Jan 18, 2019
I thought The Color In Anything was a masterpiece. This is just something else. Album of the fucking decade. I can't write a proper review right now, I am just overwhelmed.

I am tryna do homework right now, and I just cannot concentrate while listening to this album. It is just so fucking beautiful - what is happening
Oct 22, 2018
If anyone knows how to utilize silence, it is Mark Hollis
Oct 14, 2018*
Watch your limbs suddenly twitch in tandem with the beats, just instinctively surrendering themselves to the urge to dance. Every cell of your body is dancing to this. If you turn this up loud enough, your neighbor will be dancing to this. When you leave the house you might even see your neighbor all flustered trying to desperately shazam the tracks through the door.
Sep 7, 2018
purposely trash trash
Sep 5, 2018
This is so sad, Alexa play MMLP
Sep 4, 2018
So many important messages in this album!

At times dark, and at times inundated by aggressive - yet very well-written - socio-political commentary. Joy as an Act of Resistance is a treasure. Joe Talbot and his band are treasures.

Danny Nedelko is an instant classic.
Aug 27, 2018
Hot Pink, It's Not Just Me, and Falling Into Me are all tracks that set the tone for a synth/electro-pop record with powerful and meticulously well-layered production. Yet, the first half of the album feels underwhelming due to some arguably dull lyricism. The second half of the album manages to elegantly break down this barrier of superficiality that plagues the first half of the album. The post-rock-esque build-up in Cool & Collected, the sound of rain slowly coming into the foreground in ... read more
Aug 15, 2018
An exercise in worldbuilding and, as cliché as it sounds, teamwork. The list of features on this album is comprehensive and some moments, like James Blake on STOP TRYING TO BE GOD, are a testament to the skills of the artists involved in this project.
Jun 22, 2018*
Despite often bordering on cliché lyrics (see: Hurrah) and some jarring moments that more or less remind me of Cage the Elephant (which I wouldn't personally say is a good thing), Iceage manages to impress with expansive pieces like Painkiller, Take it All and Catch it while falling short in songs like Under the Sun and The Day The Music Dies. Most of the shortcomings of this record, I feel, are because of the lack of vocal versatility from Elias. Songs like The Day The Music Dies are ... read more
Jun 21, 2018
First listen: I'm feeling some Exmilitary has seeped into YOTS. The distorted guitars, in particular, are amazing. This definitely requires more than a few listens, but god is it good so far.
To summarize before I actually write my review:

Fantastic tracks: Dilemma, The Fear
Great tracks: Streaky, Black Paint, Hahaha, Linda's in Custody, Disappointed, DG is Online, Disappointed, The Horn Section, Outro
Meh tracks: Little Richard, Flies
Poor tracks: Shitshow

I'm not going to pretend like I ... read more
Jun 20, 2018
Overall, a notch up from "Masterpiece" and a conceptually much grander and expansive record. The song structures can become quite repetitive, but this is alleviated by intelligent and powerful songwriting. A trademark we have come to know Adrianne Lenker for and who has become much more articulate since "Masterpiece", weaving clever symbolism into some of the bleaker and mellow songs. Watering and Great White Shark, in particular, stand out for me as songs that have much ... read more
Jun 20, 2018
Adrienne Lenker is an incredible songwriter. The tracks are definitely your classic run of the mill indie rock, but Adrienne Lenker stands out in her voice and eloquent songwriting.
Jun 9, 2018*
I started listening to this right after listening to Parquet Courts' newest record for the fifth time and, in the most metaphorical sense of the word, I went totally flaccid.

"Died and came back twice. Now I'm Free. I don't feel pain anymore." Kid Cudi's depression and suicidal tendencies (I assume that's what he is referring to) are reduced to three sentences that end with a long drowsy and frankly disturbing "freeeeeee". And they have the audacity to call this "Ghost ... read more
Jun 4, 2018
I really don't remember him singing so well what the shit. Anyways, I gave Pure Comedy a score in the low 40s or mid 30s - something like that. This album, however, is a complete 180. WOW
Jun 4, 2018
As self-absorbed, lyrically incoherent and artistically exhausted as always, Kanye is back with a record that reeks of the same self-image issues that manifested themselves in TLOP. I Thought About Killing You is Kanye's current mental state exemplified as clearly as possible - and it should not come as a surprise, it is the exact same Kanye we see on Twitter. I find that deeply disappointing because a part of me wanted to believe that Twitter-Kanye was a pure PR stunt made to boost sales and ... read more
Apr 6, 2018
The surface level exploration of futuristic dystopian horror scenarios in Sex & Food is so cliché and half-baked. Multi-Love was a bombastic and groovy record full of witty lyricism, an exploration into polyamory completely devoid of pretense and hyperbolic imagery. I mean, in Sex & Food the lyrics are barely intelligible. Hopefully, this album just represents a brief detour in UMO's otherwise stellar discography. The production definitely feels more bloated and rough around the ... read more
Apr 4, 2018
Extremely potent mix of different music genres and influences. Have been listening to this on and off for a few years now and it still maintains its freshness.
Apr 2, 2018
The whole "Everything's Fine" concept is so well executed. This is by far the best hip hop record I have heard in a while.
Mar 31, 2018
Vessel consists of much grander arrangements that reek very little of the lazy youtube bedroom pop that defined Frankie Cosmos' two previous albums. The shorter tracks are built around powerful and emotional refrains. The longer tracks feel so much more refined and are elevated by clever songwriting. Greta Kline still has a lot of growing up to do, but I think that is a point she makes herself on the album.

The longer tracks on this album are a testament to the ability of Frankie Cosmos to ... read more
Mar 31, 2018
Abel is 28 years old and he still sounds like a teenager. I do not even want him to return to the days of Trilogy, I would just like to see him grow up.

This is miles ahead of Starboy in terms of production, but not even Nicolas Jaar can save this one.

Best track: Wasted Times
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