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ElectricMess -
tl;dr: an all time favorite (reviewing the LP version, aka the first disc)

I’ve already stressed my love for New Order on here several times so I’ll spare you all my tired explanations I’ve used before. Instead I want to attempt to convey my experience with this band and why they’ve come to mean so damn much to me. Why I currently cite them as my biggest musical inspiration. Why I call Ceremony my favorite single piece of art ever made.

Well, not to immediately ... read more

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ElectricMess -
One of the most devastating yet soothing albums ever for me. Skeleton Tree musical equivalent of having someone put their hand on your back while you cry your eyes out. A beautiful, horrible expression of loss that transcends any words, let alone numbers, I or anyone else might attach to it, so why even try?
ElectricMess -
tl;dr: an all time favorite

A moody change in direction for The Beach Boys that brings some of the band’s less obvious strengths into the spotlight. Even without Brian’s guiding hand, Surf’s Up is a strangely socially conscious and personally foreboding record that resonates with me every bit as much if not more than That Album.
ElectricMess -
tl;dr: i love it

Julien Baker fleshes out her morose indie rock just in time for her most devastating songs to date. I’m not sure if it’s the band that makes all the difference for me or simply a growth in the songwriting, but Baker’s struggles with alcoholism, relapse, and the deterioration of her relationships with loved ones and with religion all connected with me in a way that her previous records hadn’t prepared me for on Little Oblivions. It’s by far her ... read more
ElectricMess -
tl;dr: i love it

After the pained serenity of Ghosteen, I really didn’t know what to expect of Nick Cave going forward. Would he continue on this new path of piece, look back to his past, or perhaps even try his hand at reinvention once again? The answer? None of the above.

Sonically, I see CARNAGE as a grown up version of Push the Sky Away. It is heavenly and visceral in all the ways that record is, but there’s a certain power brooding deep within these songs that was absent from ... read more
ElectricMess -
tl;dr: it’s a classic

I know it’s a stretch to call an 8 year old record a classic, but I think this one’s a safe bet. All of Daft Punk’s best music sounds like a party you never want to end, but Random Access Memories is a full-blown celebration of music’s history and future. It’s some of the most ecstatic, hopeful, and resonant pop ever made, and one of a handful of albums that opened my mind to different styles of music at an impressionable stage in my ... read more
Feb 23, 2021
damn good joe
Feb 22, 2021
time’s my favourite off of dark side. great pick, thanks for answering :)
Feb 22, 2021
Hey! going around AOTY asking people a question for a list.. what’s your favourite Pink Floyd song? thanks :)
Jan 19, 2021
Hey I just wanted to let you know that my list aggregating AOTY's favorite albums of the year 1970 is finally live, and that you are included in it!

This was a very big project that would not have been able to be completed without your ratings and I hope to continue this series with future installments!

If you would be so kind as to check the list out and even possibly give me any feedback at all it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

Jan 9, 2021
Hello, I hope you're having a good day. I am reaching out in regards to my next AOTY Icon Interview. If you're unfamiliar with the series I crowdsource for questions. This time around for January 2021 edition, I will be interviewing PipePanic. The question is, what is a music-related question you can ask Pipe. Please refrain from asking questions as simple as "What is your favorite album?" Please also refrain from asking for thoughts about a specific album or asking joke questions. I ask that you ask something thought-provoking and ambiguous. I will be selecting the best questions to ask Pipe. If you can't think of any questions, you have a week to think about it. I also recommend checking my shoutbox before asking the question just to verify it hasn't been asked already. All participants will be credited for their questions. The interview will be posted by the end of the month. Thank you!
Dec 20, 2020
It's been a long time lol.
Nov 18, 2020
thank you for the answer, added your pick!
here's the list if you wanna check it out: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/rater/list/29868/the-most-annoying-song-of-all-time-community-list/
Nov 17, 2020
hi ElectricMess, 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?
september’s coming soon
i’m pining for the moon

18. he/him. my ratings are just a way to help keep track of what i’m listening to, so don’t take them seriously. i don’t stand by anything but the 100.

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