Recent Reviews

Oct 2, 2016
100
Going into my first listen of Bon Iver's 22, A Million, I was just interested to see what new direction he was going in. I wanted to know what new ideals or ideas all of these new sounds that he was working with would help to form. I left that first listen slightly perplexed and unsure of what I actually thought of the album. However, on my second listen I went in with no pretentions, and I discovered something: this is the same Justin Vernon that we've known since 2008. He's still just trying ... read more
Oct 1, 2016*
100
OVERLOOKED GEMS (#3)

Funcrusher Plus is not really underrated per se; most any review of it is overwhelmingly positive. However, due to the fact that it is not available digitally, it has become increasingly more obscure and underappreciated in the digital age. That's a shame, because this is possibly the best rap album of all time.*

Company Flow is made up of there memhers: MC Bigg Jus, DJ and producer Mr. Ken, and MC and producer El-P. El is by far the best member of the collective ... read more
Sep 28, 2016
100
ALBUM OF THE WEEK (#18)

With Atrocity Exhibition, Danny has created what is, hands down, the most left-field, crazy rap release of 2016. I also happen to think it's the best rap release of 2016. Period.

Atrocity Exhibition features a smorgasbord of varied and often obtuse beats. Songs like "Dance in the Water," "When It Rain," and "Lost" seem nearly impossible to rap over. These are full blown and, at many points, maximalistic electronic tracks. These beats ... read more
Sep 24, 2016*
85
ALBUM OF THE WEEK (#17)

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam has to be one of the best collaborative projects I have heard in some time.

Leithauser, as the lead singer of The Walkmen and on his own solo material, has always been known for his full force, devastating voice that conveys both longing and desperation in equal amounts. The album opener and lead single, "1000 Times" follows in the tradition of the best Hamilton Leithauser songs, such as "The Rat," "Angela Surf ... read more
Sep 23, 2016
55
Care is bombastically mediocre.

Tom Krell has been making R&B music as How to Dress Well since the outset of the 2010's, and he's pretty good at it, too. 2014's What Is This Heart? was a particularly beautiful album that smartly balanced his pop style with his aching, insular songwriting sensibilities. His new album, Care sounds similar musically. However, it is simply lacking the great songwriting that set his past albums apart.

Tom's beautiful voice is on display in full force across ... read more
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