Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews: Week of July 2, 2021

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By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com

Happy Independence Day Weekend, everyone! I cannot believe that 2021 is almost done! We got a lot of great music to unpack, so let’s get this party started!

Lady Antebellum’s What a Song Can Do (Chapter One) is probably the trio’s worst album ever. (Album cover property of Big Machine Records)

What a Song Can Do (Chapter One) by Lady Antebellum 

Name change or not, I will still call Lady Antebellum by their original name, and in all honesty, they did the soul singer Lady A so dirty. Their album – What A Song Can Do (Chapter One) – is very repetitive. It seems like the controversial country trio is still trying to preserve the magic of “Bartender,” “Freestyle,” and “Need You Know.” Lady Antebellumyou need to go back to the drawing board and create better music! 

Tracks to Download: NONE!

Migos’ Culture III wraps up its hip-hop music storyline. Cardi B, Drake & Justin Bieber all make appearances. (Album cover property of Quality Control Music & Motown Records)

Culture III by Migos 

Hip-hop trio Migos (Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff) have concluded their Culture trilogy. They recruited a plethora of A-listers to close this chapter. Drake (“Having Our Way”), Future (“Picasso”), Justin Bieber (“What You See”), Cardi B (“Type S—”), and the late Juice WRLD (“Antisocial”) and Pop Smoke (“Light It Up”) all appear on the album. It is incredible to see how far Migos has come as a rap music trio, and they continue to build a legacy for their generation of rap fans. B-/B 

Tracks to Download: “Having Our Way,” “Vaccine,” “Type S—,” & “What You See.”

“Leave Your Light On” by ChrisLee 

Recent Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast guest ChrisLee released a powerful track called “Leave Your Light On.” The song hits like a gut punch and is the perfect form of expression for anyone who knows loved ones and friends struggling with their mental health. Well done, ChrisLee! 

“Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is back! The “Shape of You” singer-songwriter dropped the dance-pop tune: “Bad Habits.” As someone who has followed the four-time Grammy-winning performer since his 2014’s x (Multiply), I never expected him to attempt dance-pop or EDM. I was genuinely impressed with “Bad Habits.” Also, kudos to co-writers and co-producers Johnny McDaid and Fred Gibson for coming up with a catchy tune. B+

“Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart)” by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis featuring Mariah Carey 

For their first time in the luminary careers, R&B production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will release a studio album: Jam & Lewis: Volume One. The duo’s collaboration with Mariah Carey, “Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart),” is a beautiful taste of what’s to come from the album. The track particularly splendidly showcases Mariah’s vocals, and the production is superb. A- 

“Nothing Else Matters” by Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 

Metallica is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! To commemorate the group’s massive milestone, the rockers invited an all-star group of artists to tackle several of their classic tunes. Miley Cyrus leads the charge as she served as the frontwoman for a spectacular cover of “Nothing Else Matters.” She recruited her Plastic Hearts collaborator WATT, Sir Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Between hearing Miley’s lower husky vocal register to the all-star backing band, this cover of “Nothing Else Matters” is a must-listened for all music fans! A

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