Best of 2021

Recent Ratings

Kesha - Praying
Kesha
Praying
94
Aug 24

Recent Reviews

marcodoesmusic -
66
I'm a little disappointed that we had to wait 3 years for this. I mean, the single choices were great, but the deep cuts seriously pale in comparison - and this might live forever as a "middle child" in Carly's discography.

The first 4 songs easily reach the heights of EMOTION, from vocal performance to instrumentals, and I love them to death. It's incredibly hard to even pick one favorite. But starting from track 5, the drums take a nosedive in quality. She diverges from her ... read more
marcodoesmusic -
75
This album makes me mad, because I have a lot of criticisms of it, but it sounds so good.

Its songs sound gorgeous. The instrumentals could be lifted straight out of The Low End Theory, Illmatic, or Reasonable Doubt - three of the greatest and most innovative hip-hop albums of the 1990's. Seriously - some of these songs could fit perfectly on those 90's albums, and tracks like "The Feeling" can do wonders for lifting me out of a bad mood. The quality is consistent throughout.

But ... read more
marcodoesmusic -
88
Out of Freddie's three classics (Piñata, Bandana, Alfredo) this is the one I like the most. Maybe it's because I like the rich, piano-laden beats of the Alchemist more than the fuzzier Madlib beats.
marcodoesmusic -
86
Tyler got the album of the year, for now.

I seriously haven't heard beats this rich since 4:44 by Jay-Z - especially since Hit-Boy's more of a pop-rap producer than an oldhead producer. And Nas? I've only listened to Illmatic and IWW in full - I mean, I've meandered through Nas' famous singles and guest appearances too, but I really don't know much about him - and his storytelling is so sharp throughout the entire LP. It's clear just how much J. Cole "copied Nas' cadence and mirrored his ... read more
marcodoesmusic -
77
There's a lot of Lauryn Hill influence, which is fantastic. The instrumentation is amazing - especially on Bittersweet and Weird Fishes - but the album's a little too low-key for me to enjoy it in full.

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Rating Distribution

90-99
 
22

80-89
 
27

70-79
 
33

60-69
 
10

50-59
 
5

40-49
 
3

30-39
 
5

20-29
 
2

10-19
 
2

0-9
 
3

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