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Recent Reviews

Feb 16, 2018
63
I went into “Rock Island” actively hoping to enjoy it. Sadly, though I’m convinced Palm have the ability to churn out a great psychedelic pop record, “Rock Island” isn’t it. Truly, the downfall is the incessant repetition. Perhaps this a math rock genre convention with which I’m not familiar, but to me, it’s badly holding them back. Moments of infectious melody pop up occasionally, making it that much more frustrating when Palm are all too content ... read more
Feb 16, 2018
86
A truly impressive leap forward from her precociously promising debut, Laura Marling establishes herself as one of the great singer-songwriter folkies of her generation on the fantastic “I Speak Because I Can.” There are no growing pains on this fully-realized album; instead, we have impeccably written stark meditations on life, love, and loss. Still not old enough to legally drink in the US, Marling sings like someone with a lifetime of experience. Equally comfortable with quick ... read more
Feb 16, 2018
83
Like a true music snob, I have a tendency to dismiss Arctic Monkeys as a solid but overrated and fatally entry-level band. Because the truth is there’s nothing much that elevates them above many of their indie rock peers, making it all too tempting to laugh at NME’s hero worshipping (spoiler: this is not the 19th best album of all time). Yet clearly I’m not immune to the Arctic Monkeys’ charms, and while I don’t think “Whatever People Say I Am …” ... read more
Feb 16, 2018
77
“Through the Windowpane” is entirely too much, and that’s entirely the point. Guillemots crafts intense, overwhelming chamber pop-inflected indie rock with sweeping, world-conquering arrangements, over which vocalist Fyfe Dangerfield spends most of his time dialed up to 11. The catch is that, corny as “Through the Windowpane” can be, it actually makes a great pop record. Dangerfield has both a fantastic melodic sensibility and the conviction to sell just about ... read more
Feb 16, 2018
76
Existing somewhere between indie folk and freak folk, “Visiter” is an album designed to give you a bit of whiplash. The Dodos giddily alternate between rollicking seven minute suites and quick, soft, fingerpicked tunes without much obvious reason, and “Visiter” is a better album for these deliberate inconsistencies. The common thread lies in strong performances across the board, and a sense that the band isn’t taking things too seriously. “Visiter” ... 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
 
146

70-79
 
163

60-69
 
101

50-59
 
31

40-49
 
7

30-39
 
5

20-29
 
3

10-19
 

0-9
 
2


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