BAMBARA - Stray
BAMBARA
Stray
80
Nov 24

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Doofy -
81
Stapleton really ups his game on fourth album 'Starting Over', improving upon his vocal choices/performances and the quality of his song writing.

Near enough every tune here is memorable with strong melodies and the track flow is smooth as butter. 'Cold' is his greatest 'country soul' widescreen beauty, 'Arkansas' a heavy groove singalong, and 'Nashville, TN' the note perfect, intimate farewell love letter you'd always wanted him to deliver.

It's hard to know how he could improve on his ... read more
Doofy -
71
'Volume 2' is a shade weaker than its predecessor but still a more than worthwhile outing, again the finger picked delicate tune is the highlight; 'A Simple Song' can sometimes be the best sort after all.

Even the most generic and blues'y tracks included here like 'Train to Memphis' are decent enough, if unremarkable.
Doofy -
73
Two years after 'Traveller' Stapleton releases two albums that almost serve as a double set, though they weren't released together. They largely pick up where the debut left us, although there appears to have been an attempt to 'rock out' and amplify the big guitar numbers a smidgen.

The bad side of this is that the vocals can lose some of their nuance when he's belting them out, but he has a good enough voice for more rocking country tunes.

Carrying on that line of thinking you'd expect ... read more
Doofy -
76
Straight away on this debut you realise Stapleton hasn't got a really showy or unique voice (think Sturgill for contrast) but he uses it well, striking a balance between beauty, grit and soul; it's almost the archetypal high quality 'contemporary country' vocal.

The song writing also finds the right mix between grandstanding emotional outpourings and a more humble, understated approach. Further variety is added through the inclusion of a few numbers that get a lot closer to 'country soul' ... read more
Doofy -
82
Death becomes them.
Nov 24, 2020
Thanks for the response, you've been added!
Nov 24, 2020
okay, thanks man, added your pick. also, looked at your profile and i was a bit curious: why have u never given scores between 50 and 59?
anyways, here's the list if you wanna have a look: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/rater/list/29868/the-most-annoying-song-of-all-time-community-list/
Nov 22, 2020
I know this isn't a small "favour" to ask, but would you consider Tim Buckley for band of the week? I've been giving his work that I was pretty lukewarm on - which was pretty much everything other than 'Happy Sad' - some more chances, and a lot of it has been clicking quite strongly with me. The discography isn't too intimidating either.
Nov 18, 2020
what’s your favorite album of the year? i’m making a list
Nov 18, 2020
MF DOOF! Seems like that sophomore effort by shame is finally on the books for january! Should be a banger, considering the singles and some of the songs they've played live since their first record. Thought I'd let you know xx
Nov 18, 2020
Hey, what do you think the most over hated album of 2020 is? (for a list)
Nov 18, 2020
hi Doofy, hope you're doing well! i'm making a list and i'd like you to participate. the question is: what is the most annoying song of all time?
Nov 13, 2020
Thanks for the response, your pick has been added :)
Nov 10, 2020
Album covers often get a lot of attention, sometimes more than the music itself but there's one aspect to albums that is very often overlooked: the title. The title often sets the mood and energy of the album, or is memorable enough to stick with you, but seldom gets credit for doing so. Anyways, this leads into a question I have (for a list): what's your favourite album title of all time?
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Only rating my current top 100 albums for each year (+20 noteworthy albums that I rated under 50/100 for each year).

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