Tyler, The Creator-Wolf (2013)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 78%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 70%

Average Rating: 69%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wolf
  2. Jamba ft Hodgy Beats
  3. Cowboy
  4. Awkward
  5. Domo23
  6. Answer
  7. Slater ft Frank Ocean
  8. 48
  9. Colossus
  10. PartyIsntOver/ Campfire/ Bimmer ft Laetitia Sadier & Frank Ocean
  11. IFHY ft Pharrell
  12. Pigs
  13. Parking Lot ft Casey Veggies & Mike G
  14. Rusty ft Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
  15. Trashwang ft Na’kel, Jasper, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Left Brain & Lee Spielman
  16. Treehome95 ft Coco O. & Erykah Badu
  17. Tamale
  18. Lone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for absolutely ridiculous, angry, original hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No too uneven.

Final Thoughts:

Making any album to have more tracks than 12 songs is ambitious, but can really backfire on you. On Wolf I feel like too much was packed into one sitting. Tyler, The Creator is incredible, don’t get me wrong, but there are two albums here forced to be on one making the whole thing seemed a little mish-mashed and unfocused. When he hits the pocket though it’s so much fun to listen to; Tamale, Parking Lot, and Answer being great examples of his diversity. Tyler is angry, and he’s going to piss people off, that’s kinda his gimmick (niche), if you are easily offended by language or political incorrectness this is not your album. If you take lyrics with a grain of salt and are into crazy flows/beats you’ll feel at home.

Damaged Bug-Hubba Bubba (2014)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 68%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 63%

Average Rating: 67%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Gloves For Garbage
  2. Rope Burn
  3. Eggs At Night
  4. SS Cassidinea
  5. Catastrophopbia
  6. Hubba Bubba
  7. Sic Bay Surprise
  8. Photograph
  9. Hot Swells
  10. 1-2 An Airplane
  11. Metal Hand
  12. Wasteland

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood to take a psychedelic ride through space.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s really solid, lots to stare at and it’s psychedelic looking like the music.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep anything from this label I almost am always gonna want on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Jon Dwyer is slowly becoming one of my favourite contemporary artists, with his projects Thee Oh Sees, Coach Whips, and Damaged Bug, there is so much to sink your teeth into. Damaged Bug goes heavier on the lo-fi electronic sound. Giving you muffled vocals and 80’s sound effects that can be both danceable and mellow. Hubba Bubba offers a wide scope of sound that’s sure to keep psychedelic fiends entertained, but is not all too accessible to others not familiar to the genre.

Metronomy-Love Letters (2014)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 52%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 68.8%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Upsetter
  2. I’m Aquarius
  3. Monstrous
  4. Love Letters
  5. Month of Sundays
  6. Boy Racers
  7. Call Me
  8. The Most Immaculate Haircut
  9. Reservoir
  10. Never Wanted

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing an electronic album that can be both uplifting and sad at different times.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I really love it, can’t wait to own it on vinyl, it’ll look beautiful in my collection.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Metronomy showcases their skill on Love Letters, in a song like Love Letters they can show their poppy radio friendly side, and in I’m Aquarius their sad/dark side. It’s a really awesome album that can appeal to a wide array of music fans. I’m not sure I’d consider it my favourite work of theirs (probably The English Riviera) but I’m stoked to have it on my mp3 player and will be searching out the vinyl version next time I have the money, time, and recall.

The Raincoats-The Raincoats (1979)

My Rating: 68% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 68%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Fairytale in the Supermarket
  2. No Side to Fall In
  3. Adventures Close to Home
  4. Off Duty Trip
  5. Black and White
  6. Lola
  7. The Void
  8. Life on the Line
  9. You’re a Million
  10. In Love
  11. No Looking

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a somewhat punk sounding album that you can turn your brain off to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Absolutely love this cover, it’s one of the reasons I gave the album a shot.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, it’s not like it’s an amazing album as a whole, but an easy one to put on and forget about.

Final Thoughts:

The Raincoats were introduced to me by Elijah Wood (not personally) I loved the album cover so I gave them a shot. Punk, noise rock, women lead vocals, these all describle The Raincoats perfectly. It’s a fun easy album to listen to. Not a whole lot new to the genre, nor is it hit after hit. But it’s a fun album that you can easily tune in and out of without finding yourself annoyed or overly impressed by.

Julia Holter-Tragedy (2011)

My Rating: 56% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 68%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Introduction
  2. Try To Make Yourself A Work Of Art
  3. The Falling Age
  4. Goddess Eyes
  5. Interlude
  6. Celebration
  7. So Lillies
  8. Tragedy Finale

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Into listening to ambient/experimental/mellow tunes.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy. Just like the music. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Even though this scored fairly poorly, I’d love to own this on vinyl, mostly because I think it’d actually sound incredible on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Julia Holter loves manipulating sound to the point where she can take traffic, birds, and coffee shop noise into beautiful music. Tragedy is one of those unfortunate albums that works really well as a whole, but not at all as individual tracks, and in today’s shuffle obsessed culture (myself included) it just won’t make it onto most peoples radar, which is what is killing the modern album. Tragedy is lots of fun and original, it’s just not at all accessible.

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