The Pogues-Hell’s Ditch (1990)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Sunnyside Of The Street
  2. Sayonara
  3. The Ghost Of A Smile
  4. Hell’s Ditch
  5. Lorca’s Novena
  6. Summer In Siam
  7. Rain Street
  8. Rainbow Man
  9. The Wake Of The Medusa
  10. House Of The Gods
  11. 5 Green Queens And Jean
  12. Maidrin Rua
  13. Six To Go

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to go drinking on St. Patrick’s day, or just feel like an Irish badass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

That is one butt ugly album cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I’d own it, but I’d hope to find it for cheap.

Final Thoughts:

The Pogues are a staple in any Irish music fans discography. I have yet to really dig into their work but with this first review I am intrigued to keep going. Hell’s Ditch is a lot more slow paced than I imagined it would be, it sounds a lot like music played before the action scene hits on a movie, but not one that is played during the action scene itself. They prove their musicianship through Hell’s Ditch, but it makes you want a little more bite to it, it felt like the tracks were leading up to a climax that never happened. Great music if not a little underwhelming.

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Tame Impala-Currents (2015)

My Rating: 81 (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Let It Happen
  2. Nangs
  3. The Moment
  4. Yes I’m Changing
  5. Eventually
  6. Gossip
  7. The Less I Know The Better
  8. Past Life
  9. Disciples
  10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
  11. Reality In Motion
  12. Love Paranoia
  13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a mix between psychedelic electronic and pop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, I really like how you can picture what kind of album you’re getting into with the cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah if it was a good price.

Final Thoughts:

Tame Impala is a group that a lot of my friend circle absolutely love, but I never really checked them out, except for the occasional song I’d hear at breweries or other hipster-esque places I frequent. Currents is a really solid album, it’s unique but not in a way that really pulls me away from the chill vibes they’re aiming for. Pop, psychedelic, and electronic fans will all be represented on Currents, and that’s probably the strong part of the album, it caters to a wide audience without pinpointing their sound to one genre. I’m not officially a Tame Impala advocate, Currents is really solid but the likeliness of me going out of my way for a show is still fairly low. The next album I check out should tip the scales to either be a casual listener, or an official fan.

Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)-Vaudeville Villain (2003)

My Rating: 79% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 91%

Rolling Stone Rating:N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Overture
  2. Vaudeville Villain
  3. Lickupon
  4. The Drop
  5. Lactose and Lecithin
  6. A Dead Mouse
  7. Rae Dawn
  8. Let Me Watch Feat Apani B
  9. Open Mic Nite Part One Feat Lord Sear Benn Grimm Rodan and Louis Logic
  10. Saliva
  11. Modern Day Mugging
  12. Open Mic Nite Part Two Feat Lord Sear and Hydro
  13. Never Dead Feat Sayyid
  14. Pop Snot
  15. Mr Clean
  16. G.M.C
  17. Change the Beat

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking to dig deep into the mad world of Doom.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty boring honestly, usually love his covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly yes.

Final Thoughts:

MF Doom is one of, if not my all time favourite, rappers. His flow is so unique and his beats are so dangerous sounding, I honestly wouldn’t even know how to begin to write a rhyme over the beats he uses. On Vaudeville Villain we’re introduced to his alias Viktor Vaughn, a younger man than Doom who is more interested in sipping brew and picking up chicks than the old Villain. Viktor has a few interesting tracks that get at his personality such as Let Me Watch and the the title track Vaudeville Villain, but where he truly shines is on the track Lickupon where the rhyme scheme is both fast and delicious (“if these walls could talk, they probably still ignore me“). Doom fans will be stoked about this installment in Doom lore, non converts shouldn’t start here, but they should find themselves here after doing some research.

Ty Segall-Goodbye Bread (2011)

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 81%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Goodbye Bread
  2. California Commercial
  3. Comfortable Home
  4. You Make The Sun Fry
  5. I Can’t Feel It
  6. My Head Explodes
  7. The Floor
  8. Where Your Head Goes
  9. I Am With You
  10. Fine

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a more laid back garage rock album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it a lot, one of my favourite covers of his.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

Ty Segall has been one of my favourite finds this year, being such an Oh Sees fan it totally checks out that I’d dig his stuff, he also puts on an amazing, high energy live performance. On Goodbye Bread we’re treated to what sounds like a mix of his high energy garage rock style (Emotional Mugger) and his laid back folk sound (Sleeper) to create a highly unique and entertaining album. It’s not without its faults, as with most garage rock albums it’s not entirely cohesive, you could put on a mix of all of Segall’s work and it would be hard to differentiate the albums, but ultimately Goodbye Bread is a solid addition. I would recommend music lovers to start with this one just so you can taste his diversity in musical styles. I’m excited to delve deeper into his discography, I’ve yet to be disappointed in his work.

