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Best of 2021

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DVBBS - SLEEP
DVBBS
SLEEP
60
Oct 22

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100
★★★★★

I was 10 years old when I found out about this record, perfectly randomly. Even though the impact it had on me was immediate, I was oblivious to the fact that I had just found my favorite album of all time.

This record is very important to me as some of the songs contained on this LP I found about at a young age and they marked me and my musical journey. I’m not sure but I believe that "The Mirror" is the first song that I could truly tell entranced me.

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Recent Reviews

jcbal97 -
100
Lay down in your bed, at night, with no lights on, put on headphones, and listen to this.

It feels like everyone's movement slowly comes to a halt as the entire world freezes like a still-life.

The people, the walls of your house, the trees, the ground will begin dissolving as you lay in your bed, in suspension, and everything else will too until the only thing remaining is you, floating in the universe, among the stars.

Time stops, the anxiety and sadness are exhaled by your soul as a ... read more
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70
FLASH REVIEW #15 - STEVE ROACH "A DEEPER SILENCE" - 2008

★★★½

"A Deeper Silence" is an expertly crafted minimalistic album which can be used for many purposes such as meditation, sleep, focus and more. It is made of a recurring low-passed drone progression bathed in reverb for its entire runtime. The mastery of Roach’s approach to drone music made this album feel like an atmospheric escapade into the confines of a caves ... read more
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50
FLASH REVIEW #14 - JESSE CLEGG "LIFE ON MARS" - 2012

★★½

The South-African songwriter’s sophomore album starts strong but its flaws get increasingly difficult to ignore the more it drags on. Even though Clegg’s approach to music is refreshing and excellent, the album lacks memorable songwriting and emotional potency; at times, there is a clear lack of chemistry between the bandmates, feeling like their tend to work as parts instead of a ... read more
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60
FLASH REVIEW #13 - RATT "INFESTATION" - 2010

★★★☆☆

The American glam-metal outfit’s return to the studio in 2010, and as of 2021, latest album, is a masterclass for those who aspire to make music of that genre. It is a high-octane lovechild from Van Halen, Def Leppard and The Donnas and runs high on adrenaline from start to finish. That said, it is nothing new, but heavy metal enthusiasts will certainly appreciate this album.

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FLASH REVIEW #12 - DVBBS "SLEEP" - 2021

★★★☆☆

"SLEEP" is an album that you can use as background music at a house party. No song is great, but no song is bad; it ranges from very good to mediocre. That said, it is filled with catchy dance-pop pieces inspired from the tropes of EDM, as well as containing some rare but half-baked attempts at EDM’s more obscure sounds.

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DANCE-POP/ELECTROPOP - CANADA

Shoutbox

Oct 7, 2021
I'm so sorry! Really difficult listening experience, not enjoyable at all :(
Oct 3, 2021
W for the Greta Van Fleet 10!
Oct 1, 2021
if i wrote a song about you and called it "the peril of the person with some of the social skills ever parts II-IV (sellout trilogy)" how would you feel?
Sep 30, 2021
thank you baylen the honest reviewer
Sep 24, 2021
hii! i just released a song; it’s on all platforms. i’d be so happy if you could listen to it and give it a quick review if possible. if you need a link, just let me know!
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/417920-shorewood-rooftop.php
Sep 18, 2021
Yes☺️ I adjourned it back from rym
Sep 12, 2021
Hope you're having a great day!!
Sep 9, 2021
Sep 9, 2021
Thanks for contributing! I’ll let u know when I post the list
Sep 8, 2021
Hi, I’m making a list about album/s that changed AOTY users music tastes, if u have any albums that introduced u to new genres or shook up the music u listen to or something like that, i’d love to know :))

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Welcome! I’m a former A&R for an EDM label and I’m passionate about listening and writing about music! 👂🏼

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