AOTY 2019

Recent Reviews

May 20, 2019
88
Hot take: this is better than EMOTION. More varied, more mature, and the album has a solid throughline from Julien to Party of One. There were a number of tracks I could've dropped from EMOTION without missing much, but with Dedicated every song seems essential (except, perhaps, Feels Right).
Mar 17, 2019
60
I liked this album a lot more when I was listening to it while doing homework than while I was driving and paying more attention.

That's probably not a good sign. But it does raise my score a bit. Was initially a 5/10.
Mar 6, 2019
65
Fantastic aesthetic throughout the record, but it needed some stronger songwriting. Found it difficult to focus on the music at times.

Put it in the "good study music" folder.
Mar 5, 2019
90
Welp, found my likely rap AOTY.

This is such a tight record. It's only like 30-40 minutes long, but every second feels necessary and fresh. The hooks are catchy (I'm a BOSS in a fucking dress) and the production is consistently excellent. Little Simz can spit, but she shows maturity by not going full machine gun the whole album. She has her moments, for sure (Venom, for example), but overall she places emphasis on fitting within the song over being flashy. And it works so damn well.

Excellent ... read more
Mar 2, 2019
70
The first half or so of the record is rather dull, with Hozier opting to swap out his folk/blues sound for... well, nothing much. There are some exceptions here, like Nina Cried Power and Movement, but overall there was nothing drawing me into the songs.

The latter half, thankfully, was more along the lines of what I was hoping from the album. Some maturation from the sound of his self-titled, but it was actually pretty interesting. Loved the use of a choir throughout -- the gospel sound ... read more
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Grad Student with a music obsession. Set it up so my library is whatever I happen to be currently listening to... not necessarily all the stuff I own.

High school I was huge into modern prog metal, but I've since branched out a bunch. Current favorites include Coheed and Cambria, IDLES, Sons of Kemet, and Janelle Monae.

Scores are subject to change as my opinion changes.
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Rating Distribution
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80-89
 
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70-79
 
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60-69
 
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50-59
 
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40-49
 
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30-39
 
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20-29
 

10-19
 

0-9
 

Member since October 29, 2018

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