AOTY 2022
Metro Boomin - HEROES & VILLAINS
70
It’s time for this year's (hopefully) now annual Album Of The Year Awards. Info to vote in the review below →

Same rules as last time. Selections were picked based on a mix of popularity on the site and score on this site. I finalized the nominees this past Friday. We got a diverse list of 46 categories to vote on, as opposed to last year’s 33 categories. I tried to limit the categories to one per artist, the only exception being EPs of the year due to how many of the most ... read more

Weyes Blood - And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
90
Mother 🥺

An undeniable feeling of weightlessness accompanies Weyes Blood while she cries out every note as if it was her last breath. I can only describe the feeling of being taken into the picturesque world of Natalie Mering's imaging akin to being carried away by a wave of pillowy clouds that brush gracefully against your skin as you ascend to the Heavens. The clouds rub against your skin, gracefully pushing you on your way. Pure, unequivocal elegance and euphoria are brought to life ... read more

Jim O'Rourke - Halfway to a Threeway
70
How the plug be staring at me after I ask how many calories are in the edible
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
80
People often wonder what the best coldplay album is but they forget that only one has chris martin fucked up in the crib making shoegaze
Alvvays - Blue Rev
90
It's been a while since I've done a long-form review on a new release, hasn't it?

When Alvvays first came onto the scene… well, I was like nine and didn't know what the fuck a "jangle pop" was- but if I were around, I never would have expected them to become one of my bands of the last decade. With their debut in 2014, they established themselves as a band that made 2 of the year's catchiest and most intoxicating earworms of the year and then follows them with seven other very ... read more

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
90
"Yes, hello. I was wondering if you could play that song again?"

"Sure man, which one?"

"The one that goes beep boo boo bop boo boo beep"

Bladee - Spiderr
70
This may single-handedly be the worst piece of music I have ever consumed, keep up the good work bladee
The Beatles - Abbey Road
90
Every 60s rock band got the

- Wife Abuser
- Wife Abuser
- Wife Abuser
- Cocaine Abuser
- Wife Abuser

Dave Porter - Better Call Saul: Volume 3
70
“We always end up having the same conversation, don’t we?”

*Obvious spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 1-6, if you have yet to watch the series, don’t watch a short series recap on YouTube, watch the whole show. One of the best, most engaging, and thought-provoking 50+ hours you’ll get from any piece of consumable media.*

Jesse, we need to write a Better Call Saul Review.

Unlike Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is not an action-packed tale of a law-abiding ... read more

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Mardi Gras
40
Ahhh, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Mardi Gras. Very rarely do you have a final album where one of the band members had so much hatred for the rest of the band that they let the rest embarrass themselves by letting them have creative control and releasing a dogshit product. Truly an unheard level of hating.

It’s a shame Creedence Clearwater Revival isn’t talked about as much as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, King Crimson, and other ‘60s supergroups. While they’re ... read more

The Clash - Cut the Crap
6
Been on a recent kick of wanting to talk about some terrible albums that brought famed bands' careers to a halt- albums that are the musical equivalent to so bad they’re good movies- and there are debatably none more infamous than the Clash’s Cut the Crap, so why not start here?

Very few bands scream “punk rock” louder than the Clash, especially with their first two records. Were they the first punk rock band ever? Fuck no, but they were one of the best to do it. Their ... read more

Chat Pile - God’s Country
70
Damn bitch you live like this???
Future - DS2
80
Why does the pitchfork blurb sound like some shit you'd heard at the start of a Batman movie
billy woods - Aethiopes
80
I warned you Uncle Ben… you couldn’t handle that abstract hip-hop pussy
Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
100
Some nice ol' tunes to show to a small Victorian era child
Nas - Magic
80
I'll get right to the point and waste no time here, the AOTY Awards sheet with the winners can be found here: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/list/61836/the-aoty-awards-2021/

This was a very fun project and I hope to improve upon anything I did wrong or anything I forgot to include next year. Thank you to everyone who participated, it was a joy to put together. Besides that, I'd also like to shamelessly plug my year-end lists.

My top 50 album of the year: ... read more

Arca - KicK iii
60
TL;DR- I’m making an aoty version of the grammys that’s user voted. More information on how to vote down below.

Everyone on this site should know the Grammys. Even if you hate them and refuse to watch them, you know of their existence. I thought it would be pretty cool to do something similar based on what this website enjoys- that’s why I made the AOTY Grammys (The Album Of The Year Awards as I’m calling it). Nominees were picked based on a myriad of things, though the ... read more

Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
90
What dictates what we qualify as music? I think most people on this site can agree that experimental hip-hop in the vein of Death Grips is music. In spite of its untraditional sound that deviates from what the average musical listeners would consider music, it is music. Let’s take it a step further; What about free improvisation and avant-garde jazz that are just random notes of an instrument played on the spot? They lack rhythm, however, they are played on an instrument so… music? ... read more
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
80
The fuck type of animals are these
Kanye West - Donda
80
Exactly what JIK should have been.

Oh boy, prepare yourself, because this is a long one. ‘Donda’ is scatterbrained, flawed, nonsensical at points, but ultimately, is also an endearing exploration of every part of Kanye’s wild mind along with a beautiful tribute to his mother. The rollout itself, though, feels just as interesting as the actual music. The album was accompanied by what’s almost become the norm for Kanye in recent years: an original, short-notice ... read more

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