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81
ROLLING STONE #471

We have an interesting album here: psychedelic rock during the counterculture era of San Francisco, a primary location for fighting the system with youth/drug energy. I love the introduction's song structure, as the project rolls in with driving toms and a fun bass lick. Grace Slick's vocals add a whole lot to the listening experience, when harmonizing with Marty or at the forefront of Somebody to Love. My Best Friend sounds like something out of the Beatles discography; ... read more
kevtho -
79
ROLLING STONE #472

It makes sense how the Top Dawg queen made it onto this list, as Ctrl garnered heavy critical acclaim upon release and to this day continues to gather a strong fanbase in love with her smooth vocals and modern production in a genre that is ever-expanding. 2017 was a pretty groundbreaking year for neo-soul's (and alternative R&B) popularity: albums like Freudian, American Teen, Drunk, Flower Boy, and Ctrl utilized a melting pot of lofi attitude, soul vocals, and jazz to ... read more
kevtho -
NR
Why does this go so hard after the fifth listen
kevtho -
55
ROLLING STONE #473

Yea I don't have much to say about this album. I was surprised to see the other half of the Despacito duo on this list, but with how influential this album is for latin rap music on the charts, the placement makes sense. Especially with acts like Bad Bunny that have been passed the torch of Reggaeton. The "messiah of reggaeton" often backed by Luny Tunes production brings a whole lot of energy on all fronts of the listen, in delivery and production. Since this is a ... read more
kevtho -
88
ROLLING STONE #474

I really enjoyed this project from Big Star. Almost every song here felt like it'd be a #1 Record or a single for this album; it's unfortunate they failed to receive the numbers they'd probably hoped for. This idea of every track sounding like its own single does bring up a sequencing issue that's sometimes apparent on transitions. The progressions within the songs are top notch though.

Immediately when we first hear the rising lick on Feel, I'm just preparing myself for an ... read more

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Jan 17, 2021
There are so many versions of Rhapsody In Blue lmao it's easy to mix them up
Jan 16, 2021
Great pick! For me, I prefer the version from Bernstein more, but the Columbia version is also good. I really really love Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, so I'm extremely glad you brought it up! Anyways, thank you for participating, and here's the link for the list, feel free to check it out! https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/eliiscool5/list/33957/aotys-100-library/#show5995
Jan 16, 2021
Hey Kev! What is an album that you've given a 100 score, and why so?

Simple explanations are fine enough, but detailed reasoning is of course welcome. If you have multiple 100s, then just pick one of them as your answer. It's for a list by the way. Thanks in advance, and have a great day!
Jan 6, 2021
Thank your for participating in the list! Here is the link: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/riskr/list/34227/aotys-favorite-album-closers/
Jan 5, 2021
The final song of an album is one of the most important things to it. To make you feel satisfied, an album closer has to look at everything an album has done and say, "Hey, how am I going to make a satisfying ending to this story?" Album closers are incredibly hard to execute and many don't feel how they should. It takes a lot of talent for an artist to wrap up their own piece of work effectively and make a listener feel satisfied.

Which leads me to my question: what is your favorite album closer/finale of all time and why?
Jan 4, 2021
Hello friend, I hope you're having a great day! If you have any interest in participating in a list I'm making, here's the prompt:

Aliens have come down from a previously unknown planet, and touch down right in front of your house. You come outside, and they speak English somehow, but they ask you for one thing- to give them a human album. You have an MP3 player, but it only can hold one album of any length. You can give the aliens any album for any reason, but please explain why you chose the album you chose.

Thank you for answering (if you do), and have a great day!
Dec 22, 2020
Thanks for the response, here's the list if you wanna see it: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/list/32794/aotys-favorite-kanye-songs/
Dec 22, 2020
Hey, what's your favorite Kanye West song? It's for a list btw
Dec 21, 2020
Thanks :)

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