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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 -
I usually don't sit through the songs on my Spotify daily mix playlists that I don't know when they pop up, but this is one of the few that actually kept my attention! It honestly has one of the best and most original instrumentals I've heard all year, and a pretty dramatic vocal performance too. Overall it just has a really cool, creepy vibe. Looking forward to checking out more of these guys' stuff.
MikeOwen -
The Collective Collaborative Review #3

For the third Collective review, we're looking at an album from a genre even more obscure and unknown to me than Lithuanian folk music: American country!

I'm kidding, but I really don't know much about the genre and the few albums in the category with enough buzz to attract my attention (ie. Waxahatchee's "Saint Cloud") ended up leaving me cold. But to my great surprise I did actually quite like this album! Nothing here is particularly ... read more
MikeOwen -
The Collective Collaborative Review #2

I'm feeling a little daft calling the Bathers "obscure": at least I could find "Sunpowder" on streaming services! The only way I could listen to "Vai ΕΎydΔ—k, ΕΎydΔ—k" was through a Google Drive download...

Getting to the music, this album is a sonically hard to get to as it is physically. To my understanding, this is a Lithuanian folk album, and I know next-to-nothing about this style of music. It's hard for me really to ... read more
MikeOwen -
Rollercoaster has some great production, but the rapping is really not very good. The mixing also feels off.
"Shoot Me (Intro)" has a well executed outro but is otherwise an awkward Clipping ripoff.
"At Ease!" has very good production, especially in the second half, but is otherwise let down by vocal performances.
"Off The Rails" has some good ideas and unexpectedly good screaming, but again the rapping lets it down and it drags on for way, way too ... read more
MikeOwen -
The Collective Collaborative Review #1

The Bathers is a musical act that I was unaware of before "Sunbather" was set as the first record that @TheCollective would review, but from what I understand they are a fairly obscure Scottish band that generally make rock music, but this album isn't very rock at all. In fact, this is an ambitious, extremely classy chamber pop record that makes for a worthwhile listen.

"Danger in Love" sets the scene for much of this record's sound. ... read more
Nov 23, 2020
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Nov 18, 2020
Thanks for the response, you've been added!
Nov 18, 2020
Hey, what do you think the most over hated album of 2020 is? (for a list)
Nov 16, 2020
you're welcome, have a great day too!
Nov 16, 2020
glad to hear you're doing well! thank you for the submissions, i added all of them. also big thank you for always supporting my reviews, i really appreciate it.
here's the list if you wanna take a look: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/rater/list/29868/the-most-annoying-song-of-all-time-community-list/2/
Nov 15, 2020
hi Mike, hope you're doing well! i'm making a list and i'd like you to participate. the question is: what is the most annoying song of all time?
Nov 6, 2020
I prefer revolver too but there both amazing. the list was updated, Thank you
Nov 5, 2020
Hey, whats your favorite album released in the 60’s. (For a list)
Nov 2, 2020
I like music. I mostly write single sentence/paragraph reviews, with the occasional in-depth one. Not entirely sure whether I rate records generously or whether I generally just listen to records that seem to fit my taste. I give ratings in increments of 5 (precise scores for π™π™π™š π˜Ύπ™€π™‘π™‘π™šπ™˜π™©π™žπ™«π™š can be found at the bottom of the review).

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Member of π™π™π™š π˜Ύπ™€π™‘π™‘π™šπ™˜π™©π™žπ™«π™š: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/thecollective/
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