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matteo -
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Pallbearer have one of the best discographies of any 2010s metal act, but Forgotten Days lands in an unhappy middle ground between the band's original doom metal style and it's melodic rock flirtations. Except for the title track and "Rite of Passage," this isn't catchy enough to work as radio rock. But neither is it intense enough to work as metal. The gut punch dynamics of "Heartless," the despondent atmosphere of "Sorrow & Extinction," and the masterful ... read more
matteo -
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Deftones finally getting the respect they’ve always deserved is the only thing I don’t hate about 2020. Chino, Steve, and Abe reunited with Terry Date (producer of White Pony & Around the Fur) and sure enough the boys are breaking hearts and necks like it’s 1999. Fans will debate where this lands in the bands legendary discography (easily Top 3 IMO), but wherever you rank it, this is 2020’s best rock album and a perfect place for new listeners to jump into the pit.
matteo -
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I'm finding it impossible to write about music these days, or even enjoy listening to it much, so let me just say this: Mike and El have met our moment with their best album yet. Tracks like "walking in the snow," "JU$T," and "pulling the pin" might sound like they were written last week, but that's only because the waking nightmare that is our present reality did not begin when George Floyd was murdered. He was only the latest casualty of a deepening crisis, one ... read more
matteo -
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Welcome to Chromatica, where the house is deep but the tunes are shallow (read: sha-ha, sha-hallow). Gaga’s latest batch of bangers is hooky and danceable enough that we might as well call it a return to form, and consistent enough that you might forgive its failure to add anything truly essential to Gaga’s songbook. Would I want the DJ to play some of these if clubs were still a thing? Absolutely. From the opening salvo of “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” to ... read more
matteo -
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This isn’t the best 1975 record, but it is the *most* 1975 record.

Haters will say it’s a self-indulgent mess and they will be right. Stans will say it’s another genre-busting masterpiece from the best pop rock band of this generation and they will also be right. If A Brief Inquiry was a Big Statement Record, Notes is a collage of Small and Medium ones, an approach that plays to a lot of the 1975’s strengths but also exposes many of their weaknesses. That said, I ... read more
Apr 17, 2020
Hi there! I accidentally deleted my Fetch the Bolt Cutters review (instead of 'editing' it) and I'm quite pleased with it, would you mind giving it another look? I don't expect a like, just a read my friend!
Mar 27, 2020
There are very few times where I disagree with you, but your two reviews today are just so spot on and so succinct. I really love reading your commentary!
Sep 29, 2019
Question for my first community sourced AOTY list: What's a great album that you can't listen to anymore, and what's the reason?
Sep 30, 2018
Felice di aver trovato "a fellow italian" su questo sito!
Jun 4, 2018
You look familiar from my comments lol
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