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Koan -
69
Troubled Paradise is filled with bops, but the absence of personality makes it feel a little empty.

Slayyyter is an artist I was kinda worried about, she had potential from the beggining, but her style was very derivative of Britney's, she still needed an identity. Leading to this album she released Troubled Paradise and Clouds, which are awfully similar to Kim Petras' songs. Well, I didn't have to worry that much, even if she resembled other artists, she had been making bops all along, and ... read more
Koan -
83
Despite the huge slump that was her fourth LP, Marina is back at her essence with what feels like the conclusion of her career until now.

"Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" reunites characteristics of every single one of her previous efforts. Marina revisits several themes from her previous albums, but now sings about that from the other side. You could argue that "Ancient Dreams..." differs from her previous projects because as much as she's wondered, questioned and ... read more
Koan -
80
Yes, Grimes, it is a pop record.

There's enough edge for it to have personality and be distinctive despite being considered a pop record, a lot, actually. It doesn't really sound like any other pop record I've heard, ever, so props to that! It's also a really sweet and enjoyable record.

Highlights: Kill V Maim and Venus Fly
Koan -
79
Most probably a parent record for the escape room genre we hear from artists like Shygirl and Zebra Katz (in my opinion).

The prodcution of this album is the obvious highlight element of it all, it makes for a refreshing take on hip-hop music and adds trends of the time in a way we might not expect. It's done quite well usually, not always, but yeah, generally the product is great.

Highlights: Black Skinhead and New Slaves.
Koan -
85
I'm not sure why it felt like such a hard pill to swallow at first, but I'm so glad I finally did!

"What's Your Pleasure?" has to be one of the most consistent albums of its' year, it's extremely cohesive but never boring, it always keeps you dancing in a whirlwind of sensuality, drama and everything else disco music gets so right. Jessie Ware was an unexpected player in the game of disco revival, but hey, she won!

Highlights: Spotlight, Ooh La La and Remember Where You Are.

Shoutbox

Feb 22, 2021
As I am planning on making a list from AOTY users, I would like to ask this question: What is an album that you and your parents like? Please elaborate if you'd like :)
Feb 12, 2021
You're welcome and especially thank you it's kind! Saturday I'm posting a new episode on Jacques Dutronc (:
Feb 8, 2021
Hey Koan, with pleasure! First of all, I can advise you all 2 albums:

- Françoise Hardy - Tous les garçons et les filles
- Alain Bashung - Fantaisie militaire

The first one is easier to understand, the second one gives off a very technical poetry (it's a higher level)

Moreover I launched a mini series on the French-speaking albums (in my lists: Baguette Et Béret), each week there is a new episode.
Don't hesitate either if I need to recommend more specific genres/styles for you
Dec 20, 2020
I’m working on a community list and I was wondering, What particular song(s) causes you the most pain? No need to explain. Thanks.

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Looking for new music got me here. I somehow ended up making reviews, but don't take me too seriously.

If you're wondering what my scores are based on, I give a rating to each song and make a median, I give another score to the album as a whole and then make a median of both.

Finally, feel free to recommend music you love or think I might love! (especially if it's in french since I'm trying to learn the language).

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70-79
 
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60-69
 
32

50-59
 
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40-49
 
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30-39
 

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10-19
 

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