Planningtorock - W
8.4/10 Planningtorock was an artist I was really anxious to listen to, Janine Rostron, the face of Planningtorock has a distinct sound that has been inspired by The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson. The vocals in W are like no other, her voice changes in every song, with each song offering the listener to enter into a different world. Opening song, “Doorway” is literally the...
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
9.2/10 The Weeknd’s debut album House Of Balloons was a huge surprise for me. When I first heard of The Weeknd I thought they were just your regular R&B act, and I wasn’t really interested. I’m not too into R&B, but when I first heard “House of Balloons - Glass Table Girls” I was hooked. This song was so well made, the start, (House of Balloons) is a nice...
Cults - Cults
9.3/ 10 Cult’s breakout album Cults could very well be the album to personify this summer. The songs in this album mesh together so well to form this cute and joyful album. Hearing Madeline Follin’s voice is so relaxing, it makes one want to close their eyes and rest by the warm summer sun. Standout track “Abducted” is one fo the most memorable tracks of the summer,...
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
10/10 The Lonesome Crowded West is most likely the best album of 1997. Words cannot describe the beauty of this. This was the album that made Modest Mouse who they are know, and put them as one of the best bands of the 90’s. Songs like “Shit Luck”, “Out Of Gas”, and ” Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine” make this album so great. “Shit Luck”...
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
10/10 I am not a huge fan the whole riot grrrl genre, but this album stuck out to me as a great rock album. Female lead singers aren’t usually my cup of tea, but Corin Tucker’s vocals on this album are just great. Every song had amazing guitar riffs and catchy hooks. If you thought females lead guitarist were not capable of creating good riffs, then you are badly mistaken. Carrie...
Brian Eno - Drums Between The Bells
5 / 10 When I heard this album I was not sure what to expect, I had heard so much about Brian Eno, how much of a inspiration he has been for so many artists, and all this hype excited me. I was expecting this album to be great, something that would take me out o this world, but little did I know that the opposite was going to happen. Now, to begin this I just want to say that I may have...
Bjork - Homogenic
10/10 Bjork’s Homogenic is without a doubt her best album ever, and one of the greatest albums of all time. The combination of electronic beats with strings mixed to create one of the greatest sounds in music. Bjork is clearly a musical genius. When I first chose to listen to Homogenic, I did not expect to enjoy the album. The first track “Hunter” blew me out of this world,...
Pavement - Brighten The Corners
9.4/10 This album is definitely one of the best albums I have ever heard. Pavements makes me wonder why modern indie bands exclude solos from their songs. Pavements makes me wonder why modern indie bands can’t be more like Pavement. Almost every song on this album had a catchy bass line, and an amazing guitar solo. Stephen Malkmus’ amazing voice makes every song easy to sing along...
Austra - Feel It Break
9.6 / 10 Austra’s debut album Fee iIt Break has to be one of my favorites this year so far. The sound of Austra is heavily influenced by Karin Dreijer Andersson and Bjork, and this alone makes Austra an automatic favorite for me. Their music is so dark, but at the same time can be so uplifting. The synth in this album is the main instrument, most of the songs have great sections that...
Sondre Lerche - Sondre Lerche
8.8/10 When I first starting listening to Sondre Lerche’s newest album Sondre Lerche I was not sure what I was expecting. I had never really heard of the guy before, I didn’t even know how to pronounce his name. As I heard first track, “Ricochet” I began understanding him and his style. It was a smooth song with a nice acoustic guitar in the background. It was...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯ A♯ ∞
8.5/10 F♯ A♯ ∞ was a huge surprise to me. I expected to hear post-hardcore sounds, and was completely surprised as soon as ” The Dead Flag Blues” started playing. Every song (there were only 3) were each different stories. I felt like I was listening to the unraveling of the end of the world. The first track “The Dead Flag Blues” tells the story of this town that is in...
Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
6.7/10 I have never really heard an ambient album before Autoditacker. I had pretty low expectations from this album since i’m not really into ambient music, but this album surprised me. Mouse on Mars does a great job using drum machines and making catchy beats that will make your head bop. This album fuses electronic elements with ambient elements to create a rather upbeat and soothing...
I have recently joined my brother in the album rating fad. My brother is in charge of writing album releases of 2011, while I take care of older releases. I have chosen to review the most criticaly claimed albums of the year 1997, and will beging with a review of Mouse on Mars’ Autoditacker.
John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of...
8.1/10 John Maus’ We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves is the Before Today of 2011. It offered many great low-fi experimental tracks that left an impression. Maus’ vocals are dark, and one can see that through his work. The synths in this album are what makes it a great album, the 80’s inspired synths were the center of this whole album, especially in tracks such...
Wiley - 100% Publishing
7/10 Wiley’s newest album 100% Publishing is different for me, this is the first time I fully listened to anything grime related, and it wasn’t so bad. A lot of the songs in this album were songs you only hear once and never hear again, but there were some tracks that stood out. This album is replete with songs that belong on the dance floor, and this is just what this album is,...
Beyoncé - 4
7/10 Hearing this was really different for me, I have never really fully listened to a Pop/R & B album before so my judgement on this album is somewhat flawed. I have never been a huge fan of Beyoncé, except for the occasional hit like “Halo.” The opening track, “1+1,” was not my favorite song in the album. I have never been a huge fan of ballads, and this album had...
SBTRKT - SBTRKT
9/10 When I first heard SBTRKT’s single “Wildfire” I wasn’t really sold. When I gave it another listen I immediately fell in love with Yukimi Nagano’s vocals. This album is dubstep done right, I was never too crazy for James Blake, but SBTRKT is something different. They are more up tempo and the guest vocals in this album make it so diverse. There was not a single...
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