NikoMandalas

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(NikoMandalas)

State of Emergency (is where I want to be)

Favorite Albums

Best of 2024

Yeat - 2093
Yeat
2093
81
Feb 16

Recent Ratings

Yeat - 2093
Yeat
2093
81
Feb 16

Pinned Review

NR
I have something to say.

I want to offer up a scenario: A normal guy works a normal 9-5 job. Growing up he liked Kanye music and listened to a lot of Kanye's most classing albums. College Dropout, Graduation, MBDTF... those were on rotation day after day. He likes Kanye music. It's fun. Anyways, this guy gets home from work. Any maybe he has kids and maybe he's got some shit going on in his life. Anyways, he doesn't really use social media. He doesn't have instagram, or snapchat, and he's not ... read more

Recent Reviews

Kid Cudi - INSANO (NITRO MEGA)
53
Better than the original, for sure.

So, I'll keep this review brief. The first time I heard this album I thought it was so terrible. I was ready to give it a 2/10 and move on but the second time I listened I was like "wait, maybe this is a vibe." The third time solidified the idea that this album has at least some strong moments and redeeming qualities.

If we're talking negatives, it's the same as the original: Kid Cudi is the biggest problem. He is monotone and boring and I still ... read more

Friko - Where we've been, Where we go from here
71
'Where we've been, Where we go from here' has got some heat to it.

There is a lot of discussion about whether this album is actually new and interesting or if it is just a continuation of sounds already over satirized and already done well, more well than this. I'd argue both. It absolutely sounds like something you've already heard. Someone in the comments mentioned 'Bright Eyes' and I hear it 100%. But at the end of the day, these are a fresh batch of songs created by a fresh batch of ... read more

MGMT - Loss of Life
55
Hear me out.

I have heard a few damn good MGMT songs. So I see they're releasing an album and I'm like "cool, I'm excited for this." But honestly... this project is not great. I would call it fine. I would call it maaaybe good, but nothing better.

'Loss of Life' starts out pretty sleepily, to be frank. 'Mother Nature,' 'Dancing in Babylon,' and 'People in The Streets' are relatively forgettable tracks. It is here that I realized maybe we were going in a different direction than much ... read more

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
73
Finishing up Travis's discography.

Here we are, 'Astroworld.' Easily one of the most iconic, recognizable, and popular albums of my generation. Its release in 2018 was all I head for a good few months in highschool, whether it be people's speakers, the school bus radio, spirit events, youtube videos, etc. etc. etc.... it is rare a song ever grows as popular as 'SICKO MODE' did, and even with Travis's newest record, I don't see a song becoming close to as popular, not even 'FEIN.' So, I knew a ... read more

Quadeca - SCRAPYARD
80
This collection of scraps rocks.

Quadeca drops his much awaited release after the spectacular but depressing 'IDMTHY.' After an album so large and so sure of itself, it makes sense that Quadeca would release an album with much less bang. In fact, this isn't actually an album, but a mixtape of a bunch of 'scraps' Quadeca has been putting together over the last few months. And, they go really hard. It seems Quadeca is fully realizing himself in this experimental hip-hop, art pop, folktronica ... read more

Shoutbox

1w
Heyo! I really like your reviewing style and wanted to ask, if not too much trouble if you could review my album "Unhappy Unwell" It's an album I worked really hard on and I'm working on my next album rn and I wanna know what I did well and what I could improve upon next time :)
Your review would be greatly appreciated!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/714948-guzo-unhappy-unwell.php
2w
Yo Niko! I just made my first review on YouTube! The video is about Jay Z and I would appreciate if you check it out! The video is published at 9:30 EST! Here is link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDIEAWu3X5BCesRym4MLWCA

Enjoy!
1mo
ahahaha im gonna do them every month
1mo
hey i'm making a list and its about music and its really cool. it's to compile AOTY's favorite albums of january so if you want to here it is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecP0UXuQqkBM5r3VeWWs4mNfszsRTlKokt5PWeKeAmGAgsbg/viewform?usp=sf_link
if you dont want to participate just reply "stfu don't ever send a shout to me ever again" or "who has the time to listen to 5 new albums in a month?"
thanks!
1mo
love the favorite albums list :)
1mo
i defo recommend
1mo
i see we share an interest in björk, rina and lana
1mo
thxxx
2mo
Hey Niko! I just finished my top 50 projects of this year list, mind checking it out?
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/pieter/list/169859/my-favourite-projects-of-2023/

Have a great 2024!

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Currently listening to:
Classics, iconic albums, personal faves, etc.
2024 releases

Rating Scale:
100: Perfect
50: Mid
0: Terrible

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Everything I want to listen to in 2024 (that I will definitely not all get to)
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