Eels-End Times (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 39%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 65%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Beginning
  2. Gone Man
  3. Mansions Of Los Feliz
  4. In My Younger Days
  5. A Line In The Dirt
  6. End Times
  7. Apple Trees
  8. Paradise Blues
  9. Nowadays
  10. Unhinged
  11. High And Lonesome
  12. I Need A Mother
  13. Little Bird
  14. On My Feet

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad and/or lonely.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It must be from a graphic novelist that I know but I’m too lazy to look it up, it’s aces though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’d be beautiful on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’m a little pissy at Pitchfork at this moment so let me get that out of the way, we sometimes really disagree with each other, but never has it been so apparent than this album, 3.9? 3.9? Are you high? You can not like the lyrics, but I mean it’s still well made music. 3.9 should be reserved for something extra bad, not a routine album from a reliable artist. Anywhozits. End Times is a really chill album from Eels, it’s a great album to listen to before bed or while winding down. I’ve always enjoyed the way Eels can get at the heart of loneliness and I think this is one of the most lonely sounding albums he’s made yet. There are a few up-beat tracks that I think a wide audience can enjoy (Gone Man, Paradise Blues), but they’ll always be at their best at the really mellow tunes (Line in the Dirt, On My Feet, I Need A Mother).

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.

Elbow-Little Fictions (2017)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 71%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 84%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Magnificent (She Says)
  2. Gentle Storm
  3. Trust the Sun
  4. All Disco
  5. Head for Supplies
  6. Firebrand & Angel
  7. K2
  8. Montparnasse
  9. Little Fictions
  10. Kindling

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for big sound out of a typically quiet indie band.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I REALLY LOVE THIS ALBUM COVER!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly.

Final Thoughts:

There’s a scene on Peep Show, a famous UK comedy, where one of the main characters is failing at charades and thinks to himself something along the lines as “I don’t want to know these bands! I don’t want to listen to shitty bands like Elbow.” It’s a really funny quote, and at the risk of sounding like a typical millennial dirt bag, I love Elbow. I love how they offer such diversity with each album all while staying true to some familiar vibe (ugh I used the word vibe). With Little Fictions were given the big band treatment and it sounds so epic and beautiful. This is a serious contender for best album of the year.

Empire Of The Sun-Two Vines (2016)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 66%

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Before
  2. High and Low
  3. Two Vines
  4. Friends
  5. There’s No Need
  6. Way To Go
  7. Ride
  8. Digital Life
  9. First Crush
  10. ZZZ
  11. To Her Door
  12. Keystone
  13. Lend Me Some Light
  14. Welcome To My Life

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the search for poppy fun music to turn your brain off to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s trippy and weird and consistent with their other covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, absolutely!

Final Thoughts:

Empire of the Sun was one of the first dream pop bands that I got into, and I feel like I kind of owe them for helping me get into bands like Blonde Redhead and Beach House (Well, them and Richard Sandlin), this album is consistently entertaining brain candy. It’s nothing new, let’s get that straight, but it is really fun and really easy to turn your brain off to. It’s interesting to see the response to this band (mostly negative) after the release of their single Walking on a Dream, people are expecting them to reinvent the wheel, but these guys just wanna make funky music, and they’ve never failed at that.

Elliott Smith-Either/Or (1997)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Speed Trials
  2. Alameda
  3. Ballad Of Big Nothing
  4. Between The Bars
  5. Pictures Of Me
  6. No Name No. 5
  7. Rose Parade
  8. Punch And Judy
  9. Angeles
  10. Cupid’s Trick
  11. 2:45 am
  12. Say Yes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s a classic looking album cover, nothing wrong, nothing great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yesssssssss.

Final Thoughts:

Elliott Smith is THE sad artist, everything else pales in comparison. Not only is his music extremely sensitive, emotional, and brilliant, the ending of his life was both poetic and tragic. Named as one of the 1001 albums to listen to before you die Either/Or shows off his incredible talent when it comes to songwriting. Honestly, every song is so different while still giving the listener a general feeling of loss and despair. Connor Oberst is the next step from Elliott Smith, but he wouldn’t even dare call himself as on the same level. Elliott Smith will always be the best sad artist, and if you disagree then you’re wrong, and if that makes you sad, well listen to Either/Or.

Earl Sweatshirt-Doris (2013)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 83%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pre (feat. SK La’ Flare)
  2. Burgundy (feat. Vince Staples)
  3. 20 Wave Caps (feat. Domo Genesis)
  4. Sunday (feat. Frank Ocean)
  5. Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)
  6. Chum
  7. Sasquatch (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
  8. Centurion (feat. Vince Staples)
  9. 523
  10. Uncle Al
  11. Guild (feat. Mac Miller)
  12. Molasses (feat. RZA)
  13. Whoa (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
  14. Hoarse
  15. Knight (feat. Domo Genesis)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Half asleep and want to mellow out to some dark sounding hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

The Odd Future crew always make the most simplistic awesome covers, this one’s no different.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really an album I want on vinyl, just good through my headphones.

Final Thoughts:

Earl Sweatshirt is my favourite artist in the Odd Future collective, he still seems to be an undiscovered gem (what with the popularity of Tyler, The Creator). Doris is a great addition to his other body of work, it keeps true to his sound and doesn’t dip in quality throughout the record, besides the horribly miscalculated Guild (feat. Mac Miller) (was I the only one who thought that track should’ve been so much better?) Doris will entertain you while you’re out of your mind washing dishes at your moms house, it’s a great example of alt hip-hop.

EMA-The Future’s Void (2014)

My Rating: 85% B++

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 79.8%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Satellites
  2. So Blonde
  3. 3Jane
  4. Cthulu
  5. Smoulder
  6. Neuromancer
  7. When She Comes
  8. 100 Years
  9. Solace
  10. Dead Celebrity

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a good mix of noise rock, pop, and electronica.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s what first brought me to give it a chance, that and the fact that Rolling Stone rated it so highly.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, it’d sound great on record.

Final Thoughts:

EMA is a great mix of a lot of semi-popular genre’s. At times industrial sounding, to almost sprawling sad ballads, it’s really hard to put your finger on the type of musician she is, and that works for her on this album.

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