Here a few examples of what I've been listening to this week. What about you?
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Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience part 2
The much anticipated release of additional material from Justin Timberlake is failing to impress critics. A Billboard.com reviewer said of the album “good grief, it’s bad.” He added: “Substituting part one's musical innovation with lazy bonus time on nearly every song, [2 of 2] hardly ever explores lyrical ground its first half didn’t.” Drake and Jay-Z appear on the album as well, but Exlaim.com said that, as an album, “...it pales in comparison to its older sibling.” The first single “Take Back the Night” can be heard below. I'm torn on this one. Justin Timberlake albums often grow on me over time. This one might be worth setting aside. What do you think?
Genre-defying The Sadies have created a sound of their own combining jangly '60s garage rock, surf rock and punk. Their latest album—released on Oct. 1—is called “Internal Sounds.” The album was produced by Dallas Good and features vocals by Buffy Sainte-Marie. You can hear the track “The First 5 Minutes” below. The Sadies have a number of albums, but I first became aware of the band when they toured with Neko Case in 2004. Their work on “The Tigers Have Spoken” as a back-up band is just incredible.
Pronounced like “time,” Haim is a dance-pop group comprised of three sisters. One reviewer described their sound as “"nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B.” Others have compared them to Fleetwood Mac. Their debut studio album—released this week—is called “Days Are Gone.” Thus far, the album has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian said “For now, 'Days Are Gone' makes them seem an increasingly rare thing: a guitar band heralded as a sure thing, who still feel like a sure thing once you've heard their debut album.” I’ve listed two tracks below because I enjoy them so much.
Here are a few more tracks I’m digging this week:
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