BROCKHAMPTON - TM
85
They dropped this so I could twerk on it.
BROCKHAMPTON - The Family
95
Welp. I'm biased.

No, it's not just because Kevin hates Reddit. I really do mean it.

Brockhampton, as some of you may be aware if you’ve interacted with me or my music before, has been one of the most demonstrably impactful artists for me back in 2017/2018. Back then, I was very new to trying to interact with music on a broader sense, trying to expand my musical taste outside of the Alt-Rock I was used to at the time, and while I had heard Hip Hop music before (obviously) and loved it ... read more

Muse - Will of the People
70
Nu-Dad Rock.

Have you heard ANYONE hype this album up in a positive light? No, really, look through your Discord messages, your AOTY comment threads, your group chats. Has any one single person said “Man, i’m excited for this new Muse album”? The most liked review for this album? More likely then not is negative! And if you HAVE seen that one person, was it ME? Because yes, this honestly was one of my most anticipated albums of the year. Despite the “Will of the ... read more

black midi - Hellfire
98
Yeah, I came.

The temptation to recap the already strong legacy of Black Midi at this point is palpable, since within the three albums the band has released, Black Midi have grown to be one of the strongest Experimental Rock bands out of the UK, which is a fucking FEAT considering what’s come out (check my last review for that, I'm a whore!). It’s tempting to say how the more technically impressive and almost Classic Prog tinged ‘Cavalcade’ launched the band into new ... read more

Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
100
....Fucks SAKE

Twice. They were able to release two albums of near perfect material twice. To do it once? It’s possible. To do it once on your first try? That’s pretty goddamn special, and extremely hard to do. Even some of my favorite bands took a couple albums to come out with something I'd call a ten. To do it twice? In a fucking row? It’s near impossible, but it’s still doable. To have it done twice, in a row, and it be your first two records and then dip? What in ... read more

Lo & Leduc - Update 2.0
NR
PIPEPANIC 2021 UPDATE POST!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone has been doing at least somewhat OK during this two year long monster that is slowly making everyone sadder and sadder, or at the very least hearing some good music/watching good films/doing good shit. I thought I'd just pop on here to say “Hey, How's it hanging!” and to kind of give an explanation as to why I have been pretty infrequently posting on my AOTY account as of late, at least in comparison to other ... read more

JPEGMAFIA - LP! (Offline Version)
91
Damn Peggy: The Directors Cut.

Look, regardless of what you think of JPEGMAFIA or his music, there is no denying that this man is completely in his own lane. Sure, he makes abrasive Experimental Hip Hop (which has become quite the hot commodity as of recent, even I have a Experimental Hip Hop project!) but I truly do believe that JPEG is truly doing his own thing. Combining sweet synth melodies, glitchy production and heavy bass and drums samples with his versatile flow, Peggy feels like a ... read more

Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
100
...fuck.

Do you ever hear an album that makes absolutely no sense, yet at the same time, makes perfect sense? Have you ever felt that duality, that stark contrast, that perfect clash when listening to something? Because for me, 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', the sophomore record from Injury Reserve, is exactly what that is; it is something that makes absolutely no sense, but it makes perfect sense. This is an album that is grief personified, laid out and dissected, to a horrifically accurate ... read more

Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue
59
What if you went to heaven and God said...

Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Let's get this shit, let's, hmm
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin'
Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the ... read more

Lorde - Te Ao Mārama
30
I'm glad people are liking this but...This bums me the hell out.

First off, I'm not a huge fan of the compositions of 'Solar Power' to begin with. Every song on here sounds so stripped down, basic and empty that there is really nothing to grab on. Each song feels as lifeless as on the album counterpart, so there is ZERO reason for me to come to this EP for the music.

Second off, this is such a missed opportunity. I think that having Lorde reimagine these songs with Maori translations is not a ... read more

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
65
You guess you could say...I could be happier.

If you want the too long didn’t read version of this review, then here you go: I feel like this record is both a improvement on maturity and lyrical content but a downgrade on a musical front, and while I’m probably not going to be coming back to this record as a whole, there are some true highlights that make this album at the very least worth one listen.

But, for those who want the long version...let me take you back for a second.

