AOTY 2019
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tinymusiccritic
Walthamstow, London, UK

Recent Reviews

Oct 4, 2019
83
On his fifth album proper, Danny Brown closes out a decade of border-pushing brilliance with a release that, despite a credits list featuring underground heavyweights like Run The Jewels, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange and JPEGMAFIA (not to mention Q-Tip!), adopts a refreshingly relaxed and undemanding approach.

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The first words we got to hear from Danny Brown’s first project since 2016 were “the hybrid”. That ad-lib, delivered with Brown's now trademark strangulated ... read more
Aug 30, 2019
62
A new TOOL record cannot exist in a vacuum. The context surrounding it can't help but alter how it is received and perceived. Like it or not, they're a band that inspire fervent idolatry from their legion of die-hard fans, and abject, sneering ridicule from their detractors. Taken too seriously by the former, and not seriously at all by the latter, TOOL are the textbook definition of "divisive," hailed as mold-breaking geniuses by one camp, and tediously pretentious by the other. ... read more
Aug 16, 2019
80
There have been a number of stories in the music press of late extolling the mental health benefits of listening to metal music. Contrary to popular misconception, exposing ones ears to the bludgeoning instrumentals, and, at times, darkly violent lyrical themes of extreme music does not, it appears, render the listener a raging, misogynist misanthrope, mired in festering self-hatred and suicidal ideation. To the contrary, metal music apparently helps its fans process and control feelings of ... read more
Jun 27, 2019
95
”I would do anything to feel like I’m alive again.”

There’s a common misconception that those who survive a near-death experience find a renewed lust for life, an almost simple-minded gratefulness for the mere circumstance of continuing to exist. The reality is, of course, more complicated. John Baizley, frontman, guitarist, artist behind those incredibly intricate album covers, and now the only remaining founding member of Baroness, knows the reality of a life lived in ... read more
May 30, 2019*
79
Despite bearing all the hallmarks of a classic break-up album - the pained, fragile vocal delivery, the sparse arrangements, the directness of the lyrics - Hayden Thorpe's Diviner is not, in fact, the product of a clichéd boy-meets-girl > boy-gets-heart-broken > boy-sings-of-his-heartbreak kind of narrative. It’s more of a boy-meets-three-other-boys > boys-spend-17-years-together-in-a-band > band-breaks-up-leaving-boy-alone story. That old chestnut.

Thorpe himself has ... read more
Jul 9, 2019
I tried Baroness. seems quality but not my thing. thanks for the rec.
Feb 11, 2019
found an interesting Drone Metal record at my local music shoppe, not sure if you're into that sort of thing, but the atmosphere on these two tracks is pretty dope

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/139661-dull-knife-dull-knife.php
Feb 11, 2019
Thanks for adding the somn record to the site! Wouldnt have been able to find such a gem without ya!
Sep 16, 2017
Thanks so much!
Sep 10, 2017
So you've heard the Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent album?
If so, tell me more please ^^
Sep 12, 2015
Finally you are back, I remember you left your Tumblr page.
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