audio review : He Who Is Without Funk Cast The First Stone ( album ) … Joe Tex

audio review : He Who Is Without Funk Cast The First Stone ( album ) ... Joe Tex

This record is, as the ridiculous title suggests, all about the Funk; the kind you hear, and smell, at the local discothèque. The set begins with Loose Caboose; a song made for the sole purpose of shaking your ass to; but it’s the Music that has everyone dancing. Joe Tex’s vocals, which he shouts like a ghetto church preacher, are less than divine.

my rating : 2 of 5

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audio review : Cowboy Carter ( album ) … Beyoncé

audio review : Cowboy Carter ( album ) ... Beyoncé

The title makes no sense. It should be Cowgirl Carter. Not that there’s a sense of authenticity to Beyoncé’s ghetto ass riding off to the country. This is, to be clear, essentially a country music album with song titles like Riverdance, Levi’s Jeans, Sweet Honey Buckiin and Spaghettii. Those tacky “ii” bits representative the fact that it’s also the Act 2 follow-up to Renaissance.

That album sounds better if only because, when all else fails, you’ll get lost in its grooves. The beats here are mostly par for the course of a genre that relies more on vocal melodies, which Beyoncé has little talent for. The dive bar is packed when she sings her songs; her popularity assures it; but you’ll be hard pressed to find a catchy hook to hang your hat on.

I do like her Daughter; not that annoying chicklet on Protector but the song called Daughter. I like it a lot. The ballad, which dabbles in themes of patriarchy and Christianity, is surprisingly splendid. It’s a little bit country but mostly Celtic. Hopefully it will be played at the genre reveal party for Act 3 and she swaps those dadgum Cowboy clothes for (just) a torc.

my rating : 3 of 5

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audio review : Lo ( album ) … Paula Cole

audio review : Lo ( album ) ... Paula Cole

Paula Cole should make a whole album screaming. Her best songs tend to be the ones on which she drops the inhibitions and enters maniac mode à la Nietzsche’s Eyes, Elegy and Secretary. She’s now a Wildflower, she proclaims loud enough for the world to hear, and it’s another top pick.

The rest of the album is more guarded and less interesting. It starts off divinely enough. Follow The Moon, with the exception of the last line before each break, beams with melody. The Replacements, on the other hand, should’ve been replaced. Green Eyes Crying is another Lo point.

my rating : 3 of 5

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