Jan 11, 2014
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100
Sincerely, this is one of the best albums I've ever listened. The powerful and confessional lyrics, the sharp and precise instrumentation — everything has a beautiful and raw taste. The Idler Wheel touches me personally, it makes me think, feel and realize many things in my life. Fiona Apple is truly gifted, she shares her inner person with the listener, in a way that her statements means a lot concerning our own experiences. I simply don't know what to expect from her next ... read more
Jan 9, 2014
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88
I think Kelela was the best thing that happened to R&B in 2013. She's got great voice skills and her lyrics are really good. Her soulful sing-songwriting (with cool vibes from the 90s) matches perfectly the team of underground, left-field producers that worked on her debut mixtape — Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok and Morri$, the crew from Fade To Mind. They're good and talented, too, but Kelela rises and shines by her own. I'm looking forward to see what she's gonna ... read more
Jan 9, 2014
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89
Haters gonna hate, but M.I.A. is an amazing artist. She threw the middle finger (mudra) not only to the NFL and the Super Bowl, but to those who thought she would succumb to the game of the music industry. Even though she worked with some mainstream producers like Danja, Hit-Boy and Doc McKinne, Matangi is not as inviting as Arular or Kala. It's more experimental, shifting pace abruptly to make crazy, busy — and sometimes weird — collages. "Come Walk With Me" is the ... read more
Jan 9, 2014
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90
I really like Impersonator. The album grew (and still grows) on me with every listen, in personal and emotional ways. Devon Welsh's piercing vocals, lyrics composed with raw, direct and urgent emotions and well-built instrumentation make this an unique work. Bravo!
Jan 9, 2014
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92
Well produced, sonically ambitious, darker than her previous works: Once I Was an Eagle is a big effort from a talented artist. Laura Marling is young, almost 24, but she's built a solid and respectable discography so far. At this point of her career, age is not what matters most. This album makes me want to know the directions she's gonna take in the future. She keeps progressing and establishing her skills as a musician and a lyricist, making exquisite medleys ("Take The Night ... read more
Jan 9, 2014
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95
Excavation simply gives me chills in the best way possible. The very low frequencies, the dark ambient and the claustrophobic production lead this album to be one of the most compelling and well crafted works of 2013. The atmosphere of danger, fear and bleakness drowns the listener in a solitary and dark experience in which the soundscape have to be faced directly and there's no way to return. Amazing and challenging!
Jan 9, 2014
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100
I considered this to be the best album of 2013. In a very cohesive, conscious and detailed way, The Knife did not leave any tracks that appeared to function as fillers — not even the gigantic drone piece, "Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized". It is not an easy or commercial LP. It is rather an invitation for political and artistic discussions, as it allows to rethink and reevaluate the reality - removing it from its comfort zones, literally shaking the habitual.
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