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Killers, Kanye and Nelly Furtado Album Reviews

A couple of "anxiously awaited" albums came out this week. Overall...not so much impressed. BUT! New music is new music. So. Let's just get right into it.

Nelly Furtado - The Spirit Indestructible

Remember when Nelly Furtado was a folk singer ("I'm Like a Bird," etc)? Then she blew everyone's mind switching to hip-pop with the help of Timbaland? Well, she's sitting pretty in the same genre and, in my opinion, the transitioned should have continued. At this point her time in party bangers is spent and it's just becoming annoying. There are other, less talented artists filling the pop/party space. Pull out the "spirit indestructible" you claim and give us an album with feeling. (Harsh, right? Sorry. Just how I feel.)

'Battle Born' finally dropped! I've been listening to the single 'Runaways' and watching the trailer for centuries it seems! The album is high quality; a great listen. It may be me, but I got a real 80's vibe for this. I should mention that I watched 'Take Me Home Tonight' right before listening to the album for the first time. (Guilty. Don't judge me. #Netflix).
I think the problem is me. I miss old the Killers. The Killers that released 'Hot Fuss'. I want to know what Mr. Brightside is up to these days.  Apparently he's dealing with more mature things than I am, considering the grown-up lyrics an well-thought out arrangements in 'Battle Born'. One day I'll grow up and really take this album for the work of art it is. For now, I'm gearing up for Vegas and listening to...

THIS!!! BEEN WAITING SO LONG! Kanye West presents G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer!
The biggest complaint I've heard about this album is that it's disjointed. It doesn't "flow" or "tell a story". Keep in mind that this is NOT a Kanye West album, this is a G.O.O.D. Music album. It's a compilation piece, a collaboration of match-ups and singles. It's not meant to tell a story, it's meant to be a buffet of jams.
Hopefully in about a year, Kanye will release his next album. It will no doubt be a fluid piece as that's what we're used to hearing from him. Hell, his last album flowed so well he was able to create a short film with it.
So take this album for what it is and I promise you'll love it a little more. And, if not just think: what was the last album you were able to listen to from Track 1 to the end without skipping or repeating?  it's just a reminder that the days of the album are a beloved memory. Singles rule the day.

That's all for now. Happy listening!!


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