AOTY 2019
Dec 3, 2019
NR
Good scare is just ok and gracious day is fine but it really lacks power (lyrics and/or a pick). I 'm worry about the direction of this album :/
Nov 29, 2019
NR
For the two singles released (rare thing and now that I'm back), i don't know what to think. There are not bad and quite a natural evolution (trend) of hop along's discography (which the 4th album may sound) but at the same time, it lacks a lot of punches. This album seems to need to be fully listening I think.
Nov 20, 2019
67
I didn't know sarah jaffe and I'm even more surprised of that because clementine has like 37 000 000 views and she is a folk artist

Suburban nature is a pleasant album about heartbreaking but also other topics like self esteem. This is quite good made, i don't have any complain about the songwriting (some songs like before you go or perfect plan are more than above average) and it's REALLY easy to relate (which is why I think this album has some popularity).

The instrumentation is lovely ... read more
Nov 19, 2019
77
While the first 3 tracks are really messy, the middle is suprisingly calm for matana roberts and the end is absolutely gorgeous ! (She needs to do this for an entirer album !)
I'm not a specialist of jazz, so I will leave this review here before I say some shit.
Nov 18, 2019
84
Edit : I want this album to be more known haha !

Against the sun is one of those hidden gem if AOTY, thank you so much for adding such unknown album.

Rykarda Parasol is an indie folk artist with dark thematic. In against the sun, we are talking about form of struggle. If you like anna von hausswolf or Chelsea wolfe more early work / latest album, this album will not be a surprise or shocking.

Rykarda parasol is a good lyricist that just don't always rely in love thematic, which is often the ... read more
Nov 18, 2019
80
YEEEEEEES !
Nov 18, 2019
55
There is potential here to do a really good single. It lacks a build-up/more intense parts or it's not enough in the sensible/fragile sides. This is very unfortunate because the lyrics are more than ok but they don't fit with the sound. Vocally, billie eilish needs to step up her range. I know that she can do better than just simili whispers.

Good base, wrong direction.
Nov 15, 2019
79
Just listen this album instead of Devastation !

The witch has a really interesting skeleton of pop/synth/art rock and beautiful reverb vocals. Dragonfly is the best example of what this album is capable of. The songwriting can be a bit obscure and has not necessarly a cohesive thematic but the artistic choices of The Witch worth the listen.
Nov 14, 2019
38
This album is ouh. It reminds me the tragedy of mothers second album : a promising start and a big fail. The reason : the over the top synth direction. The witch was a great mix of art rock pop and synth so this is even more disappointed to see devastation ... being a devastation.

The lyrics are uninteresting and strange to quirky, the synth influence is messy with different decades in one album. When a song reaches a cool dynamic, right away they add an odd sonority. So much unecessary ... read more
Nov 13, 2019
75
By far the best project from an AOTY user, good noise album with a lot of good ideas. I like the fact that the album is not just full noise but with moment of clarity (well it's emo like, is this really clarity ...). The chaos is controled, everything seems effortless, this part is a huge success. While there are few lyrics (which is not a problem) and not a big specific work in the songwriting, the dark tone is totally emphasing with the noise. So the atmosphere of the album is working. ... read more
Nov 12, 2019
65
It's cute.
Nov 9, 2019
70
Lost widsom pt2 feels more like a mix of Lost wisdom and his most recent releases : a solid songwriting, cute folk and some strange arrangements.

While I feel that lost wisdom was more bold and a crow looked at me/now only more impactful lyrically, Lost wisdom pt 2 manages to have solid lines (Belief, real lost wisdom, love without possession) on his own.

Re-adding the sweet Julie doiron is really strange as I don't feel that lost wisdom pt 2 is a true follow up but more a refreshed lost ... read more
Nov 8, 2019
73
FKA Twigs has always made interesting music but she also has her weaker moments in each of her releases. Magdalene crystalizes what is the best in FKA Twigs music and what is the "worst".

She did a graceful return with Cellophane, a track oriented to the emotions, which is a recurrent tricks in Magdalene (Sad day and mary magdalene are also very strong tracks for that). This has been following with the bland holy Terrain (generic r&b and trap). This isn't by no means trash but ... read more
Nov 7, 2019
68
Pitfalls sounds more like a modern Queen but dishwashed + an addition of progressive.

There is any tension/bold vocal performance, the progressive parts could have been in so many prog rock albums and the lyrics are not that interesting.

This album is not horrible, I didn't find myself outraged by it. This may be the only really strong point here : the music is easy to digest without being too much simple. Some potential unexploited.
Nov 7, 2019
80
One of her best tracks from MAGDALENE and it's also super cool live !
Nov 7, 2019
NR
There are good ideas, specially in the second half of the track, but the execution is perfectible.
I think the build up for the second half is too long and the 3 sections of the first half aren't really connected to the second half The transitions in first half are too abrupt compare to second half, very smooth listening in that case (except for the end, finish too abruptly). I like the glitchy sounds 3/4 (reminds me the sounds of the wire "I play guitar yeah !"), it doesn't appear ... read more
Nov 7, 2019
65
Drums : good !

Vocals : nothing exciting.

Synth sounds : a bit too much, at random places

Composition : the transition to verses/chorus are weird, like there are not from the same song.

Lyrics : Well this is pretty funny to read these lyrics as I enter in that type of phase : what I'm gonna do, when will I have my perfect stable life ?
I like that thema, not necessarly that well written but it's fine.

Overall, cool song ... cool song. Period.
Oct 29, 2019
NR
I like when an artist gives us the material that create the final LP. While I would have wanted tracks like andromeda and movies, this session demonstrates how Weyes Blood is a very solid vocalist !
Oct 29, 2019
77
Very lovely album (I'm glad there is a second part). Sometimes, the mixxing and the harmonies with Julie are a bit tricky or unaccurate but there are sufficient good ideas to not fall for Lost wisdom.
Oct 27, 2019
83
These years, I really dig to albums that remind you so much bands at the same time without pushing their own identity. Great Grandpa is in this category for my own pleasure.

Indie pop, delicate voice, folk, indie rock, emo ... many genres are represented here. Everything blend so well, this is absurd. The vocal work for Four of Arrows is really good, it really adds something to stuck the ears.

The tracks oscillate from sad to sweet moments and represent well the weight of passing generation ... read more
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