JohnLouisHoward
JohnLouisHoward
New Orleans
Beach House - 7
Beach House
7
97
May 8

Recent Reviews

Nov 11, 2018*
91
stellar debut and the first non-punk/non-hardcore release on SST records. great tunes and superb musicianship. "The Grotto" is an excellent song but "The Days of Pup n Taco" is the obvious highlight.
Nov 11, 2018
70
nowhere near the force and energy of their debut. the addition of a more pronounced and heavy bass, along with pointless "psych" effects, creates a "more is less" muddiness to the record, where their strength before was the lean aggression of their "less is more" approach. Carol's drumming is much more mechanical and restrained here, and Carlos lets the bass line carry the song instead of employing the full-bodied wall-of-guitar assault that was his previous style. ... read more
Nov 11, 2018
55
for a record that went platinum in only six months, this is remarkably forgettable. today Fastball manages to still chug along and release an album now and then, but they were forced into the big leagues by the strength of the single "The Way" and not because they were ready. they could have very well asked themselves in 1998: "where were they going without ever knowing the way?"
Nov 10, 2018*
96
amazing. Sebastian Gainsborough has created a world-unto-itself soundscape that can only be described as symphonic glitch, far beyond the typical neuron destroying vacuity of standard IDM. all music is not art, but some music is. this is art.
Nov 9, 2018
85
Tracey Thorn's lush, gorgeous vocals layer perfectly on the meticulous arrangements of a masterfully produced record. jazzy pop and jangle pop all at once. simply a beautiful record. it's not a world-beater but it is quality and, unlike most of the "sophisti-pop" naff, it never overstays it's welcome. I could listen to this every day and not get tired of it.
Nov 5, 2018
Check out 'Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was a River'... Think it might be in your wheelhouse.
Feb 15, 2018
haha, thanks! it's an album that gives a lot of food for thought so plenty of great material to work with and discuss
Oct 13, 2017
Mahalo for all the eclectic exposures... Plus, you've got a great voice in your writing. I just wish I didn't have to track interesting reviewers all over the place in here! What became of the compilation that would present when we 1st opened our site?
Oct 11, 2017
[Smiles]... Itz all good, bruv
Sep 18, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
haha, it's all good man! to each his own.
Feb 28, 2017
Lots of interesting unknown bands in your highest ratings. Thanks!
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91-100 = great, 90 = good, 80-89 = worthy of a listen, 70-79 = good song or two, 50-69 = thanks but ..., under 50 = no thanks.
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