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Low - Hey What
Hey What
Sep 13

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MasterCrackfox -
As I was taking a break from writing I by no means stopped listening to music, and I tried to keep my eye on what was going on in music from a critical eye and a consumer reception standpoint. There was no album I anticipated more than Little Simz's upcoming project, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, as her previous work was easily one of the best from that year and one of the finest hip hop projects of the entire decade. As I watched positive feedback roll in like an avalanche for Sometimes I ... read more

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MasterCrackfox -
Like The Sniffers, sometimes you just have to keep things simple.

This thing kicks some serious ass.

Lead vocalist Amy Taylor has had a pretty notable year leading up to the groups sophomore album, being featured on England's veteran post-punkers Sleaford Mods most recent album as well as singing with Sebastian Murphy of Viagra Boys for their duet cover of John Prine. Those two features definitely got the groups name out there, and I can say that because the effect worked on me as intended. ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
The word that comes to mind when I'm listening to Sleigh Bells is deceptive. I've never had the pleasure of getting deeper into their work, though I've heard Treats many moons ago, and Texis definitely gives me some motivation to go back on that debut.

So why deceptive? Sleigh Bells ride that noise pop line very tightly, although the pop end is most definitely what they structure their songs around. Texis is exceptionally catchy, effectively hooky, and deliciously bubbly, but just as you ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
Infinite Granite is one of those albums where the biggest knock against it comes down to expectations. We have about a decades worth of context for what Deafheaven generally sound like - easiest to wrap up in the term blackgaze, even though that is a term so obscure to the average listener they would get nothing from it. Breaking down the key components would make it much easier to not box in the group so swiftly, and may actually make a better case for why this isn't some weird shift that ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
Given that Low have remained relatively quiet since their 2018 release Double Negative they had admittedly slipped my mind prior to the release of Hey What. I can't say I was heavily anticipating a new release from the group, even though what I had heard from them fascinated me, but it's common to take for granted a group that have been silently churning out music since the mid-90's.

But then I started their 13th album, the opener White Horses shifting in and out of digital space, and in less ... read more
MasterCrackfox -
If you can get 70% of people to listen to this then we can reach herd immunity

Alternatively, instead of listening to this you can take horse dewormer

I’m gonna try and write real reviews today I promise


Sep 2, 2021
Hey Mate,
I am currently making a list compacted with AOTY user' top 10 worst albums and would love for you to contribute to that. The information if you decide to share will be used to create "The Average AOTY Users worst album" consisting of 50 albums. If you feel comfortable contributing please mention your top 10 worst albums in order from 1 being the worst and 10 being the 10th worst. It would also be highly appreciated if you are ok to give a few words why as well :)

Thank You So Much Have A Good Day!
Aug 29, 2021
yep all time
Aug 23, 2021
I'm bored and so decided to make another community list; this time,

what is a record you believe has defined its genre albeit through exemplifying its sound, shaping said genre, or has established said genre in popularity and/or existence, and why?
Aug 22, 2021
Hey, I hope you're doing well.

I'm making a list where, judging by AOTY user's individual top ten albums, I'm compiling a ranked community top 100. I'd love it if you could contribute by just replying with your top ten ranked from 1-10; I'm totally fine with being redirected to a ranked favourites list of sorts, if that's what you'd prefer.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and replying, if you do.
Jul 8, 2021
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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:



On the slow train to a return.

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