Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album – Lupe Fiasco
See my full review of this album on HypeGirls.com
‘…Food & Liquor II…’is more a prompt for realization than a call for celebration. With rappers showing us daily how they blow money and live charmed lives, it’s easy for us to forget that there are still ghettos, kids are still killing kids, and the things we allow – even the nonchalant ones like calling each other ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and celebrating men who do the same – are doing more harm than good.
Babel – Mumford & Sons
I’ll admit I’ve been putting off listening to 'Babel'. The problem is, I knew I would like it. And because I’m trying really hard not to go to concerts until I’m well on my way out of debt, I have to fight to dislike new music just enough not to pay to see the songs performed live. Also, there are some Mumford... songs I don’t think I could see live without bawling. Another story.
‘Babel’ is much of the same thing from Mumford and Sons, which is actually a good thing. The new installment is less mellow than the last and more of a hootenanny (much like their cover suggests). But of course they saved room for a few balladesque offerings. The arrangements are planned with care and the harmonies are expressive. Much like the Chili Peppers, Black Keys and the like – if Mumford and Sons continue creating music with the same basic recipe I think they will hit home runs from now until forever.
Only two this week. I've been recovering from Vegas. Check out my previous post to learn why.