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Built from soundscapes, conversations, and a loose saxophone, Cassandra Jenkins creates music that explores everyday feelings with acute clarity. With grand moments of lush instrumentation and quiet melodies that float in the air, Jenkins manages to create songs both intimate and expansive. The ultimate strength of the record is the way Jenkins can construct entire worlds through small interactions. The music feels mundane in a productive and energizing way; everything is an opportunity for ... read more
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Sounding like the polyamorous love-child of Wye Oak, Grizzley Bear, and First Aid Kit, The Staves' lush folk-pop album takes me back to the early 2010s. With strong harmonies but rather flaccid songwriting, Good Woman sounds great but doesn't give much more than that. I wanted to fall head over heels for these melodic ladies but felt let down by anemic choruses that float in one ear and exit without leaving a mark. The album is so successful at capturing that warm glow folk/rock production that ... read more
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Tamara Lindeman's new album, Ignorance, is lush, dramatic, and on the pulse of the decade's early critical trends. She makes female-led rock music with roots in singer-songwriter/folk far more than in the history of rock or punk. She sounds right at home with other contemporary artists (Phoebe, Angel, etc.) who are reinvigorating 'indie' rock with brighter production, an ear for pop melodies, and polished arrangements. Lindeman pairs this sonic landscape with lyrics that attempt to process her ... read more
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Light, bright, and refreshingly straightforward, Pearl Charles' new album draws on 1970's AM radio pop to create a cohesive, if not a little predictable project. Pearl clearly understands how to create songs that showcase her voice. The melodies are sharp and memorable, especially the more upbeat tracks. Her writing style reminds me of Carole King, The Carpenters, Carly Simon, and even a bit of Simon & Garfunkel. The songs are easy to hum, and many tracks stay with you long after the album ... read more
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The iteration of Fleetwood Mac right before the Buckingham/Nicks era sees the group flirting with pop far more than earlier albums. This is largely due to Christine McVie taking a larger role in the songwriting and overall structure of the album. While it still feels like a collection of people making music rather than a group, hearing these early pop nuggets in Fleetwood Mac's history confirms that McVie is the driving pop force of the group; Lindsay and Stevie were just adding to an already ... read more
Feb 18, 2021
muisic parrot
Jan 23, 2021
Hello, I love your album reviews.
My new EP, a very short one has just released. Will be grateful if you listen and review it. I need honest review, it could be harsh but I want to know what people thinks and how can I improve. There's is some Hindi Lyrics (very few) but the 90% of the album is English. Attaching the AOTY and Spotify link. Will be grateful forever if you respond. 🙏🙏

AOTY▶️ https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/325405-bodhisattya-pal-astronomers-dilemma.php

SPOTIFY▶️ https://open.spotify.com/album/0DMLqhpaQ44jPQGOAkTEoF?si=vz1cnEAARuq_hRNLkxRkKA
Dec 3, 2020
What's your favorite album under 25 ratings?
Nov 30, 2020
thanks for answering, added your pick
here's the list if you wanna have a look: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/rater/list/29868/the-most-annoying-song-of-all-time-community-list/
Nov 17, 2020
hi musicmagpie, 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 11, 2020
Thanks for the response, the list is up now :)
Nov 10, 2020
Well, glad to see you back! Loved your new review!
Nov 10, 2020
Album covers often get a lot of attention, sometimes more than the music itself but there's one aspect to albums that is very often overlooked: the title. The title often sets the mood and energy of the album, or is memorable enough to stick with you, but seldom gets credit for doing so. Anyways, this leads into a question I have (for a list): what's your favourite album title of all time?
Nov 5, 2020
Hey, whats your favorite album released in the 60’s. (For a list)
Nov 1, 2020
Hi, I just released my new Ep Yūgen (幽玄) It is made in ambient style so if you like this kind of music you can give it a chance if you want. I would be very happy to hear what are your thoughts about this record. Simple rating would be great too!! Thank you and sorry for bothering ^.^

Here is a link to Ep: https://soundcloud.com/hubert-dobrych-op/sets/y-gen
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