Album Reviews: New releases from Lil Peep; Ace of Cups

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Lil Peep

"Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2"


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Release date: Nov. 9

On late rapper Lil Peep's second studio album, the first release since his November 2017 death, the young artist takes fans on a singsongy journey through a familiar haze of themes — death, drugs, isolation and broken relationships, among them.

Sonically, the albums are quite similar — somber but melodic, hovering at the intersection of where emo meets rap. A toxic combination of prescription drugs resulted in Peep's death at age 21, so on his new album his lyrics aren't just typical sad-rap fare, they give a glimpse into real-life tragedy.

From the head-bob-inducing "16 Lines" to the bittersweet "Sex with My Ex," one emotional song seems to roll into the next.

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As a whole, "Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2" serves as a soft bed for wallowing in dark thoughts. Some will find it a relatable respite, while others will count it as, simply, a tough space to be in.

                                                                                                                                                          — The Associated Press

Ace of Cups

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"Ace of Cups"

High Moon Records

Genre: Rock/Rhythm 'n' blues/Folk rock

Release date: Nov. 8

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The all-female Ace of Cups was part of the late '60s psychedelic scene in San Francisco, opening for Jimi Hendrix and The Band but without ever recording an album. Until now, over 50 years later.

This self-titled double album is their studio debut and it's an emotional, absorbing experience.

Helmed by producer Dan Shea (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion), four of the original five band members — Mary Gannon, Denise Kaufman, Mary Simpson and Diane Vitalich — show how sharp their instrumental, songwriting and vocal chops still are.

The songs, nearly all written by Kaufman or Gannon, are brimming with appealing harmonies and range from energetic rockers like "Feel Good" and "Circles" to blues, country and folk, with some psychedelic and progressive influences also in the mix.

Guests include Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Charlie Musselwhite and Peter Coyote, all making distinguished contributions.

Hearing "Ace of Cups," one can imagine what the band may have sounded like all those decades ago.

                                                                                — The Associated Press


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