Jan 28, 2019
100
Apparently I passed over one of the greatest albums of the 2010's. This albums manages to capture the angsty zeitgeist of our time without sinking to nihilistic lows in order to get it's point across. This is the kind of music Wire would've written if they had the technology to make it sound this good. This music is bombastic, loud, adrenaline-pumping post-punk at it's finest. Like with Kids See Ghosts, not only is it a masterpiece, I fully intend on listening to this for many years to come.
Jan 28, 2019
40
For a bunch of covers of cheesy albeit catchy 80's pop rock songs, this somehow manages to avoid being a total cringefest. That being said, there's nothing you're really missing by skipping these forgettable song covers.
Jan 5, 2019
100
Is it officially old enough to call a classic?

At 10 years old, Merryweather Post Pavilion is no less the monument to summery, youthful exuberence that it was when it came out, as well as continuing to serve as inspiration for indie bands going forward.

The album doesn't miss a single beat. Every track is a mesmerizing sonic collage of warm, evocative, exciting sounds. A music festival, an amusement park, and the zoo are places the album feels like it could fittingly soundtrack.

This was ... read more
Jan 3, 2019
100
There's a reason why a cliché becomes a cliché. Pink Floyd's seminal album The Dark Side Of The Moon is to rock what Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue is to jazz - perhaps not a perennial hipster favorite or crowd pleasure, but inexorably embedded into the DNA of all rock music to follow, joining hands with the likes of Radiohead's OK Computer and The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico. It's rich sonic textures and moody atmosphere well compliment the introspective (if a ... read more
Dec 28, 2018
100
There are many things I could say about this album. About how it's one of the most beautiful, affirmig statements musical poems on life. I could say how cohesive it is and how every track contributes to an album greater than the sum of it's parts. I could talk about every electronic album since it's release has been at least somewhat influenced by it. But I'll leave it as simple as I can possibly can: Brian Eno's Another Green World is the best album I have ever heard and likely ever will hear.
Dec 28, 2018
100
One of the things that failled me most about rock were it's established canon of classics. Say what you will about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Highway 61 Revisited, neither of them ever really did much for me.

Hip-Hop, on the other hand, has Illmatic. Almost certainly the most acclaimed, classic hip-hop album of all time. Not because it was some overblown, expensive concept album, mind you, but just because the rhymes, flows, and beats are dope as fuck.

That I can get behind.
Dec 28, 2018
100
Spiderland by Slint is one of the most unbelievable, unlikely, electrifying albums of all time. Every song is a slow-building, churning masterpiece of mounting dread and sadness, often never seeing any kind of musical resolution. Breadcrumb Trail imagines a seemingly innocuous exchange between a boy and a girl as a terrifying roller coaster of emotions. You just know something isn't right from the first note, and as soon as it drops it's flimsy facade, the ride doesn't end until the final ... read more
Dec 28, 2018
90
Simply put, one of the most fun and memorable indie rock releases of the early-2000s post-punk revival scene, creating music that was on par with late-era Joy Division and early-era New Order. Most songs here are incredibly catchy, especially "The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth", "Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away", "Heavy Metal", and "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood." One of my all-time favorites, for sure.
Dec 28, 2018
100
With this masterpiece, Panda Bear demonstrated a lesson to rock and pop that hip-hop had learned long ago: that a piece of music could be greater than the sum of it's parts. Comprised almost entirely of song samples, each track is a hypnotic journey unto itself, providing the listener with an umatched sense of nostalgia and comfiness. The centerpiece track "Bros" is quite likely the greatest track Noah Lennox has written in his long and storied career. Every track here is an indie ... read more
Dec 27, 2018
95
My favorite kind of album is the kind that builds it's own mythos; creating a world of it's own for the listener to explore. When an album is so able to cultivate an environment based on mood and sound, one can overlook a small handful of underwhelming tracks, which is, of course, more convenient for the artist than to try and make every track on an album a classic.

