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thisisabtlgrnd
NC, USA
Blur - 13
Blur
13
93
Aug 19

Recent Reviews

Jul 27, 2018
88
A well composed, surprisingly dark (gothic?) dancehall album. It kind of sounds like Popcaan's evil twin, but with smarter lyrics and a socially conscious edge. Gaika's vocals are a bit Future-ish in how washed out they are in certain songs, but the melodies, the production, and the especially mood really make this a satisfying listen for me.

Favorite tracks: Crown & Key, Hackers & Jackers, Born Thieves, Yard, Black Empire (Killmonger Riddim)
Jul 9, 2018
87
Hits on hits on hits with this record. Not every track works, but this is some of the catchiest, most forward-thinking pop rock I've heard in some time. It's also easily one of my alltime favorite things Julian Casablancas has had a hand in. His voice is just so sexy and dynamic across all the songs/genres the band takes on. The lyrics are also worth your attention; they're a little on the nose at times, but they do a pretty solid job of speaking to information age ennui overall. Virtue is ... read more
Jul 9, 2018*
87
This is a strong contender for the best metalcore album I've heard this decade, and one of my favorites of the year in any genre. It's got the relentless brutality of the best original metalcore acts with a dynamic, almost cyberpunk edge. It doesn't overstay its welcome, either. Code Orange had better be brewing up a potent followup to Forever, because it looks like Vein has just snatched their crown as the most interesting new metalcore band working.

Favorite tracks: Virus://Vibrance, ... read more
Jun 26, 2018
89
It took me longer to appreciate Year of the Snitch than any DG release since I first heard the Money Store in 2012, but they've done it again. There are fewer footholds on this album, but, if you're already partial to DG's sound, there are plenty of twisted, grotesque rewards in store if you give this LP your time.

Death Grips has now released 7 (!) great-to-classic full lengths. Long may they reign.

Favorite tracks: Disappointed, Black Paint, Death Grips Is Online, The Fear, Streaky
Jun 24, 2018*
85
Jocelyn Pook’s minimal piano compositions combined with Kubrick‘s classical selections make for what is probably one of of my favorite film soundtracks/scores ever. Also, “Masked Ball” is a 10/10 mindfuck of a track and one of the standout compositions of the 90s, if you ask me.
Feb 11, 2018
I think I'm going to give this some listens when school starts for me. My dad also really loves La Monte Young (and a lot of minimalist composers) hehehehe
Feb 11, 2018
How did you take in the five hours from that La Monte Young album?
Jul 3, 2014
I salute your dedication by following you. lol
Jun 17, 2013
Appreciate all the work you put in to get the new album ratings added to the site.
Rating Distribution
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48

80-89
 
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70-79
 
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60-69
 
75

50-59
 
46

40-49
 
13

30-39
 
2

20-29
 
1

10-19
 

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