Marko Djurdjic

80
The album, one of Wolfe’s best, is a powerful reminder that you are good enough, strong enough and brave enough to be mighty, authentic and free. All it takes is a spark, and some noise.
80

Helado Negro’s music is the stuff of slightly stoned sunsets and stolen glances. Warm and meditative, PHASOR’s softness is its greatest strength, extolling the virtues of patience, silence, touch and exploration. It’s a wonderfully complex album belied by its gentle minimalism.

60
It’s too jammy, too undercooked, too unedited — an overextended comedown without the requisite high.
70

Sure, there are politics, but it's not as overwrought as American Idiot, nor as cynical. Yes, things are beyond godawful, but on Saviors there's a sense of collective hope and anger — there are people in our lives who make the world worth fighting for.

70
This is an album of bliss and anger, violence and peace, and while the collaboration isn't always as fruitful as some of its tracks promise, the inclusion of "Spend the Grace" gives hope that this isn't the last we'll hear from Full of Nothing.
60

And the Wind will inevitably serve two purposes: for newcomers, it can act as an introduction to Lenderman's sound and energy; conversely, those already well acquainted with his discography will find unmistakable charm in the full-band interpretations of both new and old songs.

80

For those of us who are ready for the New Kawaii revolution, get ready to dance with your fists held high: this is razor sharp pop — fine-tuned, sincere and defiant as all hell.

80

Even in its quietest moments, Void is a harrowing listen, and KEN Mode have fully embraced the power of "post-", accentuating the crushing torrents of noise with song-length moments of respite.

100

Artistic, intelligent (but not overly intellectualized), and executed with a skill and care many of us can only hope to comprehend, The Enduring Spirit is this year's best metal album, and one of the best albums of 2023, period, full stop.

80
Even if it isn't the greatest rock album of this or any other century, it's a worthy addition to their discography; the Armed's out of the bag, and you better get on board before their best-of-the-century album inevitably arrives.
70

Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You is very much an album, a complete statement whose effect nevertheless wavers. Like any secret, it is sometimes sharp and poignant, sometimes mundane. And yet, in its best moments, it becomes a secret worth hearing.

80

There is much loneliness, pain, and darkness in Sugar the Bruise, but after we've staggered through the darkness, the lights look that much brighter, that much more brilliant and inviting, as they spin and glimmer off the proverbial disco ball of life.


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