Jan 25, 2019
0
When people say this album is "fun," it makes me wonder if they have ever actually experienced fun.
Jan 18, 2019
83
It's been four and a half years since Sharon Van Etten released "Are We There," and in that time it has revealed itself to me as a true classic. The first six songs on it and the closer are simply some of the mostly flawlessly written and immaculately sung ballads of this decade. Initially, I am impressed and delighted by her new album, I just can't help but wonder if I will still want to listen to these songs in 2024. Maybe I will: the stand out track, "Seventeen," feels ... read more
Jan 17, 2019*
81
His best since S/T. There's no one song that screams "instant classic" like "Retrograde" or "Limit to Your Love" but every song is solid, the guests are all on point, and (most pleasant surprise) this James Blake album is *actually fun to listen to*. While Andre 3000 and ROSALIA steal the show on their respective features (to the point where you might forget this is a James Blake album), JB also has some beautiful showcases for himself on "Into the Red" ... read more
Nov 30, 2018
86
My score will probably go up. I hate to admit it but this album is fantastic. Matt and Earl done fucked up my EOY list
Nov 30, 2018
82
With beautiful old-school production rooted in jazz and soul, this album sounds out of joint with the 2018 rap scene in all of the best ways. I wish some of the songs had more time to sink in, but mostly I just need to spend some time with the lyrics - if they're up to Earl's usual standard I'll probably be adding a few points to the score.
Nov 29, 2018
85
Posthumanist pop metal sign me the fuck up
Nov 18, 2018
85
I'm late to the fiesta, but this blew me away on my first listen. I had seen the videos for "Malamente" and "Pienso En Tu Mira" and then this speech where she shouted out Lauryn Hill, Bjork, and Kate Bush? Now I had to check out the whole album. It's a stunning collection. There are Rihanna-level bangers. Then there are songs like "Reniego" that take you to a whole other dimension - think Imogen Heap or 22, A Million. The vocals are immaculately layered and most of ... read more
Nov 16, 2018*
72
Let's face it: Mariah Carey isn't the commercial powerhouse she once was. In her 90s heyday she regularly tallied gargantuan multi-platinum sales and notched #1 hit after #1 hit, while her last album, the hilariously titled "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse" hasn't gone Gold and couldn't place a single in the Top 10 (though the sublime, Miguel-assisted "#Beautiful" came close). And let me just say, I'm not normally the type to care about sales and certs and chart ... read more
Nov 1, 2018
80
Competing with Snail Mail, SOPHIE, and serpentwithfeet for the year's best debut album. Expertly sung and written from start to finish.
Oct 29, 2018
85
EPOTY
Oct 26, 2018
70
I love Radiohead, but I've never really gotten into Thom's solo albums. This might be the one I go back to. Leaning into the spookier end of the Radiohead continuum (think "Like Spinning Plates" or "We Suck Young Blood"), this is an album that achieves eeriness through uncanny beauty. Radiohead tends to be associated more with the iconic sci-fi imagery of OK Computer and Kid A than anything overtly gothic, but if you're familiar with the Radiohead canon you know that Thom ... read more
Oct 26, 2018
84
Robyn's deepest, grooviest, most cohesive and most personally revealing album. In fact, I will go ahead and say its her best. "Dancing On My Own" is pretty much the song of the decade, and there's no one song on this album that's quite in that 11-out-of-10 stratosphere, but as a whole, this is so much more detailed, engrossing, and luxuriant than any previous Robyn LP. There's so much emotional and sonic texture to these songs, many of which recall ambient techno or house a la The ... read more
Oct 19, 2018
75
A pretty good alt-pop album by an artist who is definitely capable of making a great one. I think "When I'm With Him" set my expectations a little too high. It comes right at the end of the album, which makes sense, because nothing else on here is good enough to follow it. My other favorite is "Trust me Baby" - I love how her voice moves through those unexpected intervals in the chorus. But both of those songs have been out for awhile now, and none of the new ones left a big ... read more
Oct 19, 2018*
55
If I'm being objective, what this band does is pretty lame. Every review mentions Zep and that's because, really, what else is there to say about this band? The fact that they sound like Led Zeppelin is pretty much the whole story. And yet I've found myself enjoying it, at least enough to throw some of these songs onto my running playlists. Maybe I am lame too. Or maybe I just think the singer is cute. Is that so wrong? The whole 70s rock homage is all in good fun, the tunes are not bad (just ... read more
Oct 15, 2018
71
I don't think a rework of MASSEDUCTION was really necessary. Personally, I loved the original album. Maybe the idea here is that people who were put-off by the pop production will give the songs a second chance? I'm not sure. Anyway,these renditions do succeed at showing some new dimensions to the MASSEDUCTION material, and they also showcase St. Vincent's vocals nicely. Unfortunately, not all of the songs benefit from the stripped down approach. "Pills," for example, just doesn't ... read more
Sep 7, 2018*
85
Effortlessly mind-blowing experimental music that's actually fun to listen to.

Yves Tumor's music is hard to locate, but consider the following coordinates. Yves came up alongside Mykki Blanco as part of his 'Dogfood Music Group,' which set out to 'disrupt' the popular image of black American music and 'transcend conventional cultural boundaries/constructs.' Yves is on Warp, the the legendary electronic music label that will always be synonymous with Aphex Twin but has also put out recent ... read more
Jul 11, 2018
66
Tbh I miss the Ceremonials era, and not just because I like Florence best when she's sangin' basic pop bitches under the table. I definitely agree that this is a more mature and cohesive version of Florence + The Machine, but I also have to admit I find it pretty damn dull. It's basically the lesser sequel to HB,HB,HB, which was already kind of a boring album that just happened to have some great songs like "Queen of Peace" to keep things moving. I don't mind Florence's more ... read more
Jul 10, 2018*
66
The British press is out of their minds on this one. Communion was a much stronger album, and there is nothing on Palo Santo that comes close to matching the highs of "King," "Desire," "Eyes Shut," "Shine," or "Real". The 'dark' songs like "Sanctify" sound like Justin Timberlake doing the PG-13 version of Nine Inch Nails, the 'light' ones like "If You're Over Me" arrive two years late for the trop-pop pool party that took ... read more
Jun 1, 2018*
66
On fist listen, I wondered if Is this album was even finished. DAYTONA brought the heat, but there's no fire to be found on YE. The tracks are nice enough, and they sound like something only Kanye could make: brooding but with a light touch, somewhere between TLOP's gloom and LATE REG's shine that exists deep down in this man's mind. But they are really only good for ambiance, lacking the ear-popping surprises that made the last three Kanye albums such essential listening. Kanye's rapping feels ... read more
May 29, 2018
74
A promising EP of lush, dreamy pop songs by the Australia's Harriette Pilbeam AKA Hatchie. "Sleep" is what it would sound like if the Cocteau Twins had a hit song in 2018 (and Robin Guthrie thought enough of the project to remix one of her tunes). The cascading synth riff that carries that song is one of the most sublime pop hooks of the year. "Sure" reminds me of the Cranberries or Sixpence None the Richer, and it's heavenly.The last song, "Bad Guy," isn't quite ... read more
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