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Tatsky -
85
Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" has been talked to death, so pretty much anything I write about its qualities or its missteps is treading on dead grass. My only take is a personal one, in that I've heard this to an insane frequency and I'm starting to grow distant on cool jazz as I seek something more wild or avant-garde, but it's absolutely personal taste. And I'm not trying to imply this album is short on creativity, lol no.

My rating and personal history doesn't take away from the ... read more
Tatsky -
80
Kids See Ghosts is at its best when it's at its most contemplative, especially when paired with the psychedelic instrumentation. It's a shame that the title track and Fire are so rough around the edges.

Tiers:
9: Reborn, Cudi Montage, Feel the Love
8: Freeee (Ghost Town Pt 2), 4th Dimension
7: Kids See Ghosts, Fire
Tatsky -
80
The Life of Pablo might be a deeply flawed album in terms of a few tracks that were better in demos, and tracks that should've been cut, but it's also a heavily personal album that feels as much of a reflection of Ye as a person as Late Registration, if not more so.

Tiers:
10: Ultralight Beam, Saint Pablo
9: No More Parties in LA, Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1, Real Friends
8: Waves, FML, 30 Hours, Wolves, Famous
7: Frank's Track, Fade
6: Highlights, Pt. 2, Facts (Charlie Heat), Feedback, I ... read more
Tatsky -
65
Over distorted as fuck trap metal while embracing a horrorcore aesthetic lyrically, but this is a complete miss for me. Unless you're caught in the Gecs distortion pit and are a fan of it, I don't see any kind of identity out of the song. The lyrics are supremely edgy, almost to the point of parody, but that on its own is at least enjoyable. This year has had better high energy screaming songs like Unintelligible, even if they're focusing on different things. Or maybe I'm finally hitting that ... read more
Tatsky -
85
The Kount just made one of the best beats I've ever heard to perfectly match Noname's flow and lyrical style, and the song is less than 3 minutes. That's highway robbery, I want to hear that beat for half a day.

Noname continues to be my favorite female rapper. Her lyrics here are insanely good. It's all delivered well and it never sounds like she's trying to get attention. It's sincere and sounds more like she's using her voice to say something that's always been true: fuck billionaires. 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?

About

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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