Muse-Black Holes and Revelations (2006)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 42%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 72%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Take a Bow
  2. Starlight
  3. Supermassive Black Hole
  4. Map of the Problematique
  5. Soldier’s Poem
  6. Invincible
  7. Assassin
  8. Exo-Politics
  9. City of Delusion
  10. Hoodoo
  11. Knights of Cydonia

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready for a space odyssey.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Awesome, fits the songs super well.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I can’t believe I don’t yet.

Final Thoughts:

Black Holes and Revelations is an album that is very dear to me. It’s one of the first albums I purchased that was not “Christian”. I was blown away, Muse absolutely melted my face and added sugar to my earholes. I blasted this thing almost daily from my absolute shit speaker on my flip phone and thought I was the coolest kid in town (luckily, I was). It’s really big sounding, as if you’re taking part in an epic of the cosmos variety. The songs are diverse, ambitious, and take you to planets far far away. I love how instantly classic the album sounded, right away I knew that this album would truly stand the test of time. 11 years have passed and I’m still melting over this album, and I can’t wait to force my nephews and nieces to listen to it (they’d better like it). Shocked by the critical reception but C’Est la Vie.

Maxïmo Park-Quicken The Heart (2009)

My Rating: 96% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 55%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 61%

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wraithlike
  2. The Penultimate Clinch
  3. The Kids Are Sick Again
  4. A Cloud Of Mystery
  5. Calm
  6. In Another World (You Would’ve Found Yourself By Now)
  7. Let’s Get Clinical
  8. Roller Disco Dreams
  9. Tanned
  10. Questing, Not Coasting
  11. Overland, West Of Suez
  12. I Haven’t Seen Her In Ages

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting an album to tune out to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty not great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah even though that cover will look stupid.

Final Thoughts:

Maxïmo Park is one of those bands who have found their sound and are content to make albums that kinda all sound the same, for them it works because I like their style and I don’t find it too boring, but I could see why some would be sick of the formula. It sounds like an early 80’s band this time, something like The Smiths or even The Clash at times. Is it groundbreaking? Hell no, it’s really simple, but it’s in its simplicity that it shines. 12 tracks, nothing overly experimental that could rub fans the wrong way, just an album played to plan that I find super easy to mellow out to.

De La Soul-And The Anonymous Nobody… (2016)

My Rating: 68 (C-)

Pitchfork Rating: 64%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Genesis Feat. Jill Scott
  2. Royalty Capes
  3. Pain Feat. Snoop Dogg
  4. Property of Spitkicker.com Feat. Roc Marciano
  5. Memory of… (US) Feat. Estelle And Pete Rock
  6. CBGBS
  7. Lord Intended Feat. Justin Hawkins
  8. Snoopies feat. David Byrne
  9. Greyhounds Feat. Usher
  10. Sexy Bitch
  11. Trainwreck
  12. Drawn Feat. Little Dragon
  13. Whoodeeni Feat. 2chainz
  14. Nosed Up
  15. You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation) Feat. David Goldblatt
  16. Here in After Feat. Damon Albarn
  17. Exodus

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for some chill Hip Hop

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, big fan of the style.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

De La Soul is back and the result is chill if not underwhelming. The crowd funded album is as cool as a cucumber, but a little too cool if you ask my humble opinion. And The Anonymous Nobody… feels like it’s building up to something big (see Feel Good Inc. style rapping) but it doesn’t develop it just remains incredibly laid back. Nothing wrong with keeping it chill, but when you’ve been away for such a long time we rightfully expect some up-beat tunes. Their other sin is the under use of the contributors, such as Drawn Featuring Little Dragon which did not hit the mark in any sense (Seriously it takes way too long for De La Soul to join in on the fun on the track). As a filler album this would be decent, but as a return album it’s too little too late.

The Drums-Encyclopedia (2014)

My Rating: 92% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 59%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 61%

Average Rating: 71%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Magic Mountain
  2. I Can’t Pretend
  3. I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him
  4. Kiss Me Again
  5. Let Me
  6. Break My Heart
  7. Face of God
  8. U.S. National Park
  9. Deep in My Heart
  10. Bell Laboratories
  11. There Is Nothing Left
  12. Wild Geese

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an album to mellow out to/be sad to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I love it, everything from the position they take on the couch to the objects above their heads, it all fits their sound.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, fer surrrre.

Final Thoughts:

The Drums feel like the evolution of bands like The Smiths or The Animals, catchy tunes for sensitive people. They have an overall sad sound that really translates to the themes that they tackle (see There Is Nothing Left). Although the theme of Encyclopedia isn’t exactly as flushed out as I’d like it to be, the album still stands. And holy crap Magic Mountain as the opening track, I’ve never felt so excited to delve into a album by these guys.

Quasimoto-Yessir Whatever (2013)

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 71.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Broad Factor
  2. Seasons Change
  3. The Front
  4. Youngblood
  5. Astronaut
  6. Planned Attack
  7. Brothers Can’t Save Me
  8. Catchin’ The Vibe
  9. Am I Confused?
  10. Sparkdala
  11. Green Power
  12. LAX to JFK

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sick of conventional music, looking for something psychedelic and reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super awesome. I love it so much. It fits the album title and the overall vibe of the music on the record.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

This is what I’d define as psychadelic hip-hop. It’s like John Dwyer put his talents to a hip-hop album and allowed a weed fiend take the mic from him. You can practically smell the weed through the speaker when listening to Yessir Whatever. It’s truly a unique album, super odd, not for everyone, it strums the right chord for me, but I can see it really grating against others. Listen to it and let me know your opinion in the comments below.

Damaged Bug-Bunker Funk (2017)

My Rating: 64% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 78%

Average Rating: 71%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Structure Image Approach
  2. Bog Dash
  3. The Cryptologist
  4. Slay The Priest
  5. Ugly Gamma
  6. Rick’s Jummy
  7. Gimme Tamanthum
  8. No One Notice The Fly
  9. Bunker Funk
  10. Mood Slime
  11. Liquid Desert
  12. Heavy Cathedral
  13. Unmanned Scanner
  14. The Night Shopper

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want a lighter version of Thee Oh Sees. Looking for psychedelic but a little less heavy.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Typical punk cover, I usually like Dwyer’s more gross out/odd album covers that are nice and colourful, but this one is just okay.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I do 🙂 Haven’t listened to it yet.

Final Thoughts:

John Dwyer is a mad scientist who’s lost his mind and is making incredible music, anything he puts his name behind I’m on board. Not my favourite of his work, but far from being considered bad.

Atmosphere-The Family Sign (2011)

My Rating: 79% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. My Key
  2. The Last to Say
  3. Became
  4. Just For Show
  5. She’s Enough
  6. Bad Bad Daddy
  7. Millennium Dodo
  8. Who I’ll Never Be
  9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
  10. Ain’t Nobody
  11. Your Name Here
  12. If You Can Save Me Now
  13. Something So
  14. My Notes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling like some laid back but somewhat biting hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Great album cover, love the black and white and the font.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hellz ya.

Final Thoughts:

Atmosphere is such a perfect gateway drug to the whole Rhymesayer crew, it’s easily accessible for those who aren’t necessarily Hip Hop Heads, and those beats are so sad/dark/eerie. It’s a solid contribution to an already impressive discography.

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