Friday, January 25, 2019

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Parking Lot Symphony by Trombone Shorty:
Trombone Shorty continues to move towards more crowd-pleasing accompanied vocals. It's perfectly fine, but the genre is already oversaturated with similar music -- I prefer his first two albums with more unique instrumental New Orleans funk.

Final Grade: C+

x Infinity by Watksy:
A few good hooks mixed in with some overly artistic songs makes this album hit-or-miss. Nowhere near as good as Cardboard Castles.

Final Grade: B-

Barry, Season One:
This HBO show about a hitman who discovers new meaning in life by becoming an actor in LA is much better than the elevator pitch would suggest. The show finds a perfect balance of actor humor, pathos, and extreme violence, and leaves you wanting more (the 8 episode season is over way too quickly).

Final Grade: A

The Witness:
This highly-rated puzzle game turned out to be an overhyped exploration of a pretty, sterile environment filled with line doodle puzzles more appropriate for a mobile game. After a half-hour of game time, it had not given me any incentive to keep playing. I should have trusted my instincts, having also disliked the game, Braid, by the same author.

Final Grade: Not Rated

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