Lee Hazlewood-Something Special (1968)

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 85% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Shades
  2. This Town
  3. Child
  4. Stone Cold Blues
  5. Little War
  6. Them Girls
  7. Fort Worth
  8. Hands
  9. Mannford, Oklahoma
  10. Summer Night

Label:

Motown

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Cooking up some BBQ or playing poker.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure.

Final Thoughts:

Lee Hazlewood has flown under the radar for me, I’ve never heard of the dude so I had no expectations going into Something Special. Well the album title holds true, Lee Hazlewood is something special, he’s much like Frank Sinatra but also has a little Harry Nillson in him. I loved hearing all of these classic songs in a fairly simple format. Lee Hazlewood is very much a crooner, and he would absolutely be in my top 5 crooner’s of all time (suck it Buble). Something Special is one of the older records that holds up, it’s still entertaining and catchy.

BJ the Chicago Kid-In My Mind (2016)

My Rating: 57% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 72% (C++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro (Inside My Mind)
  2. Man Down (feat. Buddy & Constantine)
  3. Church (feat. Chance The Rapper & Buddy)
  4. Love Inside (feat. Isabella)
  5. The Resume (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
  6. Shine
  7. Wait Til The Morning (feat. Isa)
  8. Heart Crush
  9. Jeremiah/World Needs More Love (feat. Eric Ingram)
  10. The New Cupid (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  11. Woman’s World
  12. Crazy
  13. Home
  14. Falling On My Face
  15. Turnin’ Me Up

Label:

Motown

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Falling asleep with someone you love.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Awesome album cover!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’ll be honest, I think this is more a me problem than an actual problem with the album. At the end of the day I just don’t really like R&B I find it incredibly boring and overly corny. Of course I see the contradiction with being such a hip hop head, because R&B and hip hop are really close friends, but I’ve tried multiple times and it just doesn’t work for me. But aside from that what really got to me on In My Mind was the crazy amount of repetition. There would be times where I’d be sold on a song only to have it repeat the same line like 50 times, just end the song or write more lyrics, don’t make me hang onto the same thing for an extra 3 minutes. BJ the Chicago Kid has an incredible voice, just needs better material.

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