Recent Ratings

LUMP - Animal
LUMP
Animal
83
May 21

Recent Reviews

 - A Beginner’s Mind
83
A year removed from his last “major” LP, the disappointing “The Ascension", Sufjan Stevens seems to regain his mojo through the act of collaboration. “A Beginner’s Mind” is comprised of duets with the younger singer-songwriter Angelo de Augustine, but the album has the feeling of a peak-era Stevens classic — in fact, for my money, this is his strongest statement since “Carrie & Lowell.” Stevens’ voice combines exceptionally ... read more
 - Screen Violence
76
I think it’s officially safe to declare CHVRCHES’s widely-panned third album “Love Is Dead” a fluke, or at least an unfortunate mismatch of artist aspiration and fanbase expectations from which Lauren Mayberry and co. seem to have learned. That “Screen Violence” is a major improvement over “Love Is Dead” comes as a major relief to the entire fanbase, but the album as a whole is a welcome recovery for CHVRCHES that repositions them on the ... read more
 - Mercurial World
86
Fully delivering on the hype from a string of buzzy EPs and singles, Magdalena Bay‘s debut full-length “Mercurial World” is an exemplar of pop music in 2021 done exactly right. Easily my favorite pop album of the year, “Mercurial World” is an absolute triumph of effervescent popcraft and production that is simultaneously impossibly detailed yet buoyantly addictive — it’s a consistent pleasure to listen to. Any trivial attention paid to the arrangements ... read more
 - Pale Horse Rider
77
On his indiesphere breakout “Pale Horse Rider,” newcomer Cory Hanson channels in a compelling brand of hypnotic, psychedelic cosmic American folk-rock, beguiling and compelling as its album title. This style has proven massively influential for acts that blur the lines of underground rock and country, but despite recent strong efforts from acts like RF Shannon and Dougie Poole, to my ears Hanson captures this mysterious desert-rock spirit better than anyone since Phosphorescent, his ... read more
 - Thirstier
79
After a stretch of minor growing pains as Mackenzie Scott sought to expand beyond her slow-burning indie rock origins as TORRES, she’s found a sweet spot on fifth album “Thirstier.” Her songwriting has grown more straightforward and direct since TORRES’s inception, and while her experiments with electropop production proved a sometimes awkward fit, “Thirstier” strikes a blend of grungy alt-rock and technicolor new wave that befits her songs. The result is the ... read more

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1mo
welcome back, and get to work! I depend on you!
2mo
please come back.
6mo
miss your reviews man
9mo
love your reviews! definitely going to find some cool new recommendations here :)
9mo
happy you are enjoying Twain. we can both thank Mr. Buck Meek for the recommendation.
10mo
hey, you have a great taste in lofi indie! love your heavenly atta girl review!
1y
Hey, I’m asking some of my favourite AOTY users to give me some recommendations now that my country is back in Lockdown. I’m doing a theme every week just to try and get me into some new genres/locations, and hopefully I’ll get enough responses to facilitate an AOTD type thing. Of course, if you’d like to get into some new stuff then ofc feel free to join me!

The theme I’ve chosen for the first week is Best Album from South America as I feel like it’s an area I’m not too aware of musically.

Thanks in advance :)
1y
Oklahoma Lottery sure is a great record, as I just recently discovered her (thank U) I see it grows with each listening. Superb songwriting
1y
Thanks for the thanks,as you might have noticed in my reviews I even listened to Karen Jonas´ recent record. Actually it grows with each listening.
1y
Finally a great source of recommendations esp. in the overlooked corners of the AOTY multiverse. I love the way you write, concise and respectfull towards the subject of your analysis. Even if you bash sth. you still take your time to burry it in a thorough way ( e.g. Sam Hunt)

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I basically only listen to things I think I'll like, so my scores skew high. 60 = average, 70 = good, 90+ = all-time fave.

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80-89
 
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60-69
 
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50-59
 
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40-49
 
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