Burnes Turns: Nov. 26, 2016-Feb. 15, 2017

My first Burnes’ Turns in months highlights some early Hip-Hop classics, joyfully pissed off Hard Rock riffing and an urgently apocalyptic message from the dearly departed David Bowie that is more pressing than ever. “Five Years” – David Bowie When I was first getting into music and reading Rolling Stone, they published a playlist issue…

All Eyez on Me – Tupac (1996)

***1/2 Leave it to Tupac to make a double LP out of a single EP’s worth of material, but damn if it wouldn’t have been one for the ages. The title track’s effortless bravado seeps show-stealing swagger, “All About U’s” damn-near sentimentality is a sweet change of pace, and the fascinating remix of Dr. Dre’s…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 360-351

360. “The Great Pretender” – The Platters My grandfather still has his original copy of this on a 78 from when this song was No. 1 on the carts in 1955. He still loves it to this day. I’m a huge fan of The Ink Spots, and The Platters carried on the high tenor style…

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

Note: I originally wrote this review for publication in The East Texan on April 9, 2015. It won first place in the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention in the Division 3 Critical Review competition in 2016. ***** Once or twice a year, if we’re lucky, we, as much listeners, are subjected to an album…