It’s Lilly Hiatt New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Amon Duul II – Yeti (Gatefold LP Jacket, Reissue)
Brian Eno – Another Green World
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Their Satanic Majesties Second Request
Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (Turquoise Blue Colored Vinyl)
Bjork – Homogenic
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love
Cocteau Twins – Garlands
Cocteau Twins – Victorialand
Cavetown -Sleepyhead (Turquoise Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Daniel Romano – Okay Wow
Dio – Killing The Dragon (Lenticular Cover)
Giobia – Plasmatic Idol (Colored Vinyl)
Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II
Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner (180 Gram Vinyl)
Johnny Cash – Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous (Yellow, Indie Exclusive)
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Turquoise, Holland – Import)
James Hunter Six – Nick Of Time
The UK’s James Hunter has made a name for himself as one of the premier practitioners of classic American soul music. His whiskey-soaked, leather vocals suggest the man has seen it all, and that these experiences have made him.
Hunter’s distinctive delivery blends the diverse elements of each track into a single well rounded whole. You can hear elements of 1960s R&B, Nashville Blues, gospel, and rock within the tracks, and it sounds so nice with the needle in the groove.
Think of “Nick of Time” as a jukebox of singles from a diner on a 1960’s route 66 highway where patrons leave their troubles behind as they reminisce over a sad song one minute, and then get up and boogie to the next song. As the title song suggests, there’s nothing like the present to make a change. One can even have a second chance at having a second chance.
“I can change your mind”, Hunter sings on another tune. His music may be uniformly first-rate, but that doesn’t mean every cut is the same. He does a fine job of addressing a variety of topics that allow him to wail about everything from being scared of flying in an airplane on “Ain’t Going Up in One of Those Things” to crooning about the pleasures of being alone in “Paradise of One” to the complications of romantic relationships in “Till I Hear It From You”. Each song differs from one other in terms of tempo and style. However, they come off as part of a larger whole more than separate entities.
The production itself suggests a live in the studio approach with few takes and dubs.
I have only been onto this artist for the past couple of albums, I am always pleasantly surprised when each outing tops the previous. No exception here, “Nick of Time”, could easily and arguably be the best to date.
There could be no better way to spend a self isolation day then listening to what James has to say. So hurry on your way, to the Vinyl Underground, don’t delay. – Albert Schmurr
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (Colored Vinyl)
Lamb of God – Sacrament
Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof (150 Gram Vinyl)
Lilly Hiatt – Let Down (Colored Vinyl, Pink, Limited Edition)
Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue (Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Blue)
Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane (Colored Vinyl, Maroon, Black, Limited Edition)
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sounds Off (Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition)
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap (Digital Download Card)
The Orb – Abolition Of The Royal Familia (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Seems fitting that it would take more than Pneumonia, a fall and a Parkinson’s diagnosis to stop the Prince of Darkness coming though with a new album, co-written and produced by guitarist Andrew Watt (California Breed, Post Malone, Cardi B), is a defiant contribution to his solo career. Drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) make up the rest of the band and are joined for cameos by Slash, Tom Morello, Elton John, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
“Ordinary Man” has everything an Ozzy Osbourne fan will be expecting; heavy riff led songs, lyrics laden with doom and monsters, a ballad or two and, most importantly, Ozzy’s unmistakable vocal which hasn’t lost that frequency that makes it sounds like it’s derived from the depths of hell.
‘Straight To Hell’ and ‘All My Life’ set things off at pace. Ozzy’s voice sears through with a trademark “all right now” greeting to ease you in. ‘Goodbye’ borrows heavily from Black Sabbath and will feel familiar to those fans.
Slash’s solo in the album’s title track Ordinary Man could be an offcut from the Use Your Illusion days as he and Duff McKagan weave their way through the song. In the same track, Elton John lends his voice for a verse. The smooth depth of his vocal with Ozzy’s shrillness, works nicely and is an interesting addition. In ‘Ordinary Man’ and ‘Holy For Tonight’ Ozzy is reflective in a way we’ve not seen much of before. He tackles the issue of what his legacy might be, how he’ll be remembered, and whether a dying man should repent on his death bed. It’s a welcome gear change in tone and more poignant given Ozzy’s recent health. His sincerity comes through with clarity and the arrangements are sympathetic to the lyrics, allowing Ozzy to remain clear and to the forefront as he battles the inevitable.
Producer Andrew Watt has worked previously with Post Malone and its likely this link which brought Malone to appear on Ozzy’s album. I am not sure what value Malone adds to the project, but the addition of Post Malone to the credits is sure to earn the tracks a few extra streams from younger fans.
The album’s only misstep is the closing track which could probably have been ditched. A Post Malone song featuring Ozzy and rapper Travis Scott, ‘Take What You Want’ feels out of sync with the rest of the album. Where Ordinary Man, for the most part, takes Ozzy’s distinctive sound and adds some 21st Century studio tricks like programming and autotune, ‘Take What You Want’ is a song that belongs solely in 2020 and probably not on an Ozzy Osbourne album.
There’s a lot to like on this album. For fans of Ozzy Osbourne, from his Black Sabbath days through his solo career, much of the album will be familiar territory and new material from the Prince of Darkness will always be welcomed. Ordinary Man falls only slightly when it strays from the styles and sound Ozzy has developed over decades.
With the world in a panic, it’s the best time to pick up on some tasty treats like this and so many more to kick back and spin at home. So venture out to the Vinyl Underground and support local KC small businesses and vinyl preservation. -Albert Schmurr
Ramones – Ramones (Remastered)
Soccer Mommy – For Young Hear (Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster, 140 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl)
Swamp Dogg – Sorry You Couldn’t Make It (Color Vinyl Green, With Bonus 7″)
Tom Waits – Alice
Tom Waits – Blood Money
Tom Waits – Blue Valentine
U S Girls – Heavy Light
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster, Digital Download Card)
Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album)
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