I mentioned the formidable Public Enemy in my re-print post a couple of weeks ago about the odious Beastie Boys. When I did it, I hadn’t realized that they had a new album out: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? Of course, once I did realize it, I downloaded it pronto and have had it on heavy rotation during the long daily commute. I’m gonna call this one the best record they’ve put out since Apocalypse ’91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black. Superb riffs and beats, with Chuck D in typically fine form throughout. There’s a few clunkers, but overall, this is a solid disc, even if it does snatch some cuts from Flavor Flav’s solo album, Hollywood. It works, it makes me think, and it rocks mighty hard. That’s all I need, please and thanks.
I’ve also been digging new-ish discs by M.I.A. (Kala), The National (Boxer) and Panda Bear (Person Pitch). Maybe fuller reviews later. I got real work to do tonight, and can’t procrastinate much longer if I plan to sleep much tonight.