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Tastes Like New Music Friday: January 14, 2022

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The first week of January saw just a smattering of new releases, the biggie being Dawn FM from the Weekend (which we reviewed on the channel–we were mixed on it. But now’s when the music really starts flowing, album release SZN is officially here.

The major attraction this week is the 32nd studio album from Elvis Costello. Like his 2018 release Hey Clockface, he made this one with the Imposters. Titled The Boy Named If, it’s already getting good reviews from across the meta(critic)verse. You can look for a full video review on your favorite music channel on Saturday.

Also dropping on Friday, Fragments from Bonobo, aka electronic artist Simon Green. A new covers album from Cat Power called Covers. FKA Twigs’ mixtape Caprisongs. The Lumineers have a new released called Brightside. Not that anyone’s paid attention to them since the great folk rock boom of 2011, but it’s early in the year and beggars can’t be choosers. Liverpudlian rock group The Wombats also have a new album, their first since 2018, titled Fix Yourself, Not the World.

More releases:

Earl Sweatshirt – Sick! (Pitchfork Review)
Skillet – Dominion
Underøath – Voyeurist
Blood Red Shoes – Ghosts on Tape
Punch Brothers – Hell on Church Street
Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young (B-sides and rarities)

Singles and videos:

Rewinding a day, Muse released their first single for their still untitled upcoming album. You can hear the song below.

If you like Imagine Dragons, you’ll like this one. NME gave it a 5-star review. We also reviewed this one on our channel… we were a little harsher. Check back later for that one.

Jethro Tull is also back in the game with The Zealot Gene.

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators also have a new single out, Call Off the Dogs.

Bastille is back with Shut Off the Lights.

Maren Morris is (possibly) going country again, if her new single has anything to say about it. Her new album is about March 25.

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Vanessa P

I don’t know if you plan on making this a regular feature but I like that you’re doing it!

Eric G

I thought Cat Power’s Covers was really good. Normally, I’m not one to rave about covers albums, but Chan Marshall has been one of the best interpreters of songs for the past 20 years or so. I didn’t even recognize Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” — it’s such a departure from the original.

Last edited 2 years ago by Eric G
Kiefer Livingston

I’m back from listening to and reviewing every album and song mentioned in this article. Here’s my ranking so far:

Elvis Costello | The Boy Named If (4 out of 5 stars)
The Kernel | Listen to the Blood (4 out of 5 stars)
The Wombats | Fix Yourself, Not the World (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The Lumineers | BRIGHTSIDE (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Underoath | Voyeurist (3 out of 5 stars)
Skillet | Dominion (3 out of 5 stars)
Bonobo | Fragments (3 out of 5 stars)
The Weeknd | Dawn FM (3 out of 5 stars)
Blood Red Shoes | Ghosts on Tape (3 out of 5 stars)
Cat Power | Covers (3 out of 5 stars)
Punch Brothers | Hell on Church Street (3 out of 5 stars)
Broken Social Scene | Old Dead Young (3 out of 5 stars)
FKA twigs | CAPRISONGS (2.5 out of 5 stars)
Earl Sweatshirt | SICK! (2.5 out of 5 stars)

You can read the full reviews on my website, but Jason’s, Joe’s, and (dare I say) Ryan’s reviews are much better. (I apologize, Mr. Kramzer.)

listography

Very impressive!

Kiefer Livingston

Anything you guys review or mention in these articles, expect to see on the site.

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