musicmagpie55 -
82
Spellling outdoes herself with an ethereal collection of art-pop tracks. The Turning Wheel feels mystical and effortless, the type of music that oozes creativity and sparkles with eccentricities. This album just sounds great, and the melodies are memorable. It is an album that grows on me with each listen (and I keep on listening to it!) If she keeps on this Kate Bush Trajectory, her next two albums are going to change music. She is defiantly on the right path!
musicmagpie55 -
91
Every time you remember something from the past, it is slightly altered. Details shift, emotions become more distant, and past mistakes are transformed into personal lessons. On her wonderful new record, Lucy Dacus takes the listener on a tour of some of her most vivid memories. Each song digs into a particular intimacy from Dacus's life; the album functions as a collection of stories woven with feelings rather than facts. Home Video finds one of the best storytellers making music that reaches ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
76
Beabadoobee follows up her more aggressive pop punk debut with a little EP that digs deeper into the 2000s sunshine guitar pop she clearly loves. Easy guitar melodies and catchy choruses make Our Extended Play a quick but delightful project. Each track could absolutely be on the Gilmore Girls soundtrack, and I’m not mad about that.
musicmagpie55 -
77
Who is having more fun than Slayyyter? The Y2K club rat's debut is a ridiculously raunchy good time. Troubled Paradise finds Slayyyter exploring the maximalism of 2010s pop, the continued mainstreaming of hyperpop, and various dance genres in one coherent statement. While I prefer some of the individual tracks from her prior mixtape ('Mine' is one of my favorite pop songs of the 2010s), Troubled Paradise is a solid and enjoyable record from start to finish. Some of the edges of her music feel a ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
81
While a tad too long, Gami Gang brings the sounds of midwestern emo to Washington D.C.. Origami Angel is the fantasy pop-punk band of my teenage years. Energetic, witty, and aggressively earnest, Gami Gang never loses the balance between catchy hooks and cathartic guitar riffs. The boys demonstrate how much life can be extracted from pop punk's divisive past by sounding true to themselves.
musicmagpie55 -
85
All JBrek wants is to be happy. On Jubilee, Michelle Zauner navigates the murky waters of self-worth and ends up closer to her goal than ever before. With sparkling melodies and new sounds in every song, Jubilee is an excellent record that draws on so many different influences that it becomes singular to Japanese Breakfast. Boisterous, endlessly engaging, and wildly imaginative, Zauner's creative voice has never been sharper. Jubilee puts all of Japanese Breakfast's best features on full ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
80
Continuing her exploration of traditional Mexican music, Natalia Lafourcade produces another expansive, unbelievably beautiful collection of songs. Few albums feel this celebratory of a particular culture. I absolutely love how rich and intimate these songs are as they feel both classic and entirely new. The album focuses even more on Lafourcade's voice and how it interacts with her guest artists or alone on guitar. I am so excited to see what Natalia does after this project of rediscovering ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
77
St. Vincent's 70s pastiche project successfully mixes different genres from the decade to create a hazy, original album that is far more laid back than any of her other projects. While this album does not have the sonic teeth of Strange Mercy or the hard edge of Actor, Annie Clark is still a master songwriter who can produce an engaging and enjoyable listen in her sleep. These are fully realized, lovely, and complex tracks that get more nuanced with repeated listens. The rework of Sheena ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
79
On Music for Living Spaces shares, Olive Ardizoni produces miniature synthesizer compositions for you and your household plants. Ardizoni shares similarities to projects like Mort Garson's Plantasia, with calming synth melodies that feel as much for your inanimate objects in your living spaces as yourself. The music is cathartic and small, with sounds that wiggle and whistle just enough to be engaging but not overwhelming. They mix New Age and Ambient elements with Bucolic Pop to create an ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
83
Merging goth rock's melodrama with southern gothic imagery, Hayden Anhedönia's new EP is cavernous stadium rock for the bathroom floor. The somber guitar melodies and brutally honest lyrics make for a difficult but rich listening experience. Domestic violence, wealth inequality, and addiction haunt the edges of these tracks, and Anhedönia's revels in the grime of past trauma. It is beautiful, haunting dream pop that makes me excited for a full album. A pretty fantastic EP; 'Crush' is ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
75
Skullcrusher continues to live up to her name, creating lyrically aggressive songs balanced out through shoegaze-y folk textures. This feels less like a new direction and more of an extension of the themes from her first EP. Ballentine continues to carve out a reflective space through guitars and her reverberated voice. It is cathartic, melancholic music that begs for gentle reflections while bathed in sunlight. The title track is particularly sparkling, sounding like something written between ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
77
Quirky has become one of those vacuous words that people use to avoid saying something substantial. There is also something slightly pejorative about the term; I am thinking of the Saturday Night Live sketch about 'quirky' girl Zooey Deschanel. The sketch wasn't mean-spirited, but the term indexed an off-kilter, left-field oddball who was obsessed with maintaining a quirky image. Yet, Bernice's new album can only be described as quirky: a collection of strange, meandering pop songs that seem ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
81
Released in the mid-2000s, Persona 3's soundtrack is a fascinating constellation of pop trends and ambient bops that succeed at capturing the chaotic, repetitive metropolitan life that the game centers around. Meguro Blends jazz, trip-hop, lounge, ambient, and many other genres into a coherent album that holds up surprisingly well outside of the context of the game. It's a video game soundtrack that I immediately fell in love with from the second the game booted up and helped sustain me through ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
69
The explosion of Hyperpop as a genre with its own history and distinctive style has been fun to watch over the last decade. It has been instrumental for queer artists to explore transformations through sound. At its best, Hyperpop can explode the body and restructure it through industrial noise and melodic releases, offering new ways to ache and hope for better futures. Its plasticity makes it that much more malleable, opening the door to make music both aggressive and endearing, reveling in ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
74
While this album sounds like it could have come out at any time in the last five years, Claud manages to have some sharp melodies and clever lyrics to keep the album feeling too stuck in the 2010s. Claud approaches gender as something relational that they can manipulate and change depending on the situation. This leads to some playful and personal music that manages to be humorous and heartfelt without losing the productive balance between the two. While embracing a variety of different sounds, ... read more
musicmagpie55 -
88
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
musicmagpie55 -
68
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
musicmagpie55 -
82
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
musicmagpie55 -
76
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
musicmagpie55 -
68
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
1
2
3
4
...
