MusicN
Cockburnianus
(MusicN)
Message me innovative albums...'It's for a list!'

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Jun 2, 2020*
MusicN -
100
Everyone please listen to this incredible song (it's as good as Kendrick's Alright in my opinion).

Then, educate yourself, especially if you have even one ounce of learnt prejudice.

Then, with whatever money you can, donate to causes that care for these fellow human beings.

Once we're out of the this fucking coronavirus, I think we all should get to know and (inadvertently) learn from more black folks and their individual stories.

I can't speak for everyone on this site, but I, myself, ... read more
Jun 2, 2020
MusicN -
88
F*CK, this is stuffed full of bangers, love the production and Gaga's voice.

Initial rating is purely of enjoyment - will alter after giving a more critical listen!
May 30, 2020
MusicN -
84
There's something a bit off with this but I can't put my finger on it... But, when this succeeds, it does really f*cking well!
Would definitely recommend for a couple of sLUms features and great singing (sometimes..).
May 28, 2020
MusicN -
95
I love 'Memories of Green'.
May 28, 2020
MusicN -
86
80s Redemption Quest #18
This straight fire
Jun 2, 2020
I'm glad that you liked Boygenius ;)
May 31, 2020
Love this question!

Kendrick Lamar - TPAB (for obvious reasons)
Travis Scott - Rodeo (the way it made trap more “artsy”, the production)
The Weeknd - House of Balloons (the way it changed R&B and influenced many artists sounds)

Now, an album that I feel is very innovative but not as popular is Tierra Whack - Whack World. Now, I’m biased as I’m a Tierra Whack stan, but between the 15 1-minute songs and the companion visual project, I feel it’s incredibly unique.
May 31, 2020
Lil B - 6 Kiss (production & lyrics)
Death Grips - The Powers That B (everything)
Honestly I don't listen to much particularly innovative music, and the truly "special" albums that I have listened to I've forgotten by now. But Lil B is a cornerstone of modern rap.
May 31, 2020
Sounds cringe but I don't think we'll know whats actually innovative until many years after they come out. Thank you for asking me and thanks for all the time you spend making a better community on AOTY.
May 31, 2020
Sure, I would say that the three that stand out for me because of its uniqueness and innovation are:

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (2010): How he mixes IDM, jazz, dance and a lot of other elements on electronic music is unreal, it really shows a different way to make and interpret electronic music, and gets Flying Lotus as one of the most important electronic producers of all time imo.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (2013): The best plunderphonics album from this decade easily (and my aotd). Tbh, this album got such a way to make ambient music with TV commercial samples and get all of these different sounds, experiences and set of tensions that up to this day seems impossible to me.

Women - Public Strain (2010): These guys knew how to get this punk/rock/pop vibes and twist it to infinity on odd yet satisfying offbeats, very interesting drone-y production, and be the weirdest yet most fun listen on all of this decade.

So that, I guess
May 31, 2020
TPAB - Kendrick (obvious pick, I know)
Vessel - TOP (Not really political, I just love it)
WWCD - Griselda (I’m not sure at this point.)
May 31, 2020
So I choose (with hesitation !!!) :

Boygenius - boygenius
Pj Harvey - Let england Shake
Fleet foxes - helpnessness blues

But I'm biased because I don't like all genre ! Because so much deserve praise again ! Like flying lotus that I like some tracks that i recently relistened. Or metal bands. Etc
May 31, 2020
More brutal. But now, it embodies more complex sound, the character behind the artist and its story. Again I have A LOT of artist : fiona apple - the iddler wheel, bjork - vulnicura, sufjan stevens - carrie and lowell, mount eerie, fleet fowes - helpnessness blues, lady limb - ripely pine, neko case -the worst [...], the national - high violet/trouble will find me, car seat headrest - twin fantasy, torres - sprinter, the twilight sad - nobody wants [...], deerhuntee - halcyon digest,etc So many !!! It's virtualy impossible to be objective. If I combine songwriting, instrumentation, arrangement, mmmh ... fleet foxes - helpnessness blues ? Because it shaked so hard indie folk genre !
But a lot of albums deserve the price ! Even my personal honorable mention are great like chelsea wolfe albums, emma ruth rundle, dead magic from anna van hausswolff, uboa, etc
May 31, 2020
I will talk about what I know the most.
2010's allow to expose a lot of female artists in both indie and mainstream scene. Some of them are really talented (even if, unfortunaly, so much have been releasing albums that they are now tagged "female songwriters". This is unfortunate but some need to do more !). I hesitate with two names : savages - silence yourself and boygenius - boygenius. But I will say Boygenius because this super band is the pick of this recent wave with 3 talented artists, both rising at the same time.

Political albums seem more frequent now. This is difficult to choose one of them. I hesitate between the archandroid (janelle monae), TPAB (kendrick lamar), let england shake (PJ Harvey) and hopelessness (anohni). I will choose Let England Shake - Pj Harvey because this is by far one of the most nuanced message between the 4 and sonically it is so good.

And finally emotional and personal albums had reach new heights. There was always punched in the gut albums, even
May 31, 2020
This is super tough to answer haha. So I'll be far too long but I want to say a lot of things.
For me 2010's were not game changing but these years allow to establish what was already present and make them solid. Hip hop has been HUGE these years (as I'm not a fan of hiphop, I can't say the most unique artist), mainstream and indie. I think these years proved that hiphop could have a lot of faces (but I don't think that most are sonically innovative. There were too many music now to talk about innovation. It's what you can do with what exists that matters the most).

Self made music and pc music are really on the rise due to technology popularization (not improvement). Again I don't like pc music so I can't name anything objectively. I don't know well self made music but the new fiona apple album is a good example.
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I like to follow lots of users, so my follower count doesn't indicate the quality of 90% of my reviews.

95+ is basically perfect, 85-94 is excellent & <50 is everyone else's <20 (My rating system is pretty kind to crap albums). Once my ratings get above 80, each numerical increment indicates quite a large boost in quality.
I try to rate albums with a healthy mixture of critical objectivity and personal subjectivity.
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