- TAYLOR SWIFT: REPUTATION: 2017: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Swift’s latest album has had 5 Top 20 singles- including a #1 in Look What You’ve Made Me Do. The other singles being End Game, Ready For It, Gorgeous and Delicate. I have all of her previous albums but it took me a year to even get this out of the library for some reason. First impression is it’s not as good as her previous albums but it’s pretty good. Last month on the way to the Bob Dylan concert my friend Helmet and I were discussing music and he brought her up in a negative way. When I pressed him on it he couldn’t name even one of her songs. He said he’s never heard of her. I think he has to have- I don’t know how you could be alive in the past dozen years and not at least overhear a Taylor Swift song. I am not a big fan of the pop music of today- or recent times but I think Swift is pretty good. This album feels like she is following trends instead of setting them or doing her own thing. And at 15 songs it is too long. My favorite song is the last one New Years Day which isn’t overproduced like so many songs on this is.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: 3 PEARS: 2012: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dwight hasn’t been all that active with albums of new material this century-but this is an outstanding one- which was also his highest charting album on the Top 200 peaking at #18- it went to #3 on the country charts- all well deserved. This was his first album of new material since 2005’s Blame The Vain. A Heart Like Mine- was produced by Beck. His most rocking album since his debut.