Best of 2021

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Suuns - Felt
Suuns
Felt
73
Jul 26

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Timbo -
70
By no means a terrible album but definitely lackluster following the mammoth Melting Sun. Some questionable risks that pay off and some that don't.
Timbo -
88
It's less cohesive than Psychic - looser and messier - but in a charming way.
Timbo -
75
A marginal improvement over the last one. Nothing nearly as horrifying as "Pistol" but nothing nearly as good as anything before Strangers to Ourselves. This band will likely never have another "classic" but this isn't nearly as bad as it was looking to be at least.
Timbo -
86
Veering away from the experimental nature of his excellent previous record 22 A Million, Justin Vernon's 4th album as Bon Iver is more accessible, but does wear a little thin at times. Its a Everyman album, done largely for his fans and it contains elements of all precious albums combined. Still, there's no denying his talent and i,i is a success because Vernon still pushes himself into new territory.
Timbo -
64
A painful score to deliver. This isn't the absolute trainwreck that was expected, but it's also extremely bland and uninteresting. "Knives" is laughably bad and quite perplexing - as is the whole album. With how things unraveled on their last one, this album shows not only how justified Janet was to leave, but it also seems silly that after continuing without her they wouldn't go bolder or stranger. Instead, they retreat to their safe zone which sounds more akin to Janet's preference. ... read more

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