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Jan 18, 2020*
On Mac's final album, a sister record to "Swimming," groove and sacred simplicity shine. While some of "Circles" feels understandably underwritten compared to its predecessor, Mac soars into the project more confident in his singing and more adept at interweaving colloquialisms and aphorisms without anything said registering as platitudinous. Despite feeling wispy and often disembodied, a ray of bittersweet warmth is present.

Rating: Great (73).
Oct 7, 2019*
The rawness and emotional density of this record truly surprised me. However, MIKA's theatricality and silliness are not altogether lost. While Holbook fails to produce the comeback magnum opus I hoped for, this record sits comfortably in his discography. The sleepy balladry that composes the majority of the album proves MIKA's maturity regarding his typical topics of sexuality and loss.

Rating: Average to Decent (62).
Oct 3, 2019*
Olsen is in rare form on her latest record. The tight tracklist is is like a carefully orchestrated nosedive into loss and fractured romantic ideals. She deliberately centers the attention of her unexpectedly poetic language on the reflection cast on a black mirror, perhaps the self we all deliberately hide behind the artifices and crutches of romantic expectation. I think this is her best record yet and perhaps my favorite of the year.

Rating: Great to Outstanding (81).
Aug 26, 2019*
Swift's latest album has somewhat quietly risen from the ashes of "reputation" and offers a motley of ideas. While the album meanders between power pop, ballad, and electropop structures that rest on often incongruent ideas (see tracks 11-12-13), there are enough gems to celebrate the project. Although Taylor's "Lover" thesis that she explains in closing seems a bit untenable, the general aesthetic is a welcome direction.

Rating: Decent to Great (70).
Aug 14, 2019
Beautifully composed. From the way this record approaches temporality in melody to the nature of Stewart's poetic, neo-Romantic lyricism, "Year of the Cat" continues to be my absolute favorite pop rock/prog. pop album of all time. I've been an Al Stewart fan since I was a kid and his soothing yet painfully melancholic and meta-nostalgic performances on here continue to hold to me.

Rating: Exceptional (94).
Nov 3, 2019
Supp! I'm doing a challenge at the moment, the "out of my comfort-zone challenge". This is a challenge where I need to listen projects, I normally wouldn't listen too. After some listen I need to state my opinions in a review. If you would suggest an album to me, it would be great! As long as they aren't metal, hip hop or rap! (experimental/abstract hip hop, weird rap is allowed though)
Aug 14, 2019
YOU'RE ALIVE!!! 😭😭😭😭
May 23, 2019
May 11, 2019
hey thank you for the reviews!! they're very well-written and to the point (and quite honestly better than the majority of the reviews on the site imo lol)

keep them coming king ! 👑
Apr 26, 2019
Thank you. Making the list has been really fun!
Apr 25, 2019
Do you mind sharing your all time favorite album so I can put it into my community picks list, please?
Feb 16, 2019
Feb 16, 2019
This guy actually dropped 2 amazing reviews in one day god damn
Feb 16, 2019
thanks for the reviews!
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