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Early 2020 ... Goblins, rats, a sword in the (no stone, sorry :/ ) and far more. The Shears twins, Fletcher and Wyatt, release this multifaceted LP where several music genres and subgenres intertwine, with remarkable results, in most cases. “Vada vada”, a term created several years ago by the twins, aka total freedom of creative expression, is their compass.

The first track, “Clench To Stay Awake”, sadly became the most underrated song on the album, though it’s ... read more
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I feel that Coldplay’s new <<space-rock?>> song, ”Coloratura”, is their best composition from the past 10(+) years ... This fan was a tween when their great LPs, ”X&Y”(2005) & ”Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends”(2008) were released, so now, many years later, I’m optimistic that their deeper side will make a (hopefully, full) return. Come on, Coldplay! We need more great albums !!
What is so special about ... read more
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You also got (sun)burned.
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Soccer Mommy's "Rom Com 2004", which is a sweet and glitchy electropop ballad, seems to be a step in the right direction ...

Conclusion : The Scottish Terrier from Monopoly is currently eating skyscrapers !!
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Diving into “Fever To Tell”, you’ll first notice a vibrant, raunchy sequence of songs (“Rich”, “Date With The Night”; “Tick”; “Black Tongue”; “Pin”; “Cold Light”), but then all of a sudden the dynamic changes and we get at this deeper side of the album, with some variations of break-up songs (“No No No”; “Y Control”; “Modern Romance”).

“Maps” can easily be ... read more
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"The Turning Wheel" has its intriguing moments, especially towards the end.
On another note, certain vocals feel a tad forced, attaching this insincere feel in some cases.
There's also this recurring alienish sound that becomes tiring after being heard on tracks like "Little Deer", "The Future", then again on the last track, "Sweet Talk", where it actually gets annoying. It made me feel like I was binge watching some Disney movies where one by one, the ... read more
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I'm so sick of being so sentimental now.
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Slowly Slowly are an Australian pop punk and indie rock band, founded in 2015. The band consists of four members, with Ben Stewart on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Murphy on drums, Albert Doan on guitar, and Alex Quayle on bass guitar.
"Race Car Blues Extended Edition" reunites their new LP ”Race Car Blues - Chapter 2” (released earlier this year), by adding 12 new tracks next to the "primary" 12 tracks from their third LP ”Race Car Blues”, released ... read more
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The first half is a mixed bag so I'll give it a 5 out of 10.
The second half gets an 8 out of 10.
~ Overall : 65/100, somewhere between decent and (almost) good.

Favorite Tracks :
- Skull With a Forked Tongue (by Carach Angren)
- Sodium (by IDLES)
- Anything Anything (Dramarama cover, performed by Chester Bennington)
- Berserker (by Gunship & Tyler Bates Ft. Dave Lombardo)
- Stone Cold Earth (by Show Me The Body)

Least Favorite Track :
- Kissing in The Rain (by Soccer Mommy) - the ... read more
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It's a ten...out of 100.
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Right now, The Foo Fighters' biggest problem resides in the creative department. It’s 2021 and “Medicine at Midnight” doesn’t bring a scintilla of authenticity. Their disco and sometimes funk inspired sound attempts in "Medicine at Midnight" fail to become memorable. For the most part, "Waiting on a War" sounds like a recycled version of their well-known single, "Breakout" (just listen to the chorus). As for "Shame Shame", it could ... read more
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Whoa, 12 songs in 22 mins. I'll praise the unconventionality.

I think that his vocals work best on songs that are more elaborate in terms of narrative. A perfect example is <<Try Harder Still>>, a song which effectively describes the struggle of wanting to find your place in this world after trying various things, though it seems there’s something missing every single time...

Conclusion : A minimalist record which ends up being enjoyable and even memorable for the most ... read more
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Note to self : never annoy Tatiana.
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I truly enjoyed the modern, stylish and intriguing "Synthetic Nature” project. The album cover art is cool and works in its favor. It made me think of a dry lake named Groom Lake, which is part of Area 51, a place where people would like to go ”alien hunting”, but... xD.
If I had to imagine a story, I would say that the first section of the album seems to focus on certain inventions being developed in a top secret place. You did call it the “infant” side, so ... read more
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First retrospective review on this site. :-)
"Resist" is a strong debut from the early 00s appealing electronica group, Kosheen, fronted by singer-songwriter Sian Evans. I specifically remember discovering Kosheen as a teen (by accident on Youtube) in the early 10s. A great "accident" and luckily not the only one.
It also ended up being my favorite album from Kosheen's discography, that's why I really wanted for some time now to listen to this album again and then rate it, ... read more
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Honestly? Mixed feelings (and I'm saying this as a fan). I respect them personally for wanting to fight against injustice on so many levels, for directly expressing themselves through music, for being a great band, yet this album feels rushed. Maybe some tracks are intentionally obnoxious and tacky, in order to illustrate the ugliness going on, but still, I guess I expected more from them.
~55/100 (at least for now).

Best Tracks : The Creeps; The Men Who Rule The World; No Horses (included in ... read more
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This dude undoubtedly has talent. I like the disco and synth-pop inspired sounds on most tracks. There are however some development problems.

The LP's core reveals its most memorable singles. "Everybody's Gonna Love Somebody" is an endearing love song with simple lyrics, yet it shows how a genuine performance can make a repetitive chorus sound so passionate. Big thumbs up for "Wait, I Lied" and the energy it exudes, I can easily see it as the most elaborate song from this ... read more
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Viewed as a whole, "Scaled and Icy" is a huge disappointment if you put it next to Twenty One Pilots' previous ambitious project ("Trench"), but still it seems to be a record you (or I ) can amateurishly dance to. That alone doesn't prevent it from being almost forgettable.
When it comes to its sound, this album is done in a very lazy manner, so I won't even go deeper into analysis.

Favorite Track : Formidable.

Guilty pleasure : Choker.

Worst Tracks : Good Day, The ... read more
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Liz Phair is officially back! Finally! :-) Her vocals are on point, extraordinary at times. However, certain songs on this new album tend to "suffer" (some more than others) in the editing & mixing departments, i.e. Spanish Doors, Dosage... Sensed some auto-tune segments here and there, which prove to be not only useless, but seem to diminish this album's quality. That's such a pity!
Didn't enjoy "The Game", which has such a common sound to it, or the ... read more
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