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1,000 followers. Wow.

I don’t know where to start here. I guess I’ll start with a little introduction. I first joined this site back in December 2019 after being a no-account lurker for a couple of weeks. Brad Taste, like most people on this website, introduced me to it. I was originally using this as a website just to check the general reception to my favorite albums until one day I decided to create an account to log my ratings. The only reason my name is Chode is because I ... read more
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Picture this: You are sailing down the Nordic shores in the 11th century. On your left, it’s the icy Scandinavian landscape, populated by battles that are raging on between two opposing clans over some barbaric reason and burning, raided villages. On your right, Vikings are strolling down the same shores that you’re on, en route for the seas to hunt for mythical beasts. Then there’s you, caught in the middle of all the calamity and only able to observe the destruction as you ... read more
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Adopting a pitch-shifted alter-ego as Madlib did with Quasimoto then pairing it up with a host of skits as MF DOOM has done across his many character-driven albums, Logic surprise drops a new mixtape under the Doctor Destruction moniker; a project that, oddly enough, ranks as one Logic’s best works to date. Logic’s path up to this point has been marred with lost potential and straight-up delusional releases, to be specific I'd cite two of his more recent outings; 'Confessions of a ... read more
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3-hours of enchanting, spellbinding house music; what more could a man ask for?

With a 3-hour house album, so much could so easily go awry; poorly produced tracks taking up the bulk of the overbearing tracklist, songs that sound the exact same may be persistent, falling into the background by the end can be a problem too, but ‘Charmed’ seems to overcome most of these possible hurdles. A comparison to The Avalanches ‘Since I Left You’ seems near impossible to not make ... read more
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Daniel Knox has never been one to overdo his music. With albums such as his self-titled album and Chasecene, Knox mastered a fine balance between lavish instrumentation and a sound that lets lyrics take center stage. Despite the fact that Knox has been producing quality music for years, he remains one of the more underrated artists in his field, which is a real shame. However, with 'Won’t You Take Me With You' Knox may have just put out his best album to date, one that exuberates beauty ... read more
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Despite not venturing too far away from the typical post-punk formula and definitely being a bit inspired by their contemporaries, Drunk Tank Pink is a great maturation for Shame, a band I previously saw to be a humdrum display of generic post-punk finally coming into their own.

Shame’s debut album, 'Songs of Praise', was an album that many loved, though I merely thought it was an average post-punk record. The album did very little to stick out in a sea of post-punk albums that already ... read more
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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I fucking hate ambient and drone music. So much of it, to my ears, sounds unstimulating and insanely repetitive. Many of the genre’s greats sound so… subpar if I’m to be brutally honest. For an ambient album to grab my attention and truly stick out to me it has to do 3 things: Develop enough to be interesting for the whole song’s runtime so that there isn’t 5-6 minutes of dead space that’s the same ... read more
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It was 2018 when Viagra Boys first saw prominence within the post-punk scene, garnering love from critics and fans alike due to their unique jazz-tinged post-punk sound. Across ‘Welfare Jazz’s’ predecessor, ‘Street Worms’, the band ridiculed many negative virtues that plague modern society such as addiction, fetishes, not having a care in the world about what the future holds for you, and materialism just to name a select few. Jumping from topic to topic one song ... read more
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Up there with the likes of Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, among others, John Coltrane is one of the most important and cherished jazz artists of all time. Practicing the art of the saxophone while simultaneously being a sailor, joining an all-white band then being forced to act as if he is a guest in the band instead of an actual member in an attempt to avoid the consequences that Coltrane and the band may have faced if their supervisors found out, only to eventually become the head of said ... read more
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Con Su Pistola en La Mano blends the vicious and pummeling sound of black metal with the immersive environment of a Ennio Morricone soundtrack, an odd combination of sounds that shouldn’t work on paper but ends up working much better than it should. The EP tells a story through its exhilaratingly brutal riffs as it follows the tale of an outlaw, someone who has become somewhat of a legend in Mexico. Gregorio Cortez, after killing Sheriff Brack and Moris because of an altercation he was ... read more
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After taking up the R.A.P. Ferreira moniker with last year’s Purple Moonlight Pages, the artist formerly known as Milo released one of his most personal and topical records to date. Sadly, Bob’s Son merely feels like afterthoughts that were quickly and roughly assembled to make a worse than anticipated epilogue to Purple Moonlight Pages.

To anyone who is familiar with the works of Milo, you should know he’s a wordsmith of unique caliber. Rhyming nearly every word possible and ... read more
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Simply put, MF DOOM is the greatest rapper of all time. Kanye may be my personal favorite, but MF DOOM was the best. Very few rappers possess the same sense of humor, level of wit, and originality that DOOM possessed during his lifetime. Being as enigmatic as he was, not much was known about MF DOOM prior to him taking up his villainous name. After he founded the group KMD with his younger brother in 1988, whose passing in 1993 broke the group up, DOOM went on to become homeless from the year ... read more
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As we reach the turn of a new year, I realized that there would be no better way than to end off one of the worst years with its worst album. Granted, I’ve never been a fan of The Streets. I’ve always admired and appreciated them more than I’ve indulged in the enjoyment of their music. Skinner’s off-kilter flow and idiosyncratic instrumentals were always more enthralling in concept rather than execution. Even if I personally didn’t enjoy it, I could always respect ... read more
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Before I get into this review, I just wanted to mention that my AOTY 2020 list is out: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/list/29961/chodes-top-50-albums-of-2020/
Also my top 60 songs of 2020 are here: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/list/32881/top-50-songs-of-the-year/
Anyways, on with the review.

As a huge Phil Elverum fan, It should be no surprise that ‘Microphones in 2020’ would be a major musical highlight from 2020 for me, even if it’s a bit ... read more
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EDIT: SHAWN CEE CALLED THIS WEBSITE A CESSPOOL LETS GOOOO

Phew… this is my fourth attempt at this. I can now say with certainty that this album is one of the year’s most polarizing albums. Yes, I’ve rewritten this review 4 times now; first time was a meme review, second was a half-assed review I wrote at 3 AM, third was what I thought would be my final statement of the album where I gave it a 50… well, you all know how that went since we are now here. Listen, if you ... read more
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A few songs felt a little underdeveloped
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Wow, Anthony wasn’t lying.

At a painful 66 minutes, Daystar sees Tory Lanez lying his ass off about a crime he committed whilst simultaneously ripping any artist under the sun off. To truly highlight why this album is so horrific, we need context. While many most likely know, as it has since become a huge topic of discussion within the music community, on July 11, 2020, Tory Lanez shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. Initially reported as Megan cutting her foot on a shard of glass, ... read more
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‘Music To Be Murdered By’ is, by a landslide, Eminem’s most overhated album. Out of all his albums, I’ve heard many say it’s the one that grows on you the most- and I couldn’t agree more. While I never had this album in the red, I dropped it a Light 5 when on its initial release, a Strong 5 by the end of the week due to how much I was replaying it, a 6.5 a couple of months after release, and now here we are: a 7. Now, this album is an incoherent mess when it ... read more
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