Mayer Hawthorne/J. Cole
Sex in the City
Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do (Universal Republic)
The best punk revivalists understand that without catchy songs they might never have fallen for the style to begin with. Ditto the best honky tonk revivalists. Soul revivalists, not so much. So maybe Detroiter Andrew Cohen's civically revivalist Motown/Ford homage inspired him to hone a bunch of hooks and get an assembly line up and running. What we're hearing here is the Temptations turning into the Delfonics--the way his midrange gives up the verse and his falsetto takes the chorus is as nice as his boyish sexism. In the best song, he spills his coffee and misses his bus yet is lifted by a cellphone call where she says she loves him. In a good one Snoop Dogg sings. A MINUS
J. Cole: Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation/Columbia)
Smart about abortion's complexities and MLK's infidelities and weed's propensities, so aware of how "mornin'" spawns "moanin'" and "wet shit" swallows "next shit" that the sex rhymes hit a nerve, toned up by Drake and Jay-Z's 16s not to mention Trey Songz's and Missy Elliott's hooks, he's worth the shot Jay couldn't resist giving him. But he's still not comfortable enough or clever enough. Ask yourself, kid‑-are you having fun yet? If not, why not? Ultimately, isn't that what flow is about? B PLUS
Malcolm Little (on the way to Malcolm X) = Detroit Red
Thanks, but the gratitude belongs to the poster (can't remember who) that announced the reissue. I merely endorsed his discovery.yah! but it were yer proselytizing for sed werk that got me offa my **** (figuritively speakin') and amblin' over t'yonder online retailer in da foist (ok, i'll stop already!) place, see.
also: screw you guys--yer face(s*) is(are) overrated! Don Van Vliet died for my (our?) sins!
[*no diss of my beloved Faces intended there, btw.]
I figured I'd ask what release I'm missing out on.
Youssou N'Dour's 1990 release SetThis was probably the first Youssou a lot of us heard. I was just thinking today that I should give it a spin and see how it compares to his great stuff both prior to and after this one. Joe's comment reinforces that idea.
James Osterberg = Iggy Pop
Marshall Mathers = Eminem
Andrew Cohen = Mayer Hawthorne
Edit: Tom- Either way I like it, but I'd have to vote Uncle Kracker if pressed.
Played Youssou N'Dour's 1990 release Set at lunchtime today. Sounded a lot stronger than I remember. The band is ferocious throughout and Youssou's voice is amazing. Probably won't make my top 10 but it definitely makes top 25 for me in 1990 now.
A great R&B release this year that isn't free!
Patrick: Red Hot & Blue is okay, right?Yup, it's new material.
got Mingus Ah Um in the mail today. Playing it now.
Captain Beefheart was an overrated blowhard
Al Jolson: Let Me Sing and I'm Happy (Rhino 1996)
En Vogue: Runaway Love (EastWest 1993)
Ani DiFranco: Living in Clip (Righteous Babe 1997)
Rancid: Life Won't Wait (Epitaph 1998)
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.