Best of 2021

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Tatsky -
90
The soundtrack to night driving on the city highway when you're slightly drunk, a track that sounds exactly like its title.
For a lot of people it's nostalgia incarnate, but what goes unsaid is how well it uses bells and builds what is already a song that is at the climax from the get-go, and how goddamn infectious the choral vocal is without being annoying.
Synths are not just used for melodies but as effective atmosphere, the vocal layering builds up on top of it, and the harmonies!!! The ... read more
Tatsky -
85
Nearly my favorite part of MBDTF because it's the closest to showing Kanye at his most overblown. The production is easily way too much, with weird compressed horns and people fighting for audio dominance often, mixed and mastered to be loud and proud. It does a great job of selling the "lights" part of the song, of constantly being in the public eye, close to the theme of Runaway and MBDTF as a whole where it's people dissecting the celebrity life but it's less about whether the ... read more
Tatsky -
100
The original recording on the album was the best produced R&B single I'd ever heard. This is just as silky smooth in production despite being live, and Bruno Mars does an even better performance than I could ever imagine. Screaming as he kills that high note near the end. Shaking as I hear how well those drums sound. Regardless of the quality of this album in the end, I think they made history on that set. I genuinely can't remember a single other thing from that night, anyway.

I'm still ... read more
Tatsky -
80
Not saying the Mike Love music dislike is completely undeserved, but Mike Love like any other person had many shades to him, and I think this is the brightest one. A full, actually released version of a song that was done differently on the album it's probably known for, this time Love's version instead of Holland, and it's just as warm and happy if not more so. It's still short and doesn't last quite as long as other songs, but it leaves you with good feelings.

The song of the summer? ... read more
Tatsky -
90
Best version of the song, I think better than its KEXP showing with how good the vocals are in tandem with the guitar, and better than its album release because honestly, the loud dynamics were absolutely necessary. I've never been hardcore convinced on Black Midi, but I think this is the first single that's making me see the light. It has a good amount of intelligence when it comes to building, throwing you face first at the start before immediately switching to very monotone singing, and the ... read more

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Feb 5, 2021
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Jan 24, 2021
Hello, I love your album reviews.
My new EP, a very short one has just released. Will be grateful if you listen and review it. I need honest review, it could be harsh but I want to know what people thinks and how can I improve. There's is some Hindi Lyrics (very few) but the 90% of the album is English. Attaching the AOTY and Spotify link. Will be grateful forever if you respond. 🙏🙏

AOTY▶️ https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/325405-bodhisattya-pal-astronomers-dilemma.php

SPOTIFY▶️ https://open.spotify.com/album/0DMLqhpaQ44jPQGOAkTEoF?si=vz1cnEAARuq_hRNLkxRkKA
Jan 4, 2021
Thank you for the responses! Here's the list: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/smtcubes/list/34090/alien-albums/
Jan 4, 2021
Hello friend, I hope you're having a great day! If you have any interest in participating in a list I'm making, here's the prompt:

Aliens have come down from a previously unknown planet, and touch down right in front of your house. You come outside, and they speak English somehow, but they ask you for one thing- to give them a human album. You have an MP3 player, but it only can hold one album of any length. You can give the aliens any album for any reason, but please explain why you chose the album you chose.

Thank you for answering (if you do), and have a great day!
Nov 9, 2020
Ooo nice picks. Will definitely check them out. Thanks for sharing!
Nov 9, 2020
Is there a specific artist or album that you love but it is not well known at all?

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Hey, I'm Tatsky. Despite spending a lot of time in music, my reviews will read like nothing but really personal statements. Otherwise, I compose, listen to, and try to review music. I also work in radio and play piano and do vocal shit.

I also make playlists for uni radio, OWL Radio! I make the "Month in Highlights" playlists. Check them out in the website link below!



Also ACAB and BlackLivesMatter.

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90-99
 
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80-89
 
65

70-79
 
43

60-69
 
26

50-59
 
13

40-49
 
7

30-39
 
2

20-29
 

10-19
 
1

0-9
 

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