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Mace & Crown | March 23, 2018

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Monarch Music Minute: David Gilmour, Hoodie Allen, Pearl Jam

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

David Gilmour – ‘Live at Pompeii’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Courtesy David Gilmour Music Ltd.

English rock musician David Gilmour returns to Pompeii after nearly four decades since 1971 during his time with Pink Floyd — when no audience was permitted and the show was released as the documentary, “Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.” The audience is in full attendance electrifying “Live at Pompeii.”

Billed as the “Rattle That Lock World Tour,” Gilmour and company showcase 21 tracks spanning a vast catalog that includes legendary Floyd cuts such as “Money,” “Time” and “Comfortably Numb.”

Gilmour, frontman and guitarist, rebuilt his band to a certain degree for this outing. Guy Pratt and Steve DiStanislao remain on bass and drums respectively for this tour; however, legendary Rolling Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell and musical director and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes join the roster. Chester Kamen joins Gilmour on guitars rounding out the rhythm section.

Adding to the Floyd-esque formula are João Mello on saxophone and Bryan Chambers, Louise Clare Marshall and Lucita Jules on backing vocals.

The setlist captures classic Floyd in an updated sonic set. The audience seems more in awe witnessing the spectral Floyd psychedelia until they erupt upon hearing classics such as “Wish You Were Here” and “High Hopes.”

Masterfully executed, Gilmour’s “Live at Pompeii” resumes the Floyd aesthetic.

Listen to the album on Spotify here. 

Hoodie Allen – ‘The Hype’ 💿💿💿💿

Courtesy Hoodie Allen LLC

New York hip-hop/alternative hip-hop/pop rap artist Hoodie Allen reemerges with his much-anticipated third studio set, “The Hype.” 12 new tracks continue to showcase the rapper’s well-rounded musical style and sensibility.

Lead track “Believe” starts the set with its melodic vocalizing on the chorus sections and the spitting of straight bars throughout the verses. Promotional single “Sushi,” along with other teaser single releases “Know It All” and “Ain’t Ready,” primed fans for this new LP.

“All for Me” keeps the energy in high gear and enlists the vocal talent of Scott Hoying (Pentatonix and Superfruit). As Allen namedrops Emily Blunt, Justin Timberlake and Khalid, Hoying elevates the chorus sections, all over a laidback beat and romantic contemplation.

“Fakin (feat. Wale)” takes on the Kanye Auto-Tune vibe over a mystic EDM groove. The track sees Wale contributing equally compelling rhymes as he raps, “Why you crying on my timeline? / Talking ‘bout your little problems / I ain’t ‘bout to follow you ‘cause I ain’t got mine / I’mma holla when the primetime / Why you, how you, call me when nobody by you?

“The Hype,” excels with its lyrically crisp lines and rhymes, yet falls somewhat short musically with average, predictable sounds.

Listen to the album on Spotify here.

Pearl Jam – ‘Let’s Play Two (Live)’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Courtesy Monkeywrench Inc.

Veteran grunge, alternative and hard rock band Pearl Jam relinquish their latest epic, “Let’s Play Two (Live).” Their concert set’s namesake was a favorite expression of the Chicago Cubs’ Hall of Fame shortstop, Ernie Banks.

Pearl Jam frontman and lifelong Cubs fan Eddie Vedder was born and raised in suburban Chicago, though he and the rest of the band are noted for helping spawn the early ‘90s Seattle grunge rock scene.

“Let’s Play Two” highlights Pearl Jam’s Aug. 20 and 22 concerts at Wrigley Field in 2016 during the Cubbies championship run which ended their 108-year World Series drought. “All the Way,” a song Vedder wrote in 2008 for the historic baseball franchise, is included in the live set.

The group’s tracklist is equally historic with the live offering covers material from their 1991 debut album “Ten” through 2013’s “Lightning Bolt.” “Better Man” and “Jeremy” highlight the 17-track compilation while stirring renditions of “Black,” “Alive,” “Go” and “Given to Fly” score mass approval from concertgoers.

“Let’s Play Two (Live)” is a grand slam for fans of Pearl Jam and grunge. Look for the accompanying Blu-ray and DVD home video, filmed by photographer Danny Clinch, to release on Nov. 17.

Listen to the album on Spotify here.

Rating System:

– Face palm. 💿
– Eh… 💿💿
– We’re getting there. 💿💿💿
– I’ll listen to it twice, even. 💿💿💿💿
– Hell yes! 💿💿💿💿💿