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liammenzies

Light =x2, Decent =x4, Solid = x6, Strong =x8

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 - fishmonger
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AOTY 2021 | #21: underscores - fishmonger

The moment I heard the end of opener 70% with its That’s So Raven vision teasing me with what’s to come without spoiling the fun, I knew fishmonger was gonna be my kind of album. Tens of listens later and that still proves to be the case as underscores have set themselves up as an act that can do whatever the fuck they want and do it really well.

With how many genres are being juggled - hyperpop, indie pop, pop-rock, pop-punk - I had ... read more

 - As Days Get Dark
78
AOTY 2021 | #22: Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark

Their first album in over a decade, it’s still pretty astounding that no act really scratches that same gushing, pussy itch like Arab Strap. As Days Get Dark is a depraved return that is no less delightful for the quality songwriting it showcases. Narrated a la Gruestome Tales For Gruesome Kids, the stories on here range from Zootopia mixed with American History X to, quite literally, yer da having a mid-life crisis.

As Days Get Dark has ... read more

 - New Long Leg
78
AOTY 2021 | #23: Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

With lyrics that sound like someone collected a series worth of Black Books scripts and put them in a blender, it’s no surprise that Dry Cleaning’s debut record is as divisive as it is.

Some may lament the spoken word nature of their output but I’m definitely in the camp of people who are here for Florence Shaw’s ad-lib esque approach to “singing” and with the punchy performances that go along with it, ... read more

 - A Beginner’s Mind
78
AOTY 2021 | #24: Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner’s Mind

There’s always an album I finally get around to at the turn of the year that makes an impact on this list, and 2021’s honour goes to A Beginner’s Mind. The concept on its own is tantalising enough, but the fact it was Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine who decided to write songs about a movie they heard the night prior makes it all the better.

Like any movie marathon, there’s a ... read more

 - Cheater
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AOTY 2021 | #25: Pom Poko - Cheater

We’re kicking things with one of my early favourites from 2021, but don’t let its low placement act as a course correction for too much hype, rather this year just kept wowing me, and the fact this album made it on here is indicative of how impressive it is.

Speaking of impressive, Pom Poko’s Cheater! This is the kind of peppy, vibrant punk music that honestly reminds me of De Blob - a glowing seal of approval if ever I’ve heard ... read more

Shoutbox

1y
absolutely amazing reviews
1y
Album covers often get a lot of attention, sometimes more than the music itself but there's one aspect to albums that is very often overlooked: the title. The title often sets the mood and energy of the album, or is memorable enough to stick with you, but seldom gets credit for doing so. Anyways, this leads into a question I have (for a list): what's your favourite album title of all time?
1y
Hey what is your favorite album opener and album closer for a list I’m making?
2y
What album should I review?

Yeezus by Kanye West
Kid A by Radiohead
Reflektor by Arcade Fire
2y
if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)
2y
My reviews were admittedly kinda shitty when I wrote this because I wasn't in the best state mentally at the time, but here's the link

https://focushiphop.com/2018/07/17/album-review-jay-rock-redemption/
2y
\/\/456p
2y
Question for my first community sourced AOTY list: What's a great album that you can't listen to anymore, and what's the reason?
3y
Die Lit a 44, YES!!!

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