Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
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Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #109 / 818
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2020 Ratings: #100
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The Line of Best Fit

On 2017 – 2019 he again shows us why he is one of the most vital electronic acts of the 21st century.


2017-2019 is the music we need in 2020: ambitious, fearless and provocative.


Jaar shows signs of evolving here, and it’s more than welcome. For a record that feels chaotic at times, everything falls into place.

The Needle Drop
Nicolas Jaar's second outing as A.A.L. is a bit more far-out than the first, and about as fantastic.

While nowhere near as accessible or crowd-pleasing as the first A.A.L. album, 2017 - 2019 is a compelling mixture of anger and beauty, and one of Jaar's strongest efforts.


Nicolas Jaar returns to his dancefloor alias, swapping out the mid-tempo crowd-pleasers for a set of surprisingly stern techno that bristles with distortion.

So, it has now been over a year since this album came out. Since then I've garnered over 1,000 plays, which is the equivalent of listening to this album around 111 times, making this my most listened album of all time, and yet I am still not quite sure what to say about it. As some of you have probably noticed, my rating for this record has changed drastically over the past year. I believe it started out around the current average, leaped to 90, then became one of my only 100s, only to fall ... read more
UNPOPULAR OPINION: "2017-2019" is better than its predecessor, and I'm going to explain why...

About two years ago, Nicolas Jaar dusted off his record cabinet full of disco and house albums and resurrected one of his old pseudonyms for a compilation album full of ingenious samples and limitless mixes, with the particularity of making you happier with each new listening. And although "2012-2017" is one of the most solid electronic projects of the last decade, I really think ... read more
i don't mean to get political or anything, but what the fuck is H O U S E music
It is fascinating to think about how A.A.L.'s music parallels the time frame in the title. 2012-2017 felt warm, communal, and inquisitive (and a little gimmicky tbh). The songs bubbled with hope and light. 2017-2019 is more militant and industrial. The warmth that undergirded his previous album is replaced with haunting anxiety and a sense of unease. Jaar's music echoes the contemporary energy; it's paranoid, heavy, and frustrated. The album literally fades away at the end, leaving you ... read more
I was excited to see what was in store for a new AAL project. It’s a fun listen, but there is something that the last album had that this doesn’t...

Memorable songs. Nothing here is memorable at all for any good reasons.
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Added on: January 31, 2020