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Recent Reviews

May 22, 2018
76
Arguably Deer Tick’s best album, “War Elephant” is a rock-solid interpretation of multiple generations of folk-rock and alt-country bands. It’s pretty easy to play a game of “spot the influence” (Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, maybe Wilco, etc.), and that list gives you a pretty good sense of what “War Elephant” will sound like — namely, an indie rock album trying on some country affectations. But this vibe suits John McCauley well, and luckily, ... read more
May 22, 2018
65
I really hate to be the dissenting opinion on the rare occasion that critics and fans are both so fully behind a rock album. But while I could see “Wide Awake” growing on me, right now I have to admit that I don’t get it at all. From a critical standpoint, I can appreciate what Parquet Courts are doing, and admire the genre-hopping approach. Actually listening to the album, though, has been an exhausting experience. I can’t find any particular rhyme or reason to the ... read more
May 18, 2018
69
Even if their pitch of folk songs over indietronica arrangements isn’t all that novel, there’s something undeniably fresh and inspired about Sylvan Esso’s debut. The fact that the vocals and arrangements don’t quite match each other as closely as they could actually makes the album a more interesting listen, avoiding an easy-listening trap. And “Coffee,” the moment where everything comes together smoothly, is a fairly flawless Sylvan Esso mission statement. ... read more
May 18, 2018
81
“Ripely Pine” is a wonderful debut that introduces Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, aka Aly Spaltro, as a singer-songwriter who absolutely cannot be ignored. There is a *ton* going on over the course of the album’s hourlong runtime, and Spaltro pulls it all off with a mix of rawness and virtuosity. Her lyrics are delightfully ornate, and her delivery is impassioned and urgent. In the context of her maximalist songwriting and performances, the elaborate chamber-folk-meets-indie rock ... read more
May 18, 2018
82
Mac DeMarco has become one of the biggest indie stars of his generation, in no small part off the strength of “Salad Days,” and it’s not especially difficult to see why. “Salad Days” is a very immediate album, charming and poppy and lending itself well to sing-alongs. An album that goes down so smoothly and so quickly can quickly become trite or fail to hold up over time. Luckily, “Salad Days” is more sophisticated than it seems — there’s a ... read more
Mar 26, 2017
nice rating scale, i dig it
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I mostly listen to things I think I'll like, so my scores skew high. 60 = average, 70 = good, 90+ = all-time fave.
Rating Distribution
100
 

90-99
 
22

80-89
 
166

70-79
 
179

60-69
 
117

50-59
 
34

40-49
 
8

30-39
 
5

20-29
 
3

10-19
 

0-9
 
2


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