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LUMP - Animal
Jul 30

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MikeOwen -
As a Catholic, one of the things that really frustrates me is the lack of genuinely good Christian music. While there is no shortage of brilliant records with Christian themes and imagery, as far as I know there are few quality projects that are fully committed to this theme. CCM is definitely one of the prevalent genres in the USA right now, but from what I've heard of it there is little depth, nuance or mystery about it, let alone sonic quality. This might be subconsciously triggered by a ... read more

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MikeOwen -
Oh dear, this is disappointing. Stromae was inescapable in my pre-teen years and his second album alone cemented his legacy as one of the most important hitmakers of the 21st century. His music brings me a lot of nostalgia and "Racine Carrée" undoubtedly still holds up to this day. Yet "Santé" sounds more dated than anything on that now-over 8-year-old album. Think "Ave Cesaria", but boring.

The biggest, most glaring problem here is the basic rhythm. ... read more
MikeOwen -
Moses Sumney has seen fit to return with this brilliant cover of T-Pain's "Can't Believe It", featuring contributions from the experimental saxophonist Sam Gendel. Sumney's voice is unexpectedly slathered with AutoTune, but retains all of its distinctness while taking it into new directions. It is beautifully backed by harmonies of his natural vocals, creating a elegantly and sensual hybrid atmosphere. However, it's Gendel who brings this track to the higher level, with his signature ... read more
MikeOwen -
Tommy Kill’s second album is a ton better than Lynwood, it’s not even close. But while I did enjoy this record for the most part, it still has a some issues that hold it back from being really great.

This is quite a repetitive album, which is not entirely a bad thing. While on Lynwood there simply wasn’t much to grab hold of, here there are concrete ideas, most of them good or at least reasonably enjoyable. At its best it can be transfixing or hypnotic, but in its worst ... read more
MikeOwen -
LUMP is a strange, unusual product. Prior to its creation in June 2016, its two members, folk legend Laura Marling and producer Mike Lindsay of folktronica outfit Tunng, barely knew each other, yet it did not end up being a one-off sideshow and their 2018 self-titled debut album will not end up being their last either. Animal not only reaffirms that the two have undeniable chemistry, but also shows that there is more than one dimension to this pairing. When I learnt that LUMP were making a ... read more
MikeOwen -
M.I.A. had two critically acclaimed albums and a surprise hit single prior to "/\/\/\Y/\"'s release, so one would could be forgiven in expecting another record of similar sound and style to her previous work. Yet the more dance and South Asian musical influences are far less apparent here, instead dropping us in a harsh, abrasive environment full of industrial and rock influence, yet even alongside a strong pop atmosphere (her voice is often doused in AutoTune), almost as if she is ... read more


Sep 30, 2021
yet, not now
Aug 13, 2021
Yes I really liked this album, it is quite immediate but holds on the length, the songs are varied and the alchemy of the duo works wonderfully, few passages less interesting, mastered from start to finish
By the way you wrote a great review about it my friend! I understand why you gave it a 9 (:
Jul 19, 2021
What is your favorite album from each year, 2001-2021?
May 19, 2021
Helllo, namasteπŸ™πŸ», loved your reviews and followed you. My 2nd conceptual EP 'Marine Affairs' has been just released and I will request you from my heart to check it once. I consists 4 songs (English majorly, with some tinge of hindi and Bengali in 2 track) and it will take only 8 minutes. I know you are busy enough but will be grateful if you review it on AOTY. Your review means a lot. It's a very novice attempt and I am learning, so I will request you to put a very honest review off course. Hope you are in safest of condition in this very hard times. If you do, it will make my day. Thanks in advance for your precious time. βœ¨πŸ™πŸ»
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May 18, 2021
oh no worries, i can change that
May 18, 2021
i absolutely love your explanation, thank you so much for the submission!!!!
May 17, 2021
Hey there! 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.

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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 πŸ”΄

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!
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Apr 26, 2021
hello, to celebrate reaching 1000 followers, i will be making a community list. for this list, all you have to do is tell me the album you have the most fun listening to. it doesn’t have to be a “masterpiece” or have wonderful songwriting or anything. it just needs to be enjoyable to you. thanks


Not too many controversial opinions. I give ratings in increments of 5. Being a little harsher with ratings this year's releases. Feel free to recommend me stuff.

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