Feb 19, 2019*
since her brilliant debut in 2017, Natasha Jacobs has suffered a series of terrible setbacks, including arm surgery, throat cancer, and the diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. she was quite literally falling apart and in constant chronic pain. although she lost the physical ability to play guitar partway through the making of this record, she persevered and has produced another beautiful and quirky art folk masterpiece. for fans of Kate Bush and Mary Margaret O'Hara, Thelma's songs are wry, ... read more
Feb 17, 2019
this is a combination of tracks from the previously self-released Brought to Light - Volume 1 and Volume 2. some nice covers and the beautiful Krissy Vanderwoude sounds great as always.
Feb 17, 2019
i'm dead
Feb 17, 2019
yikes, what happened here.
Feb 15, 2019
Corey Philpot's massive talent is on full display here, as a song-writer, musician, producer, recording engineer, etc. there is one-person DIY, and then there's this, an obvious labor of love, meticulously crafted. Outward has that grungier, rust belt, post-industrial shoegaze sound familiar from bands like Crash City Saints and Flower Crown. the lyrics and song structures are reminiscent of Mike Hadreas, another massively talented solo performer. and like Perfume Genius, the darkness here is ... read more
Feb 14, 2019
happy 25th birthday to a great record.
Feb 10, 2019
almost 50 years since I first heard this record and even today Melanie's voice still gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. if you have never heard "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" or her cover of "Ruby Tuesday", do yourself a favor and listen to this.
Feb 8, 2019
Cunningham is pitch perfect on this time travel expedition to the post C-86 era. a bit slicker and synthier than others still practicing this sound, like Strawberry Whiplash, Bubblegum Lemonade, and the other bands on Matinee Recordings, but an honest take on a fading sound.
Feb 8, 2019
deeply satisfying. this would be the perfect soundtrack for Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Journey to the End of the Night.
Feb 8, 2019
much less interesting than 2016 release Clear Shot. lots of meandering, which is unlike previous work by TOY. it really drags in places.
Feb 8, 2019
art-folk-jazz-pop-soul-country hot mess. Gentry's authentic narrative voice displays total control of mood and emotion, alternating between sultry, sassy, defiant, vulnerable, petulant, and distraught. it's weird and great.
Feb 8, 2019*
this should be titled "Reimagined" rather than "Revisited", as it has almost nothing to do with the original in either tone, intent, or setting. the original was an art-folk-pop-country hot mess that worked because of Bobbie Gentry's authentic narrative voice. as scattered a story as it told, it was clearly HER story.

this Reimagining substitutes multiple narrators inhabiting different tonal worlds, so we are already headed down a different path. the results are more ... read more
Feb 3, 2019
when the first song on your first album is "Flowers", you have created quite the challenge by setting the bar so high. they met the challenge.
Jan 28, 2019*
good covers done right are sublime. the Drop Nineteens cover of "Mandy", Alex Chilton belting out "Sugar Sugar", Kim Deal & Robert Pollard doing "Love Hurts". find a song that has a dark side to its surface message and do it up right. pay homage but make the song yours for that 3 to 5 minutes. what you don't do is an entire album of maximum karaoke of poorly chosen songs as a "joke". this is like the Pro Bowl. there is just no good reason for it to ... read more
Jan 26, 2019
not quite the prowess and power of Songs From The Big Chair but in some ways a more interesting album, and not many debuts go to number one (in the UK) two weeks after release. there is still some noticeable new wave hangover on some songs and it only hints at dark wave without really getting there most of the time. "Mad World" and "Pale Shelter" were the big singles, but the most intriguing track is "The Prisoner", a twisted proto-NIN stunner out of nowhere. and ... read more
Jan 26, 2019
anthemic pop that was omnipresent in 1985. easy to dismiss due to their mainstream popularity but this is a superior pop record full of great hooks and iconic moments.
Jan 26, 2019
"experimental" gets overused, but this is truly an experimental record, and it extends her sound palette significantly. departing from the rustic chanson style of Deeper Woods, Sarah Louise returns to her instrumental roots as an artist, but gone is the magnificent 12-string she plays so masterfully. instead we have a delicate interplay of six-string electric, synth, and ambient wash that suggests Phillip Glass but is closer to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. all this pageantry can't hide the ... read more
Jan 25, 2019
not that great overall but nostalgia prods me to rate it higher than it probably deserves. on the plus side a few very good songs that in the entire context of their work stand up pretty well.
Jan 25, 2019*
Phoebe Bridgers must enjoy being part of something seemingly fun and effortless after her emotionally intense solo efforts and master-level songweaving with boy genius. Conor Oberst has always been a generous musical partner and is certainly one musician who has great taste in (other people's) music. it works, but it doesn't look like or sound like "work".
Jan 21, 2019
it is simply phenomenal. such beautiful melodies and filled with visceral, emotional positivity. "Come Together" is a stunning achievement.
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