Jan 19, 2019
82
If I’m Being Honest (buh-dum tss) with myself, I love dodie’s videos! I would always watch a video or listen to a song she wrote when I’m feeling down. That’s why “Human” made me smile. Her voice is angelic and her lyrics always resonate with me. It’s nothing special but it works well enough and I would be happy to listen to it again.

Arms Unfolding: 7
Monster: 9
Not What I Meant: 8
Human: 9
She: 8
If I’m Being Honest: 8.5
Burned Out: ... read more
Jan 19, 2019
89
When I heard “Seventeen” for the first time before coming into this record, I knew I was in for a treat! The rest of “Remind Me Tomorrow” shares pretty much everything from that track. The new, dark synthpop sound is great and Sharon Van Etten’s songwriting are phenomenal! It’s not perfect, though. The second half of the record isn’t as consistent as the first half and “I Told You Everything” is kind of a weak opener. But those are only tiny ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
89
“Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” is a well-written, exquisitely-produced and beautifully moody album that manages to stay consistent throughout its short 36-minute runtime while also tackling societal issues in an exciting (and depressing) way.

I really need to check out their other stuff!

Fav Tracks: What Happens to People?, Death in Midsummer, Futurism, No One’s Sleeping, Element, Plains

Least Fav Track: Détounement

Score:
8.9
Awesome
Jan 18, 2019*
94
“Assume Form” is the most beautiful, complete and accessible record James Blake has put out to date! The features are unexpectedly impeccable here (especially ROSALÍA and André 3000), James is growing so much more confident in his vocals, melodies and writing and there’s not a single song here that I legitimately don’t love! Overall, this is my first must listen of 2019!

Fav Tracks: Where’s The Catch?, Don’t Miss It, Assume Form, Lullaby For My ... read more
Jan 17, 2019
93
I feel like “Hi, How Are You” is an album that you need to listen at least once in your life. Sure, it’s shoddily-recorded but it needs to be heard in order to appreciate how much of a hidden gem this is. This is probably one of the strangest albums out there with Daniel Johnston’s high pitched delivery on top of barely-there instrumentals. Kinda relaxing, really. But look a little further and there’s a lot of substance here to be gobbled up. Daniel Johnston is ... read more
Jan 17, 2019
97
“Teens Of Denial” isn’t just an important album for Car Seat Headrest. It’s an important album for the rock music of the 2010’s in general. Will Toledo puts so much of his heart and soul into both his songwriting and his performances. Otherwise, the whole album is a blast with tight instrumentation, infectious melodies and reflective themes!

Fav Tracks: Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales, The Ballad of the Costa Concordia, Vincent, (Joe Gets Kicked out of School for ... read more
Jan 16, 2019*
89
Our favorite furry and his friends finally got signed into a record label! That means we get remakes of early Car Seat Headrest songs! The compositions are a lot tighter and the sound is much better than their original versions while still keeping with their lo-fi roots. Otherwise, they’re still the same songs and Will Toledo remains one of the greatest, most emotionally potent songwriters in the modern indie scene!

Fav Tracks: Something Soon, Times to Die, Oh! Starving, Maud Gone, ... read more
Jan 16, 2019
85
Not an EP but m’kay.

While not one of my favorites in CSH’s discography, “How to Leave Town” is still a very personal, reflective and well-written album with tight instrumentation and a spacy aesthetic.

Fav Tracks: The Ending of Dramamine; Hey, Space Cadet (Beast Monster Thing in Space); Kimochi Warui (When? When? When? When? When? When? When?); I Want You to Know That I’m Awake/i Hope That You’re Asleep; Beast Monster Thing (Love Isn’t Love ... read more
Jan 15, 2019
94
Hideo Kojima will be inspired by this one day...

Honestly, this is one of the more underrated albums in David Bowie’s discography. I think “Diamond Dogs” is important because it concluded his glam rock style in such a well-executed fashion! The post-apocalyptic style is intriguing, the tracks flow very seamlessly and it has some of Bowie’s best singing!

