RakkSmells

Sam Is Not A Critic
(RakkSmells)

300 N State Street, Chicago, IL, United States

Favorite Albums

Best of 2023

Recent Ratings

SZA - Ctrl
SZA
Ctrl
75
Jan 23

Recent Reviews

Alvvays - Blue Rev
100
This new Alvvays album is everything I could have asked for from the band. Every track is pure fucking indie pop bliss. I can kinda see why people would prefer Antisocialities for being more immediately catchy, and maybe it's just because I've played this so much since it released but this is no less hookier or catchy than that album in my opinion - it's one that I found rewards with each listen I give it. It feels like with each spin I'm discovering a new favourite melody in an album decorated ... read more
Bladee - Spiderr
80
Well, it's official: Bladee is 100% gonna be my top artist on my Spotify Wrapped this year and there is nothing I can or will do to fix that
Weezer - SZNZ: Autumn
45
I feel like Weezer's been hammering the exact same song formula into the ground for the past 8 years and this SZNZ EP series is making it really obvious

Never had less to say about a Weezer project than this one

Steve Lacy - Gemini Rights
65
It's definitely better than Apollo XXI, but I guess I'm still waiting for a full Steve Lacy album to click. This album obviously has its highlights - the bossa nova-tinged Mercury, the upbeat breeze Sunshine (even if I feel like Fousheé, as good as her feature is, is like 80% of the track), the audacity of Bad Habit; a track that finds an incredible chord progression and just rides it for 4 minutes straight with a disgustingly catchy hook; and a simply beautiful closer in the form of ... read more
leroy - Dariacore 3​.​.​. At least I think that's what it's called?
80
A chaotic, carefree, club-ready celebration of Gen Z nostalgia and internet culture.

From the iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll" chorus of 2009, to the opening directly sampling a relic from the waning "party tonight" era of pop music in the early-mid 2010s, to samples as recent as the "it's me or the PS5" song from TikTok - love or hate the original songs, this album to me feels like a love letter to those weirdly fond, terminally online memories of said ... read more

Shoutbox

1w
Hey rak! Got a new track out https://youtu.be/686-p5Iir8M
3w
Hey! I'm approaching 1k reviews on my profile, so I wanted to try something. If you could expose me to any album and guarantee I do a lengthy review, what would that be? I want to approach a few people on this site I like and have their suggestions be my 995th - 100th reviews. Just for funsies.
3w
🐐🐐🐐
1mo
Happy new years bro! Got a new track out hope u like it!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/bruhman/album/579190-first-impression/
1mo
Based favorite albums selection
1mo
Hello Sam, would you like to contribute to my list?

About

He/him | 18
I don't really listen to music. Not my thing.

(Using favourite album section for my favourite non-2023 discoveries of the year)

I rate singles here: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/rakksingles/

New album "Nothing Was Ever Meant To Make Sense" out now

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Rating Distribution

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348

60-69
 
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102

40-49
 
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10

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Recent Lists

(Not counting anything from 2023) I listened to all of these for the very first time in my entire life. Not once before have I clicked "play" on these albums, but as of this year, that ...
Updated 11h agoRanked 2
Ranking every musical project (album/EP/compilation/whatever) I released to the public from best to worst. My many personas include: cole sether (the one where I attempt to make good music) Rakk (the ...
Updated 11h agoRanked 8
Here's a bunch of cover arts I really like, y'know, the ones that just hit out of the park for me. Album covers that work perfectly with the music but also just look great.
Updated 13h ago 12
Member since November 14, 2018

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