Top Albums/EP of 2023 by DoubleZ

Hi all, this year I proceed differently on my Top albums with an update in real time

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파란노을 [Parannoul] - After the Magic
1.
88
(Shoegaze / Indie Rock / Emo / Art Rock)

« The fairytale and hypnotic world painted by one of the underground revelations is worthy of the enchantment that we find in fantasy stories, filled with love and warmth. All the good ideas that we have discovered for some time have really materialized here on "After The Magic", as a kind of achievement for Parannoul. The South Korean artist confirms his hype, opting for efficiency and sonic variety, leaving (almost) any frills aside. It is a real demonstration from the beginning to the end even if the second half of the album remains less brilliant. »

Key songs : Insomnia / We Shine At Night / Arrival / Parade
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here.
2.
87
(Psychedelic Rock / Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop)

« Almost all the rappers to have confronted a "rock type" project crashed, sometimes very brutally by the way, Lil Yachty is finally maybe the only one to have succeeded in this feat. Moreover it is surely one of the biggest turnaround in the history of contemporary music when we see how much the clownish rapper was very criticized (sometimes rightly). Certainly, Let's Start Here can't be confined to a "Rock" project either, it's a psychedelic work that spreads over a rich and creative palette, letting Yachty's versatility speak for itself, which is no surprise. Everything is perfectly articulated, attractive from start to finish, meticulously thought out. I really appreciate this way of working in fractions or sets. Since "Lil Boat" Yachty was trying by all means to write the second chapter of his story without finding the formula to achieve it, but it is done here, demonstrating to the world his potential and his talent. He seems to escape this bad spiral he created for himself, but as he says through this album, failure is not an end in itself. This album sounds like a lesson. What if Yachty had dictated new rules for the future of Hip Hop? »

Keys songs : The Black Seminol / Ive Officially Lost Vision / Drive My Crazy / Ride

Top albums:
Lil boat - 84
Lil boat 2 - 75
Michigan - 70
Summer songs 2 - 62
Lil boat 3 - 57
Nuthing - 49
Teenage émotions - 39
The Murder Capital - Gigi's Recovery
3.
79
(Post-Punk Revival)

« Soon »

Key songs: Gigi’s Recovery / Crying
Various Artists - End of the Year : Red Heart / New Year : Black Heart - A Glowcord Compilation
4.
79
(Indie Rock / Emo / Slacker Rock / Shoegaze / Noise Rock / Ambient)
君島大空 [Ohzora Kimishima] - 映帶する煙 (Eitai suru kemuri)
5.
75
(Folktronica / Indie Pop / Glitch Pop)

« Eitai suru kemuri is a real caress. A remarkably homogeneous album while being varied in the sounds and the explored musical currents. The only real reproach that we can make to Ohzora Kimishima, it is perhaps that it lacks a little singularity and identity »

Key song : No Heavenly
Nicole Dollanganger - Married in Mount Airy
6.
74
(Indie Folk / Singer-Songwritter / Slowcore)

« "Married in Mount Airy" explores the chaos through deeply resigned testimony. It's as if we feel that there was a life before and everything is gone. A really touching album, good work. However I unfortunately find it hard to be enchanted and that's what I expect from this type of album, I don't know if it's the limitations of the vocals, the melodies or/and the songwriting. Moreover I also find that it lacks variety, especially in the proposals of structures and in the automatisms, which gives the impression that by listening to just the introduction we have the complete summary of the project »

Key song : Married in Mount Airy
Kali Malone - Does Spring Hide Its Joy
7.
74
(Drone / Minimalism)

« Kali Malone's talent is undeniable, but in absolute terms it is far too long »
Ryuichi Sakamoto - 12
8.
73
(Ambient / Modern Classical)

« Fluid as a cloud »

Key song: 20211201
what is your name? - beyond old names, everyone's songs.
9.
73
(Indie Rock / Folktronica / Midwest Emo)

« A pleasant trip, led by a formula as adventurous as original. No song stands out, the whole is associated with each other, good coherence »
Gaz Coombes - Turn The Car Around
10.
72
(Indie Rock / Neo-Psychedelia)

« Don't expect anything exceptional, there are no extraordinary songs, no innovation, Gaz Coombes does Gaz Coombes. All the same, I enjoyed going through this album, containing a handful of songs as melancholic as introspective. Gaz doesn't need to prove that he can write good songs, with that admirable singularity. It's a pity that the end of the album loses in intensity and efficiency. »

Key Song : Don’t Say It’s Over
Luke Bar$ - Angels Never Die
11.
71
(Trap / Hardcore Hip Hop / Pop Rap / Southern Rap)

« If you are a fan of JID you will appreciate to discover Luke Bar$. A well-crafted, varied, rather endearing concept album, rudely led by a singular voice »

Key song: Get The Gat
Rozi Plain - Prize
12.
70
(Art Pop / Chamber Pop)

« Interesting discovery, I did not know the universe of Rozi Plain, although not really singular.The experience simply flows like water in a river, it's pretty, it's calm, it's melodious. Nothing special but effective enough. »

Key song : Painted the Room
The Lanterns - Holy Water & Honey
13.
69
(Indie rock / Folk Punk / Slacker Rock)

