Miranda Lambert - Palomino
68
To be completely honest, I am not a huge country fan, and have listened to almost no Miranda Lambert before. The song Music City Queen is absolutely cringe-worthy.

That said, I am surprised by how much I enjoy some of the album and it may be opening me up to more mainstream country. We will see.

Jack White - Fear of the Dawn
83
Yes, Yes, Yes. Everything about this, but especially the collaboration with Q-Tip reinforce the absolute unit that is Jack White. Incredible his ability to push the edges of music this deep into his career.

AOTY contention

Pusha T - It's Almost Dry
74
Well produce, well performed, a return to form. Not AOTY contention but likely top 5 rap/hip hop album. I'll be returning to this album periodically over the next few months to see how it ages.
Wet Leg - Wet Leg
69
I'll give this album a "Big D+"

Definitely playable, a few good songs, but overhyped.

Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
68
Not THAT good. A bit depressing and over dramatic. A single theme that fails to really dig deeper.
Yard Act - The Overload
76
Enjoyed it, the story telling in the lyrics is very relatable. Not AOTY material but definitely find myself giving it another spin once or twice a month. Definitely playing to my newfound enjoyment of post punk.

Line of the album:

"Almost by accident, I have become rich
Through continued reward for skilled labour in the private sector
And a genuine lack of interest in expensive things
It appears I have become rich"

Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa
87
AOTY Contention
ROSALÍA - MOTOMAMI
91
AOTY Contention. Astounding, catching, genre bending.
Stromae - Multitude
93
AOTY contention. Incredibly high replay value.
Token - Pink Is Better
22
It's truly a disappointing, albeit expected, turn for a very talented lyricist. "Between Somewhere" was both an introspective dive as well as a multidimensional view of the music industry and his perceptions arriving in it. Escaping from the world of "YouTube rapping" to going on tour, making money and experience recognition and fame. However, like many young talents that emerge full of doubt, ego and a lack of self-control, he's far from his former self.

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Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure
88
She has the insightful lyrical power that is articulated in a way that few people today have managed to capture. An authentic experience.
Lord Huron - Long Lost
93
The sample clips create a cohesive and centralized theme to the album. AOTY contention. Loving it a dozen+ replays deep.
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
92
Out. Standing. Sublime. Original. Emotionally Vulnerable. Relatable.

Easy contention for AOTY

Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
88
Contention for AOTY. Eclectic, powerful, enjoyable, loads of replay value.
Migos - Culture III
76
I do not like Migos, I like Culture III. A cultural phase returns to cement the fact that their legacy has not been finished being written. Beats and production are exceptional, $$$ matters.
Lil Yachty - Michigan Boy Boat
28
Sounds like some preteen on Youtube cut Lil Yacthy's vocals and laid them on top of different beats and posted it calling it a "new lil yachty project"... Actually that might have sounded better than this actual album
Danny L Harle - HARLECORE
44
Cocaine meets Ecstasy. Little much, calm down sir.
HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III
87
An absolute stand out of an album. Incredibly human and down to earth, yet musically diverse and modern. Funky, Jazzy, full of pop with dashes of metal tinge, electronic, and so much more.

A diverse and ecclectic music with extremely talented vocals and humbling, easy to listen to lyrics. I am obsessed.

Contention for AOTY.

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