I ... read more

Alexis Marshall - House of Lull . House of When
80
EDIT: Obviously, the document that Lingua Ignota released documenting the horrific actions of Alexis Marshall paint a new light of Alexis. While my thoughts on this album remain the same, and what I wrote below I still agree with from a musical standpoint, what's happened to his partners cannot be ignored. I'll be providing links to support Lignua at the start of this review. Please check out her excellent album from this year 'Sinner Get Ready', also linked. This isn't me trying to virtue ... read more
Danny Elfman - Big Mess
70
...I mean the title ain't wrong.

I don't think Danny Elfman of all people really needs an introduction at this point in his career. Its Danny fucking Elfman. If you don't know his name, chances are you've heard him in a million different places, all of which have made some sort of impact into the cultural zeitgeist. It could be through a movie (being a renowned composer for such films as Batman, Spider-Man, nearly every Tim Burton film ever made), it could be through a meme (i.e. his work with ... read more

Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
93
Well, I guess I've been found.

About two years ago, I made a statement saying ‘There are some artists that AOTY.org just unapologetically stan to death’, and that statement has never before been more true then with Mr. Baudelaire himself, Bunnyhop, Wolf Hayley, The Creator, Tyler Gregory Okonma. I swear, everyone on this site has SOMETHING to say about Tyler and his music, whether it's declaring him an experimental rap king or calling him a wacked out loser trying too hard. And ... read more

slowthai - TYRON
40
(2021 CATCH-UP #1: RYAN GETS MAD)

...Why?

Originally when I heard this album when it first dropped, I wasn’t planning on talking about this project. When I first heard this record, I thought it was just a more emotional but much more filler filled version of any other Slowthai related project that I had heard ever since the UK rapper dropped ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ in 2019. There were some songs that annoyed me, there were some songs I thought were OK, there were ... read more

black midi - Cavalcade
93
Oh.

My.

Fucking.

God: Part Two!

I don’t even think you need to read this review. If you know me and my taste, you know for a good damn FACT that this album was gonna be my thing. There’s no amount of paragraph’s I need to write in order to get that across. From the genres alone of noise rock, math rock and experimental rock, you could almost pinpoint my high score for Local Weirdos Black Midi. But in a strange turn of events, not only did Black Midi expand on their sound ... read more

Squid - Bright Green Field
92
What the fuck.

EDIT: WHAT THE FUCK

edit 2: what the ACTUAL FUCK

EDIT 3: I think I just inked myself.

Yeah, no, this shit is great. Squid are, I would say, the most quote on quote ‘fun’ band in ‘The Windmill’ trilogy of bands that people have connected with each other (the other two being Black Country, New Road and Black Midi, connected due to their affiliations with previous record labels, performing joint gigs at the venue known as ‘The Windmill’ ... read more

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll
19
OK, but what the fuck where you people expecting?

Did you people think that this would be good? "Oh yeah, a pop-punk band that found their fame in the 2000s coming through with an album nearly a decade after their last record? Sure!", you might have said before pressing play on an album that has a track called 'We Never Have Sex Anymore' or 'The Opioid Diaries'. "Maybe, just MAYBE, with a cover like that and an album cover like that, maybe this record will be positively ... read more

Sigur Rós - Von
55
(PIPES SIGUR RÓS BINGE PART 1NE)

How do you make an album that is both annoyingly lacking in ambition yet way too ambitious for its own good?

Sigur Rós has, for the most part, been regarded as one of those bands. You know the ones that i’m talking about. Bands/artists like Swans or Bjork or Godspeed You! Black Emperor that usually are elevated to these ridiculous standards of musical gods or savants, untouched by most mere mortals with music so beautiful that even ... read more

BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
88
The light is so goddamn bright.

Me and BROCKHAMPTON I feel have this strange connection. Obviously not a friendship (Reminder that parasocial relationships can be extremely harmful), but rather I've felt, only upon taking a look at my own life, that I live in parallel to BROCKHAMPTONS artistic journey that they have taken across the mere 6 years since their formation. The groups rise to power is stuff of legend, with the idea of a large group of friends trying their hardest to make music they ... read more

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