Dido, Girl Who Got Away (Deluxe) (Sony)
Meh. With obvious lyrics such as “No love without freedom,” Dido’s latest offering is a snooze. With few discernable standouts, the tracks blend together into background music. Her collaboration with rapper Kendrick Lamar on “Let Us Move On” might be the only moment that wakes up listeners. Sure, the album is pretty—she sounds as great as always—but this is one-dimensional and easily forgettable baby-making music for thirty-somethings. However, the deluxe version includes an Armin van Buuren remix of “Everything to Lose,” so all is not lost. ★☆☆☆☆
Counterfeit i, Still (Vol. 1) (Self-released)
Sink into some cool experimental live electronica. Creating a pulsating blend of ambient, psychedelic and rock, the Chicago-based group’s music finely flows together in each of the five songs. The dreamlike “One Point Five” entrances with haunting guitars, directly blending into “Limb” and somber tones. This part one of the Still EP series then explodes with a punch on “Sahel” as Counterfeit i delves into some Trent Reznor territory—with a bit of grunge. Packing multiple levels of intrigue, if this is only the first part of a series, here’s hoping the next offering is just as rewarding and finely crafted. ★★★★☆
Tritonal, Metamorphic I (Enhanced Recordings)
Dance-floor banger “Bullet That Saved Me” featuring Underdown might have that familiar formula, but there’s a gritty kick to it creating more of an impact than the cheesy lyrics could ever hope to. A dub version might be better, but the kids will love it. The #TranceFamily will cling to “Bring Me Home” featuring Meredith Call, a pretty offering with tinkling pianos for those airy communion moments at festivals. “Deep into Black” goes a bit more experimental musically, but once again, Underdown is featured on the track and those lyrics are just too obvious and have to go. ★★★☆☆
Upcoming on Deanna’s Radar …
APRIL 16: Ghost on Ghost by Iron & Wine, Rat Farm by the Meat Puppets, The Terror by the Flaming Lips and Mosquito by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Today is a great day for music!
Oh, wait, Record Store Day is coming up on April 20—that might have something to do with all the awesomeness.