Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in America
94
One of the best film scores you can find out there. The grandiose use of both strings and woodwinds make for an extremely emotionally potent piece of music.

Whether you are awestruck during the opening sequence of the title track, dancing your ass off to “Prohibition Dirge”, or crying in the club to “Friendship And Love” there is something in this score for everyone.

The movie is also a timeless masterpiece from what I hear ;)

Tatsuro Yamashita - For You
88
SPARKLE IS A GODDAMN MASTERPIECE 💖✨💫

Right out of the gate this record just encapsulates you with this overwhelmingly good feeling. Groovy bass lines and punchy brass sections coupled with these absolutely infectious vocals make for an absolute can’t-miss of a track. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough, sparkle is one of the best individual pieces of music I have heard.

The rest of the album is very good as well keeping up the jazzy soft-rock aesthetic and good vibrations all ... read more

Billy Joel - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
97
This is easily and unequivocally Billy Joel’s best song. It’s impossible for me not to sing along when this comes on!
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity
90
That was the quickest 30 minutes of my life. This record is so wonderful and nice to listen to that it’s hardly even a chore.

Im finding more and more that Pharoah Sanders is truly one of the great musicians of his era. Everything I have played so far by the man is near being goddamn perfect.

Chihei Hatakeyama - Void XIV
81
A really wonderful and overlooked collection of ambient at atmospheric cuts. This thing is air tight from front to back. Really enjoyed this one! :)
Phoebe Bridgers - Nothing Else Matters
79
There’s only one fact in life that I live by:

Everything Phoebe Bridges touches, turns to gold.

Nothing else matters

Aries - KIDS ON MOLLY
77
YEAHHHHH SO ARIES IS STILL MY FAVORITE YOUTUBER/RAPPER

Sorry Quadeca, Sisyphus was amazing and all, but this guys still got you beat for now. :0

Big Thief - Little Things / Sparrow
88
If I could marry someone who is as sweet as the sound of Adrianne Lenker’s voice, I could die happy.
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - Back to Oz / Fictional California
92
“Is Back to Oz Sufjan’s vibiest song to date?”

Yes

“Am I okay with that?”

Abso-fucking-lutely!! It’s one of the best songs of the year

“Oh wow, that’s really awesome. What about the other track?”

ITS EVEN BETTER!!!

Injury Reserve - Knees
83
As the first thing the group have released since the death of founder and key member Griggs, this is an extremely heavy and somber song, and understandably so.

These guys have been through a lot lately. I can’t imagine it to be easy to have all the attention and fame that comes with being known for music like this and then having to cope with the loss of one of your best friends and band mates on top of that whilst also dealing with the relative speculation that surrounded the future of ... read more

The Weeknd - Take My Breath (Extended Version)
92
OH MANNNNN THE EXTENDED CUT IS EVEN BETTER!!!
Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
93
Now this is where things really start to take off in Buckley’s discography for me. Just from the opening track “Strange Feelin” you can clearly tell there is something different about Buckley and his style of singing and vocalizing.

He has begun to sing in a much lower tone with brooding bluesy melodies. This record is aching for affection and tinged throughout with some fantastic string passages in the background. It feels lonesome and mysterious and there is a certain ... read more

Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
85
Already, within a year of his debut, Buckley has honed in on his craft and improved it by leaps and bounds. He also began carving out a unique (almost medieval at times) sonic aesthetic for himself. The vocals have taken a huge leap and though he is still singing in a bit higher register than he would adapt late on, you can just hear how talented and special Tim is purely from a vocal standpoint.

The lyrics and songs on this record are whimsical and fantastical and this really deals like some ... read more

Tim Buckley - Tim Buckley
68
Recently just wrapped up a dive into Buckley’s discography, thought I’d give some brief opinions on each of the records :)

Tim Buckley’s debut is honestly one of his most conventional. There are hints here and there at the willingness to take artistic risks that we would see appear more prevalently on his later works, but for the most part nothing about this LP really stands out as anything but average and serviceable to me.

It’s definitely good, and I wouldn’t ... read more

Lingua Ignota - SINNER GET READY
92
I just wanna preface this review by saying that the midsection and second half of “MAN IS LIKE A SPRING FLOWER” is one of the most breathtaking pieces of music I’ve heard all year. It builds into this crescendo of dark bliss over the course of 7 minutes and it’s an absolute treat to experience!!

Lingua Ignota is no stranger to unconventional styles of self-expression. Her quasi-religious and almost macabre style of Neoclassical Darkwave is something that’s truly ... read more

The Weeknd - Take My Breath
83
The Weeknd has easily been one of the best voices in mainstream pop music over the last 10 years or so. This song is just further testament to that with its synthy grooves and punchy drum rhythms, “Take My Breath” quite literally took my breath away with its bright production.
black midi - Cruising
88
Already got another record on the way!!! KEEP EM COMING!!!
Mother Mother - O My Heart
67
Burning Pile goes hard as fuck for noooooo reason
Silk Sonic - Skate
89
THEYRE 2 FOR 2 BABY LETS GOOOOOOOO!!

ISSA CLASSIC

Pop Smoke - Faith
51
I don’t think anyone saw the word “Faith” on this album and thought it was a Gospel Record.
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