p4k16 no4: David Bowie – Blackstar

Had I ever heard of them before: prettttty sure I had. wuzza wuzza.

Reductive First Impression: I listened to to this quite a lot way back in ought six. Lots of saxophone. Pretty good for a swansong from Zavid I thought.

Will I listen to it again: yes but honestly I’m still exploring The Chameleon of Pop’s Golden Years so may be a while.

p4k16 no5:Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Had I ever heard of them before: I do not live under a rock.

Reductive First Impression: last year I feel in love with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” so my opinion on Kanye changed. let’s see how this fairs.

There’s clearly some *really* great moments in this album but there’s also a lot that sounds like “hip hop irca 2016” to my untrained ears.

I miss the old Kanye.

Will I listen to it again: Only if I ever get bored with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

p4k16 no6: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

Had I ever heard of them before: Yep.

Reductive First Impression: wasn’t sure about this. It sounded I dunno too smooth. The further on it goes the better it gets. It’s kinda old skool?
Then I lose interest again. It gets smooth.
So I like some of it but then don’t liek the rest! It’s a mixtape!

Will I listen to it again: nup.

p4k16 no7: A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

Had I ever heard of them before: Hell yes

Reductive First Impression: great album. Enjoyed it loads when it came out. Busta Rhymes is great guesting. Thumbs up.

Will I listen to it again: yep.


p4k16 no9: ANOHNI – Hopelessness

Had I ever heard of them before: yes, back when they won the Mercury. The first track was great the rest garbage. They seem to pop up everywhere and I always hate their contributions.

Reductive First Impression: epic and warbly. the backing reminds me of Florence and The Machine. The lyrics sound clumsy. I still don’t like them. I am now on my 12th year of not liking Anthony and the Johnsons.

Will I listen to it again: God, no.

p4k16 no9: Angel Olsen – My Woman

Had I ever heard of them before: yes

Reductive First Impression: I’ve already listened to this a few times. It’s ok. Just wasn’t to my tastes. I mean, it’s fine. It’s fine.

Will I listen to it again: no.

p4k16 no10: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Had I ever heard of them before: Had a Thom Yorke poster on  my wall.

Reductive First Impression: It’s interesting cos Pitchfork will give Radiohead albums glowing reviews independent of the quality of the music inside (hello Hail To The Thief). I have heard this several times but will give it another virtual spin for the 3 people who read these.

This sounds waaaaay better coming out of good speakers. yeah first two tracks = mwah.

Good album.

Will I listen to it again: Of course. Even if it was terrible. It’s Radiohead.