Jan 31, 2019
90
Where "Nowhere Now Here" really shines is by the subtle way it builds intensity, through dark and gloomy textures and sounds that seem to have come from utter hopelessness. The Japanese band came through with a cinematic, thought provoking and transcendent post-rock album, in which it's masterful execution will keep me returning to re-experience the dread and emotions this LP presents.


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I suspect I'll have to return and re-review this album in the future. It's been almost a week ... read more
Jan 31, 2019
70
"amo" is a modern take of pop/ EDM rock, which impressed by how well blended and flushed out the songs were and as a result left me thoroughly enjoying this LP. I admire Bring Me The Horizon for actually willing to take risks and cross over genres despite their influences becoming sometimes a little too apparent, and actually releasing a refreshing record for the metalcore, alternative genre as a whole.


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This one positively surprised me. Album that sound similar in the sense of ... read more
Jan 27, 2019
80
Aesop Rock and TOBACCO team up under the pseudonym Malibu Ken to release an incredibly fun and engaging electronic hip-hop tape. This 10 track album is catchy, blends together very well and has bars upon bars of clever lyricism and wordplay making it weirdly cryptic and encourages multiple listens to decipher.


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"Malibu Ken" keeps getting better with every listen. The album doesn't really tackle anything too deep or meaningful but that serves in it's favor mostly by keeping ... read more
Jan 23, 2019
20
Gnash's debut studio album "we" is a one dimensional record that seems to specialize in missed opportunities. It's forgettable, generic and painfully boring which is a shame considering that there were quite a few ideas here that aside from Gnash sounding like a human chipmunk, could have worked pretty well.


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To say that Gnash has no appeal would just flat out be wrong. I pretty much see him as an edgier, older Jacob Sartorius. Everything from the autotuned high-pitched vocals to ... read more
Jan 23, 2019
30
"Members Only, Vol 4" lets you believe that this will be a tribute tape for XXXTentacion, but instead is a bunch of annoying trap tracks, "glinging" their way through songs talking about sex mainly. If anything, this album just puts on blast how far ahead X was from everyone else on "Members Only", both as a rapper and a charismatic personality.

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I genuinely feel so let down by this tape. I'm gonna keep this review relatively short and just get a few points of ... read more
Jan 23, 2019
50
"The Unseen In Between" is for the most part a laid back indie folk rock record with an old school vibe that sounds good but underwhelmed me in regards to keeping my attention. The album artwork prompted me to give this a listen but unfortunately only about half of the material here matched up to the coolness of Steve Gunn and his guitar case.


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For the most part the tunes on this LP are pleasant acoustic folk rock with an occasional electric guitar in the background / drum pattern ... read more
Jan 22, 2019
10
Papa Roach have successfully created yet another abomination of a record. I can truly say that I don't trust anyone who genuinely enjoys this LP.


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I'm gonna keep this review super short because the more I think about this album, the more my head hurts. This is uninspired & cliche nu-metal/dad rock that features basic song structures and lyrics. These guys have been in the game for almost 30 years and somehow manage to sound amateurish. I wish there was a hit song here like "Last ... read more
Jan 21, 2019
100
"To Be Kind" is a rich album which manages to captivate through complex soundscapes, infectious grooves and unforgettable performances. With perfect execution of every track, Swans take their sound to a whole another level yet again with the most beautifully layered and textured chaotic and awe-inspiring music they've done since "Soundtracks For The Blind".


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Ok much like many of the previous Swans records, pretty much everything regarding this record that needs to be said ... read more
Jan 20, 2019
60
"Remind Me Tomorrow" is a very well produced indie pop album whose sometimes lackluster songwriting can be overlooked due to how well the record flows and sounds. With great ideas coming out of this LP, Sharon Van Etten delivers a stylistically great but substantially underwhelming record who's biggest flaw is that when it's all said and done, it left very little for me to remember this record by.


