Springsteen on Broadway is history's most elaborate book plug. Springsteen on Broadway is an acoustic greatest hits (ish) set from Bruce Springsteen, wherein almost every song is introduced via a lengthy anecdote about his life or values - some of it culled verbatim from his bestselling autobiography Born to Run, some of it effectively an extension on that autobiography. Springsteen on Broadway is a very smart exercise in music biz savvy. The original...Read more
A gift to fans (or quick cash grab, depending how one views it), Skins exists primarily for loyal XXXTentacion devotees. Clocking in at less than 20 minutes, this posthumous collection offers a jumble of ideas, fleeting emotions, and stream-of-conscious freestyles, centered around the swirling darkness within the late rapper. Wading through inessential blips such as "Introduction" or "difference (interlude)" (here just for the truly dedicated), there...Read more
That superficial talk of the speed of the piano-playing entirely misses the point is perfectly clear from this recording which derives from Melnyk's response to seeing felled trees during the course of a rail journey through a European forest. Contrasts across the recording seem to stress the pace of mechanical movement (the train, the cutting down) set against the strange dignity associated with the death of the naturally majestic. One of the most...Read more
In 1987, Nick Saloman released his first homemade recordings as the Bevis Frond, Inner Marshland and Miasma, a pair of albums that made him sound like the most exciting new British artist of 1968. Time moves inexorably onward for the rest of us, but Saloman is still deep in the throes of vintage psychedelia, and 2018's We're Your Friends, Man makes it clear he has no intention of being dragged into the 21st century any time soon. If you've been following...Read more
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