Jan 28, 2019
55
Do you ever see some art pieces that are so aesthetically beautiful yet so superficial? Do you ever read a novel of 1000+ pages that builds to nothing except a striking amount of lush purple prose?

This album comes off as a wonderful block of time of devoted to ambient crooning with some stunning moments of the boundary-pushing production James Blake has been associated with for years. It is perfectly suitable for a bus ride as the wind blows snow as if it is the finest sand, or a night ... read more
Jan 11, 2019
100
The director's soundscapes are one of the few things in the world, including his films, to place me in a meditative trance, an introspective haze of Thai folklore, gay tigers, sleeping soldiers, and hospital pipes.
Jan 11, 2019
55
Listening to the title track sends me into another stratosphere of nostalgia.
Jan 11, 2019
90
This is the K-bop of 2018.
Jan 11, 2019
60
How can such an incredible title track be a part of such a lackluster album???
Jan 11, 2019
80
The removal of Liquorice is as unethical as Azealia herself.
Jan 11, 2019
79
Problematic entertainment
Jan 11, 2019
90
Sorry, but every track is a bop. Fruit Salad is iconic.
Jan 11, 2019
85
I put this on when I feel like dancing alone in my dorm and when studying. True versatility.
Jan 11, 2019
80
Reminds me a bit of Yurufuwa Gang. Obviously, Jvcki Wai is from South Korea and not Japan, but there is this sense of nonchalant rebelliousness to be found in their deliveries over some smooth and bouncy trap beats. Jvcki Wai's delivery is melodic, hard-hitting, the emotion translating to a non-Korean speaker. This album is a fun time.
Jan 11, 2019
83
When you find a voice as strong and controlled as this, you know there is something special. Groovy latin-infused rock joins jazz joins neo-soul joins psychedelia to chain together a fence, or patchwork, of influences. This is some artistic stuff that is going to be severely underappreciated in the long-run. Hopefully Korean can break beyond K-pop in foreign markets because Decadent is yet another case proving the vibrancy and variety of the peninsula's music scene.
Jan 11, 2019
80
This is such an odd release for Ryuichi Sakamoto but he does everything with such gusto and a love for music. You feel the passion of the groove, the warmth of the coolest synth.
Jan 11, 2019
95
If you can listen to 夏なんです and not feel the optimism and emotion of a Summer breeze, I do not know what you are missing.
Jan 10, 2019*
90
Anyone who enjoys Mid-Air Thief will have that same idiosyncratic itch scratched by this.

The traditional converges with the contemporary experience to craft a new type of rock, blurring the lines between electronic and organic, dialect and language. It is truly wonderful to see a young artist be so heavily inspired by the culture that precedes them.
Jan 10, 2019
85
A jazzy blend of fun J-rock, folk instrumentation, J-pop, math rock, and more. The singer's voice is bouncy and expressive, making the album feel like a joyous breeze to listen to.
Jan 10, 2019
85
A striking example of the ingenuity of Korean R&B during the rise of K-pop on the international stage. When it comes to pop, R&B, hip-hop, electronic music of any kind, and more, South Korea's indie scene is plentifully offering forward-thinking music while also producing the most entertaining, danceable tracks. Sumin is no different in this regard, blending psychedelic, hip-hop infused R&B with avant-K-pop structure, weaving this extremely accessible album into one of the best of ... read more
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