Malouma - Dunya
Jan 25

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JohnLouisHoward -
We are nothing but a braid in the void, as the album cover indicates. The peculiar condition of our existence cries out for something: a story, a narrative, an explanation. Some clue or idea about what our existence could mean. Aristotle was the first to generalize the question: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” My own question has always been the opposite: “Why is there nothing rather than something?” That is, given infinite time and unlimited resources why ... read more

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Jan 26, 2021
Hello, I love your album reviews.
My new EP, a very short one has just released. Will be grateful if you listen and review it. I need honest review, it could be harsh but I want to know what people thinks and how can I improve. There's is some Hindi Lyrics (very few) but the 90% of the album is English. Attaching the AOTY and Spotify link. Will be grateful forever if you respond. 🙏🙏


Dec 5, 2020
I know are are going to try the Kass Richards... Also consider giving this an attempt!.
Nov 19, 2020
that's okay, ty
Nov 19, 2020
hi again john, added all your picks, thank you! also if you want to mention particular songs by charly bliss, ill add them!
here's the list if you wanna have a look:
Nov 18, 2020
hi JohnLouisHoward, hope you're doing well! i'm making a list and i'd like you to participate. the question is: what is the most annoying song of all time?
Nov 10, 2020
Album covers often get a lot of attention, sometimes more than the music itself but there's one aspect to albums that is very often overlooked: the title. The title often sets the mood and energy of the album, or is memorable enough to stick with you, but seldom gets credit for doing so. Anyways, this leads into a question I have (for a list): what's your favourite album title of all time?
Nov 5, 2020
Hey, whats your favorite album released in the 60’s. (For a list)
Nov 1, 2020
Hi, I just released my new Ep Yūgen (幽玄) It is made in ambient style so if you like this kind of music you can give it a chance if you want. I would be very happy to hear what are your thoughts about this record. Simple rating would be great too!! Thank you and sorry for bothering ^.^

Here is a link to Ep:
100 = perfect
91-99 = levels of greatness
90 = good stuff
80-89 = worthy of an extended listen
70-79 = decent
60-69 = good song or two
50-59 = thanks but ...
under 50 = no thanks

I rate generously most of the time, unless something is deeply inauthentic, or overtly venal.

Strong preference for small labels and indies, tend not to rate major label and mainstream stuff, but when I do then look out.

Top 100+ Songs of 2021 (in progress):
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I totally stole this idea from another user. I will put them on the list according to the tour or album they were promoting. This is partial. I will add more as the gaps in my memory are filled in.
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