Concerning the new Dylan, after one listen I found it pretty good and above my expectations considering his age and the last couple of albums. I can see it being a solid 2nd tier Dylan which is much better than it sounds considering the 1st tier Dylan is some of the best music ever. However, I don't think it's gonna be quite on the level of Desire and Time Out Of Mind - the albums mentioned here in this topic. Both of those are among the lower section of 1st tier Dylan for me.
So yeah, not top 5 Dylan, probably not top 10, but could see it making top 15. _________________ All time
Deforrest Brown, Jr. has been attacking the 400+ years of America's white supremacy for as long as I can remember seeing him speak online, and in February he started work on his album as Speaker Music, Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry. I've seen it referred to as very timely, but I think that is the wrong framing because that makes it seem tied to the current events, but this is music about an incredibly deep pain that has been relevant since before America was more than a colony. It's simply easier to recognize the importance of this music right now, but the importance would be there regardless of whether white people were finally able to begin to recognize the cruelty of white supremacy. If you purchase this album you get a long pdf of poetry and essays from various contributors, and that alone makes it a worthwhile purchase but even if you just hear the music, it is an incredible experience. The first track uses a jaw-dropping vocal performance from a young poet to explicitly communicate, and then the rest of the album finds ways to elaborate the feelings mostly on a purely musical level. If I could only get you to listen to one album with your full attention, it would be this
Tho I will say if you're going to just stream it, use a streaming service besides Bandcamp, it's on the major ones (this album is released by Planet Mu). You will want this to be gapless, the flow of the album is very important and there are a lot of seamless transitions between tracks that you need to experience in that fashion.
YEEESSS! I didn't know there was a new Cro-Mags! It's just as awesome as ever. It's monotonous, but it's Cro-Mags. Their aggression balances that out. This is way to much fun for me and I wanna dance do fucking air guitar on a table with a giant mug of beer. _________________ I'm a right-brained person, with a little left on the side.
I'm going to take a little time away from my metal binge to go through some releases of 2020 that I overlooked, specifically one released by acts I've heard before.
Daniel Romano - Visions of the Higher Dream
Gordon Lightfoot - Solo
The Mountain Goats - Songs For Pierre Chauvin
Norah Jones - Pick Me Up Off the Floor
Pearl Jam - Gigaton
I might not get through all of them today, but still I need to get through at least a couple of them. I figure this would eb the best way to stop focusing so much on metal because the second half of my 2020 chart is loaded with metal and none of these albums are supposed to be particularly amazing, so I can make the last half seem less monotonous. _________________ I'm a right-brained person, with a little left on the side.
Sufjan just announced a new album out in September. Seems to be a more "traditional" Sufjan album than the one he released earlier this year. The lead single is the 12 minute long closing track and it's out this Friday. Super excited to see if this is a return to his Age of Adz sound or if it's something new entirely. Don't think I'll be able to sleep until Friday.
Also tracks called "Landslide," "Run Away With Me," and "Video Game" have me curious about potential covers or interpolations. _________________ And it's hard to be a human being. And it's harder as anything else.
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