Recent Reviews

Feb 20, 2019
Terence Blanchard's score for BlacKkKlansman isn't bad, it's just exactly what you'd expect from a score like this. Blanchard makes every track here feel overly American and bombastic, or like a 70s Blaxploitation film. It's as if Spike Lee told him the various themes he'd be playing with in his film, then Blanchard decided not to attempt anything that would go outside those norms. This is also the only score nominated for best score at this year's Oscars that doesn't feel like a complete piece ... read more
Feb 20, 2019
The combination of Barry Jenkins' visuals and the music of Nicholas Britell will always be a remarkable combination for me. Britell's sparse, but moving score for Moonlight left me in tears, and his score for If Beale Street Could Talk has the same effect on me. Britell knows how to do so much with so little, using simple string patterns for maximum emotional resonance. We feel the love between these two lead characters because of what Britell is doing with his score.

With a song like ... read more
Feb 20, 2019
I remember years ago, some film critic I admire pointed out how strange it is that most massively successful films have at least some piece of music that sticks with its audience long after the film is over. Films like Titanic, The Lion King, Star Wars, etc. But despite their insane popularity, Marvel films never have that sort of interest in contagious ear worms. It's curious to me then that the first film to have both a remarkable score and soundtrack of original music comes from Black ... read more
Feb 12, 2019
As the final album from Sonic Youth, "The Eternal" has the band seemingly going through various eras of rock music. "Anti-Orgasm" sounds very 1960s, and while I don't like most of "Walkin Blue," it occasionally sounds like the 1970s. The band themselves keep meandering through the noise-rock of their early career, the extended experiments of the late-80s with "Massage the History," but most notably, the general malaise of their 90s period. Considering ... read more
Feb 8, 2019
If someone asked me what I thought Sonic Youth sounded like, before I started listening to all of their albums back-to-back, I'd probably say something similar to what "Rather Ripped" sounds like. That being said, the penultimate Sonic Youth record also sounds a lot like Broken Social Scene, which I can't say is a problem for me at all.

"Rather Ripped" is far more focused that what I've come to expect from Sonic Youth, and I think the focus on warm, intersecting guitar ... read more
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