« A really interesting Indie project, which goes through the trials, the failures, the findings of life. Not everything is great, sometimes a bit messy, a bit of amateurism, but it's quite endearing »
John Cale - Mercy
14.
69
(Art Pop / Electronic)

« I think it's really great to see a veteran still producing and thinking about such a solid album. Ironically I had no doubt about it, because John Cale is a legend who is still driven by creativity and avant-garde. There is a lot of interesting stuff here, but on the other hand I find that each song is too stretched out, the density should have been reduced a bit to better enjoy the sparks of this one. »

Key song: Mercy
Asian Glow & Sonhos Tomam Conta - dreamglow
15.
68
(Shoegaze / Screamo / Post-Hardcore)

« A project that lacks depth and substance. We feel this will to explore new grounds, this initiative of taking risks, but the songs are not effective enough. Concerning Asian Glow, I also think that this massive productivity should be reduced to focus on quality rather than quantity, even if I appreciate this perpetual will to have fun to make. The (deserved) hype does not have to justify rushing »

Key song : Hangthemall
Kinoteki - Dawn of the Final Hour
16.
67
(Footwork Jungle / House)
Margo Price - Strays
17.
67
(Contemporary Country / Americana / Heartland Rock)

« Margo Price continues her conversion of "That's How Rumors Get Started", that is to say a more rock formula, in a much more complete and mastered album. In the absence of the delicious "Country Road", there are still many passages that hum without really having the impact that this type of album should embody »

Key song : Country Road
Metaroom - OXIDIZED ARCHIVE
19.
66
(Hardcore Breaks / Footwork / Idm / Future Bass)
SG Lewis - AudioLust & HigherLove
20.
65
(Dance-pop / Synthpop / House)
Sematary - BUTCHER HOUSE
21.
65
(Drill / Horrocore / Witch House)

« A decent project, but this formula goes around in circles, with some brighter moments. So far, probably one of the least interesting projects of his discography »
Riverside - ID.Entity
23.
64
(Progressive Rock)
Ice Spice - Like..?
24.
63
(Sample Drill / Uk Drill / East Coast Hip Hop / Jersey Drill)

« There are as many imperfections as there are fresh ideas in Ice Spice. It's hard to be certain of a potential margin of progression, but it's undeniable to see how much she represents a generation of unabashed artists »
Dealers Of God - Dealer's Choice
25.
62
(Experimental Hip Hop / Neo-Psychedelia)
Asleep Country - Fake Opulent
26.
62
(Sound Collage / Experimental)
Skyzoo & The Other Guys - The Mind of A Saint
27.
61
(East Coast Hip Hop / Boom Bap)
Park Zero - M
28.
60
(Power Noise / Electronic Dance Music)
Joesef - Permanent Damage
29.
59
(Contemporary Rnb / Alt-Pop)
Puzzle - The Rotten Opera
31.
58
(hypnagogic Pop / Experimental Hip Hop)
Oddisee - To What End
32.
58
(Conscious Hip Hop / Jazz Rap)
Catherine Mercy - Catherine Mercy
33.
58
(Indie rock / Slacker Rock)
Summrs - Stuck In My Ways
34.
57
(Pluggnb / Trap / Pop Rap)
Audry - Undisclosed Advertising & End Credits
35.
57
(Slowcore / Experimental Rock / Post-Rock)
BabyTron - Bin Reaper 3: New Testament
36.
56
(Detroit Trap / Gangsta Rap)
Dende - Before We Crash
37.
56
(Neo-Soul / Contemporary Rnb)
Ropes Inside A Hole - A Man And His Nature
38.
55
(Post Metal / Post Rock)
Fucked Up - One Day
39.
55
(Post-Hardcore)
Trippie Redd - MANSION MUSIK
40.
54
(Rage / Trap / Southern Hip Hop)

« Still a lot of negative vibes about Trippie Red, even though there are a handful of interesting songs. If an underground artist would have released the same project people would have thought it was good. Obviously out of 25 songs, there are also a lot of dispensable and/or overlapping moments, but this project can be listened to as a no brainer playlist, accompanied by interesting and varied featurings. »
Samia - Honey
41.
54
(Indie Folk / Alt-Pop)
Billy Nomates - CACTI
46.
51
(Post-Punk)
Ava Max - Diamonds & Dancefloors
47.
51
(Dance Pop / Electropop / Synthpop)

« Not as bad as the previous (and horrible) album, but it's not a victory either. If you take the whole discography of Lady Gaga, or even more recently the latest successes of Dua Lipa, Beyoncé or The Weeknd, you'll have examples of effective pop albums that don't fall into the trap of generic and predictable music like "Diamonds & Dancefloors". Even the hightlights (MDB or Dancing's Done) of this album are not sufficiently singular and percussive to save the appearances... »
Monday Night & 3wayslim - Good Company
50.
50
(Boom Bap / Drumless / East Coast Hip Hop)
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1w
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the what is your name? record 👀
3w
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on ''Every Dog On Earth'' by We Are Only Human Once
3w
@deividfresh Sorry I don't rate the AOTY albums, but I listened to some of your project out of curiosity and it's a good job
3w
I guess I'll recommend my own album 'The Blissful Sounds of Miracula' by oedipus apartment complex
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