2018 Music Reviews

Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue (2018)   C-
Pissed-off grumbling and mumbling - yes, the evil side of the Cookie Monster shows up - but it also seems like the ten songs are nearly identical, which is certainly a problem. I bet Phil's missing Dimebag ... I mean, aren't we all?

Migos, Culture II (2018)   D
This sequel to last year's debut is (unfortunately) more of the same - hating the police, degrading women, loving drugs and murder and diamonds and Michael Winslow-style sound-effects (blurt! zip! snurt!). These hacks, in their total delusion, think have enough material for a 100+ minute record when they barely have enough content for a blog post, even with so many guest stars (it's a little startling when Cardi B's potty-mouth shows up).

Tune-Yards, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (2018)   C
Merrill's first three releases were intriguing because she was free-and-easy with the experimentation, but this feels almost routine for her, at least musically speaking. She spends too much time getting into being Caucasian in a mixed-race planet ... and I'm not sure what she's going for, and I'm not sure she knows either. "Look At Your Hands" and "Free" are maddening.

Singles of the Year: None yet!