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Well this listening experience turned out quite different from the other Boldy James album I listened to this year. On this album, Boldy is the epitome of the concept that from adversity and pain can blossom art. I gotta say, this is some fucking art. Most of these verses were recorded over a decade ago while Boldy would spend his days either in the studio or on the streets dealing. It's interesting to read how producer, or moreso composer, Sterling Toles picked up musicians to orchestrate this ... read more

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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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I, as with most I presume, was surprised at Pixar's choice to compose this movie about a middle school jazz teacher. As soon as I heard that the Reznor/Ross duo was arranging the soundtrack, I realized this film would lean towards the ambient nature of the Great Beyond/Before over the jazzy New York scene. Though I was hoping for a resurgence of Pixar jazz, I kept hopes up as the duo is nothing to scoff at, especially with their beautiful work on Social Network and mid90s. I'll split the ... read more
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ROLLING STONE #475

It is unquestionable the commercial success Sheryl Crow attained from this record, and it's not hard to here why, but that's not always a great aspect. On her second album, Crow manages a lot of the music herself while recording with a heap of talented musicians. This allows her personality to glow quite often, carried by the varying vocal performances she offers depending on the mood of the songs.

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ROLLING STONE #476

Well after a couple weeks break we're back with one of the weirder album covers I've seen. And the music itself definitely matches the energy you'd expect. Russel Mael and his brother, Ron, write and perform some unique progressions and catchy hooks all over this album. Russell sounds like a zanier version of Freddie Mercury with (obviously not as powerful a delivery) a consistent falsetto that really caught me off guard on first listen. We crescendo into the first song with ... read more
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My 2020 lists been out! Check em out!

I just wanted to s/o this incredible body of work by Carlos. I've been following his stuff for a few years now, and it was great news hearing he would cover the whole of my favorite video game soundtrack of all time with his jazz arrangements. It wouldn't be fair to include this in my 2020 rankings, but this 3 hour adventure really served nostalgia quite perfectly.
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 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!
Jan 3, 2021
Hi, hope you’ve been doing well! I had a question for you, what’s your least favorite album from your favorite artist? Thanks in advance!
Dec 22, 2020
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RS500 list:
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/kevtho/list/27071/rolling-stone-500-greatest-albums-of-all-time/

2020 LPs + Songs of the year lists out!!
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90-99
 
61

80-89
 
124

70-79
 
152

60-69
 
51

50-59
 
37

40-49
 
8

30-39
 
6

20-29
 
9

10-19
 
1

0-9
 

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