AOTY 2019
Dec 14, 2019
65
One of those daily tragedies where I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Normally, I'd just go on with my day, but one thing did stick out to me amidst the Feist protégé: this quaint little EP is so kind. It hurts actually. You don't see too many records like these that are genuinely sweet to the core. I get music can be a personal lifeline, but we gotta smile once in awhile too. Or, at least something to meditate with. (Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong areas?) She ... read more
Dec 13, 2019*
80
I woke up this past Friday feeling an immense sadness, but it didn't pertain to me either. I figured whatever it was, it had to be in the news. I'm always hesitant to look though. Despite the news of America's impeachment process, mass shootings, detainment camps, financial inequality hitting an all time high and our climate crisis hitting an all time low, among many other things, many might still be able to "manage" in light of this. However, the definitive blow has to come from the ... read more
Dec 11, 2019
80
It's fundamental to understand that, despite common belief, Angels of Light do not serve as an extension of Swans. Rather, the two stem as separate branches to the same tree- Michael Gira. Who, in the hopes of striking an untapped creative outlet, started the band after feeling a "sonic overload" from Swans. However, the project died the same way it had lived. After Swans' modern day revival, Gira expressed frustration with Angels of Light. Citing "self imposed" constraints ... read more
Dec 11, 2019
60
I'd question the accolades of "ingenuity" a bit, as Laura and Dylan really were just horsing around until something sounded nice, but she did just call a rink-a-dink truck boy a piss baby, so maybe this album is clever. Also, Laura tried to eat her microphone while strumming a headless guitar solo when I saw them live.

What? Improvised albums get improvised reviews.
Oct 23, 2019
85
*1,000 Ratings!*

Kyle Bobby Dunn and The Infinite Sadness, despite its tounge and cheek name, is a post-dream requisite of emotion that centers itself on recollection, longing and missed opportunity. The mildly sarcastic titles to the (almost) two and a half hour monolith may direct listeners to believe there's more under the surface, but at the end of it all, despite it's sparseness, it's just pure catharsis. When you combine that with delicately swollen and swooning textures, what you get is ... read more
Oct 20, 2019*
65
This sort of dreamy, phonographic sound in hip-hop has grown as tiresome as the "singer with a guitar" schtick in indie right now and, I'm one to think, the hip-hop community has grown comfortable with the monotony.

"What kinds of songs you make?
I make the kind you gotta read, baby."

Oh no doubt, and I think a lot of what Mavi is saying is both beautiful and powerful, but he's kind of reading the same. It's music, not just literature, and Mavi does very little to ... read more
Oct 20, 2019
NR
"This sounds the way a bubble bath looks."

-My sister
Oct 18, 2019
75
Ms. Polachek's experience in radio pop sensibilities shouldn't deter passersby from her genre accepting sound, but it also shouldn't over exaggerate the simplicity of her work either. She strikes a fine line between unconventional and accessible veneer. What, with her (albiet light) touches of ambient, acoustics and glitch pop. Her vocal work is fine and dandy, nothing I could nit pick, but it's really the production table that gives her a leg up. (A good speaker listen, but an even better ... read more
Oct 15, 2019
68
What's a 65 to me? A "good" album with a bit too many inconsistencies.

What's a 70 to me? A "good" album I could see myself coming back to often.

