JohnLouisHoward

JohnLouisHoward

New Orleans

Favorite Albums

Best of 2024

IDLES - TANGK
IDLES
TANGK
98
Feb 16

Recent Ratings

IDLES - TANGK
IDLES
TANGK
98
Feb 16

Pinned Review

Friko - Where we've been, Where we go from here
100
super refreshing, outstanding debut from Niko, Bailey, and Luke. solidly constructed and impeccably mastered. great songs and heartfelt performance all the way through. extraordinarily impressive.

EDIT: this is gaining attention quickly. I hope it leads to a wider awareness of the whole Hallogallo Kids scene. if you like Friko, please listen to Horsegirl, Lifeguard, Dwaal Troupe (Sharp Pins), Neptune's Core, post office winter, Free Range, etc. you will not be sorry.

Recent Reviews

Allie X - Girl With No Face
90
her previous output didn't really grab me, but her collaboration with Lecomte De Bregeot as a co-producer has added tons of value to the presentation. this is dance pop and it is meant for the club, but this album works best when it veers toward coldwave and French minimalism. the songs are strong, the writing has improved, and she has transitioned away from being a kind of stunt artist to a full-fledged musical force. this is a dance record that will hold up over time and those are rare.
Jacqueline Amidy - Safer Than a Baby
80
lush and varied album from veteran Aussie perfomer and musician mostly unfamiliar to audiences outside Australia. a perfomer with the vaudeville-esque troupe known as Castanet Club in the 1980's, you can find her jaw-dropping 1986 cover of "Wuthering Heights" on YouTube. Amidy's strength is a deep and sultry vocal style that is perfect for jazz and blues, but also capable of exhilirating high runs and what must be a four octave range. one of those unusually powerful and colorful ... read more
Free Range - Practice
80
18 year-old Sofia Jensen represents the folk/alt-country wing of the current Chicago youth music scene. they are an excellent songwriter and a fine performer, and have already received accolades and support from the likes of Jeff Tweedy. it's somewhat hard to judge such a fledgling project and the title of "practice" is totally appropriate, as this sounds more like preparation for future greatness instead of the peak of current achievement. they are a real talent, however, and more ... read more
Lovender - pomegranate seeds
100
it is really unfair when an obscure song like this is this good. straight to my best singles of 2024 list.
Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
100
all of his albums are absolutely works of art. I find them so deep and touching and thoughtful, all at the same time. every element seems perfect to me. what an immense body of work he put together, and we are not even talking about his later collaborative stuff, which has its own integrity as well. simply amazing.

Shoutbox

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Hey JohnLouisHoward!

I just got to 500 followers, that’s unreal! I cannot overstate how grateful I am to have you among the 500.

Now, I’ve never done one of these before, but I am gonna try my hand at a community list. The topic? Integer underflow songs. Songs so unbelievably bad they become awesome. Basically songs that are “so bad they’re good” but taken to the absolute extreme.

I would like to limit people to just one song, but if you think an album statement is more apt for the description than any of its individual songs, that is fine, but please only submit one album in that case.

If you don’t want to participate, please ignore this, but if you do, please let me know your pick!

I plan to have the list published by the 24th.

Once again, thank you so much!
2w
Oh Sparklehorse, it's so beautiful, I imagine you're going to rate Good Morning Spider, one of my favorite albums, next (:
1mo
A pleasure to read you again! Thanks
1mo
Hi JLH
Hope you're well! Happy New Year! I’m back and I'd like to inform you that I've relaunched my series The History of The Albums, so don't hesitate to check it out my new review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5715-astral-weeks/
I also invite you to leave a "like" on my evolving list of the best projects of 2024: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/list/170676/top-albumseps-of-2024-short-list/
Thank you in advance for your support 😊
2mo
Hope you’re having a good end of the year! I just finished my Best and Worst lists for 2023, and I thought to send them your way in case you’re interested. Hope all is well!

Worst List: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/baddiebaphomet/list/114044/the-top-10-worst-albums-of-2023/

Best List: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/baddiebaphomet/list/114045/the-top-10-best-albums-of-2023/
3mo
Back to Miss Carmen Santiago 🤭
3mo
Just started the album, 2 songs in, first song was incredible, but wow Bull Believer is something else. Was not expecting this so viscerally noisy but it was a pleasant surprise. I got class rn but I’m excited to hear the rest of the album later

About

I rate generously. No hate ratings. I don't rate things that are not for me and neither should you.

My favorite reviewers are GoodCompany, ocrakraut, pressrg, veery, Nona, Haggwors, Orangedroog65, and The Baddie.

I block. A lot. Please block me back. Blocking hurts no one and only helps my user experience.

Top 100+ Songs of 2024 (in progress):
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6uMhRs9yKpZ65SwnNVHXtH?si=102a9fa5dea74526

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new releases for 2024.
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A yearly ranking of my top album for each year 1980-2023.
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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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