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"Remind Me Tomorrow" was the first album I checked out from Sharon Van ... read more
Jan 20, 2019
90
"The Seer" is a 2 hour experience which steps away from storytelling and instead focuses on creating the most vast soundscapes it possibly can. Swans' most experimental, primal and beastly sound yet, this 2X LP consists of mind-numbing repetition, raw and hard hitting compositions and some of the best payoff moments the band has ever created. This is not a record for your average listener - you need patience and focus in order to fully immerse yourself in "The Seer" and ... read more
Jan 20, 2019
70
"My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" is a relatively tame Swans record, who with a new roster, decide to once again switch up their sound and leave their past work in the past. Although overshadowed by the behemoth records that follow, this is definitely a worthy Swans release that is accessible enough to offer newer listeners a taste of Swans and also of Michael Gira - whose "folk" inspired work with Angels of Light bleeds over to this LP.


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I honestly believe ... read more
Jan 20, 2019
80
It took me exactly 3 listens to realize, that The Twilight Sad had just released an absolute banger of a record. "IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME" is filled with electrifying post-punk/indie rock songs which are very well made, completely infectious and have the tendency to sound better with every listen!


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I was incredibly pleased with how this LP turned out. The first couple listens were quite enjoyable, but I didn't really feel like I "got" the record yet. Of course ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
100
Thrilling, psychedelic, euphoric, legendary, boundary pushing, transcendental, genius, twisted, scary, spiritual, primal, chaotic, emotional, disturbing, progressive, magnum opus etc... ALL of these words would accurately describe "Soundtracks for the Blind" - everything since the band's first EP has led to this: Swans' most thought provoking and jaw dropping work of art.


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What a bloody genius artistic statement this LP is. Inspired by the deterioration of the health from their ... read more
Jan 18, 2019*
80
Not only is "Assume Form" James Blake's most consistent album yet, it's also the best relationship themed album I've heard in recent memory. It's soothing, incredibly dreamy, ethereal, emotional, and hauntingly beautiful. The album has an outstanding flow and has additional themes of male vulnerability and depression: which it handles very maturely. If you're looking for an album to remind you of a loved one -- look no further!


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I've been a fan of James Blake ever since his self ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
70
"The WIZRD" is easily the best Future solo album since "EVOL". While it doesn't offer anything outside the usual Future sound; there is a great selection of instrumentals, catchy songs and consistent performances that it makes for a lengthy but very enjoyable listen to an artist that is still very much in his 'prime' trap era.


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When a Future song clicks with you, it really clicks. I was worried that Future was moving further and further away from what initially made him ... read more
Jan 18, 2019
60
Deerhunter's comeback record "Why Has Everything Already Disappeared?" is a mixed bag of indie pop-rock and experimentation which presents some great ideas but doesn't deliver much of anything you haven't heard before. Enjoyed it for what it's worth but it wasn't anything too special.


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I was quite looking forward to hearing this album, and despite it leaking several weeks before it's release I told myself I was going to be patient and wait for the official release. And now I've ... read more
Jan 17, 2019
90
No album manages to fuse the psychology of a mentally insane killer and the inevitable end of the world; with catchy and beautifully poetic songs like "The Great Annihilator". Despite a couple of songs being a little under-developed, this was Swans' best work to date (1995). An album with the atmosphere of "Filth" and "Children of God" and the accessibility of "The Burning World" and "White Light" - this is an amazing work of art!


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Damn! This ... read more
Jan 17, 2019
80
In 1992, it seemed almost like part 2 of "White Light" was released, Swans' 8th studio LP: "Love of Life" - an album that makes you appreciate the life you have through infectious riffs, melodies, and much higher tempo performances. The album art reflects the music really well, as this is like "White Light"s older more gothic brother -- with higher intensity and darker lyrics.


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I often debate with myself which record I prefer "White Light" or ... read more
Jan 17, 2019
100
An album that was massively ahead of it's time and was essential to bring garage music to an all time rise in popularity in the UK, "Original Pirate Material" is a necessary, influential, debut masterpiece from Mike Skinner's iconic project - 'The Streets'.


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Everything to say about "Original Pirate Material" has already been said: this is undoubtedly a work of art. This album immediately puts you in London, and takes you about 20 years in the past; telling stories of ... read more
Jan 14, 2019
80
"White Light from the Mouth of Infinity" sounds and feels like the one ray of sunshine among Swans' deep dark soundscapes that they are used to delivering. While still touching negative themes like losing control and failing, this is a more hopeful album that is full of fast tempo tracks, amazing strings and powerful lyrics - an essential addition to the band's catalogue and an album I'd recommend if you want to get into earlier Swans.


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This is such a kick-ass album from Swans. ... read more
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