Best of 2021

Recent Ratings

Mitski - LUSH
Mitski
LUSH
90
Mar 24
Queen - Queen
Queen
Queen
85
Mar 15

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100
Grace by Jeff Buckley is the first and only record by the son of Tim Buckley before his preeminent death in 1997 after a fatal drowning, and I have to say that his death becomes even more tragic to me as this is one of the best records of the 90’s for it holds an emotional weight that is powerful and moving unlike any other record released at its time.

Jeff Buckley genuinely has one of the most unique voices I’ve ever heard with his raw and vulnerable vocal delivery that is rarely ... read more

Recent Reviews

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85
BROCKHAMPTON is easily one of my favorite groups working today for their incredibly creative and unique music, and when I heard they were going to drop an album, I was going to lose it. ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE is the 6th studio record from the famed boyband, and although it’s not perfect, I really enjoy how many stylistic risks the band takes.

ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE sounds drastically different from anything else BROCKHAMPTON has ever made. There is a plethora of ... read more
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70
Animal Collective is a group that I’ve had rather unpopular opinions on as the records I’ve heard from them were either underwhelming or straight up unlistenable. I’ve been keeping my hopes up, and ultimately I found an Animal Collective album I actually really like.

Feels is the 6th studio record dropped by the collective, and it is easily their most lovely and fun record up until that point!

The psychedelic approach takes a lot more of a liking to my ears as the vast ... read more
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95
I finally conclude the discography of famed Hip-Hop collective A Tribe Called Quest with their last record, We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, of which is one of the best comeback records of all time as Tribe brings a new, fresh ferocity to their sound that commemorates their late brother, Phife Dog, in a more than satisfying manner.

The sound of this album is incredible as it’s Jazz Rap elements come together to create an outstanding product! The use of samples on this ... read more
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Mitski is an artist I’ve been meaning to check out, but had never had the chance to check out until recently as I had the urge to listen to her debut record, Lush. I had hoped this record would be good as many have hyped her up, but I am happy to report that I was blown away in every way possible.

I am genuinely surprised that this is a debut. It feels so fully realized as Lush approaches a lot of bold sounds and styles as a track such as “Brand New City” of which is a very ... read more
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75
Her, directed and written by Spike Jonze, is a phenomenal testament to the formulaic love story as it is an incredible modernized tale of love in the digital age, without becoming too preachy, that has found its way into my heart as one of my favorite films of all time. To hear that the score for this film was coming out was thrilling, and I just patiently awaited its release. Finally listening to it, I cannot say I’m disappointed at all.

The score, in a nutshell, is filled with many ... read more

Shoutbox

Apr 10, 2021
Hello. What is your favourite album to listen to when intoxicated (for a list)
Mar 1, 2021
Wow! Your description of Black Country, New Road’s debut gave me a rush of dopamine. What a great way to put it! It’s definitely my top of this year so far too!
Feb 28, 2021
Hi friend! Thanks for the follow! Let’s connect, what would you consider your favorite album of this year so far? 😁
Feb 6, 2021
Thanks for following!!!!
Feb 2, 2021
no worries, friend! i appreciate you writing it! it's hard for me to read long paragraphs sometimes but I BREEZED through yours, the way you explained it was so elegant. and I MUST relisten to that album, because I remember it being great but me not having the attention span to complete it LOL
Jan 23, 2021
Love to hear you're pretty passionate as well about the art of cinema! Man With A Movie Camera, like you mention, is visually mind-bending, and a testament to the extraordinary potential of the new medium that is film. Judging by your love for these films, I'd highly recommend all of the directors I've listed and mentioned, more out of appreciation than only enjoyment.

As for lengthy films, it's obviously very difficult to retain much of a film's content without dividing the work into manageable chunks, even if I hold a strong interest. So a single-sitting session for 4+ hours is simply not feasible. I'd always personally recommend in this case to organize your viewing into reasonable sessions. Thanks for mentioning Satantango, as I feel it's one of the few films, from personal experience, that perhaps benefits from single-session viewings. Wouldn't recommend and obviously, I can't speak for everyone, it's a matter of personal comfort.
Jan 22, 2021
Hey there, thanks for reaching out and asking! Great to mention Tarkovsky, as he was among the main directors that've influenced my interest in cinema in recent years, and a lot of his works hold quite a personal significance to me, including his 'Sculpting in Time' book which prompted me to extend my explorations.
As for other personal favourites, directors like Ozu ('Late Sprng', 'Tokyo Story') and Mizoguchi ('The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums', 'Ugetsu') for early Japanese cinema, Parajanov ('The Color of Pomegranates'), Brakhage ('Dog Star Man') and Michael Snow ('La région Centrale') for experimental, Edward Yang for Taiwanese New Wave, and Wang Bing ('Tie Xi Qu') all hold great personal significance. But 'Street Angel' (1937) is probably what exposed and fueled my fascination for film from a very young age.
Favourite film soundtracks include some Tarkovsky (Rublev and Solaris), Parajanov's Ashik Kerib, Godard's L'Histoire(s) du Cinéma, and Bokanowski's 'L'Ange'.
Jan 16, 2021
What is your favorite album of the year 1970, and could I get a few words on your thoughts on that album!?

{I’m going to be doing a series of lists where I go through AOTYs favorite albums of every year since 1970 and this is the first part of that ultimate goal!!}
Jan 5, 2021
:D
Jan 4, 2021
Holy crap, that's awesome! I'm not gonna sell you short like that, I just put in the entire paragraph. You're a great writer! I loved reading your explanation.

Here is the list: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/smtcubes/list/34090/alien-albums/

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