Feb 22, 2019
77
Seems like this is gonna be the first consensusly great album of 2019, awesome!

Personally I find this album lovely, Julia's voice is beautiful and soothing, and there's nothing I particularly dislike about it. I absolutely love Body and the breakdown on Turn Me Down. But as lovely and nice as this album is, it can get a teensy too mundane at a few of the tracks and it's a shame because i really do like a lot of it if not for those few little boring moments, unfortunately they do take away ... read more
Feb 18, 2019
87
10/10 would migrane again.

stoner metal and shoegaze together? what a double whammy... it works tho, this is some of the best vroom vroom vacuum cleaner music i've listened to (if the vacuum cleaner was the size of my house).
Feb 17, 2019
92
Never has someone stabbing me in my ears felt so orgasmic.

Death Grips reinvent themselves again on this album and somehow made something even more obnoxious and abrasive than anything they made so far and yet somehow it feels like this is a collection of their most fully formed song, as far as formed for Death Grips we've seen so far.
The payoff is a chaotic and overwhelming experience that only a group like DG can create.
Feb 16, 2019
73
The fact that they nailed Deafheaven's sound so accurately shocks me and this thing is really great.
My problem with this album is that they may have scored Deafheaven's sound way too well, they have absolutely no distinct feature that makes them different in any way shape or form than Deafheaven other than the fact that they're not as good (still extremley talented but we're talking Deafheaven's level here). I want to lower this album's score more than I have done already because it irks me ... read more
Feb 16, 2019
82
ngl i'm kinda pissed they couldn't do justice to MF DOOM with an album cover as good as this one..

Extremely enjoyable, lighthearted and fun Hip-Hop record. The synthy bass lines add so much and they're easily the best thing about this album. I love GFK's performances on this and he really brings a strong punch to the theme. Cartoony-Villain concepts in Hip-Hop albums are always welcomed by me, and Czarface surely did great work on implementing that theme to this project.
Feb 11, 2019
72
man cries for 46 minutes over being rejected by a robot on an online dating site.
Feb 10, 2019
92
This album is like the definition of "raw". The guitars and basses all sound like theyre playing from an amp thats under 30 meters of dirt, and i believe that was the sound Polly Jean was going for considering all of the other acoustic instrumentals are effectively cleaner than the average in the indusrty, thus creating a contrast of sound within this album which adds a whole other layer to the tension. Add to the rawness and tension PJ's grimey-bluesy yet still very pretty vocal ... read more
Feb 8, 2019*
65
While i always love me some Post-Industrial Experimental shit, this thing kinda falls on its face sometimes with it's quirky and weird ritual chants, and yea i know that "quirky and weird" is pretty much Xiu Xiu's M.O. this is just probably not the way to go for them.
Still, this is a very interesting album and i'm always open to listen what new weird things they have coming up for the future.

Edit:
i feel like the key difference between this and A Promise is that on A Promise they ... read more
Feb 6, 2019
96
i've been trying to write a review for this for a solid 30 minutes, i still can't really find the words to explain this. This album has catharsism levels of LYSF.
Feb 4, 2019
94
This album is gorgeous like omfg wowwwww.

Julia Holter deliveres with the most achingly beautiful album of the decade, the artsiest Art Pop at it's best.
Jan 31, 2019*
86
Loveless might be the best shoegaze but is it the shoegaziest shoegaze? i think not.

I honestly don't see why so many longtime fans of My Bloody Valentine were so upset with this album upon it's release, this thing is great! Did you guys expect them to stay with the same song structure and not develop their sound at all over the 22 years between this and Loveless? of course not. And while this thing truly is different than Loveless, it's not necessarily a bad thing at all. I love the little ... read more
Jan 28, 2019
96
Listened to this today while walking in the rain. One of the better decisions I've made in my life.
Jan 26, 2019
96
Joanna Newsom yet again impresses me with how she can get a sound that's so personal yet grand, this time on a much larger scale than Ys. Somehow this album has kept me interested all the way through, which utterly amazes me just for the fact that 2 hour albums have been such challengin experiences for me in the past, but this album has kept me hooked for it's whole runtime for how absolutely beautiful it is. The percussion here is fantastic and the range that Newsom displays on this album, ... read more
Jan 20, 2019
95
Holy shit is this album gorgeous, every tone here is absolute perfection and that bliss that this album throws me in right from the start is among one of the most satisfying feelings i'e ever had with music. This isn't just a Dream Pop album, it's THE Dream Pop album. The vocals are extremely fitting in this album, moreso than any other Beach House release that i've listened to.
As much as i love those perfect tones and the vocals, what really makes this album amazing is the deepness it finds ... read more
Jan 18, 2019*
85
In a day with so many big releases, it's almost easy to forget Sharon Van Etten even released an album today, that is until you listen to this beautiful thing. This album is one of, if not the best pop albums of the decade, and a strong early AOTY contender. I love pretty much everything about this album, and i'm extremely happy that this is one of the albums we open this year with. I'll tell you right now, this is a high bar she set for albums for the rest of the year, and i can say that this ... read more
Jan 18, 2019*
74
i have only listened to Halcyon Digest from Deerhunter before listening to this album and honestly... I like this one more. I love the contrast between the bleak lyrics about society being destroyed alongside the lush and colorful production. This is one of the better Indie Rock releases of the decade.
Jan 18, 2019
66
As an artist who's been very acclaimed in the past decade, James Blake dodges a lot of critique that he deserves to get on this LP. Don't get me wrong, this album is good, and it has flashes of brilliance (i.e. the Andre 3000 feature or Into the Red) but a lot of it feels... lack of a better word...unpolished? if it's the Travis Scott feature which was slopilly applied, or different parts of different tracks spread around this album which I personally feel if he took the time to perfect the ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
88
cuphead soundtrack on crack.
Jan 16, 2019
6
family abusers talk over static TV noise for 20 minutes, and their voice echoooeees :o.
no seriously this is the whole album.
-"but it's Avant-Garde Experimental Noise-"
TOO BAD IT SUUUUCKKS
Jan 15, 2019
90
i don't exactly have a great history with Hardcore Punk as i never really clicked with a single album from the genre yet, that is until this album unfolded upon my ears. Holy shit is this thing gooodd. The best punk record i've heard, and i don't think it's even a competition for me. From the textures, to the vocals (which i really want to commend because the vocals are usually my problem with punk), to the absolute badassery of the instrumentals, this is a fantastic album, and i'm so glad ... read more
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