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New Tune Review-Miguel and Green Day

Look at me, posting new music review the day an album comes out! Don't get used to it, people. It's a slow week. And, technically, only one of these albums dropped today. Sue me! (Please don't.)


Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

I have been (im)patiently awaiting this album. I love Miguel so much. Wale with Miguel, Wiz with Miguel, just Miguel!! I'm completely bummed I'm going to miss his free show at Ameoba Music in Hollywood Thursday. ::sigh::

You can read my full review of 'Kaleidoscope Dream' on HypeGirls.com, but here is a quick snippet:

Though he is a recognized player in the revival of “real” R&B, Miguel revealed in a recent interview that he doesn’t listen to much within his own genre these days. The Grizzly Bear and the Notorious B.I.G. are currently on his playlist. The eclectic inspiration mix is working: ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ sets itself apart from anything out right now.

And, because we're friends, I'll tell you I have two additional favorite tracks that may have trumped the ones I mention on HypeGirls.com but - for obvious reasons - I couldn't post them:

Arch & Point - Goodness. Gracious.
Pussy is Mine - I love this "accidental" recording. It's intimate, and not just because of the lyrics.



Green Day - Uno!

I like Green Day. I think they are a good mix of loud fun, political activism and angsty alternative. People complain that all of their songs sound the same. I'm of the camp that says why change what works? These guys have had nine studio albums over the last 20+ years, so I'd say they're doing something right. Also, Green Day is in my top ten best list of the bands I've seen live.

'Uno!' is the first installment in a trilogy of albums to be released over the next several months. It's just what you would expect: raw, percussive and loud.

Oh Love - First single from 'Uno!' - placed curiously at the end of the album - got me really amped up to hear the whole thing.

Kill the DJ - I just love the way this song grooves. It's that simple.

Fell for You - Does anyone else hear the 1960's, Beatlesque tinge to this song? I'm diggin it.

'Uno' is a lot more fun and lighthearted than Green Day releases from last decade. I'd recommend giving it a listen, especially if you're a Green Day fan already.

Happy listening!

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