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Big K.R.I.T. CadillacticaBig K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Based on the early singles, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Big K.R.I.T.’s latest, and with its soulful, spacey, laid-back southern hip hop, Cadillactica more than lives up to my hopes.  As usual, K.R.I.T. brings positive, hopeful lyrics and acts as his own producer, so the beats and rhymes are of a piece (that piece is reminiscent of early Outkast, although not on that level).  There’s been a string of excellent hip hop albums released in the last few weeks (after a pretty barren summer), and Cadillactica, while very different in style/sound from something like Run the Jewels 2 or Hell Can Wait, fits in well with that high quality.  This one is highly recommended.

Foo Fighters - Sonic HighwaysFoo Fighters – Sonic Highways

All discussions of the new Foo Fighters album have focused on the fact each song was written/recorded in a different city in an effort to have the sound of that city seep into the song.  It’s an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work.  Each of these songs are simply your standard Foo Fighters’ songs and could have been recorded anywhere.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re a Foo Fighters fan, but if you were hoping for something different from them, Sonic Highways isn’t it.  I kind of straddle both categories, so I’m a bit disappointed, but Grohl and company make such a good rock song the disappointment is short lived.

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive TasteAzealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks released her 1991 EP, featuring the amazing “212”, in 2011 and folks have been waiting for Broke With Expensive Taste ever since.  The release date was repeatedly pushed back, Banks left her major label, and it started to look like the album wouldn’t come out, then it was suddenly released last Thursday.  On first listen I can see why there were so many issues.  There isn’t an obvious single (beyond “212”, which remains the best track on the album) and the album is fairly scatter shot in its sound.  There’s a lot to like here, though, and I remain hopeful that Banks will fulfill the promise of “212”.  Unfortunately, she’s still an artist with unrealized upside at this point.

An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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