To say Tom Waits has mastered this art form would be an understatement and a half. Fitting perfectly in line with his thespian ... read more
Dec 24, 2018*
90
In the intervening days between now and the fresh new releases of 2019, I'm going to be looking back on a few albums that left a lasting impact over the years.

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It's still so surreal to me that this even exists. Through most of the angsty rebellion of my teenage years, Kanye West's album Yeezus set the soundtrack. It was something I listened to whenever I needed to hear someone just as pissed off about the general ... read more
Dec 21, 2018
90
This is essentially just a handful of high quality tracks by Vince Guaraldi and his trio. They manage to capture both the purity of childhood and the thoughtful skepticism of the short it soundtracks. A timeless soundtrack to a timeless short.
Dec 21, 2018
20
The only reason this album hasn't hit my bottom possible score of a 10 is that it's probably flawless. This isn't because Drake has crafted some kind of timeless masterpiece, rather, Drake has simply cobbled together maybe the safest paint-by-numbers maybe of all time.

This is 90-minutes that are astoundingly devoid of any worthwhile music. I don't hate Drake as much as I ought to. He's had some incredibly solid tracks over the course of his admittedly impressive career, but lately the guy is ... read more
Dec 21, 2018
40
Overall, this album has some neat tricks up it's sleeve. It's more unique and, I don't know, aquatic (?) than most trap music. The lyrics don't invoke the same aggressiveness and viciousness of American trap contemporaries. There's definitely an appeal here. That being said, the album is overly long at just 40 minutes and is just altogether a forgettable trap album at it's very best.
Dec 19, 2018
80
In short, this is Kero Kero Bonito's most disturbing album yet, which is a sentence I can't believe I'm typing. The band adds unsettling glitch effects and noise rock to create a gloomier, more depressing sound. The effect is an album that's as infectious as it is disconcerting. The band could literally go anywhere from here, and I'm sort of scared to find out where that is.
Dec 19, 2018
80
Björk is one of those rare artists, along with the likes of Radiohead, Talk Talk, and apparently Daughters whose particular brand of weirdness manages to cross over into the mainstream. Her bizarre, drug-trippy take on electronic music constantly delights and seems to awaken the best emotions we strangely choose to lock up.

Utopia is maybe her most immersive album yet, adding harps and flutes to her usual repertoire of strange, icy electronics to create a world all it's own. Every track ... read more
Dec 19, 2018
70
This offering of nightmarish minimalism from up-and-coming industrial rapper JPEGMAFIA isn't without it's highlights. "Real Nega" with it's cathartic wailing ought to be a fixture on any hip-hop playlist this year. However, what ways the record down is it's relative length with regard to it's samey song-structure. Even still, these surreal minimalist tracks are nothing if not food-for-thought and are guaranteed to offer an interesting experience to all listening.
Dec 19, 2018
100
"Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!" - Karl Marx (Maybe)

The quote above could've been said by Einstein and I'd still call the person who said it an idiot. There's a reason we obsess over a person's last words. We laugh when it's something insignificant, the idea presumably being that a person in his final hours has absolutely nothing to show for his years on Earth.

No one who listened to this album between January 8 and January 10 had any clue that this was the last ... read more
Dec 19, 2018
90
I am more than pleasantly surprised by Mitski's rise in popularity. She delivers her music with emotional maturity and a sly sense of humor that makes her stand out among the indie crowd. She's the kind of person you'd like to spend a day with, waxing philisophical about life, love, and death.

Be The Cowboy is, thus far, the best album of her career, being far more well composed and layered than her previous work. It also benefits from brevity; no song overstays it's welcome and each proves ... read more
Dec 17, 2018
95
Do you know how rare it is to find happy music these days? Music that celebrates the joys of life and expresses gratitude at being a part of it?

It's not that easy, in today's crossfire of poor mental health treatment, endless stories of police brutality, and whatever hot-water bullshit Donald Trump has us collectively involved in at any given moment.

Noname is a black woman, who are considered by anyone with a brain stem to be the most opressed group in America, here singing about ... read more
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