Jan 16, 2017
87
Per their MO, The xx continue to deliver bare-bones lyrics accompanied by a range of eclectic instrumentation. However, "I See You" takes the band one step further. Their newfound maturity radiates from every song, taking the listener along a journey of impassioned revelations.

Notable Songs: "Dangerous"; "Say Something Loving"; "A Violent Noise"; "Replica"; "Brave for You"; "On Hold"; "I Dare You"
May 21, 2016
88
Pure indie rock gold--24 karats and all. "Teens of Style" was good, but "Teens of Denial" is great.

Notable Songs: The entire album
Mar 10, 2016
95
A beautifully written, composed, and produced work of art. Vernon's melodic voice carries you off to a faraway world of emotional and physical isolation.

Notable songs: "Flume"; "Lump Sum"; "Skinny Love"; "The Wolves (Act I and II); "Creature Fear"; "Team"; "For Emma"
Mar 10, 2016
89
"Deja Entendu" is a punk rock classic that will serve to inspire other musicians and the constantly evolving punk rock genre through its timeless sound.

Notable Songs: "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades"; "I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light"; "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't"; "The Quiet Things That No One Knows"; "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot"; "Jaws Theme Swimming"; "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis; ... read more
May 10, 2016
80
Blake's mournful lyrics blend with the dark, ambient electronica to create a work of art that sits with the listener long after the album is over. It's his most complete work--in terms of cohesive lyrics and instrumentals. However, the "The Colour in Anything" is needlessly lengthy (an hour and change); so much so that it is difficult to formulate the entire picture Blake paints by the end of the album without racking one's brain; and that is disappointing, because it is a beautifully ... read more
May 21, 2016
81
The lo-fi dial is turned to 11 on this album by Car Seat Headrest; while this deluge of fuzziness may be off-putting to some initially, patience on the part of those unfamiliar with lo-fi is rewarded with a deep, yet catchy, LP. The lo-fi indie rock scene never truly died--and hopefully never will.

Notable Songs: "The Drum"; "Something Soon"; "No Passion"; "Times to Die"; "Strangers"; "Maud Gone"; "Bad Role Models, Old Idols ... read more
Jun 22, 2016
82
For the large part, Mitski does a lot with a little on "Puberty 2". Song structures and lyrics are kept simple, but still convey a certain gravitas many artists struggle to display. Occasionally, however, there is a deluge of instrumentals that creep in on top of the simple formula. Needless to say, it all works beautifully together. Indie rock is at its peak, and Mitski is doing her part.

Notable Songs: "Happy"; "Dan the Dancer"; "Fireworks"; ... read more
Aug 12, 2016
83
This is where Blink hit their pop punk stride and did away with most of their punk rock roots aside from a few exceptions. "Enema of the State" is one of their crowd pleasers with huge hits such as: "What's My Age Again", "Adam's Song", and "All the Small Things". This album put Blink-182 on the world stage--and for good reason.

Notable Songs: "Dumpweed"; "Aliens Exist"; "Going Away To College"; "What's My Age ... read more
Oct 1, 2016
99
An album this beautiful--see: well-thought-out, metaphysical, enlightening, exceeding pure sensory experience--cannot be adequately conveyed by any written language in existence. Take a chance, and take a listen.

Notable Songs: The entire album
Jan 22, 2017
23
Art rock dialed to 11. If the conjuring of negative emotions is what this album intends to do, it does it well.

Notable Songs: Nothing to note
Jan 31, 2017
69
Cloud Nothings have come a long way, and it's evident by the mature sound displayed on this album. However, Baldi couldn't conjure the melodies or passion this time around.

Notable Songs: "Up to the Surface"; "Things Are Right with You"; "Darkened Rings"
Mar 9, 2016
78
There is no doubt that "White Pepper" pays homage to The Beatles through its sound and album title. However, this is no ordinary Beatles album; Ween lays their unique sense of humor underneath each psychedelic pop song, reminding the listener not to take anything too seriously, for Ween is far too clever to simply mimic the fusion of two Beatles' albums together without actually delivering to their fans. Yet, for all its wit, "White Pepper" falls short with less substance, ... read more
Feb 29, 2016
88
The quintessential Shins album. A true indie pop gem filling the mind with sunshine and dreams of summer.

Notable Songs: "Caring Is Creepy"; "One By One All Day"; "Weird Divide"; "Girl Inform Me"; "New Slang"; "Girl On the Wing"; "The Past and Pending"
Mar 10, 2016
45
Escalating electronic beats with multiple failed attempts at catchy melodies. "Tremors" mirrors actual tremors in that each song is a collection of seemingly involuntary noises with no discernible structure. Although interesting at times, it is clear that SOHN is no James Blake or Disclosure.

Notable Songs: "The Wheel"
Mar 10, 2016
59
If Muse and Awolnation had an illegitimate child that child would be Nothing But Thieves. This marriage of two anthemic rockers seems like a recipe for success at first glance; yet, Nothing But Thieves borrows too heavily from both without any unique input themselves. Choruses swell with no real lyrics, good production is overshadowed by plain song structures, and although clearly not a concept album, "Nothing But Thieves" melds into one unmemorable sound that drags on. There's no ... read more
Apr 12, 2016
47
*Yawn* Did the first song finish, or was that the entire album? I can't tell. In all seriousness, "Everything You've Come to Expect" is an unimaginative, sex-driven parade led by two superstars whose talents are clearly best spent separately.

Notable Song: "Everything You've Come to Expect"
Apr 15, 2016
62
An admirable attempt at a stirring emotional arousal through dark themes and riveting instrumental escalation. However, whatever promise each song begins with quickly dismantles into a haunting alt-rock cliche. Instead of creating a truly unique, isolated mood, "Painting of a Panic Attack" paints the same picture as all the other alt-rock bands, albeit with a black and grey brush.

Notable Songs: "Death Dream"; "Die Like a Rich Boy"; "A Lick of Paint"
Apr 22, 2016
64
The first two songs--intricately tied together--of Mr. Lif's "Don't Look Down" capitalize on tense beats as his flow works the listener's anxiety. From there on the album loses its story and drifts into and out of spiritual analysis; these lyrics tend to get repetitive even amongst new and intriguing beats.

Notable Songs: "Pound of Pressure"; "The Abyss"; "A Better Day (feat. Erica Dee)"; "Mission Accomplished (feat. The Perceptionists)"
Apr 28, 2016
60
Weird, other-worldly, and trip-inducing.

Notable Songs: "Nocturnal Koreans"; "Internal Exile"; "Still"
May 2, 2016
70
Very interesting concept album about death, dying and post-mortem. Musically, the album can err towards a repetitive sound that prevents the songs from standing out from each other. However, this repetitiveness puts forth both positive and negative facets. No song can be singled out as particularly bad; yet, conversely, no song is a true success. Mediocrity buoys this conceptually fascinating album from becoming something noteworthy.

Notable Songs: "Either Way"; "A Will"; ... read more
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