Spectrum_Pulse

Spectrum_Pulse

Toronto, ON, Canada

Best of 2021

Eric Church - &
Eric Church
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90
Apr 29

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Maroon 5 - JORDI
Maroon 5
JORDI
30
Jul 23
MIKE - Disco!
MIKE
Disco!
60
Jul 23

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Spectrum_Pulse -
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It’s not that I’m surprised we got here, but rather that it took so long to do so.

And to explain that statement, we have to briefly talk about genre, specifically coming out of the 2000s revival that is now in full swing, specifically an intersection point that hasn’t happened as often as you’d expect. The first genre is emo, which picked up a bit more of a pop sheen throughout the 2000s to the point where purists would argue the bands tagged with the label ... read more
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30
…hey, don’t blame me for this one, sometimes you need the utterly generic silent majority act to boost the video for the algorithm - at least that’s not as cynical as, well, this album!

Look, at this point it’s a dead meme how utterly inessential and past their prime Maroon 5 is, where I have to assume the only reason mainstream critics are bothering to cover this is an easy target - that’s how dead the meme is - and thus when we get a new album, I have no idea ... read more
Spectrum_Pulse -
50
You know, the one very convenient thing about running a show where you talk about the Hot 100 is that if you wind up covering her on that show, reviewing the album itself winds up pretty straightforward!

And man, I wish it was better - unfortunately a lot of the charting moments are the most interesting on this project but also highlight how Doja Cat sounds overmanaged and pulled in a few too many directions. Now she’s got a jack-of-all-trades skillset in terms of her pretty good ... read more
Spectrum_Pulse -
80
so… guess who feels very late to the party here?

In all due fairness, I feel like I should have reviewed Mazy Fly two years ago, it was on my radar but somehow slipped through the cracks, but with the surge of critical acclaim directed at Spelllling’s newest album, especially from one fellow colleague on this website, I figured I’d do my due diligence and catch up on her first two albums. And I’ll admit I’m not sure how to feel about them - a haunting but ... read more
Spectrum_Pulse -
80
I’m not sure what it was about that last Mountain Goats album Getting Into Knives that hooked me more than everyone else. Maybe I’m a sucker for the writing leaning into a feral and dilapidated place along with the rougher production, maybe it was how there were enough slow burn moments to really suck me in, maybe it was listening to it alongside the newest clipping for a thematic synergy that gave them both so much replay value.

Anyway, folks have been way more supportive and ... read more

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May 21, 2021
oh thank God you finally started adding your reviews to the site😫❤❤
cause they're great😪❤
May 2, 2021
Is there a particular reason you don't post your reviews here? You'd probably shoot up in followers if more people knew you were here
Dec 8, 2020
hey mark. idk if you actually check your shoutbox but id recommend you check out windswept adan by ichiko aoba. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/296578-ichiko-aoba-windswept-adan.php it's been getting rave review and it came out very recently. thx for reading this if you see it.
Oct 21, 2020
Mark from Spectrum Pulse!
Oct 18, 2020
Wait, is that actually you? Didn’t know you were on the site!
Aug 9, 2020
What do you think is the most underrated album of all time? This is for a list.
Jun 10, 2020
one of the best music critics i know...thank you sir for your contribution.
Apr 18, 2020
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Mar 21, 2020
I never even knew you had an AOTY til now
Jan 22, 2020
Thanks for all the album and artist recs over the years, Mark! Keep up the reviews. The new series just leads to even more music discussion because you’re able to review more with less :)

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