Jan 26, 2020
Keeping that crystal castles flame burning
Jan 21, 2020
West Coast is a great song, and I definitely dig what Jason Schwartzman is going for, the aesthetic, etc. I just think he's not that interesting of a songwriter. Ce la vie. But West Coast; he hit on some good shit there. Longing, hint of nostalgia, triumphant singalong bridge ala Monsters and Men... yeah that song holds up. But the rest of the album, it's just fine.
Jan 17, 2020
You! Yes, you! Album of the Year reader! What are you doing? It's January, nothing good's coming out. Mac Miller's album is great, but otherwise nothing that interesting is happening right now. What are you gonna listen to? What about a subgenre of Canadian indie rock time locked in the 2000s? Not gonna hear any of that in the 2020s. Why not check out the sophomore Frog Eyes album? You know, Frog Eyes? Frog? Eyes? He's friends with Dan Bejar, he's cool. He's friends with Wolf ... read more
Jan 17, 2020
I once played All Fires late at night on my two hour college radio set, and then i came back to our dorm/suite, maybe 2 AM, and my buddy was up, kinda crossfaded, playing league of legends, and he said he had listened to my set and he heard All Fires in particular it and it had made him cry.
Jan 14, 2020
When it comes to 2000s indie rock, this is like one of the gold standard records, imho. i guess it's this, apologies to queen mary, boxer, funeral, whatever people say i am, moon and antarctica, uh.... xx(? if that counts as indie rock, prob. not but amazing album), is this it, silent alarm, maybe your fav. kings of leon album, yhf but that's almost too experimental and different to be indie rock, sophtware slump is amazing but kinda out of the genre... yeah i mean i think if i was shot ... read more
Jan 13, 2020
I was super into this album back in the summer of 2013. I had gotten into Wolf Parade and Spencer Krug and all the related Canadian indie projects... Frog Eyes, Handsome Furs, Destroyer, Swan Lake... anyway, this album I connected with the most (outside of Apologies for the Queen Mary). I mean the lyrics are all over the place, fantastical, deeply gnarled metaphors, etc., but there's something both melancholic and epic and triumphant about that. The tracks really do feel like they're part of ... read more
Jan 10, 2020
One of Mac's best songs... heartbreaking.
Jan 9, 2020
Yeah I've tried really hard to get into this album, seeing how acclaimed it is and all, but it just doesn't do it for me. I do like that song Hot Knife though.
Dec 19, 2019
Very groovy. Really sets a mood. Never deviates from the formula, but that's fine. I Hope to Be Around is very catchy, great melody.
Dec 14, 2019
The subject matter of this record is harrowing, and Jason Isbell approaches it with not with metaphor but completely straightforward, and the honesty and resignation to what drugs can do to people is both terribly accurate and heartbreaking. Something about the candid lyricism is so poetic... he drops the word 'benzodiazepine' at the end of a couplet in a country song and at first it's striking and then it's just too real.
Dec 14, 2019
Gosh this sounds great 3 years later
Dec 13, 2019
Yeah not sure I get it
Dec 11, 2019
18 years later, Sum 41's first album, All Killer No Filler, holds up surprisingly well, and not just "for a commercial pop punk release". It's a very consistent album (I would have had trouble picking out the singles if I hadn't heard them a million times), and even though the palette and mixing is straightforward and never even comes close to changing course (except for on the tongue-in-cheek hair metal closer), there's some interesting interplay between the two guitars (on In Too ... read more
Dec 6, 2019
There's some really impressive stuff going on with this album, mostly lyrically, but man there's some ingratiating stuff too and also I just hate Matty so much... dude's so into himself and so proud and uppity and so obviously of the mindset that he's the greatest poet and the heir apparent to bob dylan and the only person talking about real issues in pop music... come on, pop music is for all sorts of purposes, sometimes when you throw on post malone it's cause you ARENT trying to think about ... read more
Dec 5, 2019
Lyrically this may be the best Tame Impala song. I lost my dad this year, and although our relationship was different than Kevin's with his dad, when he's saying 'Wanna tell you about the time, wanna tell you about my life", man that hits hard. That's the exact feeling for me; there's all this stuff that happens that normally we'd talk about or I'd tell him about, and I can't, and it's sad but also really unsatisfying and incomplete feeling and I think he really captures that here, mixed ... read more
Nov 22, 2019
You can kinda get lost in this album and the songs can blend together, but it’s still a consistently well put together listen, and the highs like Genesis and Oblivion are chilling in how good yet ghostlike they are.
Nov 22, 2019
Somehow Blood Orange albums always strike me as corny, something about that soulful 80s90s production rubs me the wrong way. Still, this would be my favorite of his projects. Arrangements are still very impressive.
Nov 22, 2019
I like this album but the production isn’t that interesting imho and I think Danny’s voice and storytelling have to do too much of the heavy lifting
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