2019 is now half over. Or is it half full? Well, we are at the halfway point. Side 1 is done, time to flip over to side B. So, I thought I’d do a little write up on what I’ve been spinning most so far this year. It might be fun to look back on this at the year’s end and see what stayed in rotation what didn’t. But before I get started I just want to give another shout out to…
Max The Axe, Status Electric
This is a 2018 release but it took me until 2019 to get to it. My copy was gifted to me by Max The Axe’s PR guy Mike Ladano and I did a full write up of Status Electric back in February. The Coles/Cliff notes version of the review is it is solid rock goodness. I’m still humming Gods on the Radio!
As for the releases from 2019 itself… there hasn’t been too much for me. But there are a couple albums that I have been spending some time with.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium, South of Reality
Forgive the obvious comparisons, but this does sound like Primus with a Beatles twist. It is loaded with vibes from the experimental Beatles tunes you’d find buried on their “White Album”, which meshes well with Les Claypool’s bass groove. It gets better with every listen on Spotify. I will be making the plunge on a vinyl pickup soon enough.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots
I still need to pick this one up too, but it has been downloaded onto my phone since its release. Rival Sons loads another 45-ish minute album with giant guitar riffs. Another one that continues to get better with every spin.
And that is all from 2019. I was looking forward to Gary Clark Jr.’s This Land. Despite having some killer guitar work and tunes on it, overall the Kanye-ish opening has turned me off from picking it up. I’m not a total prude but there are only so many N-word drops I can take.
Weezer’s new “Black Album” didn’t do much for me either. It sounds like an album that is destined for the pop stations instead of rock ones. I get that Weezer is a pop-rock band but these tunes are missing that guitar bite that makes the pop palatable for me. Oddly enough…
Weezer, (Teal Album)
… in the same year, Weezer releases an album of 70’s/80’s pop covers that they do add their brand of guitar bite to. I don’t know if this can count for “2019” because they are covers, but meh. It’s my list. I’m still not sure where No Scrubs is from but Sarca sings all the words when it comes on. I was lucky enough to grab the teal colored vinyl RSD exclusive. Apparently, everyone was looking for it this year. I was just in the right place at the right time.
The rest of 2019 has been filled with “new to me” albums. So far my soundtrack to 2019 is going to sound like the mid-80’s unless some of these newer bands get their act together…
Dio, The Last in Line
Blogger for the Bold Super Dekes is to blame for this one! Growing up an Ozzy fan it always felt that listening to Dio was a betrayal… silly, I know! This is the album where I’ve finally get Dio. Don’t get me wrong… the Rainbow stuff, Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Holy Diver… good tunes in there. But this one is great!
Me when this tune gets angry…
Mike Landano also did a solid write up of this album right here.
Guns ‘n Roses, Lies
I haven’t been much of a G’NR guy outside of Appetite for Destruction, but $1 for the copy Lies on CD at our local thrift seemed like a safe gamble. I’m not a fan of the last tune, One In A Million. It’s racist/homophobic lyrics are gross (Maybe I am a prude). And I still can’t sit through Patience. I’ve never been a huge fan of it. But… the rest is some good times Rock ‘n Roll. The “live” first half (which isn’t live at all) is killer with an Aerosmith and a Rose Tattoo cover. Slash has that swing to his guitar playing that shines through it all.
Of course, Mike Landano has already reviewed this one in depth right here.
Twisted Sister, You Can’t Stop Rock In Roll
Another write up from Blogger for the Bold, Super Dekes turns me onto another album! That guy needs to start doing some negative reviews so I can save me some cash! I technically still don’t own a copy of this, but I have been listening to it a lot on Spotify. I’ve always thought these guys were a bit of a novelty act, and they can be at times. But their second album here is loaded with legit rock ‘n roll from start to finish.
And check this out, I found a classic write up for this album in the archives over at Keep Me Alive right here.
So… what have you lot been listening to in 2019? What have I overlooked and have been missing out on? Let me know in the comments!