Said The Whale-As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide (2017)

My Rating: 45% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 45%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Step into the Darkness
  2. More Than Ever
  3. Heaven
  4. I Will Follow You
  5. Realize Real Eyes
  6. Confidence
  7. Miscarriage
  8. Beautiful Morning
  9. Emily Rose
  10. Lilac and Willow

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Just need to add a couple more Said The Whale songs to your playlist.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Probably the best part of this album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the least.

Final Thoughts:

Said The Whale has always been a good pick-me-up band for me, singing about Vancouver and Canadian lifestyle in general is an easy way to my heart, but they strayed too far from their core sound on As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide and the result is this disastrous album. First off every song sounds the damn same. Secondly it’s desperately trying to get radio-play, it’s typical mall music without the catchiness of mall music. And the biggest offender is the repetitiveness of the whole thing, good lord sit down and write some lyrics out. As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is the worst Said The Whale album I’ve heard, I usually like these guys but this was just so miscalculated.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater-Dee Dee’s Feathers (2015)

My Rating: 46% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 46%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. One Fine Thing
  2. What A Wonderful World
  3. Big Chief
  4. Saint James Infirmary
  5. Dee Dee’s Feathers
  6. New Orleans
  7. Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna
  8. Come Sunday
  9. Congo Square
  10. C’est Ici Que Je T’aime
  11. Do You Know What It Means
  12. Whoopin’ Blues
  13. Rising Tide (Tune Up) Extended Version

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You:

Want a classic sounding jazz vocalist to sing to you while you cook dinner.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a pretty elegant cover, but is it just me or does Mayfield totally look uncomfortable in this picture? Like he doesn’t wanna be there or something.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nooope.

Final Thoughts:

Dee Dee Bridgewater is a classic jazz vocalist, and that’s a fault, because instead of showcasing her voice over sad or uncovered jazz gems she decides to use repetitive lyrics, do way too much scatting for anybody’s liking, and cover What A Wonderful World (seriously, we all know it, give us something that’s gone unappreciated for years instead of being so on the nose). Her band is great, her voice is terrific, her choices for tracks and order on an album is her major downfall.

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