ElectricMess -
NR
I actually like this a lot as the closing note to my favorite band’s discography. Although they hadn’t announced their break up at the time of release, the writing is on the wall throughout much of the record. Michael sings of surviving, moving forward, and legacy in a way that seems acutely aware of where the band was at the time. I see Collapse Into Now as R.E.M.’s final broadcast to the current and future generations of artists that exist in the space they helped create; a ... read more
ElectricMess -
NR
This is a good album
ElectricMess -
NR
“Five years, that’s all we got!”

Bowie belted those words almost fifty years ago at the start of his most iconic work. Today marks five years since the release of his final album, and Sunday will bring the anniversary of him passing from one phase of life to the next. “Five Years” made it sound like such a weightless, worthless amount of time, but each year without the Starman has just seemed longer and longer. I was just taking my first steps into the musical ... read more
ElectricMess -
NR
This band is fucking adorable and that is a pure compliment. Some of the brightest, most welcoming emo music you’ll ever hear.
ElectricMess -
100
Someday I’ll find the right words to express what this one is to me
ElectricMess -
NR
I should have listened to this more last year. It sucks that this somehow isn’t Earl’s darkest record (for him on a personal level at least), but that doesn’t take away from how hard it hits. Probably the most 2020 album released in 2015, if that makes any sense at all. Here’s hoping it loses some relevance in 2021. Happy new year.

With love,

Wes, an ElectricMess
ElectricMess -
NR
tl;dr: i love it

The Star Wars parody of this band would be called Maclunkey

Mclusky Do Dallas is quickly becoming one of my favorite punk albums. The loose, manic attitude of the band clashes with their tight playing and that friction never fails to light a fire under my ass. This makes me want to tear apart my wallpaper and trash the apartment I live in. It’s an uncomplicated rager that has me grinning like a madman from start to finish. With an opening track titled “Lightsabre ... read more
ElectricMess -
100
The album that gets better every single time you hear it. MF DOOM and Madlib hit on something legendary with Madvillainy, the ultimate love letter to hip hop as an art form. As for the news of the day, all I’ll say is that it hurts. DOOM was one of those artists who put nothing but positive energy out into his scene, who in turn tries to spread it out into the world. That comes through on every one of his projects, but especially this one. After crying genuine tears listening to MM... ... read more
ElectricMess -
NR
more new wave in my emo please

please
ElectricMess -
NR
tl;dr: i love it

I so distinctly remember my first time listening to this album and Talking Heads. I Zimbra blew my mind and changed my life while I stared at the plain green scenery racing by my car window on the way to the airport. I may be Team Remain In Light nowadays, but it all comes back to this one for me. Talking Heads just sound so full of ideas on Fear of Music, like they’re about to explode but are barely holding it all together to try and reach their audience in some ... read more
ElectricMess -
0
This was one of my favorite listening experiences of the year. I genuinely mean that. I had a smile on my face the entire time.
ElectricMess -
NR
you are all fucking fools
ElectricMess -
NR
The textbook definition of a classic. The Beastie Boys outdid themselves on their sophomore album with what still sounds like one of the most forward-thinking and diverse rap albums ever. All three rappers bring their absolute A-game to cover the record in city grimes, and beats from the Dust Brothers stand as some of the strongest sonic arguments for sampling being an art form.The group themselves may be loud, in-your face, and lacking in subtlety, but here, they were backed by some of the ... read more
ElectricMess -
100
“It’s alright, I love you,” is one of the most poignant lines Sufjan has ever written, Christmas or otherwise
ElectricMess -
NR
Late stage Muse is almost single-handedly responsible for me giving up on numerical scores altogether. No two integers could ever express the complex mess of thoughts and emotions I have about this.
ElectricMess -
NR
I can’t tell if I love or hate the fact that one of my favorite emo albums of the year comes from a shitpost band famous for a 4 hour Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy concept album. Leaning towards love at the moment though.
ElectricMess -
NR
It may be late to the party, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Vice Versa in Such Things will be looked back upon as one of the best rock records of 2020. Avenade strips back some of the overwhelming fuzz, but only so you can get a better sense of just how powerful, beautiful, and utterly destructive his music actually is.
ElectricMess -
NR
tl;dr: i like it

It’d be cool to have a hot take here, but as usual, I’m adding nothing to the conversation when I say that this new Avalanches album... is pretty good!

Chater and de Blasi seem less concerned with the painstaking detail and texture that made them critical darling and focus more on just crafting an easy on the ears vessel for their sugary sweet message about intertemporal influence of love and music. It’s more than a little stretched out, but there’s ... read more
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NR
tl;dr: i love it

I honestly think it’s a shame that we didn’t get just ONE more album out of The Jam, because if The Gift is proof of anything, it’s how much the group excelled at pop songs. I suppose that’s we have The Style Council for, but this brand of power pop that they hit upon here just hits that perfect sweet spot in my dumb, hook-obsessed brain. All that being said, I’m happy to take what we’ve got, and what we’ve got is probably the ... read more
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