Releasing RTJ4 during the fights for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery is akin to hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs of a tied World Series game 7; unforgettable, unbelievable and grandiose. Nonetheless, there is no denying that decades from now people will argue best and most important hip-hop albums of all-time, and somewhere in those discussions, the RTJ4 story will make a cameo.
For what it is worth, there is no real downer on this record, just a volatile good time. Be prepared to get Palaye Royale most of the time and Palaye Royale doing their best impressions at times.
With Invisible People the Bardo Martinez-led four-piece hold their hands to the fire and come out the other side a little more mature, a little more renowned and a hell of a lot cooler.
The New Abnormal is a record by The Strokes for The Strokes, not for the fans, not for the record label and not for the critics — and the result is most welcomed.
Guys Walks Into A Bar… almost did not happen on accounts of schedules and near disbandment for Mini Mansions, but it did happen, and we are better audiophiles for it.
Order In Decline may just be the right to fix what has been ailing Sum 41 for way too long. The latest offering runs chock full of heavy riffs, slightly above-average punchy vocals and, more importantly, at a loss of that tween mentality associated to the ghost of Sum 41 past.
Overall, Disguise is simply two fries short of a happy meal. Disguise is either the work of uninspired musicians, or musicians too inspired that have forgotten to partition the fine lines between the originals and copycats.
Living Mirage is the first ride on the Johnson-less, Russell-steered ship to bigger things that may or may not be better for the band. Only way to find out is to try, and that is something these reacquainted musician friends are ready to explore together.
Simply stated, Social Cues is a forthright look inward, an exposé detailing a frightening and maturing journey, and one heck of a rock-n-roll record.
Nick Waterhouse, the album, is a Rat-Pack(ish) affair. An ode to the yesteryear brand of jazz fixtures and early rock-n-roll awakenings.