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Oct 17, 2019
94
What Joanna Newsom accomplishes on “Have One on Me” is nothing short of incredible, unbelievable, and unparalleled. “Ys” would have been an essentially impossible album to match, yet Newsom pulled it off by creating a 124 minute album that doesn’t contain even one inessential second. That’s over two hours of music and nearly-constant singing, and I’m completely entranced and enraptured the whole way through. “Have One On Me” contains both ... read more
Oct 17, 2019
63
After the two godawful lead singles of “Lover,” it was going to be a minor miracle if Taylor Swift pulled off an even passable album. Meanwhile, upon the release of “Lover," Taylor stans reacted with predictable, exhausting breathlessness. As it turns out, “Lover” is somewhere in the middle of these extremes: Swift doesn’t embarrass herself, nor does “Lover” live up to the standard of what you might expect for such a huge pop star. The album ... read more
Oct 17, 2019
76
One of the more impressive country debuts of the year thus far, “Between the Country” showcases both Ian Noe’s gritty authenticity and his knack for detailed, expert songwriting. He’s a singer with an old-school country voice and a pronounced Kentucky drawl who writes songs firmly in the tradition of the American folkie — think Bob Dylan, John Prine, or even Steve Earle. The best songs on “Between the Country,” like “Irene (Ravin’ ... read more
Oct 16, 2019
78
A talented multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth in local bluegrass and honky tonk scenes, Lillie Mae seems to have developed quite the talent for songwriting. Her lovely sophomore outing “Other Girls” builds on her promising debut, showcasing her gorgeously plainspoken voice and effortlessly beautiful melodies. Mae is a firmly traditional songwriter, gravitating towards classic song structures and occasionally (self-consciously) old-fashioned lyrics. This makes her a perfect fit ... read more
Oct 16, 2019
56
Radiator Hospital were the toast of a certain community of indie rock fans a mere five years ago, yet even in this scene, their most recent album barely registered — as a big fan of “Torch Song,” I almost forgot Radiator Hospital even released an album this year. “Sings ‘Music for Daydreaming,’” unfortunately, is both underwhelming and confounding — a far cry from the “Torch Song” days. The band thrived on blistering uptempo power pop; ... read more
Sep 25, 2019
Wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it <3
Super excited to see what you have in store :)
Sep 21, 2019
I'm not sure if you're active anymore, but you're a fantastic writer!
Mar 26, 2017
nice rating scale, i dig it
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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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100
 

90-99
 
30

80-89
 
274

70-79
 
298

60-69
 
202

50-59
 
65

40-49
 
16

30-39
 
8

20-29
 
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10-19
 
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