Jan 30, 2019
Man Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand, those are the songs that taught me how to solo on the guitar. I've been listening to this since I was a little kid and it all still sounds so fresh to me but still so familiar. My favorite Neil Young album.
Jan 29, 2019
boy is this album cohesive and sad
Jan 25, 2019
Best James Blake album since the debut. Doesn't get bogged down like Colour in ANything did, doesn't get too glitchy and non-melodic like the back side of Overgrown. Features are perfect; just the right amount, hit great tones and play in to JB's production style wonderfully. Best hooks James has had in a while as well.
Dec 1, 2018
The Mint is song of the year. This album is incredible. The production wraps you up and confines you into such a space, Earl's mind, the life he's living right now, this small space of his life, and his bars cut so hard and are so no-nonsense, no beat wasted, the lo-fi production right now sounds so fucking great next to the oversaturation of really clean trap production, damn this is the kinda album you don't know you needed til you get it. I didn't realize I hadn't really been so excited ... read more
Nov 29, 2018
I loved this album in high school and I think it holds up decently. Dan Schwartz is a very good guitarist and the band obviously know eac hother and each other's voices very well, leading to really tight harmonies.
Sep 25, 2018
I love this album I miss summer 2012.
Sep 13, 2018
This thing is so fucking haunting. Angel Dust and Friends are chilling songs. Production great all around, a bit long in the tooth but damn this is the sound of someone who is not even on this earth locked away fucked up in his house making rap and its eerie and interesting and sometimes even fun and playful. Mac's best project.
Sep 8, 2018
I don't really get the people saying he's 'trying to appeal to a younger audience'. He's written songs like this throughout his entire career. Also pretty sure Macca doesn't give a fuck what millennial think of him. This record just sounds like a guy who really really loves making music making music. It's not any kind of groundbreaking stuff but come on, Paul's not trying to appeal to some common denominator here. If there's anyone who can just make the kinds of songs he wants to make ... read more
Aug 5, 2018
This is definitely Mac's best album and I think a really strong rap album. I thought GOOD:AM was solid but a little long in the tooth, and Divine Feminine felt silly at times (though it does have by far the best Mac Miller song in 'Dang', thanks in no small part to Anderson Paak). This record feels like a complete statement. The production is low key and jazzy, definitely in the Anderson Paak camp, but it works really well with Mac's woozy flow and injured singing. Mac's singing is ... read more
Jul 1, 2018
I mean I want to be able to dig back into this album and pick out what Drake's really saying and maybe uncover some hidden themes or references or interesting production notes, but the fact is it's just Drake saying the same old Drake things for 90% of a 90 minute slog with the least interesting production he's ever accepted on a full length project. Jeez this coulda been the 10 best tracks and it still woulda been boring as hell. I just can't see why anyone would bump this instead of If ... read more
May 10, 2018
Think the first disc (with the brothers together) could have done with more bangers like Powerglide. Felt a bit low energy.
May 10, 2018
I"ve been waiting all year for an album this strong. Is it just me or has 2018 been spectacularly lackluster? CSH Twin Fantasy is great but feels like a half-reissue for someone who's already spent a lot of time with the album.

Anyway Jon Hopkins clearly knows what he's doing, the level of detail is incredible, and he clearly has an album-length scope and particular themes in mind, sequencing the tracks in such a way to bring the album up to peaks and back down into valleys. The ... read more
Apr 20, 2018
this song felt like the soundtrack of my freshman year in college, 2011-2012. every time i hear it i think back to that year and how wide eyed i was about everything, dancing to this song, making new friends. i wasn't any kind of an avicii head but this track is a genre and decade defining staple and i'm sad to see him gone.
Mar 4, 2018
2nd best MGMT album, deals with themes of loneliness and isolation in the ever connected internet world, great production and melodies, doesn't overstay it's welcome, well sequenced, not ground breaking but just solid in every dimension.
Feb 9, 2018
Really well done album, really interesting production notes, a ton of heart and great vocal performances, really raw and emotional and honest songwriting topics, great portrat of Ezra as a young man, the rites of passage he's made through his life. Some really anthemic moments, reminds me a little of Funeral-era Arcade Fire, with a touch of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the intensity of Connor Oberst. Yeah, pretty impressed, he pulled out all the stops, very cohesive themes. A little ... read more
Feb 5, 2018
I can't really see anyone being like 'you know what i wanna go put on right now? that new JT album, the man of the woods one. That album's so fire, such a banger, man I've been binging on that album all year!' I can'really ever see anyone saying something like that. I don't know who this album was made for. Does anyone care about JT in 2018? Does anyone need a Man of the Woods in 2018? If I want to listen to pop, I'll just go for Cardi B or like Rae Sremmurd or Khalid or Lorde or ... read more
Feb 5, 2018
Aside from some references to growing up as an Asian American kid, this is one of the most generic sounding rap projects I've heard in a while. Production wise, sounds like Tyler and Mac Miller style with no personality or panash. Lyrically, it's basically 'fuckin on your bitch' x14. If Brian's aim was to sound like a legit rapper, I guess he succeeded. He doesn't sound like an amateur or a teenager, just a bland, generic, nothing to see here rapper.
Dec 6, 2017
This was a wonderful album that came out to little fanfare toward the end of the year. Great blend of James Holden's intricate, busy electronic music and very primal, live-feeling elements that includes chanting and chorus vocals, a lot of really upbeat rhythmic drums, big builds and swelling climaxes, a great runtime. Very original electronic album and I hope it gets some more love as list season continues.
Nov 8, 2017
Julien "Queen of Diverse Songwriting" Baker

obviously jk... Julien wrote the same song 10 times, did pretty much nothing interesting with the production, and laid on the cliche heavy-handed metaphors thick. tbh I don't really get why anyone is looking twice unless her background and personal details are really so compelling that writers can't resist lauding the album just for a chance to sell her story. if you want a female singer songwriter who's actually saying something ... read more
Oct 11, 2017
I mean if you're not into Lana you're not gonna be into this, but I like that Sad Girl 70s LA Vibes, what can I say. ASAP Rocky actually a good pairing, and the front half of this album is pretty killer. Definitely hurt by the last 6 or so songs though, they seem unnecessary and I hate that Sean Lennon winking at the camera Beatles tribute. But that big grandiose production, Lana's laconic delivery, it works for me.
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