Medicine sounds very Mariah-esque while Love So Soft sounds like Demi Lovato rolled through. Other songs that a pretty good are Heat, Meaning of Life, & Move You. Overall, it’s not a bad album. I’m not sure I would put it in my collection but it’s worth streaming.
The next review is the EP from dubstep producer Phutureprimitive. The 5 song EP isn’t deep dubstep but rather, dubstep pop, for lack of a better phrase. In other words, it’s dubstep you’ll like & your parents won’t understand or like but at least they’ll let you listen to it in the car without the “back in my day” speech.
Every song on it is good. The only one with vocals is Lifeline, which will probably be the big release off of it. The rest of the songs have great production on it. Overall, I love it. It’s a buy, especially at $4.95 on Amazon.
In the history of funk music, there are two pioneers who everybody, including hip-hop stole from. One is James Brown. The other is George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The bass funk master from Parliament is Bootsy Collins. He’s back with his own album called World Wide Funk.
Oh my God, what a great album this is. It’s 15 songs of pure 70s & 80s funk. Bootsy’s got an all star old school backup crew working on this one, including Chuck D, Musiq Soulchild, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, & jazz great Stanley Clarke, for starters. Every song on here is funky. The groove only slows down for a few songs like A Salute to Bernie, which is a tribute to the late Parliament keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Bernie’s actually playing keyboards on this song, although I’m not sure if he recorded this part for this song specifically before he tragically passed away from cancer in 2016 or if they just took a part of a song he had worked on & reworked it. In any event, if you like funk music, then this is your album of the year.
Let’s recap. Weezer may not have made me go out to get their earlier albums but they made me get this new one, Kelly Clarkson sounds like all of the other talented songstresses but that’s not such a bad thing, Phutureprimitive is pop dubstep but it’s good dubstep, Bootsy made the funk album of the year, & Buffalo Killers is good, old rock & roll & worth a listen.
This week’s indie artist of the week is Buffalo Killers. The Ohio based band has 8 albums to their credit. Their new album is called Alive & Well in Ohio. This 12 song album is good time rock & roll. Their style is along the lines of 1990s Black Crowes, who they’ve toured with a couple of times.
The production is raw & sometimes distorted, definitely not tight but it fits with the type of music that’s being played. Favorites include Applehead Creek, Need a Changin’, & On Out. It’s a good record to buy & a great group to get into, especially if you want to get ahead of the public & get into a really good band before everyone else makes them a trend like Stranger Things & Rick & Morty.