Ty Segall-Melted (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 75%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Finger
  2. Caeser
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Sad Fuzz
  5. Melted
  6. Mike D’s Coke
  7. Imaginary Person
  8. My Sunshine
  9. Bees
  10. Mrs.
  11. Alone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for noise rock to drown away your sad thoughts.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

All of his covers terrify me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one, I like him but not really desiring this one on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Ty Segall is one of those artists who has released a lot of albums in a short amount of time, and because of that I don’t know how consistently good he can make them. Melted is a good example of his genius being somewhat flawed (just somewhat, I mean it still received an 86%), true I like a lot of the songs on this record, but the overall flow is really not there. Where Emotional Mugger worked as an entire record, Melted seems disjointed and a little rushed. Some seem to have emotional ties to this record, to me this is one I picked the tracks off of that spoke to me and left the rest behind, I took what I wanted for shuffle but probably wouldn’t revisit this as an album again anytime soon.

Relient K-Mmhmm (2004)

My Rating: 82% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The One I’m Waiting For
  2. Be My Escape
  3. High Of 75
  4. I So Hate Consequences
  5. The Only Thing Worse Than Beating A Dead Horse Is Betting On One
  6. My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend
  7. More Than Useless
  8. Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet?
  9. Let It Out
  10. Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
  11. Maintain Consciousness
  12. This Week The Trend
  13. Life After Death And Taxes
  14. When I Go Down

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling nostalgic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, really simple and original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really the Relient K I’d buy if I ever were to get some of their vinyl/

Final Thoughts:

Perhaps I’m a little biased when it comes to this album, but I was raised with these songs, and being raised Christian, it would be impossible to go without hearing a handful of Relient K tracks. Luckily this album ages really well (much better than others of theirs I’m sure) it’s juvenile, it’s simple, it’s dripping with growing pains (both as a band and in the overall themes) and that makes it endearing, who’d a thunk it? If you weren’t raised in a Christian household than I’m sure you’ve never or rarely heard this band, but these songs were anthems at Bible Camp, and because of that they’ve kinda buried their way into my brain and have become a nostalgic trip for me.

MF Doom-Operation Doomsday (2001)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 89%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
  2. Doomsday
  3. Rhymes Like Dimes
  4. The Finest
  5. Back in the Days (Skit)
  6. Go With the Flow
  7. Tick, Tick…
  8. Red and Gold
  9. The Hands of Doom (Skit)
  10. Who You Think I Am?
  11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
  12. Hey!
  13. Operation: Greenbacks
  14. The Mic
  15. The Mystery of Doom (Skit)
  16. Dead Bent
  17. Cas Drawls
  18. ?
  19. I Hear Voices Pt. 1

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some abstract/psychadellic/nostalgic hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s interesting to see where he went with the theme.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

This album only got such a low rating because of the amount of skits dispensed throughout the whole thing, although I like the vibe it gives, sometimes it’s hard to get into the album because of it. MF Doom will always, always, always be one of my favourite emcees. His beats are so jazzy, his vocals are odd, lyrics make no damn sense, hook-less tracks, it doesn’t make sense because it should be a train-wreck, but it’s not at all. It’s like a beautiful risky disaster that somehow comes together to make something abstract enough that you want to listen to it more than once. I especially like the cleverness of the beat on Hey! where one can hear Scooby Doo sound-effects in the background, if that sounds like an intriguing concept to you, then give Operation Doomsday a listen!

Broken Social Scene-You Forgot It In People (2002)

Record Review Recommended By: Richard Sandlin

My Rating: 62% (C-)

Pitchfork Rating: 92%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 86%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Capture The Flag
  2. KC Accidental
  3. Stars And Sons
  4. Almost Crimes
  5. Looks Just Like The Sun
  6. Pacific Theme
  7. Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl
  8. Cause = Time
  9. Late Night Bedroom Rock For The Missionaries
  10. Shampoo Suicide
  11. Lover’s Spit
  12. I’m Still Your Fag
  13. Pitter Patter Goes My Heart

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Tired and kinda sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Meh, doesn’t do a whole lot of anything for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Broken Social Scene is one of those bands that has a huge following, and they consist of dedicated fans who would take a face full of Lovers Spit in defense of them. The problem is they should be better. I mean you have Stars, Metric, and Feist in one band, of course my expectations are going to be high, but it doesn’t quite sound experimental enough, nor does it truly find its voice. The album was altogether a let down for me, there a few really solid tracks, but it doesn’t make up for the pure amount of filler or the fact that it just seems totally misguided. I’m not saying I dislike this band, I’m saying I expected more.

Electric Guest-Plural (2017)

My Rating: 82% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Zero
  2. Glorious Warrior
  3. Back & Forth
  4. Dear To Me
  5. Oh Devil
  6. Back For Me
  7. See The Light
  8. Over
  9. My Omen
  10. Sarah
  11. Bound To Lose

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a pop/electric album that’s fairly straightforward.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s rad, reminds me a bit of The Human League’s album covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Electric Guest has been on my watch list since their incredibly catchy song This Head I Hold. I’ve expected these guys to make more waves but very few people seem to be tuning into their stuff. I can understand that, the lead vocalists can be a little whiny sounding at times (ex. Back & Fourth) but when he doesn’t try those really high notes his voice is great. Plural is a great album in the sense that it will add nicely to my shuffle, but it’s not about to be an album that I’d go searching for on vinyl. The problem is that it’s just a little too simplistic and for a band that has only made two albums that can be a problem. Nothing wrong to sticking to the plan, but these guys need to work on their plan a little more. There are some incredibly catchy tunes on this album, though, and it can be a lot of fun at times, I just don’t think they’ve hit their stride quite yet.

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