Expected (already put on my journal).
Good albumsPaul McCartney
. Kisses On The Bottom
Good, to stick to the classics and make the younger ones discover jazz. Nothing to be too excited about either, can't pick a fave...just let's say that all the tracks are good.
Best tracks: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, More I Cannot Wish You, We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me), My Very Good Friend The Milkman, Get Yourself Another Fool,
Worthy of mention and possible growers: Home (When Shadows Fall), Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, Bye Bye Blackbird, It's Only A Paper Moon, The Inch Worm
Could be better: Only Our Hearts, My Valentine, Always, The Glory of LoveVan Halen
- A Different Kind Of Truth
. Can't compare it to anything of the good old Roth era, but sounds really good so far and even though it has a bad opening song, it just gets better as you go on. Better than anything released in the Van Hagar era, Van Halen III was just a nightmare and a disaster that should never have happened. This is a pretty good effort considering that we're in 2012 and this is not going to make it to the mainstream.
Best tracks: You and Your Blues, Bullethead, As Is, The Trouble With Never, Outta Space, Big River, Stay Frosty, Beats Workin'
Worthy of mention and possible growers: She's The Woman, Blood and Fire, China Town
Could be better: Tattoo, HoneybabysweetiedollEsperanza Spalding
- Radio Music Society
After the big success of Chamber Music Society, the new album's title might seem a bit of a joke, like saying, this is my step into mainstream, I am going to get this played in the radio... and wait, don't get scared because it's not a pop record ;) . It has some strong points like the inclusion of guitars and keyboards (Cinnamon Tree, Land Of The Free), making it less traditional and more jazz fusion oriented, with some incursions in latin rhythms in tracks like Radio Song, soulful vocals like in Black Gold, Hold On Me and Let Her.
There's also the typical smooth jazz Esperanza trademark song like Smile Like That and Vague Suspicions, so the listeners who knew her from her earlier works won't be disappointed. I loved her brave decision of experimenting and thus going deeper into some jazz subgenres that really suit her even if I can't tell that this is one of my favourite albums of 2012 yet.
The strongest point: a solid record, innovative, a step further into other kinds of jazz that'll please the listener.
The weakest point: some of the smooth jazz songs like Cinnamon Tree and Smile Like That get boring quickly, they feel somewhat dense and repetitive, but if you love them, don't kill me, to each his own haha.
Best tracks: Land Of The Free, Black Gold , Hold On Me, Let Her, City Of Roses
Worthy of mention: Crowned & Kissed, Radio Song,I Can't Help It, Endangered Species
Could be better Cinnamon Tree, Vague Suspicions, Smile Like That.
Good surprises.Band of Skulls
- Sweet Sour
A total improvement since their first album. Nothing like some garage flavoured blues rock a la The White Stripes
or The Black Keys
(with more clean drumming) mixed with slow sweet ballads more reminescent of The Beatles
and the 60s british invasion
scene in general. While after some listens, the second kind of songs are the least likely to attract my attention (tell me about a band that hasn't tried this), they complement perfectly with the harder sound of their opposite.
Best tracks: Sweet Sour, Devil Takes Care Of His Own, Lies, Close To Nowhere
Worthy of mention and possible growers: Wanderluster, Lay My Head Down, Bruises
Could be better: You Aren’t Pretty But You Got It Going On, Navigate, Hometowns
(I hope that I don't have to use this section)Rush
. Good sound overall but it sounds uninspired.