I think 2010 was a good year to show how extravagant albums can get (think of Kanye!). On this project, James Murphy seemingly innovates while looking back on his own career, while honoring his influences and wearing them on his sleeves. This is an amazingly groovy album that can still feel subdued and even sad. Lyrically, musically, and conceptually perfect. An absolute classic.
Favorite track(s): all of them, absolute highlights being Dance, All I Want, and Home.
An organic, simple pop song that doesn't try to be anything it isn't and succeeds at being exactly that. I'm glad it's a good step away from Lorde's previous singles. I like the lowkey vibes, Lorde's intonation and singing, and the "Hey Jude"-esque conclusion to this track. I find the single a bit too short and wish it built up to its climax a bit more. Some additional instrumentation throughout its pretty spare runtime would have sealed the deal for me completely.
Bit weird to review this after Cavalcade dropped but I wanted to share my thoughts on it anyway - this is the most controlled and hyper-focused chaos I've heard from Black Midi, which says a lot. Geordie's lyrics have improved a lot, and the vocal effects used in this song are used extremely tastefully. I love how John falls apart and comes back with a vengeance near its end.
While musically great and lyrically better, Blouse's vocals don't blow me away. I'm a fan of the chorus and Lorde's background vocals on it, but the harmonies in the verses make the song way less intimate in my opinion. It's a special first single, and I'm very curious to hear what this album sounds like.
I would never insinuate that Arlo Parks is a bad lyricist - she's good, on specific moments great. I only found this album utterly unremarkable. The instrumentals, (hummed) melodies, harmonies, textures... Almost all so monotonous and predictable. This feels like the latest embodiment of coffee-house music to me.
Favorite track(s): Eugene, Caroline (while not great, it's an earworm, which is a lot for this one).
Least favorite track(s): None, since they're all the damn same.