34
Create an account to rate and review albums.
Advertisement
Recent Review Comments
On Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
"@cry @tombejoy 💜❤️💙"
On Kate Bush - The Sensual World
"@pressrg we love to see Kate when she is in the mood! "
On Angel Olsen - Phases
"@palomacola oo I do need a full group of people to collectively zone out and reflect on life!"
On Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
"@mastercrackfox we definitely needed some amazing new music ❤️"
On Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
"@Inglume thanks for your comment; it made my day :) taking every day of this quarantine one at a time, hoping you are well during this as well!! Thank goodness for music during all this! "
On Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
"@anoldsoulsong thanks! I hope you enjoy the rest of the album :)"
On Empress Of - I'm Your Empress Of
"@matteo "U Give It Up" and "Bit of Rain" have been on repeat all week. When she does it right she does it sooo right."
On Your Mom's Hooded Clitoral's review of Honey Harper - Starmaker
""Not enough gay/ not enough reverb" is just a general critique I have of most things. Your words are sparse but accurate! "
On WhatTheFunk's review of Billy Joel - The Stranger
"Very fun review! 'Vienna' is just one of the greatest songs ever, no shame"
On MasterCrackfox's review of Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree
"I have been digging back into Death Cab and The Postal Service. Transatlanicism has been hitting home right now. I haven't yet returned to FOB, but now they are back on my radar!"
On MasterCrackfox's review of Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree
"Great review! I have also been returning to the early 2000s and feeling the influence in the contemporary moment. Thank you for sharing!"
On Soccer Mommy - color theory
"@johnlouishoward thank you, it means a lot! I’ve been a fan for some time so I wanted to be concise and accurate. I am glad you connected with it as well. @okcomputer12127 thank you!!! I am happy you liked it :) "
On Sinéad O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
"@dafigz, maybe we have different understandings of what constitutes an icon :). I always love your commentary, thanks for reading! "
On Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
"@LAZ thank you!!!! "
On Honey Cone - Sweet Replies
"@toasterqueen12 omg, thank you so much!! I knew I have heard this song somewhere and have not been able to place it. It has been bothering me since the summer, and you are absolutely right!"
On Andy Stott - It Should Be Us
"You would be surprised at how well it works! Every statement has so much more gravity when it's orchestrated by Andy Stott. "
On Protect Georgia Voting Rights's review of Doja Cat - Hot Pink
"That analogy is spot on. Her ability to connect her meme music to Nicki's manic rap style was a smart move on her part. I do wish Tia Tamera was on the record though..."
On Protect Georgia Voting Rights's review of Marnie Stern - The Chronicles of Marnia
"I have no idea what your personal situation is but I am wishing you the best. Your reviews have introduced me to so much music or reconsider old favorites. I look forward to almost everything you write. Stay safe, and sending good energy your way. "
On JohnLouisHoward's review of Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lovely
"'Playboy of the Western World' is one of my favorite songs ever. I haven't returned to this album for some time, thanks for the reminder!"
On Alex G - House of Sugar
"Thank you!! These kind words mean so much to me; I am really grateful for the sentiments!"
On Alex G - House of Sugar
"@ThrowBackGmac O I am very excited! I probably could have written clearer. My current Galar team is five Polteageists and an Obstigoon (a beauty and the beast moment 🌹) I am glad the review resonated with you! "
On Protect Georgia Voting Rights's review of Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
"好评!希望你没事!"
On Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
"@zachthesnack thank you so much! It means a lot. Happy to see you also liked it! "
On Taylor Swift - Lover
"Thanks for the kind words all!"
On Taylor Swift - Lover
"Thanks, @mimikyu!! I was worried I was going to be alone. I have been a Swift fan forever, but this one does not do it for me. "
Advertisement

July 2021 Playlist
Forums