LZGray

LZ: Exploring The Mars Volta
(LZGray)

Orlando, FL

Best of 2021

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LZGray -
90
After listening to this album several times, I've finally figured out how I feel about it... which is to say I have no idea how to feel about it. The deconstructed beats are incredibly unique, as they combine the abstract and low-key malaise of post-punk and other dusty hip-hop instrumentals akin to Earl Sweatshirt, Navy Blue, Billy Woods, and The Alchemist, with a glitchy and disconcerted jaggedness of experimental hip hop like Death Grips, clipping., and Danny Brown, all while holding some of ... read more

Recent Reviews

LZGray -
60
Starts real strong, ends real strong. Shame a bulk of the middle is painful and derivative, because this could've been something special.
LZGray -
70
Okay, so this is the only other Sleigh Bells record I've heard since Treats, and I have to say, it's a massive improvement in my opinion. While the production feels less inventive, it's a lot more refined and balanced with the vocals, which have improved significantly since that point, and we're getting actual songs! Sure, sometimes they feel familiar and melodically uninspired, but most of the time we're getting really catchy bops that make a much stronger impact than 11 years ago. Nice to see ... read more
LZGray -
80
There's a lack of variation across the record, but that's not necessarily a problem when EVERY GODDAMN SONG IS FANTASTIC. ALL OF THEM ARE SO GREAT ON THEIR OWN. However when we put them all together in a cohesive album format, they bleed into each other, and the ton becomes muddy and monotonous. However, each of these songs are going into a playlist of mine holy shit I'm fucking impressed
LZGray -
70
Every song here has great lyrics and a great melody and great production techniques. Unfortunately the production on the whole kind of stops me from enjoying this as much as I would like to, as it's really messy and unfocused in an unflattering way. That first track is a BEAST tho.
LZGray -
50
There are some really fun and quirky moments. Unfortunately, the project beats these moments into the ground so that by the end, they no longer sound novel or feel like they have a personality. If there was more variety and tone throughout, this project would have everything going for it, but as it stands it's just a quaint and unadventurous bedroom pop outing.

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Basically I want to catch up on everything I missed. Feel free to send me recommendations of work that I’m “currently exploring” in the shout box!

Rating Distribution

90-99
 
70

80-89
 
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70-79
 
251

60-69
 
210

50-59
 
108

40-49
 
44

30-39
 
17

20-29
 
8

10-19
 
9

0-9
 
1

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