Feb 20, 2019
74
Compared to Bowie's other work, for whatever reason this one just kind of faded into the background for me. I can see why someone might really enjoy this, for sure, but it just didn't hit me in the same way that some of his other full length LPs did. I'm getting the sense that cocaine had something to do with this album though???

Favorite track: Golden Years
Feb 20, 2019
81
A beautiful example of what Bowie was capable of during the 70s in which his sound continued to blend new elements, such as the elegant piano-laced tracks, the grinding guitar riffs, and the bluesy vibes. His sound continues to refine itself, keeping the listener learning more about the artists influences and musical interests. Not all the tracks stand out across this record upon first listen, but many absolutely do. So far, this trip down Bowie lane has been a wild and engaging one.

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Feb 18, 2019
35
After listening to Hunky Dory I decided to go back and listen to this just to see how much progression Bowie experienced in four years.

Yeah, you know. Not every debut album can be a banger.

Favorite track: Come And Buy My Toys
Feb 18, 2019
84
Starting my journey down Bowie here was the right call, as this was a massive transition into the sound that would dominate the rest of the artists career. Bowie's eclectic songwriting style is really starting to take form across this record, and both the rock elements as well as the poppier side of things mesh together into a sound that really did not exist in the same way in the early 70s until Bowie brought it along. The textures across this record are vibrant, the power behind the vocal ... read more
Feb 17, 2019
71
A fun, quick and painless debut record that employs some fun pop-esque elements along with some indie-rock influence. The indie-pop female-led world is full of wonderfully talented musicians and therefore it is hard to make a lot of new waves within that genre, but Sir Babygirl appears to have a good grasp on crafting unique song structures and easily digestible lyrical content, and so it would not surprise me if this debut slowly starts gaining more traction over the rest of the year. ... read more
Feb 16, 2019
79
A double album allows Led Zeppelin to both flesh out their sound further, along with more room for experimentation. This is primarily a positive, as the groups sound is at such a refined state by this album that it is difficult for the group to not piece together a solid track consistently. The trouble with double albums, often, is that it is hard to take so many pieces and make them feel like a cohesive unit rather than separate pieces strung together. Overall, I think that Zeppelin do a ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
76
Mesmerizing in its fractured state, Ephyra is a blast of sonic soundscapes and delirious vocalization. The production tapers somewhere between ethereal and brooding; you're often left in a state of dreaminess to then be thrown completely from your comfortable state. Tracks like Mirrorball break this convention and are more synth-pop than they are experimental, allowing the album to have some diversity across the short span. Speaking of the span of this album, for what they incorporated into it ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
74
Czarface have a throwback vibe to them that often feels like it should land more than it actually does. Their collaboration with MF Doom should have been groundbreaking, but it ended up falling in the average range of things. So what happens when you bring in the talents of Ghostface Killah?

Something far more successful sounding, that's what. Ghostface proved on his collab with Badbadnotgood that he could hold his incredible flow across a more experimental record, and on this record his ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
29
The early portion of this record follows about the same pattern throughout; although the vocals are delivered in a sound manner, the lyrical content is passable at best and the songs sound like retreads of the previous track. Then Dumb Blonde hits and the entire flow of the record is now completely forgotten; It sounds like bad pop music you would expect, but it doesn't fit within the structure of the record in any way and throws the listener off from what has been built up to this point. ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
74
This album remains engaging throughout, with similar but well-constructed songs with smart builds and structures. The vocals are fun and performed well, and the range of Webb is often incredible. The groovy synth-inspired instrumentation is also a highlight, meshing well with the tonal qualities of the overall album. I think this is a hit, with pop sensibilities but enough creative juice to really keep it consistent. Easily an album I will be wanting to return to at least once or twice more ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
61
Like a balloon, this album is pretty and fun to have around for the most part early on. The woozy production and airy vocals are pretty enjoyable even if not entirely mind-bogglingly different. After awhile, like a balloon, it starts to lose its air. It floats around still trying to maintain its shape for a period of time and then it deflates. By the end of this album, it feels like an empty balloon skin lying on the floor. You don't really know what to do with it. You don't want to throw it in ... read more
Feb 15, 2019
74
Ellis has a vocal delivery that reminds me of, if you recognize the name, Nate Ruess of The Format and fun. fame. He delivers his potent lyrics with a sense of whimsy, even when those same lyrics are down-to-earth and hit home on tracks like Father. The music plays like that of a Billy Joel piano bar type with a modern spin, which is less of a complaint than it may sound given that I hate piano bars. The end product here is a smart and easy to engage with record that doesn't ask much of the ... read more
Feb 10, 2019
74
I see this album as one similar to Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs, incorporating elements of previous eras of rock music and combining them with a more modern feel. In comparison to TWOD, this album is infinitely less complex and more toned down as compared to the relative intricacies exhibited on that groups work. This is either a positive or a negative depending on who you are; it could mean this is a more straightforward record that isn't bogged down with complexities, or it could mean it is ... read more
Feb 10, 2019
73
The tracks on this album have a bit more of a sense of urgency about them as compared to other albums, and that brings this record up slightly more than some of the other Mountain Goats releases. Overall, after getting through the full discography, I just don't think the group change up their sound consistently enough to be frequently viewed as one of the most successful groups. I think their content changes, like the biblical album and wrestling album, are the ones that truly stand out from ... read more
Feb 10, 2019
71
I almost skipped over this album over my week's journey through The Mountain Goat's discography, and now having listened to it I would argue that this isn't one worth glossing over but is also not the group's most distinct work. It fits well between the albums before and after it, incorporating essentially the same sound that the group is well known for. The songwriting and lyricism, as often is the case, is the highlight but the instrumentation on many tracks really brings the tracks together. ... read more
Feb 8, 2019
77
Charly Bliss released one of my favorite albums of that year with Guppy, and I am beyond hyped for a follow-up from the group. The video is creative and fun (as their videos often are) and the song is catchy as all hell. Get hype with me for new Charly Bliss. Please oh please get hype with me.
Feb 8, 2019*
26
EDIT: I really did want to enjoy this album, so I gave it some time and then an additional listen. After a second listen, I would detract my statement of this album being "unlistenable." There are some moments in which the production is interesting enough to engage the right listener, and I can see why some people would find this to be an enthralling and genius piece of work. However, I still feel as though a great deal of this album feels forced and scattered. Although I didn't feel ... read more
Feb 8, 2019
54
Come into this record with expectations and you'll be disappointed. Come into this record with an open mind and the willingness to enjoy it is, and you'll still likely be let down. Panda Bear releases a record with ultimately clunky and awkward production, and the overall end result feels lazy. The opening track immediately sets the listener into an awkward position of wanting to enjoy the vocals and instrumentation but being misguided by the backing sounds to the point that you're jarred out ... read more
Feb 8, 2019
80
Seamless, soothing, and brief, Pratt packs a deadly punch in less than half an hour. The distinctive vocalization and streamlined instrumentation make for a simplistic yet supreme record. The short length is by no means a shortcoming of this record, as the tracks feel essential throughout and the lack of filler makes this record flow far more than if it had a longer run time. There isn't a dull moment to this record, and it is a record that can be repeated numerous times without losing its ... read more
Feb 8, 2019
70
Although I view this album as slightly below but nearly on par with Grande's release last year, there are quite a few things to commend the artist for on this record. The sonic beats and her masterful voice really pop on this record, similar to Sweetener, but the content is not quite as eye-catching as one had would have expected after her tumultuous year prior. Perhaps this record is not about reflecting on this but moving forward with her career. Nevertheless, Grande continues to be perhaps ... read more
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