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Best of 2024

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IDLES - TANGK
IDLES
TANGK
79
Feb 20
Blu - Royal Blu
Blu & Roy Royal
Royal Blu
83
Feb 16
Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign
VULTURES 1
50
Feb 12

Pinned Review

Portishead - Dummy
99
For my 500th review, I thought I'd review another classic album from the 90s and one that played a really important role in introducing me to new genres and forging my taste in music.

Although Massive Attack's excellent 1990 debut album 'Blue Lines' is retrospectively regarded as the first trip-hop album, it was Bristol band Portishead's debut 'Dummy' in 1994 (alongside Tricky's 'Maxinquaye' in 1995) that really kickstarted the genre and popularised the term 'trip-hop'. Portishead's influence ... read more

Recent Reviews

IDLES - TANGK
79
Nowhere near as explosive as the cover art would have you believe. Sonically, this feels like a continuation of the slower art rock direction taken on 'Crawler' but the core songs themselves aren't as strong imo. I wasn't blown away by the singles when they dropped but 'Dancer' and especially 'Gift Horse' have grown on me considerably.

Favourite Tracks: IDEA 01, Gift Horse*, Roy, A Gospel, Dancer, Jungle

Quadeca - SCRAPYARD
84
Another great collection of songs from Quadeca: a mixtape to bridge the gap between his last album and his next. Without the pressures of making a cohesive tracklist, Quadeca is able to dip his foot into several different genres and styles. Naturally, there's plenty of folktronica and experimental hip-hop here but also glitch-pop ('A La Carte'), 'Punisher'-style indie folk ('Guide Dog'), chamber pop à la BC,NR ('Texas Blue') and even some bossa nova influence ('Easier').

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Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter - SAVED! The Index
75
This compilation of extras from the 'Saved!' sessions contains some excellent material that definitely should've made the cut for the original album imo. 'Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet' perfectly showcases Hayter's trademark unsettling mix of darkness and beauty. 'Give Me Jesus' features one of the best vocal performances I've heard from her. 'Satan Your Kingdom Must Fall Down' shares the instrumental from 'The Poor Wayfaring Stranger' and arguably makes more of it.

Favourite Tracks: Jesus' ... read more

Blu - Royal Blu
83
This is the closest Blu has come to the quality of 2020's 'Miles' and 2021's 'The Color Blu(e)' since they dropped. This is mainly due to the flawless, classic-sounding, soul-sampling production from Roy Royal (the record scratches are also a nice touch). Roy Royal doesn't have much music out at this point but definitely has a bright future ahead if this EP is anything to go by.

Favourite Tracks: L.A. Blue, The Royal, The Same OG, The Priceless*, The Living God, The Legendary, Before I Go

Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You: Everasking Edition
82
Just rating the seven additional tracks, two of which are new versions of tracks from the original album and two of which are covers. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Weyes Blood sounds absolutely heavenly alongside Polachek on the new and improved 'Butterfly Net'. Overall, these tracks aren't really noticable downgrades from the songs that made the album. I find it hard to believe anyone with working ears would choose to cut the likes of 'Dang' and 'Coma' from their album.

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Shoutbox

1w
Hey Louis, hope you're doing well. For a community list could you name 5 of your least favorite artists of all time and rank them in order? Thanks in advance!
4w
Hey Louis, I am once again an AOTY user asking for your time.

Self-promos aren’t something I usually feel comfortable doing, since if you’re not interested in what I’m promoting then I don’t really wanna make you watch something you don’t care about. And if that’s the case, feel free to just ignore me, I probably won’t ever do shoutbox promos again anyway lol. But I recently dropped Part 1 of my top 20 songs of 2023 and spent a TON of time on editing and stuff so I’m gonna self-indulge a little bit here. If you’ve got the time or it sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love to know what you think of it! Thank you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1obQi7Fx4
1mo
YOOOO Thanks for 100 followers!! It means a ton to me and I am grateful for all of your support! In celebration of this milestone, I plan to create a community list with you all featuring. The prompt is goofiest lyrics. Funny bits in song can lighten the mood and bring a smile to your face, making a track even better. There are also times listening to a song where an out of place line can sound ironically hysterical. Or maybe the song you choose is funny start to end with a particularly funny bit. In any case, I’d love to see your feedback! You can respond to me here or on my instagram @kondomonium which is linked in my bio!
2mo
Hey Louis! If you're interested, I've just published my Top 50 Albums of 2023, and any thoughts or support would be greatly appreciated. See you in the new year!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/cfnugent/list/151850/top-50-albums-of-2023/
2mo
Hiyo!! Hope you are doing well!!

I thought I'd share my end of the year, '2023 Ranked' list with you. Feel free to check it out if it seems interesting and let me know what you agree or disagree with.

2023 Ranked List: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/nooffensebut/list/166948/2023-ranked/

Stay safe, and I wish you a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Years! :)
2mo
Hello!!! Dear AOTY user and fellow music lover, if you are reading this message, it's because I consider you special and appreciate you being part of this incredible music-loving community. I'm here just to wish you happy holidays and celebrate this year of 2023.

Here are my three classic end-of-year lists that I always make, and I would really appreciate it if you could take a look. From the heart, marvgary <3

TOP 2K23 ALBUMS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/166600/top-2k23-albums/
THE 15 BEST 2K23 SONGS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/164237/the-15-best-2k23-songs/
TOP 2K23 EPS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/164280/top-2k23-eps/
2mo
Yoo Louis! Just released a new track today, feel free to check it out if you'd want to, It'd mean a lot!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/remisreviews/album/791750-unwell/
5mo
thank you! and don't worry, you're not late at all, it's taking forever haha. thanks for the reply! i will get back to you once the list is complete :]
5mo
hey louis! to celebrate 555 followers i'm making my first community list and my question, if you'd like to participate, is this: what is your favorite project to study/work to?

About

20-year-old Bri'ish student and music enjoyer (he/him).

I try to keep my ratings positive because I don't like bringing user scores down and don't see the point in keeping track of albums I dislike. I occasionally review older albums at milestones.

100 All-Time Favourite
90+ AOTY Contender/Masterpiece
80+ Great/Fantastic
70+ Good/Very Good
60+ Decent
50+ Meh

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/m2pumjgfle72qzmvlkrxi5ejj?si=77d322343a254048

Letterboxd:
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70-79
 
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