It's hard to pitch down this record without being objective about because well it's clear that the lyrics are totally the perspective of Kozelek and he is very unapologetic about it, however I appreciate that 'cause it gives a more personal tone to the album and well you gotta give him credit for talking about his life in such an interesting and unexpecting way. I feel anger, mockery and love in the way he writes, sometimes I wonder if this is more like an audiobook or an album, because it has ... read more
Code Orange have a very outgoing and aggresive album with genius structures and keeping the sound as diverse as you can while mantaining their roots. I was really impressed with the evolution of the tracks, I was always expecting some twist or something new in middle of the songs and that was something very cool of them, not being static at any moment, just letting the chaos take over but without going nonsense. I also appreciate how short this is, I mean it has enough tracks to let you ... read more
Hmmmm... meh, I feel very iffy about this release. Don't get me wrong, the production for most of the part is really amazing and has that hip-hop/jazz twist that's so trending nowadays. The thing is that Quelle Chris' vocal delivery doesn't always have that sting and flow that match with the instrumentals and the same happens with all the guests. It's quirky and weird outcome is a hit and miss for me. I don't know... maybe I'll have to give it more listens to let it grow on me.
Jeff Lang has been for a while now in the folk and blues genre, with this new record he manages to have so sweet and contemporary ballads that make your heart melt with adoration. However, there's still some x factor that I feel it's lacking here, like the rock n' roll tunes are good and have personality but after a while they become forgettable and the interludes don't add to much to the structure of the album nor give cohesiveness to it. Besides that, I think this is an ok album and probably ... read more
I'm not a fan of long records because I think in the middle of all the filler tracks the standout ones become rather forgettable, nevermind that doesn't happen in 50 Song Memoir, actually I can tell you that even if some tunes share some similarities, this time travel insidescope of Merritt's life events it's so ambitious and diverse in it exploration of genres that I truly remember almost every song and can distinct each concept. Merritt's voice is very charming and proves to work in every ... read more