Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: 5/12/17
It’s New Music Friday and This Friday has huge box full of Fantastic New Release Albums to choose from, but we have narrowed it down to the Biggest and the Best of the Week to bring you the Top 5 New Releases for this Friday, May 12, 2017. Check it out and peruse the Top 5. You can read the 3 Sentence Reviews, note the First Listen Favorites and Press Play to hear a Song from each of the Top 5 New Release Albums.
Right here is where you’ll Hear what everyone will be Buzzing about, and be ready to create your own Buzz of what’s the Best of what’s New this Week.
So, have a seat, at home, at the office, in the car, or out in the world somewhere, and have a listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.
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TOP 10 NEW RELEASES:
1. A Kind Revolution :: Paul Weller
Three-Sentence Review: At long last A Kind Revolution is here (his 25th Studio Album, if you include The Jam and The Style Council in the count), and the waiting and anticipating can be over, and the Listening can take its place. There is so much going on with this Album, varying Sounds and Styles, differing stories told, and creatively dynamic shifts that hit from Track-to-Track – this Album never stops moving and evolving within itself, much like Paul Weller himself. My favorites seem to be the more complex Songs, the ones full of layered sound, rocking guitars, electronic inclusions, and strong Lyrics.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Long Long Road”, “Nova”, and, “Satellite Kid”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+
2. Just Give In/Never Going Home :: Hazel English
Three-Sentence Review: A “feel good hit of the Summer” is the first phrase, and feeling, to pop into my mind while listening to this debut Album (Double EP) from Hazel English, even though it really isn’t quite Summertime yet. Every Song on this Double EP is over-flowing with Ethereal and Lilting Beauty, Indie Pop that veers into the Shoegaze field of view, leaving us with a Delicious Haze that clings to us longer than expected. I’d call this one a “grower”, but honestly it more than grew on me after only one listen.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Fix”, “Never Going Home”, and “It’s Not Real”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 5
3. Powerplant :: Girlpool
Three-Sentence Review: A little bit Indie, a little bit Folk, a little bit Pacific Northwest 90’s, and a little bit right now Silverlake. Harmony Tividad’s Voice is what makes this Album intriguing to me, her vulnerabilty that overtakes the quirky, or maybe works with it making something quite Dreamy-Divine Sounding. My first comparisions were Sonic Youth meets The Moldy Peaches meets Azure Ray, with maybe some Deal sisters (Kelly and Kim) thrown in for good measure, and on the side, something raw and fragile, and just their own.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “123”, “Kiss and Burn”, and “It Gets More Blue”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 4
“It Gets More Blue”
4. After Laughter :: Paramore
Three-Sentence Review: At first glance After Laughter’s Album Cover screams the 80’s to me, everything about it a throwback to that era, and then I Pressed Play and recognized a strong 80’s influence on the majority of the Tracks. Though there is still the signature Paramore Sound tucked in places within most Songs, this Album seems to be a departure from their Past Style. It also has a sense of growing up weaved through most of the Songs, which I suppose is the mark of a Band that is growing up.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Fake Happy”, “26”, and “Grudges”,
Rating (1-5 Stars): 4
5. Self-Titled :: DREAMCAR
Three-Sentence Review: What if you took all the members of No Doubt (minus Gwen Stefani), added a Front Man/Lead Singer who sounds like Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, and overdosed on 80’s New Wave Albums for Inspiration? DREAMCAR would be the result, and though I was not convinced of the Likability and Listen-ability of this Creation when I caught their Coachella performance, the Album itself does have me giving my initial trepidations a revisit, and my ears are giving them a second chance.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Kill for Candy”, “Born to Lie”, and “All of the Dead Girls”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 3+