I'm kinda split in the middle with the nonsensical simplicity on this one. Some absolutely energizing gems await, no doubt about it, but theres a heavy dose of stodgy filler too. (Gotta Get Out of This Filler) hmm....What year did you say this came out again?...1968 you say?...Alrighty then. I'll break character just this once.
Oct 14, 2019*
75
Before we begin, I believe it's important to address the elephant in the room in regards to how songs of Sinatra's era were conceived. Aside from composers, blues artists (if they weren't covering each other) and jazz bands, it was standard for musicians to have their songs written for them by professional song writers. Especially in vocal jazz and traditional pop. Sometimes it was by record label's decision, but more often than not it was because vocalists didn't know how to write a song. ... read more
Oct 14, 2019
80
Yes, this is pretty inoffensive. They don't call it easy listening for nothin', but what's even more egregious is that you're only tapping your foot to the beat when you should be out there spinning and leaping! What makes or breaks a Sinatra record is whether or not he can sell a first impression to you with just his voice alone. The composers are always on their A-Game, but that's probably not going to grab your attention first. "Swing Easy" is certainly naive and young at heart, ... read more
Oct 6, 2019
70
Christian music is often cited as boring and tedious. Fairly so, but everyone has their theories as to why. As a man of faith I can tell you: it's demoralizing. It's what I would call the "safe space" of music. Everywhere you look, bands are littered with mantras of "He is good" that are over produced to sound clean and poise. That's all fine and dandy, but do you care to explain WHY our savior is so good? I need a little more explanation than that. What good has he done for ... read more
Oct 4, 2019*
75
I was excited to see that Danny Brown was simplifying his sound with his next endeavor. I feel like he's always been a bit overly ambitious. Like, where do you put it all? Nonetheless, I figured this direction could lead to tightly knitted songs. Thankfully, I was right, but I don't think it was entirely intentional on Danny's part. I'm getting some major Deep Puddle Dynamics vibes with this one. He's constantly dubbing himself down as opposed to striving towards facilitation. Holding himself ... read more
Oct 4, 2019
90
I'm starting to accept the fact that I think on a different plain of view. Not "intellectually" but cognitively. I've always been this way, as a kid even. Some people tell me it's a gift. Maybe so, but it's easier to play dumb really. Let the people point their fingers and say their gossip. Yeah, I can pick up the tiniest of hints. (Except when it's related to romance for whatever reason.) Still, my little corners of haven (such as this site) provide me self expression like no other. ... read more
Oct 3, 2019
90
There's a line in Olsen's debut EP that reads:

"Please don't confuse me
with your devastating stare-downs
I'll hold your mirror up
All you have to do is turn around.
So you can see the face you make
When are giving out your soul.
Are you the only one who doesn't already know?"

The figure in question certainly gets called out during the track, and so they should, but if "If It's Alive, It Will" is an indication of anything, it's that we tend to be the most critical of ... read more
Oct 2, 2019
75
I'm one to believe that indie rock may always be a "follow the leader" kind of genre, but that even the most stubborn of movements will find a way to progress. 2007 marked the year where the scorching brand left by The Strokes was in the process of fading away. As a result, bands who took center stage in this style began to distance themselves while nibbling on then forgien concepts. The Killers were going for luscious and grandiose soundscapes, Arctic Monkeys cranked up the intensity ... read more
Sep 30, 2019
85
An album with songs so good
THEY'RE ON THE ALBUM TWICE
Sep 30, 2019
100
*Written in one go. One of those things I just had to type out and leave alone , y'know?*

Music is probably the toughest form of media to objectify and decipher. We can't physically touch or see it like we can with a movie or a book. All we have to work with is the context shared with us, but sometimes that information is relayed incorrectly or it's just simply lost in translation. In moments like these, you have to work with the snippets given and, occasionally, rely on a gut ... read more
Sep 28, 2019*
90
The Aislers Set are the kind of band that could have only existed, let alone thrive, in their era. The year 2000 signified the rise of the indie movement to kickstart the new millennium. Bands were being signed left and right and making the air waves like never before, but it had yet to make the commercial boom like it later would down the line. After a three year wait, the San Francisco natives came back accomplished and ready for a new album. Having gained a small following and the notoriety ... read more
Sep 28, 2019
75
Anti-Christianty and edgy thematics in metal is something I see as a tiresome gag. Personally, I tend to ask a bit more emotion out of my music than just gimmicks, whatever they may be. Metal is difficult for me in that the very core of the genre is plagued by this idea. Granted, it's rooted that way, but it's not too common to find a metal record that consistently capitalizes on a creative idea without sacrificing it's extremity. The Norwegian black metal scene is the last place I would look ... read more
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