Jan 17, 2019
80
Raw, original, elegant, concise, cool, fun, intense rock.
Jan 17, 2019
40
Smooth and soft melodies, pretty and tender vocals, crystal clear lyrics: The Imperial is a well-crafted album, but the despondent and resigned vibe doesn't sit well with me. There are feeble thoughts of hope scattered around, yet the ultimate tone is that of feeling sorry for oneself—just like Charley on the first song. I can fully appreciate melancholy, except when it's moribund and callow.
Jan 16, 2019
70
"Imitation preceded creation", Stephen King wrote about his own beginning; it feels like Josh A is partly in that stage, there's a lot about his tracks that sound familiar cause they don't depart much from certain streams. The lyrics transit through light braggadocio and whimpering about anxiety, depression and loneliness, with the more sagacious bits being nonconformity remarks: "I look around and everybody look like droids", "Cause to them a 9 to 5's the only job ... read more
Jan 6, 2019
50
There are interesting instruments behind Frances Quinlan's singing, but her voice is the core and guide of the album's music: problem is, it feels to me she's just making sounds in the shape of words, it's rather agreeable to the ear, but far too vague and abstract for carrying anything other than melody. The sparse verses that do make some sense seem like portrayals of meekness in the face of men or dogs, I'd prefer if she just hummed along the band.
Jan 6, 2019
90
Brimming with confidence and vigor, Screaming for Vengeance is a relentless sequence of loudness and fun concocted through a flurry of riffs, shouts and straightforward lyrics that start-off with a clever allusion to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on mass surveillance.
Dec 30, 2018
80
The album sounds both futuristic and vintage, conjuring scenarios as diverse as its eclecticism: a dimly lit bar with a sophisticated vibe, nightclubs with slow-moving laser lights, driving through a tunnel illuminated by light-emitting diodes attached to the sidewalls, even playing casual volleyball on a beach with piña coladas in the late afternoon, but it's just as easy to simply lay down and enjoy the trancelike properties of the music.
Dec 27, 2018
30
Under the nearly incomprehensible noise of a strenuously vomitted voice, it goes "Yes, we have hatred: A searing hatred for prevailing design, A searing hatred for limiting beliefs, A callous disregard for the ignorant." Interesting words, but is the deciphering of the screeching supposed to be fun? I can dig some dark and abrasive sounds, but whenever I'd start to enjoy the instruments, there came the rambling, incoherent, one-dimensionally dejected vocal grinding.
Dec 27, 2018
60
I feel like I am listening to the sound of a 18th century dinner party where guests wear fancy white wigs and entertain themselves with extravagant dishes and chitchat, giggling over the music: whose favorite aspect for most present, by the way, is the association with nobility. Sometimes the piano becomes interesting to the point of providing a pleasant escape from that environment, but it's soon back to the croissant and giggles. Still, I'd compliment the pianist if I pass him by.
Dec 21, 2018
80
She sings of relationships, politics, identity, creativity, death and other human plights with a beautifully warm and mellow voice through a rich, vivid orchestration of instruments and a consistently somber, but hopeful vibe.
Dec 16, 2018
70
Charming blend of fun and melancholy.
Dec 10, 2018
60
Repetitive dancy fun with quirky braggadocious lyrics, not my kind of silly.
Dec 10, 2018
90
Eerie and beautiful. It feels like the soundtrack to something amazing.
Dec 10, 2018
90
Pulsating trip through sounds to dance and contemplate brimming with delicate details.
Dec 9, 2018
90
Mashup bliss.
Dec 9, 2018*
80
Ludicrous masterpiece.
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