Fav Tracks: Rebel Rebel, 1984, Sweet Thing, Diamond Dogs, Big Brother, Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me

Least Fav ... read more
Jan 15, 2019
96
“Aladdin Sane” continues David Bowie’s 70’s winning streak by taking what was so great about his previous records and building upon them while moving towards a more straightforward rock sound and introducing the new titular character! The oddball lyricism, the great performances, the consistency and personality flowing through these songs, it’s all authenticaly Bowie and it’s exactly why I love him so much!

Fav Tracks: Time, Drive-In Saturday, Cracked Actor, ... read more
Jan 14, 2019
71
I absolutely adore James Blake’s music. The same goes for “The Colour In Anything”... sometimes. There are definitely some gorgeous high points in the tracklist, some of his best tracks to date, and it's cool to hear James growing ever more confident in his voice. But did it really need to be this long? Like, if some tracks were left on the cutting room floor, this could’ve been another great James Blake LP. Instead, we have 76 minutes of beautifully-constructed ... read more
Jan 14, 2019
73
It’s an alright EP but it doesn’t really do anything that surprising.

200 Press: 8.5
200 Pressure: 7
Building It Still: 8
Words That We Both Know: 5.5

Score:
7.3
Good
Jan 13, 2019*
83
More beatsies by Blake. They lack the emotion that we expect him to put into his tracks now but they’re still fun to listen to.

Love What Happened Here: 8.5
At Birth: 7.5
Curbside: 9

Score:
8.3
Great
Jan 12, 2019
73
“De Facto” is sonically incredible and has plenty of solid performances. Some tracks can drag for a while, though.

Fav Tracks: Líneas En Hojas; Unificado; Acción Vaciar; Lux, Lumina

Least Fav Track: El Derrumbe

Score:
7.3
Good
Jan 12, 2019
67
It’s alright for the most part. The baroque-indie pop sound is pretty cool and the lyrics can be well-written but it’s nothing I’ll remember nor is it anything that I’ll return to. Overall, pretty standard indie stuff.

Fav Tracks: No Hurry, Water Cooler, Enough To Notice, Springburn, Jouska

Least Fav Track: Get Out Of The Room

Score:
6.7
Decent
Jan 12, 2019
29
*Yawn*

Yeah. I don’t have anything new to say about this shit. It’s a generic trap rap mixtape and nothing else. At least it’s short.

Fav Tracks: zzzzzzz

Least Fav Tracks: The one with the generic lyrics and boring trap beat, the one with the generic lyrics and boring trap beat, the one with the generic lyrics and boring trap beat, the one with the generic lyrics and boring trap beat

Score:
2.9
The rating that shows that this is an album with generic lyrics and boring trap ... read more
Jan 11, 2019
82
It’s short but I don’t really care to fault this record, honestly. These are very pretty and heartwarming acoustic tunes that just make me want to lay in bed, cuddle with my pillow and close my eyes as these “lullabies” drift me off to sleep.

Fav Tracks: Wait and See, Now It’s So Late, The Way I Wanted To, Blue as I Go By, With You

Least Fav Track: Movies

Score:
8.2
Aww
Jan 11, 2019*
85
For a b-side, this is actually pretty and meticulously-crafted. I don’t think I would’ve minded if this was on “AMSP”. Though at the same time, this isn’t as heavy on the heart as the majority of that album.

Edit (OS: 80): DAMMIT! THE FAN IN ME CAN’T HOLD IT MUCH LONGER! I LOVE THIS SHIT!!!
Jan 10, 2019
61
Avey Tare’s melodies are always great and they translate well here. But the effects wash out the otherwise decent instrumentation and it can get drab at certain points.

Fav Tracks: Little Fang, A Sender, Strange Colores, Catchy (Was Contagious), Duplex Trip

Least Fav Tracks: Modern Days E, The Outlaw

Score:
6.1
Fine
Jan 10, 2019
88
Honestly, I think this album is pretty underrated. Sure, it’s a change in direction from “Merrieweather Post Pavilion”. But I think this new sound still plays to AnCo’s strengths with beautiful, psychedelic production, tight songwriting and a great sense of melody throughout!

Fav Tracks: Today’s Supernatural, Applesauce, Monkey Riches, Moonjock, Pulleys, Wide Eyed, Rosie Oh

Least Fav Track: Father Time

Score:
8.8
Awesome
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