Writer's Note: I've changed my title for all Music Snob related posts to Note for Note, simply because it's shorter, more concise and adds a bit of imagery (at least it does for me). This latest edition features two record which will guarantee a bummer summer.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Two entries about weed and crack separate four bored-and-stoned-in-suburbia numbers from six in-love-and-stoned-in-the-city bummers. The centerpiece is the wondrously epic “Pyramids,” a slow burning ten minutes of Ocean losing his Cleopatra to the ills and shame of prostitution. It’s as hypnotic and seductive as anything found on last year’s Nostalgia, Ultra, which made heartbreak, hangovers and ice blue bongs attractive, therapeutic and cathartic. But where Ocean once found himself in dourness, here he finds himself on “Bad Religion” while bravely professing his love for another man to a taxi driver in the back of his cab. The music is stripped, almost naked; making Ocean’s raw pleading all the more visceral, and it’s beautiful to experience. But where he’s rigidly focused, he can also be uninterestingly content. It’s not until “Sweet Life,” a good seven minutes into the record, where the pace quickens, and some of the songs at record’s end, such as “Pink Matter,” (guess, just guess), wander rather than hit their respective spots. However, I'm willing to forgive the uneven tone. These songs are the sound of a man wrestling to find himself. GRADE: B+
JEFF the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
The brothers Orrall live and die by the riff. Along the way they enjoy beer, records, sunshine, roard trips, Black Sabbath covers and beer. Hell, they even indulge themselves in some rather sharp melodies when they chose to. They'll never be anything other than the bare bones hard rock punks they currently are, and I doub't they'll ever make a record that's better than this one. Rather, they'll release consistent record after consistent record, never peaking while never dissapointing. Not bad a for a band who lives and dies by the riff. GRADE: B
"Leave Me Out"
"Mystic Portal II"