Neil Young, J. Cole, & Post Malone Lead Albums Of The Week - December 9th
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:44:25
The week in album releases is a genuinely mixed bag of classic artists, legendary performers and purveyors of inspirational pop. Neil Young represents the old guard of alternative thinkers, Dec. 99th bring beats and Post Malone proves why he commands the levels of interest that he's experienced since the release of his breakthrough single "White Iverson".
Neil Young - "Peace Trail" - Warner Brother Records
Neil Young has been fighting the good fight recently. His participation in the Standing Rock Protests reminded fans of his career why his voice, and his perspective of environmental respect, and his compassion for all peoples remains relevant - perhaps more now than ever. This album, his 37th full length studio album of his 50 year career, is a testament to the enduring vision of the man, and while it may not be the brightest example of his catalog, it remains a point of reference in the year's musical landscape.
J. Cole - "4 Your Eyez Only" - Dreamville Records
J. Cole continues to intrigue and enthrall with his newest album. The North Carolina rapper releases a set of tunes that doesn't include recent releases "Everybody Dies" or "False Prophets.", and like his double-platinum album, Forest Hills Drive, this album contains no other featured artists. Continuing to do it at his own pace, in his own style, is why we will continue to follow J. Cole with such interest.
Dec. 99th - "December 99th" - Tidal
Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, and producer Ferrari Sheppard have worked together under the moniker Dec.99th to release their album December 99th. Previously released tunes, "Seaside Panic Room," "N.A.W." and "Local Time," sit here with six brand new unheard tracks that once again prove when Bey remains an artist who is always intriguing and always challenging.
Ab-Soul - "DWTW" - Top Dawg Entertainment
DWTW stands for "Do What Thou Wilt" and it's the latest album from Ab-Soul. As usual, it's a sweet dispatch of sometimes controversial, often confrontational lyrics like, "With all disrespect, I think the American flag was designed by f**s." The rapper with the reputation for incredible talents that have not yet been fully appreciated stands well to be recognized with this release. With volume the tunes improve, and with time the artist should be hitting increasingly larger audiences from increasingly bigger stages.
Post Malone - "Stoney" - Republic Records
Post Malone's recent song "Deja Vu" featured Justin Bieber and it represented well what to expect from Stoney, the album released on December 9th by the New York-based singer-songwriter-rapper-producer. It's a perfect slice of pop music… it's compelling, fresh, somehow familiar but unwaveringly new and danceable. As an album, Stoney sounds exactly as a pop album should sound as we leave one year and head to the next - the landscape is in the process of becoming, and so is Post Malone.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff