#MWE 2017 (Music Written Exercise) – Week 3 (2/15/17 – 2/21/17)

On February 1st, 2017 I was introduced to the phenomenon known as #MWE. Unfamiliar with the hashtag well so was I. However, the universe thought it best to introduce me to a world of musical exploration and to test my written skills. The project is the brainchild of @noyokono a music writer who ask individuals to listen to a new album each day in February and to write a few words about it. I, an avid listener and seeker of new music, took up this challenge immediately. Without further ado I give you my #MWE selections.

February 15, 2017

Artist: Jurassic Five

Album: Quality Control

What can I say about this album that hasn’t already been said about Jurassic Five. This album shows a mastery of vocal skills that often unseen in groups with multiple MCs. If you’re a fan of rap then Jurassic Five will be well known to you. If you’re looking for something amazing in the genre than be happy because you’ve found the rarest of treasures. Fast or slow, high or deep, or harmonic or acapella Jurassic Five has it all. There are too many highlights on this album to pick out just one. Much like their other albums this one is a collection of personal struggle, success, and introspection. No matter what you’re looking for you’ll find something worthwhile with Jurassic Five. Rating 8.7 out of 10.0 

February 16, 2017

Artist: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Album: Backlash

Backlash is an impressive combination of driving soul sounds, ruckus rock melodies, and impressive vocals. Black Joe Lewis is like a crazed driver shifting speeds and twisting all over the place. Your feet will be hopping, your soul popping, and your booty locking to his amazing tunes. Supported by a phenomenal band Black Joe Lewis takes you on a musical adventure all over the audio galaxy. Favorites include Freakin Out, Nature’s Natural, and Sexual Tension. His sound is one that just begs the listener to get up and move. I personally can’t wait to see him live because if he’s anything like he is on record he’ll be amazing. Rating 7.8 out of 10

February 17, 2017

Artist: Little Dragon

Album: Little Dragon

Little Dragon’s self titled album Little Dragon is a beautiful collection of mystic melodies, divine vocals, and sweeping ballads. One second you’re drawn like a sailor to the siren call of vocalist and the next you’re being drawn down like quicksand into the melodic sounds of each track.  This album has something for just about any listener. Something slow for your dinner party, beautiful background noise for your road trip, or beautiful ballads for a date night. Highlights include Stormy Weather, Wink, After The Rain, and No Love. Rating 7.3 out of 10.

February 18, 2017

Artist: The Lumineers

Album: Cleopatra 

Never been the biggest Lumineer fan but this album might change that opinion but only by a little bit. This album, in my opinion, is a combination of finely polished coffee house music and folksy sound. While the general pace of most songs is slow the expertise is felt in the weight of the lyrics and the lightness of the melodies. Highlights include the radio hit Ophelia, Gun Song, and My Eyes. If ever you need to fill empty silence or if you need something to pass the time on a road trip this album is it. In my opinion this album doesn’t wow but it is solid. Rating 6.7 out of 10.0

February 19, 2017

Artist: Frank Ocean

Album: Blonde

What is there to say about this album that hasn’t already been said. It is coupled with masterful lyrics, meaningful songs, and soul grasping beats. I’d say it’s damn near impossible to listen to this album without finding something you’ll like, love, and/or become addicted to. So many amazing songs including Solo, Pretty Sweet, and Godspeed. You also get amazing prose in the for of tracks like Facebook story. Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a reminder that there is greatness in an era of mediocrity. As a very selective and picky rap head this album gets a high marks for blowing pass my expectations Rating 9.0 out of 10.0

February 20, 2017

Artist: Archive

Album: Controlling Crowds

Archive’s album Controlling Crowds is an interesting combination of many diverse sounds and styles. So diverse and so plentiful it’s hard to put it into one category. One minute you’re moving at a break neck speed to roaring rock sounds and the next your smoothly dancing to a trance sound.

February 21, 2017

Artist: Nada Surf

Album: You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf’s album You Know Who You Are is a simplistic but beautiful album filled with indie pop sounds, neo folk rock tracks, and overall a joyous celebration of sound. Lyrically the album provides some dandy lines and melodically it is strong. Favorites include Victory’s Yours, Out Of The Dark, and the opener Cold To See. If you like new age indie music like the Shins then you’ll thoroughly enjoy this collection of tracks. Rating 7.2 out of 10.0


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