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JohnLouisHoward -
Resistance as an Act of Joy
JohnLouisHoward -
the second from Wax Chattels is another blast of glitch-punk noise rock goodness. please watch every live clip you can find from this band. Clot is a BIG step forward, with song structures evocative of early Wire, and non-standard progression and development that is truly innovative. the absence of guitar is sublimely liberating and drummer Tom Leggett plays his heart out. the rapid-fire bass of Amanda Cheng and the death-ray keyboards of Peter Ruddell sound perfectly made for each other. it ... read more
JohnLouisHoward -
we are witnessing the origins of an absolute superstar. Jessie Buckley has A+ acting chops, first on full display in "Taboo" and "Wild Rose" and now again in "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" and season four of "Fargo". she also has A+ vocal talent, with pure tone and emotionally charged timbre reminiscent of Bobbie Gentry. there is no one right now with her level of acting talent that comes anywhere close to her ability as a singer. I'm saying it now: if ... read more
JohnLouisHoward -
post-Dream Syndicate Kendra Smith and post-Rain Parade David Roback formed this power-psych duo that eventually became the dream-country (or bootgaze, take your pick) slowcore band Mazzy Star, when Hope Sandoval replaced Smith (in the middle of a tour). there is almost nothing here that anticipates Mazzy Star on any level. this is a hard-driving psych-rock sound with smashing cymbals and creepy jam-band organ, along with Smith's laconic vocals and Roback's slashing guitar runs. a decent one and ... read more
JohnLouisHoward -
her 2018 debut On Hold was a great record, full of amazing songs and featuring her velvety, whispery vocals. it was singular in its beauty and fragility but almost sonically translucent in its effulgence. her second album and her first on Dead Oceans, Breach provides more depth and much needed contrast, and the result is arrangements that frame her voice much more effectively. the songs are very good but maybe not quite up to the total quality of the debut, but they sound much more substantial. ... read more
Jun 14, 2020
Hey! Whats your favourite hip-hop record? For a list
Mar 28, 2020
What album should I review?

Yeezus by Kanye West
Kid A by Radiohead
Reflektor by Arcade Fire
Feb 29, 2020
Hey, I just released my debut album:)
It would be nice if you gave it a chance.
Here's the link:
Jan 19, 2020
make a review about me
Jan 13, 2020
Thanks for taking the time to reply!
Jan 13, 2020
Which Scott walker album would you recommend to listen to first?
Nov 6, 2019
Hi, I just made a new song and it would be nice if you would listen to it and give me your thoughts about it:D Here is the link
Nov 3, 2019
Supp! I'm doing a challenge at the moment, the "out of my comfort-zone challenge". This is a challenge where I need to listen projects, I normally wouldn't listen too. After some listen I need to state my opinions in a review. If you would suggest an album to me, it would be great! As long as they aren't metal, hip hop or rap! (experimental/abstract hip hop, weird rap is allowed though)
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 2020 (in progress):
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