Dynade -
NR
NOTE: This is not an album review, and was written before the record’s release. However, I literally predicted the core theme of the album, so W to me.

In 2016, Kanye released a trailer for the video game Donda, with his mother rising through the clouds and ascending to heaven. This game never happened, likely because Nintendo, the only company Kanye was willing to work with, declined on the offer, and Kanye’s short lived video game era (along with the fabled Turbo Grafx 16) met ... read more
Dynade -
80
The golden rule of online video conferencing in 2020 is to not post the link online for any rando to join, but Charli XCX broke that rule many, many times during the creation of her album, which was recorded primarily in front of a live audience on Zoom. Charli has always been a rule breaker, and in the most restricted year of her life she has managed to break the barriers and reach more people than ever. Despite having 100% less features compared to her previous self-titled album, she is more ... read more
Dynade -
90
Something that I think gets overlooked when talking about this album is its humor. Many of my favorite lines are the wryly sarcastic ones where Bridgers lets us in on her lighthearted and fun side. My favorite lyric is "It's amazing to me how much you can say when you don't know what you're talking about" which is funny to me because I am totally unaware about how shit and inaccurate my reviews are. Phoebe seems like a funny person; she dresses up in a skeleton costume and sings in ... read more
Dynade -
60
It's really just a compilation, so the songs are best reviewed as individuals, or at least by grouping the similar songs together. Generally speaking, and based on one to three listens for each track (I don't think this is getting another listen as a whole), the better tracks are the ones that avoid the trap of making something absurdly experimental just because it's 100 gecs related. Songs like the A.G. Cook, and to a lesser extent, Injury Reserve fail in this category, though the latter is a ... read more
Dynade -
50
In some ways, II is just TNGHT picking up where they left off from in 2012. This EP is still full of club bangers buzzing their way around; it still has its share of pitchy builds and drops . But the seven year gap of time between the two projects has left a dynamic shift in the trap scene and the trap sound, which means that II is quite distinct from its predecessor. For one, the style of festival trap that TNGHT helped usher in has been replaced with quirkier house style tracks after the ... read more
Dynade -
80
I fear that some of the ratings going into this are a little rash considering this is one of Kanye’s most experimental albums, and consequently, one of his most difficult to digest. Having said that, I feel like it’s more appropriate for me to hold off on completely analyzing this album. However, that doesn’t stop me from having some early thoughts.

This is one Kanye’s grandest albums in a while, at least since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Watch the Throne. For ... read more
Dynade -
20
As someone who seriously got into not electronic music through the amazing Coloring Book mixtape, I was excited to see how Chance would evolve past his relatively matured (compared to Acid Rap) project. But I got worried by a series of career missteps, from the back to back Christmas EPs, a few weak singles in 2018, corny features on songs like “Cross Me”, and the god-awful lead single that is Groceries. And once I saw the 22 song, 1:17 runtime, and boring feature load (none of ... read more
Dynade -
60
He literally spits the same verse every song. It’s not a bad verse, but it gets tedious.

Favorites: Have Mercy, Bad Idea, Broke as Fuck, Way Back Home

Worst: We Gon Make It
Dynade -
70
A loud and campy pop record with admirable song choices and passionate vocal performances. And each of these aspects go too far at one point in the album, which adds to its relative campiness. Pretty fun I general though.

Favorites: Life is Life, The Homosexual, The Whole of the Moon, It Takes a Muscle To Fall In Love, Rise, Vienna

Worst: Return to Center
Dynade -
70
Through the constant barrage of the uninspired and monotonously obnoxious k-pop EP we have been subjected to this year, Twice cuts through the crowd by releasing an EP that is actually enjoyable, albeit a little one-note. And thank God they don’t put fucking ballads.

Favorites: STUCK IN MY HEAD, GIRLS LIKE US, HOT, TURN IT UP

Worst: FANCY
Dynade -
60
Unfortunately, it's less consistent of a project than Hynes' previous work. The mixtape label seems like a cop-out; usually this would suggest a less serious project like ZUU, but less serious is confused with less effort. Many of the features add nothing to the project. Some of the solo tracks are alright, and features like Toro and Pat are fine, but much of this just pales in comparison to Negro Swan.

Favorites: I Wanna C U, Dark & Handsome, Good For You, Baby Florence (Figure), Gold ... read more
Dynade -
50
Inconsistent, with a lot of forgetful artists on the Dreamville line up. A lot of the bangers are really solid, though not as much of the slower cuts live up to them. Cole and JID are both getting better at rapping. EARTHGANG is hyping me up for Mirrorland. Cozz is okay. I don't know the others' voices.

Favorites: Down Bad, Oh Wow...Swerve, Wells Fargo, Costa Rica, Sunset, MIDDLE CHILD, PTSD, Sacrifices

Worst: Sleep Deprived
Dynade -
90
From the sci-fi electropop to the blaring metal, Poppy's direction into a darker and heavier sound has produced her most intrusive, haunting, and complex piece. Every song sticks out as a shot into the crack of her disturbed mind. The song topics get creepier and creepier, from a murder scene to a prophecy of being thrown into a food processor alive. And even though she takes her sound far out into mainstream accessibility, she still succeeds in making a pop album, with its memorable hooks and ... read more
Dynade -
80
I thought we were getting set up for disappointment, but this is great. Gibbs flows well and Madlib has creative production. The album is relatively consistent throughout, but the highs aren't as far removed from the lows. Good album though.

Favorites: Freestyle S**t, Crime Pays, Massage Seats, Flat Tummy Tea, Giannis, Cataracts

Worst: Palmolive
Dynade -
70
Beautiful and triumphant jazz-soul. Kane is a powerful voice, but also has tender moments. This production reinforces my belief that the trumpet is the greatest instrument of all time. The spoken word pieces bring it down quite a bit though; the first one seems pretentious to me for some reason.

Favorites: Feel the Need, Fragile, Sawt al-Hurriya, Hummingbird, With You

Worst: Deeply Rooted
Dynade -
10
Mindless Drivel: The Album

Favorites: Fret Street

Worst: Three Minutes

Thanks Ava
Dynade -
70
I almost got a heart attack listening to this, and that's a good thing. This is the most-off the wall album I've heard all year. Some of the transitions are a little jarring in a bad way (opposed to the other transitions, which are jarring in a good way??). The genre fusions between the heavy punk style guitar sections, the loud brostep sections, and the PC Music style vocals are interesting to say the least.

Favorites: 745 sticky, money machine, stupid horse, xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx, ... read more
Dynade -
70
I know it's late and I took all year, but you can stop complaining cause I'm finally here.

The first couple of times I listened to this, all I heard was weird sound collage, which in itself is an admirable effort, and was something I liked when it released. However, that was all I really saw in it; ultimately, I thought the actual music sacrificed substantive quality for impact and an outward expression of supposed dementia. But the more I listen, the more I appreciate the intricacies of the ... read more
Dynade -
20
Bro, can you, like, not?

Favorites: Please Tell Me

Worst: Extra
Dynade -
80
A good cool down from the intensity of TA13OO, ZUU is simply a collection of amazingly aggressive rap songs, and that’s all that it needs to be.

Favorites: ZUU, RICKY, BIRDZ, AUTOMATIC, SPEEDBOAT, CAROLMART, SHAKE 88

Worst: P.A.T.
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