Jan 19, 2019
NR
I wonder if it bothers Andre that Hey Ya! is considered an Outkast song and not just an Andre 3k song.
Jan 15, 2019*
81
While the singles didn't grab me much leading up to this, all three tracks are sounding really nice right now...

The run of No One's Easy to Love>Memorial Day>Comeback Kid>Jupiter 4>Seventeen is pretty great.

Thus far "I Told You Everything" isn't really doing it for me as the opener, and the back end of the album doesn't jazz me up as much as that 5 song run. Still a worthy addition to the SVE catalog.
Jan 14, 2019
88
A must for fans of psychedelic folk!

Jefferson Airplane's original drummer/co-founder of Moby Grape... Took too much acid in the late 60's and ended up being committed to Bellevue Hospital where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia (the story is he cut down his bandmates hotel-room door with a fire axe while on a bad acid trip).

After his release from Bellevue we get this one and only solo effort. Recorded in seven days in Nashville with Skip providing all the vocals and playing all the ... read more
Jan 7, 2019
75
Funny/strange that the critics preferred this to the debut... I guess she sounds less like her peers here, but most of the songs don't catch me like they did on the debut. Not a bad album at all, but it doesn't satisfy me like the debut. Every Little Thing is really good though, and it might be her most effective song to date.

She has a great voice and is still definitely one to keep an eye on.
Jan 3, 2019
83
I've slowly been working my way backward through Mitski's discography. While I prefer "Puberty 2" over both this and "Be the Cowboy", "Bury Me at Makeout Creek" is still a solid set of songs on its own right.

First Love/Late Spring & Francis Forever are great great great.

Love mitski's ability to create instantly familiar melodies.
Dec 30, 2018*
82
One of these songs should have been played at the Roadhouse, if you know what I’m saying.

I get the Angel Olsen vibes of course, but this songwriting is more straight-forward and less emotionally damaging. Molly's voice has a really nice depth/range to it, and some of these songs get in some really nice grooves. For me this recalls Wall of Sound girl groups as much as her contemporary peers, very strong debut.
Dec 28, 2018
83
Back in the day I absolutely loved this album/band, and while it's still enjoyable enough it just doesn't fit my tastes at this point. Still, as far as post-hardcore albums go this is among that best.

I need to listen to Frodus, Orchid, Q and not U, ATDI, Cave In, The Blood Brothers, Black Eyes, City of Caterpillar and the like so I can see if any of those bands do anything for me at all.
Dec 28, 2018
NR
Ugh I keep looking for this every day. I've got impossibly high expectations with those first two singles, don't let me down.
Dec 27, 2018
84
This album and Contact were sold together on CD as one album for a while... It took me years to even realize they were separate releases, but in the long run I prefer the songs on Contact as a whole. There are some great tunes on here though, especially Oscillations and Seagreen Serenades.

A must for fans of 60's psychedelic.
Dec 27, 2018
88
Actually prefer this to the S/T album... same idea as the debut, just add some banjo.


You and I, Ruby and I Have Known Love are amazing.
Dec 20, 2018
78
Oh my, that Pitchfork 'review'.

I know a fair amount of people on here are aware of the acclaim for the "Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come" album. Well after Refused called it quits, Dennis Lyxzén formed T(I)NC.

Survival Sickness leaves the hardcore sound behind (although there are some explosive moments), instead opting for more of a British invasion/garage rock template. Dennis definitely does less screaming, more talking/singing. If you are hoping to hear a bunch of ... read more
Dec 19, 2018
60
Interpol can still lock into a nice groove from time to time, but these songs don't come close to matching the magic found on the first 2 LPs. I think the biggest thing missing is Paul Banks ability to come up with instantly familiar/memorable hooks. To me, he sounds like a man desperately in need of a new muse.
Dec 18, 2018
82
Think Belle and Sebastian style indie rock with a bit of Motown & The Velvet Underground thrown in. Solid release, some really fine songs on here.
Dec 17, 2018
82
Ahhhh I see so much praise for this release that I felt the need to give it more of a try and while this album is good, it just doesn't please me like their earlier work.

I still break out OKC and KID A from time to time but I hadn't listened to this is years. Ultimately, I appreciate it more than I did but mostly it has made me want to revisit Amnesiac for a rescore of that album.
Dec 17, 2018
NR
I remember this album being solid, need to go back and listen.
Dec 17, 2018
NR
Didn't think the Papercuts who came out with an album in 2018 could have been the same band who did the songs 'Dear Employee' & 'John Brown' but I stand corrected.
Dec 15, 2018
83
A bunch of know-it-all dudes who work at a record store decide to make a melancholy garage album. This release is probably as good as you could ask for, with several standout tunes and pleasant hooks/melodies throughout. Although its really an obvious rehash of 60's garage (think The Seeds), this is actually a fantastic record if you are into that sort of thing.
Dec 12, 2018
75
Hard to find any fault with these songs.

This makes me want to go back and listen to more Bonnie Billy and Palace Music albums.
Dec 11, 2018*
82
How fitting that this and the panda leak significantly early.

If you like the singles you’ll probably like the rest. A little weird to drop an instrumental 3 songs in though, not that the song isn’t good (actually I like this song quite a bit). Détournement is also a bit strange (I guess it works as intro to the second half).

Solid album, nice addition to the deerhunter catalog.
Dec 11, 2018
70
Of course this came out on 4/20.

Psychedelic snippets of bedroom pop from former Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan. While this certainly doesn't reach the heights of his former bands output, there are still some great moments on this record. Lots of reverb, guitar squalls, and lo-fi keyboards to be found.

Chapel of Peace, Fox News Coverage '68 and Four Armed Star are my highlights.

For those of you who trust my taste, I highly recommend the Sic Alps self titled album along with Napa Asylum. How ... read more
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