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jcbal97 -
100
★★★★★

It is on the fifteenth of July of the year 2021 that the official musical return of the mythical Swedish supergroup Swedish House Mafia came to life.

Among the likes of Avicii, David Guetta and Alesso, Swedish House Mafia contributed directly to the uprising of progressive house music in the mainstream. On top of that, their single ''Greyhound'' was considered groundbreaking in the electronic-dance music world at the time. In the same train of thought, no act in the ... read more

Recent Reviews

jcbal97 -
80
★★★★☆

To be candid here, my expectations towards a new/different album or band tend to always shift on negative side for me.

"This cannot be THAT good."
"People are surely either on a bandwagon or overating this."
"Is this going to be another one of these bands that try to rehash the past and not have anything interesting to show for it?"

Naturally, and thankfully, I tend to be overwhelmingly wrong,

A prime example would be this release right here. ... read more
jcbal97 -
80
★★★★☆

''The Stars Guide the Path'' is an original ABM album from Greenland (wait, what?).

This is a great atmospheric black metal album to listen to when you want to zone out or relax. Don't get me wrong, it's not because it is boring, it's actually because instead of being malevolent and dark like your stereotypical ABM album, ''The Stars Guide the Path'' has a dreamy sound to it. The chord progressions played here are positive, hopeful and ethereal, instead of being negative, ... read more
jcbal97 -
80
★★★★☆

With "Melinoë", Akhlys delivered one of the scariest pieces of atmospheric black metal I’ve ever listened to.

This whole record screams malevolence and it does so in a masterful way. Many bands try to make something scary by using the lyrics as the sole medium to transfer the fear, but Akhlys, on the other hand, have mastered the art of using the entire orchestra to deliver an experience of pure unholy nightmare.

This album will take you to hell and back.
jcbal97 -
80
★★★★☆

This is it, Jxdn's debut album has dropped.

The TikTok star and Travis Barker & Machine Gun Kelly's protégé has released his debut album produced by the former of the two, aka. Blink-182's drummer. The LP is nearly 50 minutes long and when I saw the lengthy track-list, I felt funky because I didn't want the album to just be filler.

I had found out about Jxdn completely randomly as his song ''BETTER OFF DEAD'' had started playing through Spotify's radio after ... read more
jcbal97 -
60
★★★☆☆

A laidback and joyful album for sunsets around a small fire with food, the debut record from Brooklyn-based folk rock trio Bandits on the Run is a delight front to back. In my opinion, the strong moments of the album are the songs "Funky Ghost", "Paris" and "It’s in a Dream!"

It certainly is not the type of music to throw a party to but it certainly makes for a cozy and laidback folk experience. Definitely will be coming back to this if I ... read more

Shoutbox

Jul 28, 2021
question, do you even fully listen to the flex albums you rank lol, you give actual good ones bad scores and rate ones that didnt even release yet.
Jul 27, 2021
Stinky
Jul 21, 2021
Damn, good for you. Although as you get older being super tall isn’t always the best thing. Make sure you stretch a lot!!! 😁
Jul 21, 2021
Effortlessly breaking my Jazmine Sullivan Fanboy heart right now :((

That aside, I can see how someone would find it boring.
Jul 20, 2021
6foot3.
Jul 20, 2021
OMG, You gave a 20 to heaux tales, and im sad :(
Jul 19, 2021
Hello :3, I saw your favourites, so I'm gonna suggest you these albums that I think you will like
- Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms.
- Sigur Rós Ágætis byrjun
-godspeed you black emperor lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven
-Mogwai - Les Revenants
-Rachel's Systems/Layers
Yep, titles are so long in post rock
lemme know, hope you enjoy
Jul 18, 2021
Hey! I’ve been reading Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion lately! It’s about how our brains are conditioned to answer certain ways, very fascinating read.
Jul 12, 2021
I agree I think they really found their lane with the new sound
Jul 11, 2021
there are two kirby boys on this site now, lol


MY basedness has resulted in aoty controversey, cue the feldman review 🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤪🤪🤪🤪

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Ayo! I’m taller than you, I’m a former A&R for an EDM label and I’m passionate about listening and writing about music, howdy? 👂🏼

100 - …
90 - Holy Schnaps
80 - Great
70 - Very good
60 - Good
50 - Alright
40 - Meh
30 - Na
20 - Fat na
10 - Big oof
0 - …

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