- ARIANA GRANDE: THANK U. NEXT: 2019: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After hearing about her without even trying I thought I should at least listen to her. She has remarkable voice and I would rather listen to her than two of her big influences- Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. A pretty good pop album. So far there have been two #1 hits off of it- Thank U, Next, and 7 Rings and a #2-Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored. I don’t see myself becoming a fan. She’s no Mitski.
- THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: RAMBLIN’ GAMBLIN’ MAN” 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Seger’s first album- 50 years ago. The albums best song- Ramblin’ Gamblin; Man gave him his first taste of success going to #17 on the Hot 100 but he couldn’t build on that momentum- it wouldn’t be until album #9 Night Moves that he would break though. This doesn’t sound like the Bob Seger albums of later years- it sounds like an album from 1969- for a debut its passable.
- QUEEN: QUEEN: 1973: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I didn’t get into Queen at all until they had a handful of albums out- by the mid to late 70’s but I would hope if I had been listening when this debut came out that I would have thought- while far from a finished product as a band that they had potential- certainly Freddie Mercury and the energy on this album would have made it a band to watch. Favorites- Keep Yourself Alive, Doing Alright, Liar, and The Night Comes Down.
- QUEEN: QUEEN II: 1974: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: With their second album Queen was starting to gain some steam- Seven Seas Of Rhye went to #10 on the UK charts their first hit-. Father To Son, White Queen, Some Day, One Day, and How Funny Love Is- highlights.
- QUEEN: SHEAR HEART ATTACK: 1974: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their 2nd album in 1974-and their first hit single in the US with Killer Queen #12 in the US- #2 in the UK. The album did just as well reaching #12 in the US and #2 in the UK. This is the album that really put them on the map. Killer Queen, Brighton Rock, Flick Of The Wrist, She Makes Me and In The Lap Of The Gods are standouts for me.
- FREE: TONS OF SOBS: 1969: 3 1.2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Debut album and a blues rock album. What stands out is the vocals of Paul Rodgers who would go on to big things. Guy Stevens was producer- a decade later he would be the producer of a landmark album- The Clash’s London Calling.
- GEORGE HARRISON: WONDERWALL MUSIC: 1968: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first Beatles solo album- a soundtrack from George-the other day I listened to his second album Electronic Sounds- which I won’t be listening to again anything soon- this though is well worth hearing if you enjoy the Indian music George was into at the time.