Old Boots, New Dirt- Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean released his new album Old Boots, New Dirt, last week. It has taken me a few days to get this album into my musical diet, and I am sorry it took me so long! Jason never disappoints, for me at least. His albums he has released have all been pretty consistently good, which is rare for me with country artists. Old Boots, New Dirty has the same Jason Aldean feel that you want to feel on an album, but it also has some of this new wave country on here too. My favorite songs off the album are: “Show You Off”, “Laid Back”, and “Burning It Down”. There’s so many good songs on this album it was really difficult to pick just three!

“Show You Off” is good country song about girl. Where he wants to show off his lady, I mean I know I have been there. It’s a good song that caught my ear, with its catchy lyrics. It has some nice guitar riffs too that also are a nice fit. It just stands out as a feel good track to me, I don’t know why but it just does.

“Laid Back” is a kick back cruising song, that you going to want to jam while your heading down the road or the freeway. At the beginning for a split second, the guitar riff sounded like it was about to be a Weezer song. Then the twang kicked in and I was knocked back to that country feel. The chorus is super catchy it had my head nodding.

“Burning it down”, one of the first singles I heard from this album and I wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t Impressed at first, but then it started to grow on me. What really bugged me was the begging sounds kind of techno’ish. But what I do like is the slowness feel that it has to it, or what I call night music. I love some slow country sometimes, especially for night drives home when I get off from work or just for the ride home.

Jason Aldean like I said before never disappoints. This album is great, it was everything I wanted it to be, and it didn’t just have two tracks that I liked. It had my ear captivated the way through the album; I could listen to this album for days. I really hope Jason, keeps it up with his music, which he seems to be able to do looking at his past albums. It would be pretty cool if he did a secret show at a local country bar (Borderline please!), but highly unlikely. Anyway country fans will enjoy this album, it has something for each type of country fan and every type of country feel you want.

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Kauai- Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino released his second project titled Kauai, which is just short of his STN MTN mixtape release. It’s a bit different than his other STN MTN. It’s different because he doesn’t really rap that much on this EP. He sings the majority of this album and has more of part of tracks where Jaden smith is just talking and telling stories on some tracks. Which is different but can get annoying. Regardless the tracks he does sing or rap on are on point and great. My favorite tracks are “Sober”, “Retro [Rough]”, and “Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)”.

“Sober” has an awesome beat; it sounds like a beat that came straight from the 80’s. It is heavy on the synths, which is done in a great way not overwhelming. He sings amazing on this track, as well the lyrics are pretty good. He compares her love to a drug and now that their love is ended he can never be sober again. He switches the beat towards the end and it’s good but I wouldn’t have ended it that way.

“Retro [Rough]” is another one that has a great beat, it’s one the only tracks I think he perfectly balances singing and rap together. When he does rap on this track, he is on point going with the beat. The lyrics he is rhyming are also great, and will get your attention.

“Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)” is a song that has Childish Gambino singing for most of the track. The beginning starts with seagulls in the intro then fading into some nice synths and bass. It’s a song you will want to sing out loud in the car. You almost want to get up and dance to it, its that good of a song. Around 3:33 the song comes to an end and leads into an Outro monologue of Jaden Smith.

This Ep Childish Gambino has released is great. It is a good continuation of his mixtape STN MTN’s; I almost wish he combined the two. STN MTN does have more of him rapping on tracks and this one does have more of him just singing on the tracks. This to me almost means he wants more radio play, because these songs are almost all radio playable tracks. Childish Gambino offers and great Ep and keeps us wanting more, and we can’t wait to hear what he has for us in the future!

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STN MTN – Childish Gambino

Donald Glover, or how the hip-hop world knows him Childish Gambino. Just released his mixtape STN MTN. Mixtapes are always a great way to prepare the fans for what the artist has in store for them when there album drops. It ties fans down for awhile until that said album does drop too. STN MTN is a good mixtape all the tracks that Childish Gambino goes on and raps and sings is great. I could do without the tracks where It’s just him talking, and less of the tracks that he merged all into one. It looks like that seems to be the trend lately, merging tracks together. I know Drake loves to do that on his albums and I’ve seen Tyler The Creator do it on his last album Wolf. It’s good every now and then but after awhile if you really love one part of the song then your kind of screwed. Anyway my favorite songs off this mixtape are “F***s Given”, “Candler Road”, and “Money Baby”.

“F***s Given” is the second song on the mixtape and it has a great beat. Childish Gambino starts of singing then comes in with some rap, Its different and that’s why I took note of it. I took note of this song over most of the songs on the mixtape, the only issue for me on this song is it’s too short!

“Money baby” is a little longer song than “F***s Given”, the beat here also is on point. Childish Gambino does a great job going with the beat, they are perfectly in sync together. Childish Gambino is lyrically doing great, balancing singing and rapping very nicely.

“Candler Road” the beat alone lets you know that Childish Gambino is going to go in on this track. Its ominous tone lets you know this, and when Childish Gambino comes in you realize he’s here to spit fire. It switches up at around 1:30, and it sounds like a track off his second album Because of the Internet. It is an excellent track, one of my top favorites off the album.

Childish Gambino gave his fans an excellent album to hold us down until his next project drops. The only problem I have with the album like I said before is the merging tracks and the songs where he just talks like they are interludes. Other than those two things the mixtape is great. After hearing this mixtape I am really excited what he has in store for us with his Ep titled Kauai.
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Everything Will Be Alright In The End- Weezer

It has been 4 years since Weezer has released a new album; their latest is titled “Everything Will Be Alright In The End”. It is a pretty good album if there wasn’t certain tracks on it, I do like how the are sounding like they did when they first started out though. There are a few tracks I would suggest get rid of to make it a better album. Get rid of “Da Vincii”, “Cleopatra”, and “The British Are Coming”. These are the three tracks that just turned me off from the album. They turned me off because they were just so childish almost. Anyway my favorite songs from the album are “Ain’t got Nobody”, “Back To The Shack”, and “Lonely Girl”.

“Aint Got Nobody” comes in with some nice guitar riffs after their little intro. It has a good feel to it, reassuring Weezer is back with a new album. It had me smiling through the whole track, and I knew this would be a good album. Just from this song it had the melody of a typical Weezer song from back in 1994 like it was from the blue album or even from Pinkerton.

“Back To Shack” was a different feel to it; it almost has the same melody from their song “Beverly Hills”. I love that song and I love this song, just it sounds almost kind of similar to me. It’s a good song, where they apologize to their fans for straying away from their original sound.

“Lonely Girl” again is just a typical Weezer song, like it should be on a B-side to Pinkerton. It’s songs like these that should be on the album of a Weezer album. It has it positive guitar riffs; it makes you want to sing right alongside it.

Weezer has delivered its fans a pretty good album. It just needs a little bit of fine-tuning, getting rid of the songs I mentioned previously. I really think they are on the right track to making albums like the blue album and Pinkerton, if they make songs like “Ain’t Got Nobody”. If they continue making albums like this with songs filled with similar sounds of Pinkerton and such, then they should be fine. Also they will be able to keep their core fans and maybe even attract new fans.

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