Sep 21, 2018
67
I call this the "Sara Bareilles effect," where the singles are memorable but overall the songwriting and production just don't do enough to highlight how obviously gifted the lead performer is.
Sep 19, 2018
NR
Really was hoping for something substantial but this just sounds like the Walmart version of Praying
Sep 18, 2018
81
No, they didn't just pick this to seem 'woke' for the fifth year in a row. Like Tanya, Lido etc. it is actually quite good. Dutcher recontextualizes Tobique First Nation melodies and recordings in a lush, perpetually-shapeshifting chamber pop environment all anchored down by his own stunning voice. Some songs go through so many different phases that it becomes difficult to find a true "hit" but the environment is so serene, and the concept is so fresh, meaningful, and well-executed ... read more
Sep 18, 2018
74
Her work with Antonoff is a lot less punchy than you'd expect, but there's something really likable about this direction she's taking - sounds like it's coming from the album Ultraviolence could have been. Constipated keyboard solos aside, the growing subtlety in her songwriting is really what's helped her gradually shake the 'gimmick' accusations over the years.

Also I'm going to need a radio edit that fades out around 4:15.
Sep 14, 2018
68
She tries out the more subdued R&B style of her contemporaries. it sounds passable but quite honestly I would not have been able to tell you it was Mariah if I was listening blindfolded.
Sep 13, 2018
76
did u guys know she can play the flute??
Sep 12, 2018
73
The first 9 tracks are super solid and the most I have ever been engaged with a full-length Travis Scott project. I don't remember how any of the songs after "Yosemite" go.
Sep 11, 2018*
75
In many ways, Theatre is Evil was unfairly overshadowed by the Kickstarter controversy that birthed it. Amanda Palmer's non-concrete method of trading with her fanbase, something that's landed her in hot water for years, came to a boil when she raised 1.2 million dollars off a campaign initially only meant to raise $100,000. The statistics behind it all were nearly poetic. Her old band, The Dresden Dolls, became trapped in label hell when their second commercial album sold 25,000 copies, ... read more
Sep 10, 2018
87
I love that she's not that good at interviews. The NPR crowd is out here hailing her as this supreme, sophisticated cure to vapid millennial indie pop and there she is vocal frying and using the word 'like' three times in the same sentence. Truly she is one of us.

This is another great single from 'Loud City Song.'
Sep 10, 2018
92
the gays been known about this gem but thanks antknee fandango for helping straights see the light ✌️
Sep 7, 2018
100
Her best song in my opinion - I remember it really took my breath away when I first heard it in 2013. The pensiveness, the suspense, the MOOD. Think I called this the song of the year back then on my........ tumblr...........
Sep 7, 2018
64
Did u know mike patton did the voiceovers for the screaming zombies in I Am Legend?!?
Sep 6, 2018
51
Tune-Yards have always operated under a "just crazy enough to work" MO - would the project's gleeful genre-borrowing, typographic headache album titles, occasionally ham-fisted political messages and bizarre vocalizations be remotely tolerable if primary musician Merril Garbus didn't deliver it all so capably? In many ways, Tune-Yards's polarizing sound despite its irrefutably gifted musicianship was the indie equivalent of the polarization Lady Gaga was facing at the same time - hate ... read more
Sep 6, 2018*
NR
Hoping for peace and serenity but also hoping for a song shitting all over Matt Mondanile.

Update: Those track lengths and overall runtime tho... she's really going Utopia on us. More Betsy's, Lucette's and Maxim's, less Vasquez's please.
Sep 5, 2018
NR
https://78.media.tumblr.com/8535a2f4845cee0a5f3d9c13fbc39cff/tumblr_ocwpni4VSu1qcoe6lo1_250.jpg
Sep 5, 2018
68
If this came out when I was still in high school it would be right up there with Born This Way on the "songs I don't actually like that much but feel obligated to hype because #representation" list.
Sep 4, 2018
81
It's hard to act like this is Anna Calvi's first time toying with gender norms considering she's been singing songs like "I'll Be Your Man" for the better half of the 2010s, but Hunter is definitely her shedding any kind of artistic coyness behind the subject. On the first record we got a chamber-pop paean to the experience of a first kiss; here we get an explosive ode to BDSM ("Chain"), and that's often just the tip of the iceberg.

Like many of her peers, Calvi moves to a ... read more
Sep 4, 2018
81
Some music school pretensions which she works out of her system over the course of the next two records. For all her feral iterations of the 2010s, the final two tracks here make a strong case for Annie Clark the Lounge Singer.

Favorite Tracks: Now Now, Your Lips Are Red, Marry Me, All My Stars Aligned, Human Racing
Sep 4, 2018
NR
Grot highkey her best song ever.
Sep 4, 2018
52
People who accused her of not trying on /\/\ /\ Y /\ should listen to this so they can know what 'M.I.A. not trying' actually sounds like.
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