Mar 11, 2020
93
Because Swans weren't heavy enough before this, apparently. I mean if you liked Greed and Holy Money, but want a rendition in the style of Young God then this is right up your alley.
Mar 10, 2020
65
Don't really see the point of including a vocal-less version of A Screw. Song is good but the vocals are what makes it what it is tbh. Blackmail is a surprisingly light, almost heavenly turn for the band, it does drag on for me though...
Mar 10, 2020
74
A good followup to Greed. A bit on the safe side, especially with the two reworked tracks that are, imo, worse than the versions on Greed, but tracks like A Hanging, A Screw and especially Coward makes it a record more than worth coming back to.
Mar 9, 2020
80
So I love the change in sound alright, absolutely adored the ep that came out before Greed. The record, to me, tries to illustrate the slow and painful life of the workers that capitalistic greed entices. I think the change in sound from Cop and Young God fits very very well, especially with the drum machines that really hammer home the narrative of slow walking to your grave with empty pockets. Just one less than tiny thing; why in gods name did they not have Heaven as the closing track? That ... read more
Mar 9, 2020
95
If there was ever a time for the word 'banger' to be used, then this would be it.
Mar 9, 2020
91
God damn I've been overlooking this ep for way too long.

It's not hard to see how this was recorded during the Cop sessions, but Young God got another vibe to it entirely. At this stage in Swans' legacy they only got heavier and more grotesque with Young God as the pinnacle of their dirty and vile sound. Instrumentally it isn't that far removed from Cop, though it favors even grimier and slower moving grooves. The biggest difference I find is Gira's vocals, as they're absolutely fantastic ... read more
Mar 8, 2020
82
By stripping the instrumentals back to the bare essentials we really get to see how high caliber of a rapper Denzel truly is. Kenny really knows how to season his rappers, not only introducing a new sound to Denzel fans, but bringing out many of his all time best verses and performances as well. UNLOCKED is proof that Denzel doesn't need much more than a simple drum pattern to spit fire.
Mar 8, 2020
83
ACAB: The Album
Mar 6, 2020
73
Sounds from a construction site in hell. Filth is a gruesomely masculine and oppressive record. Even after countless listens over the years tracks such as Power for Power knock my shoes off, and while overall I think Swans has done a lot better in this period of their career, I think there's a reason Filth is so fondly remembered all these years and albums later.
Mar 5, 2020
84
The admitedly pleasant, but very gimmicky album cover had me scared SM would do something... risky with color theory. That doesn't seem to be the case however, she's still very much the same artist with the same sound as on Clean. I think that's a good thing personally, Clean was good but could use some extra oomph. Soccer Mommy in general has always been a talented lyricist hindered by song structures the just sort of comes and then fizzles out. It's easy to filter it into the background, ... read more
Mar 3, 2020
65
I'm glad, and kind of surprised, that they managed to carry over all the good stuff from Persona (spare Jamais Vu), but I am slightly disappointed that not all that much of the original cuts on 7 really hold up to tracks like Intro: Persona and Boy With Luv. After a solid interlude, the big single Black Swan didn't do much for me, and the following track Filter reeks of Maroon 5-esque overly detailed guitar plucking. My Time picks up the pace somewhat, but I can't say it's anything above ... read more
Mar 3, 2020
64
Swans' debut is a competent one, sure. Do I still struggle with categorizing it as definitively Swans? Yes. Would I rather listen to other, similar, whacked out post-punk bands like The Birthday Party? Yeah. Does this ep still offer a lot of rad industrial sounds? I'd say so. Tbh if the vocals held up with the quality of the instrumentals on this thing it would have been great. But I'll settle for good, regardless it's a very interesting start for the group.
Mar 2, 2020
83
For a climate activist, Grimes plays Miss Anthropocene uncannily well. Though I do prefer the previous two records somewhat, this new record feels like more than just a return to form for Claire, she is back to fuck shit up, hopefully only metaphorically. I adore the sound of this record, and had it not been for a couple of weak spots (the exclution of WAP being one of them btw) it would be an easy contender for Grimes' best. Tons of ethereal android fruits to pluck from this tree of ... read more
Feb 28, 2020
88
After the, I guess surprising, success of Visions it seems like Grimes is having some mixed feelings. Art Angels is the fabulous result of these conflicting emotions, and is ironically far and away her brightest and most clear cut record thus far. The singing is distinct, as distinct as Grimes chooses to be at least, and the overall sound is a lot more colourful and bubbly. A steady, punchy mix of rock, electronica, and pop elements fuel every track here, and save for a couple of moments it ... read more
Feb 27, 2020
95
Somehow restraining her sound more than on Halfaxa only makes Visions a more illusive and otherworldly record. I think this is the first time Grimes really comes into her own, she is/was very much one with this album. From the lyrics to the production process. Visions is a starkly human record wrapped in bright, alien foil.
Feb 25, 2020
65
Halfaxa struggles with justifying its length. A fair lot of the songs become dull even if they're based on a very interesting soundscape. I still recommend it a lot though, the record has unique and incredibly interesting aspects even though it drags on.
Feb 24, 2020
100
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Feb 23, 2020
79
Everything about Geidi Primes instills the image of a witches hut to me. Every song feels unnaturally organic and folklore-esque. Like an inverted farae, the sweet vocal harmonies sound more like the warnings of a sirens song than a genuine welcome from the forests many creatures. It's a very interesting record for this reason; it's unlike most music I've heard, let alone anything I've heard coming from Grimes. It sounds warm and nostalgic in a way, despite the foreboding image it conjures in ... read more
Feb 20, 2020
91
It's hard not to get pulled into the quiet melancholy of Lady in Satin, when the moment is right there is no music that better illustrates the sorrowful blues of lonesomeness. Fantastic vocals from front to back, gorgeous instrumentation backing Billie throughout, really it's easy to see that this is a masterpiece within its own class.
Feb 20, 2020
47
Not gonna lie here chief this sounds sterile as fuck. Like the sound isn't bad, but in what way is The Slow Rush worth returning to compared to any and every other Tame Impala album? It's so boring, it's so uninteresting, I felt nothing throughout. It's just a big old disappointment compared to what I know Kevin Parker to be. Or perhaps this is the logical conclution to his sound, a perfect sounding album with absolutely no character whatsoever. Either way I don't see the appeal of this. ... read more
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