Best Tracks: Best Time, Moment Of Your Life, Pistachios
Worst Tracks: Forever Yours, Upset, On This Side
However callous it may be, you know there's problems when my experience listening to "Bewitched" is a greater reminder of how fucking sick Uzi can be than how nice Laufey's voice is. Because that shit is nice, there's no denying that, and she is incredibly talented, there's no denying that, but the stale lyricism and the inflexible, samey production choices over ... read more
Filled to the brim with pungency, the clear sonic progression that Kristin Hayter flaunts over "SAVED!" shows that her progression in her career far supersedes a mere moniker change. An enchanting and wholly riveting fusion of avant-folk and gospel elements, Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter neglects the sheer hopelessness prevalent in her works under the Lingua Ignota name in exchange for something that, whilst still effectively haunting, highlights ... read more
...and this finna PISS MAN OFF.
But this is how I genuinely felt about this. This didn't hit nearly as hard as I wished it would.
Sampha's talent is indubitable; there is no two ways about it. His voice is smooth as silk and, in most cases, he simply seems to meld into the instrumentals that flow beneath him. Every feature of his has been fantastic, so all the stars seemed to be aligned for "Lahai", a record that marked the Brit's first record in ... read more
Illinois-based noise rocker Avenade simply does not know how to make a bad album, and it's just as obvious as ever on "Our Raging God Unknown to Us", a shining star of the genre's capabilities and range. Encompassing a range of moods, anything from pure fear, to pure fright, to pure melancholy, the record shows as much ... read more
“Javelin” was one of my most hyped albums of the year, and by no metric whatsoever did it disappoint. The record is a triumphant culmination of all that Sufjan ... read more
I can see what Uzi was tryna do with this one, and, on occasion, they truly delivered tracks that were dynamic, creative and, resultantly, seriously exciting over “Pink Tape”. Unfortunately, for every one of these almost textbook LUV great times, there was a song that fell flat on its face due to, ironically, its inability to create memorable moments. If “Pink Tape” ... read more
When Phil Elverum uttered those opening words on what would come to be his most heartfelt release and perhaps the shining star of his illustrious career “A Crow Looked At Me”, the simple statement seemed to pertain a whole new world of lyrical avenues, those that never feigned from exploring the deepest recesses of the artist’s emotion. And the results were painful, gruelling, raw, triumphant, poignant and, most of all, pure.
So, when I ... read more
And what better way to start by slagging off one of AOTY's favourite rock bands.
Queens of the Stone Age have built a reputation over their tenure as one of indie rock's strongest acts: a quintet that never fails to deliver heavy ... read more
Appropriately titled “SCARING THE HOES”, Peggy and Danny don’t give a fuck about what you think on their new collab album, going full bore on the experimental production and offbeat flows. Even within each of their discographies, this ain’t like ... read more
One of the albums that made the greatest waves over my hiatus from the site parallels what is perhaps one of the greatest redemption stories in recent musical history. Escaping the clutches of the hogwash of mediocre YouTube rap, over the past several years Quadeca has made a frankly breathtaking evolution into one of the most ... read more