Feb 15, 2019
The album cover tells the story, Ghost came out SWINGING here and gave the Czar guys a far better performance than Doom(sorry MF) did last year. Ghost brings an urgency, He's the knockout punch that was needed to bring this group to the next level. Sublime production. The album manages to combine hard hitting sludgy instrumentals with the light and fun comic book/wrestling samples that pack the album with personality and flair brilliantly. The bars and varied lyrical themes are as great as ... read more
Feb 7, 2019
Another quality release of the Atmospheric Blackgaze fashion this year and another one that's barely getting any recognition. The Vocals and instrumentation bleed with soaring emotion. Makes me wonder how many great albums of this style are actually hidden out there.
Feb 6, 2019
Anyone who enjoys icy post-rock or blackgaze instrumental stuff may want to add this to their collection. It's flying under the radar so check it out for sure!
Feb 5, 2019
Ask anyone from my hometown who their favorite music act is and at least 80% of the answers will be Oasis. This band is unexplainably huge in Britain, especially in the middle region, and I can see why. It's obviously resonates as very British sounding music, radio friendly, anthemic, fulfilling to sing along to, lyrically quotable and easily relatable or interpretable.

For me this record is nowhere near as special as it is to most. I find it to simply be a collection of good Britpop tunes ... read more
Feb 3, 2019*
Too samey? Definitely. Astronoid create some very nice soundscapes here though. The vocals are sublime and remind me a lot of the ethereal tones of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. It's a strange contrast of triumphant sadness. The vocal range is lacking a lot though unfortunately and is probably the biggest criticism I have of this. Still, I'm enjoying it.
Feb 3, 2019
Guided by Voices always come through with something worth listening to. The guitar work on this record is mostly fantastic though the record can sometimes be a little too guitar-centric for its own good. The reliance is on that guitar work to craft those catchy and melodic riffs becomes exhausting especially given the length. Still a whole host of good tracks spluttered throughout this, especially the ones with the oddball themes and lyricism, those Guided by Voices tracks have always ... read more
Jan 26, 2019
A tight indie folk rock album here. Lovely, sincere and lyrically profound. Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers vocals and styles work perfectly together. There's some songs that run into repetitive and stylistically conventional habits but even those are pleasant and well performed. Puts you into a nice, reflective place.
Jan 20, 2019
I have absolutely no idea how people are singling out the production as being a downfall here, did anyone even listen to this properly or did you just put it on in the background expecting it to 'bump hard'?. The production is fantastic and pretty original to be honest. Some lovely ever-evolving lucid and shimmering instrumentals on here which have beautiful ambient electronic tones to them. I swear some people on this site will call any production that isnt deafening and bass cranked basic. ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
More of the same. If you're familiar with Future's recent projects then you know what you're getting into here. Generally plain structures, a few bangers, some pretty good trap songs and some filler. Not feeling the decision to make this over an hour long. It seems that Future is comfortable with the type of records he's putting out so I guess I know what I'll be getting on his next projects, More of the same. Like AZIZ said, I dont know if Future refusing to try and create anything truly ... read more
Jan 14, 2019
Can't deny a few songs have some personality, humour and energy to them. There's some nice instrumentals on here too. Man if only every song had the spirit and range of Downtown. Instead the duo use their songs to have macklemore detail how much he loves food but needs to diet and ramble for near 9 minutes about surface level white privilege and cultural appropration tropes, yeah, not for me.
Jan 13, 2019
Like 2018's '?' 17 contains a horribly cringey intro, a couple bangers, and some hit and miss filler. I do find this generally enjoyable front to back though. Like I said there's some misses and of course the intro sets the album off to a disasterous start but the simple melodic drowsiness works a lot better here than it did on '?'. The shorter tracklist definitely works in his favor too. X was far from humble nor was he anywhere near the genius his fanbase claims him to be but he did leave us ... read more
Jan 13, 2019
I wouldn't say this totally sounds like a Beatles rehash like some are claiming. It's definitely more fleshed out and emotive than the majority of Beatles records but I still have the same criticisms. For every impassioned track we get there seems to be a by the numbers rock track without any significance. Doesn't run great as a whole record but thres plenty substantial tracks to take away from this.
Jan 13, 2019*
I really like the energy here, fluttery vocals and distinguished guitars all layered and mixed very well. I get a feeling of repetitiveness from the record as a whole but I think it could grow on me. Some really strong tracks on this debut that may not have recieved so much recognition had it released on a busier week.
Jan 12, 2019
Yup, I've heard this a million times before. Kind of feels like a Ski Mask rip off too with the style and length of the project. I suppose he has a good energy in his rapping but I'm tired of this shit now. Best thing is a very short runtime and the hilarious cover art.
Jan 12, 2019
Feel this has some Anna Von Hausswolff vibes at times. Nice instrumentation and vocals but for whatever reason I find this weak. Tows the thin line between meditative and boring a lot. Still pleasant just not very interesting or expressive, I wanna like it more but, agh.
Jan 12, 2019
A weird dream pop/rock crossover in which the production really fails to bring anything new to the table. The guitars are so stale and rigid and there's a real lack of personality in the vocals and lyrics. Some of the more dreamy production is a little more flavourful and is generally pleasant though still far from exciting. Unfortunately, Divine Biker Love doesn't have half the edge I think it was intended to have.
Jan 11, 2019
Nice to acquire some more barely passable background metal to add to my barely passable background metal collection.
Jan 10, 2019
Born to Die does start very well but things feel too samey after the first few tracks. I know everyone says it but I do really find Lana Del Rey's vocals appealing, apart from the weird fucking tacky ad-libs throughout the record. I can get behind the washed out summery vibe here even though the emotional factors of the music are a bit infantile. It's alright, a decent starting block if nothing else.
Jan 10, 2019
About 4 years ago Catfish and the Bottlemen were the talk of my town and I really bought into it. Loved their music around that time. Doesn't hold up as well now that ive explored music a lot deeper, they are very accessible and not hugely interesting. Still, this was one of the first bands I really clung to so there's quite an amount of nostalgia in their music for me and I still enjoy the majority of it now. Their first album is better than this one though, the first has the real hits.
Jan 9, 2019
My feelings on most Beatles records stand with this one too. It's an overrated mixed bag which doesn't really flow very well. However, it is one of their better ones and theres some really good psychedelic tracks on here. Far from that 'psychedelic masterpiece' though.
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