He’s jettisoned that strangeness, and in its place is a more well-realized psych-pop album, with perhaps better songwriting but less charm.
The intricacies from his previous efforts have not been lost altogether mind, and it might be the case that ‘Phase Zero’ is an album that grows on you over time and a number of listens.
A nice step forward from his already close to perfect debut and his sound is now filled with even more summer warmth and psychedelic wonder.
of Montreal’s most recent effort does well to offer listeners a varied and well-balanced sampling of the band’s myriad of amassed musical flavours, with contemporary EDM coming as the latest addition.
On his brief new EP, Prima Donna, Staples continues to refine his musical aesthetic, while honing his already-sharp lyricism.
Not everything is glorious, but it might be something better: human. Finally, Spears is having as much fun as her songs sound.
Blonde is of instances, of stretches and yawns, creativity in recreation, invisible labor, a time-lapse collapsed into one space.
For an album that is at times intentionally difficult to follow - for all its vague and indistinct meanderings between subjects, between minds and bodies, between place and time, Blonde remains a highly accessible album - and not just sonically.
Frank is rarely completely straightforward on Blonde, but many of the best moments come when he gets closer to it.
Release Date: April 29, 2016
It's a welcome return, as is Glory as a whole: it feels as fun and frivolous as her earliest music while retaining the freshness of her best mature work.