Oct 9, 2019
94
I have seen this album described as sounding like 'Pixies having a knife fight with Blur on Brighton beach' and after presenting that simile I don't even feel the need to describe Silent Alarm in any further detail.

So sweet yet so street. This was Bloc Party at their best. Kele Okereke's obscurely substantial lyricism, his searing and impassioned vocal emotion. The brilliant guitar and bass work which could boast both crunching rock riffage and tender ambient melody. And of course the mental ... read more
Sep 25, 2019
NR
If anybody knows where I can listen to this and their other album 'Gimmick' It'd be much appreciated. Those 2 arent on any streaming platforms in the UK and I am desperate to hear them.
Sep 24, 2019
70
At least here those tacky production choices present in Lana's other early projects dont make an appearance. Though I'm not sure there are many production choices of noteability at all on this one. Not to say the arrangements dont have smooth and uplifting qualities, they do. But for better or worse there aren't really any sounds that jump out. Her vocals, as per usual, are what hold this project together.

I also think her very sophisticated and sheltering vocal delivery can(almost ... read more
Sep 15, 2019
81
Baby Xiu Xiu is the least adorable baby you'll ever come across.

A completely horrid, obnoxious and directionless mess of musical debris that sounds like the musical equivalent to a manic murder spree.

I like it.
Sep 14, 2019
79
Well I've been trying to form my thoughts on Omoiyari since it released but it has proven difficult as I feel like with every listen I'm liable to from some type of deep impulsive connection to this record given just how genuinely sweet, catchy and compassionate it sounds.

It's easy to dismiss Omoiyari as some cheap Sufjan Stevens spinoff and leave it at that but I feel there's a little something more to be said about what Kishi Bashi has given to the genre with this project. To be clear I do ... read more
Sep 14, 2019
72
Sam Fender's first LP is pretty shallow in terms of substance and suffers from being quite instrumentally skeletal at times but there's no disputing that the man can write hits. Getting some top form James Bay vibes, structurally very similar to The Killers and there's even a little War on Drugs in there on a few tracks. Sam Fender struggles to really conjure up a signature sound of his own but I cant complain with how catchy some of these tracks are. Some standouts being 'Will We Talk?', ... read more
Sep 13, 2019
79
Infectious vocals sing picturesque narratives crafted through genuine and raw lyricism. I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed by whats going on instrumentally. There's an awkward clumsiness to the sound and I can't quite put my finger on where that's stemming from. Considering this stuff isn't usually for me though, I enjoy this album quite a bit.
Sep 11, 2019
50
I Have always liked Pro Greens voice, style and flow over the years, but dismiss his substance as far too cheesy and theatrical. Here it's the same. He's had some good songs in his time but I dont really feel like I can call any of these tracks quality. For an EP with a whole song about how other rappers rap about nothing substantial he doesn't exactly go very deep himself. There's potential with just how tight he sounds on the mic, but then again his potential has been simmering for about 10 ... read more
Sep 11, 2019
17
Thought I'd check this out as all the normies on twitter are going fucking crazy over this guy. Should've expected this really. I don't usually say things like this, but Aitch's sound is just about as white as 'grime' gets.

If you've ever found yourself wanting to hear the standard 'lit' rap with the usual 'I fuck good I got money your girl wants me blah blah' lyrical fodder and where every word ending with 'y' is sounded rather forcefully as 'eh' then Aitch is your guy. Really, this ... read more
Sep 10, 2019
62
I don't mind this you know. It is ridiculously self indulgent, careless, and probably due to those traits, quite funny. I have a soft spot for the attitude Iggy's displaying here. If you like Iggy Pop enough to hear him not give a fuck for 33 minutes then give it a shot. A lot of his vocalization here is similar to the Teatime Dub Encounters EP from last year though not quite as good humoured. Guy's just pissing around man, have a laugh with it.
Sep 10, 2019
56
Another directionless indie splurge by Frankie Cosmos. Rather an improvement on the indie splurge she released last year though. A little more pillowy and smoother on the ears. Many seem to believe she'd benefit from dropping the old Guided by Voices album format now but I actually think that format kind of suits her sound. It's just a lack of willingness to experiment and interesting songwriting that puts me off.
Sep 8, 2019
69
Could call this summery dream pop I guess? Plenty nice ballads on here. Very focused on the choruses I feel but she is putting together pretty, catchy and very elegantly sung tracks. Much like Born to Die it's what she does too much of rather than not enough of that weighs the album down. There's a little bit of that tacky 'adlibbery' on this one that was very prominent on the followup. I mean, when you're ruining entire songs (Gramma) that would've otherwise been nice by adding horrid chipmunk ... read more
Sep 8, 2019
51
Not much to say on this, you've heard plenty like it before. Much like their recent album this just comes across as effortless and completely safe. They've lost that indulgent emo charm and their indie rock sound is akin to drifting through a plain open sea. Pleasant but totally uneventful. Not a fan of this direction and I really don't know how much longer I will follow this band into the dark (had to).
Sep 6, 2019
54
Would have to call this his weakest LP yet. Post Malone seems to be operating mostly on autopilot here. Maybe its a premature statement to say that this is lacking in real bangers considering how little time I've spent with the songs but nothing here stands out like some of the tracks from Beerbongs did, even Stoney had bangers. There's decent tracks, Goodbyes with Thugger may be my standout. I wasn't impressed by any features. If you're curious about the Ozzy feature its autotuned to fuck and ... read more
Sep 6, 2019
67
The tracks with lyrics are very good and in Dylan's usual lyrically captivating style though the tracks without are merely passive and pleasant. Nice little country themes though. Knockin on Heavens door is a classic.
Sep 4, 2019
48
Danceable, but less let's get drunk, high and lose our minds to this danceable and more this'll be great to put on for the kids at Josh's 12th birthday disco danceable.

Holy shit do these vocals get really cringeworthy at points. In fact, This'd be high 50's or maybe even into the 60's without them.
Sep 3, 2019
71
Not on streaming. High quality link if you wanna try it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6H78aLb09c . Stop at 72 minutes unless you want the deluxe edition stuff.

The Goslings are a band that land more in the Shoegaze-y region of the Drone spectrum. This is an album they did with the band 'WARMTH' though I have no idea how to attribute an album to multiple artists so feel free to do that if you can. Also there's no album cover loading up for this one so I'll add then when I can be ... read more
Sep 3, 2019
70
Kano certainly seems focused on flaunting his rapping ability more than his songwriting skill on this one, and that rapping ability is present for sure. There's just a lot of annoying pop tendencies on this that drag it down a little. Skepta, Giggs and Kano have all been shown up by Slowthai and Little Simz this year in grime. The oldheads are lagging behind!

I suppose Dave evens things out though, sorry Dave.
Sep 3, 2019
67
Feels mostly interchangeable with a lot of indie folk I hear but they do have a redeeming snugness to their sound.

I just wish they would add a little flair to the vocals...
Aug 30, 2019
61
The man came so close to hitting double figures without a single weak release and on his 10th effort he goes and releases this... A+ trolling. Bob Dylan is doing that thing again here where he's singing mostly traditional songs and ones written by other artists. Now we know Dylan's at his best when he's flaunting his uniquely abstract and unmatched poetic talents. However, strange as it is, on this album the Songs written by Dylan seem to come off the weakest and it's the traditional numbers I ... read more
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