This tricky, fickle, strange dedication to emotional progress is what defines Bon Iver, makes them so uniquely, irrefutably human, and so goddamn touching even when you can't understand what a single lyric means.
Flamagra may not channel the raw angst of his previous works, but it still enacts that crucial moment of recognition.
Sure, We Are Not Your Kind is a little bloated and it occasionally stubs its toe on trying to be grandiose, but their determined focus on making this sound like Slipknot is wildly successful.
He has found a confidence to use this palette to express more complex notions of his self, to enrich his life and command his ascension into the popular lexicon.
What this adds up to, after four albums and a handful of EPs, is a band that is firing on all cylinders.
uknowhatimsayin¿ shows how that insanity can be packaged in a more unassuming container without ever losing its fury.
Blood, at its heart — if, indeed, it has one — is a puzzle, whether it intends to be or not.
Morbid Stuff takes all the messy qualities that made PUP standout in the first place – nasally vocals, scathing lyrics, amped-up guitars – and condenses them into a more vibrant experience via the lens of power-pop.
Words really can't accurately describe what makes Xiu Xiu and Jamie Stewart's writing so timeless no matter the sound or the subject matter, but it never fails to have an emotional power that very few can retain for so long and captivate with ease.
This album is the first work by Kishi Bashi that feels like a mission, and it’s that same sense of purpose that drives Omoiyari to be the most gorgeous and impactful piece of his catalogue.
Far from a downer ... I Am Easy To Find crackles with energy. This army of collaborators and Mike Mills’ oddball editing habits seem to have revitalized the band’s willingness to stretch themselves far more than the curated, self-conscious shifts of Sleep Well Beast.
To put Magdalene in context, it’s clear that FKA Twigs has created her best album so far. It combines the addicting complexity of M3LL155X’s production aesthetics with the more elaborate and thoughtful songwriting of LP1.
It's the clarity of vision and production quality that called Donuts to my mind, but really IGOR is comparable to every instance good or bad where a rapper has stepped outside the box they made for themselves.
Blushing does anything but stick to a formula, even when that formula is to make music that sounds nothing like Copeland.
An undeniable stunner that should go down as one of the strongest art-pop albums of the year.
Keenan was accurate to say that Fear…. would require patience to ingest, being a massive, compelling piece of music that unfolds beautifully and balances Tool’s unique style with plenty of rewarding new elements. Any fears that they would not live up to their past can be abated; Fear Inoculum is truly groundbreaking and one of the best albums of the decade.
LP3 is a house built brick by brick with patient songwriting - lush arrangements that blossom over a lengthy period of time, cultivating in fully fleshed out songs.
Ghosteen may be the biggest boon to his mythical career yet; it’s another masterpiece that will forever be enshrined in his ever-growing legacy. Absolute perfection.
This is her best album yet, and great moments abound amidst the fat.