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MasterCrackfox -
Landing a major label contract after the widespread success of their second album Deja Entendu, there was a lot of eyes on Brand New and what they would do next. After helping evolve the emo genre years prior, it was hard to imagine a world where the underground hardcore scene could start to fit into the mainstream through its dimmer and weepier sibling. Brand New were at the forefront of that, yet an act more widely praised, and so The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me was released perhaps at ... read more

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MasterCrackfox -
Whether you like the material or not, or if the execution of the ideas are effective, you have to commend GoldLink for at least trying to make something different from the norm we hear in hip hop today. HARAM! is certainly muddled at various points, opting for an eclectic range of sounds that don't seem to find accordance with one another and likely would have benefitted from one concrete idea, but at least some of the disparate concepts come out with some suggestion of potential when digging ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
The material that rapper Backxwash releases never feels deliberately seeking praise, instead focused on intense self-expression and subverting the institutions that would prevent such forms of expression. This by no means is to say that her work is not of strong quality, but rather that the darkness that surrounds Mutinta is never shied from and instead is wrapped around every grinding industrial tone and abrasive bar, likely diverting those of weak heart from engaging. Don't worry, I don't ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
When considering the two full length projects Sigur Rós released during the 2010's, there is no doubt that Kveikur is the yin to Valtari's yang - two highly contrasting albums that inevitably compliment one another, even if drastically lopsided toward the follow-up release. Having just released a relatively middling album only a year earlier of bright and warm tones that never seem to gain necessary momentum, Sigur Rós make yet another major transition into their heaviest ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
The instrumental choices that Sigur Rós have made throughout their time as a group have always felt otherworldly and elegant, whether they be performed as weeping and slow songs that reach for ten minutes of material or upbeat and arguably pop tracks that can wrap up in as little as three. They have always sat in irregular places musically, which is why they have most often sat in the conversation of post-rock musically. Their sixth album is the closest to shedding the rock portion of ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
If Sigur Rós' previous work Takk... could be perceived as accessible, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust is effectively as immediate as it gets for a post-rock outfit. The groups fourth album certainly dabbled in more warmth, playfulness, and wonder; their fifth is, like the album cover suggests, absolutely basking in the beauty of the sun.

The most immediate change to be seen on Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust is an even bigger decrease in ... read more


Jun 22, 2021
Hey, I hope you're doing well.

I'm making a list and I'd love to know which album has had the greatest influence on your current taste in music? If you want, I'd also appreciate it if you could say exactly how it's made you grow/learn more as a listener (don't worry, you don't have to do this part).

Thank you for reading and answering, if you do.
Jun 13, 2021
Hello AOTY! im putting together a list of albums and i want your help

The question is
What is the best album to listen to on a roadtrip?
This isnt genre specific just have fun
May 20, 2021
just added your pick, thank you so very much for your submission!! :)
May 17, 2021
Hey ! I’m making a community list for the end of the world, and I would love for you to contribute.


“The surrounding buildings, in ruins. The last survivors, scrambling to find anything that remains. Fire flickers in the pitch-black, creating just a sliver of radiance. Miraculously, you find an old device that can play music. You can only play one album as the battery is nearly dead. Knowing that you have little time left, what is the one album that you choose to listen to as you watch the world crumble before your eyes?”

The album topic could discuss a disastrous time, its sound could fit the vibe of a post apocalyptic setting, or it could be one of your favorite albums that you would want to experience for the last time.

Please provide the artist, album, and an explanation as to why you chose that specific album.

Thank you for reading <3

Here’s the list:
May 14, 2021
how much does your name really reflect what you are
May 14, 2021
May 14, 2021
Ah ok. thanks for the list bro. adding it to the list.
May 14, 2021
Wait question tho: what is RAtm? i'm sorry
May 14, 2021
Nah it's all good bro. Yooo nice takes man. adding them to the list.
May 13, 2021
Hey!!!! So today I had an idea to make a very fun list on this amazing website that I'm addicted to. So... my goal is to make a huge RAINBOW🌈list, so you get to choose an album that you like that has an specific color, it can be literally any album but the majority of the cover has to be of the chosen color. So I'm gonna start by choosing one of my fav albums which has the color: RED 🔴

Send me a color and an album that you like, If you want to write something you like album this album feel free to do it!
Or you can just send the name and the color.

check the live update here all the time:



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Good Band Bad Band: Tears for Britney Spears

Think of my ratings less like a bell curve and more like an academic grading scale. A sixty is barely scraping by and anything less is a failure. I don't intentionally seek out albums I'm going to think are bound to fail often.

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