FKA Twigs-M3LL155X (2015)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 86%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 89%

Average Rating: 88% (A-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Figure 8
  2. I’m Your Doll
  3. In Time
  4. Glass & Patron
  5. Mothercreep

Label:

Young Turks

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a more experimental laid back electronic album with awesome vocals.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Friggin’ rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really, just five songs, not gonna pay through the teeth for that.

Final Thoughts:

FKA Twigs is one of those few artists that have rose to fame and deserved it. Her music is really unique and experimental. Her vocals are amazing and her albums are always mysterious and short. M3LL155X is not her best work, but it’s a good sample of what she’s like. Incredibly sexual, cool electronic sounds, laid back vibes. The whole thing is put together very well, and marketed to the right crowd. It’s like Little Dragon met Madonna. FKA Twigs will never be one of my favourite artists, but I always enjoyed the tracks that she’s made.

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FIDLAR-Too (2015)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 76%

Average Rating: 74% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 40oz. On Repeat
  2. Punks
  3. West Coast
  4. Why Generation
  5. Sober
  6. Leave Me Alone
  7. Drone
  8. Overdose
  9. Hey Johnny
  10. Stupid Decisions
  11. Bad Medicine
  12. Bad Habits

Label:

Mom + Pop Music, Wichita Recordings, Dine Alone Records

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Having a hard time connection with your generation.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty ugly, but fits their style.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah.

Final Thoughts:

FIDLAR’s self titled album was friggin’ amazing. Here’s this new band singing about Cheap Beer and Cocaine and then they release a music video with Nick Offerman peeing on everything (fake penis and all). It was raw, weird, and it made you feel like you were on this trip with a bunch of crazy stoners. Then Too came out, and it was significantly watered down. If FIDLAR (album) was a bad trip, Too is a hissy fit, the lyricism takes a noticeable dive, but damn if it’s not still catchy as ever. FIDLAR’s Too wasn’t necessarily a misstep, but it went a little too accessible. I think this band will have a hard time finding itself upon its next release, do they want to be raw and unpredictable (please, please please) or do they want to be a band for high schoolers who are finding themselves? Only time will tell.

Fatlip-The Loneliest Punk (2005)

My Rating: 56% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 66% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Fat Leezy
  2. Fatlip Intro
  3. First Heat
  4. The Bassline
  5. Freestyle
  6. Joe’s Turkey
  7. I Got Shit
  8. Writers Block
  9. M.I.A.
  10. The Story Of Us
  11. Cook
  12. Walkabout
  13. All On Fly
  14. Lyrical Styles
  15. Freaky Pumps (Feat Shock G, Humpty-Hump, Volume 10)
  16. He’s An Outsider
  17. What’s Up Fatlip
  18. Dreams

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Kinda tipsy out late skating.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those albums that I always thought I loved until I actually sat down and listened to the whole thing from start to end. Yes there are some absolutely incredible songs on The Loneliest Punk, What’s Up Fatlip, Cook, and Fat Leezy have been classic tracks for me for awhile, but there’s also a lot of dead space. It’s that classic conundrum of nostalgia vs. reality. I’ve always thought of this album in a good light, but I guess I really was just drawn to those few tracks. Fatlip is an incredible emcee, one that’s not gotten his dues for sure, but I’m starting to understand why. If the rest of his work is as inconsistent as this then maybe it’s time to stop wondering why he’s not a household name.

Fuzz-Fuzz (2013)

My Rating: 94% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Earthen Gate
  2. Sleigh Ride
  3. What’s in My Head?
  4. HazeMaze
  5. Loose Sutures
  6. Preacher
  7. Raise
  8. One

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a contemporary band that sounds very much like they are from the 80’s.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Fits the album very well.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

I kept being told by like minded people that since I’m a big fan of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall that I had to check out Segall’s project Fuzz. I decided to finally check em out, having normal expectations, knowing I was more than likely going to like it, but not to the amount that I found myself actually loving this album. Fuzz is both epic and intimate, it’s a garage rock fans fantasy, lots of distortion, with not a huge tracklist (no watering down the album here). What surprised me most was how little singing is actually on the album, usually that makes me check out fast, but somehow Fuzz kept me interested through the entire play. Fuzz is unique from Ty Segall’s stuff, maybe because it sounds a little fuller and isn’t as worried about just jamming out when it feels right.

Future Islands-Wave Like Home (2008)

My Rating: 67% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 67% (C+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pangea
  2. Old Friend
  3. Flicker and Flutter
  4. Escape Artist
  5. Seize A Shark
  6. Heart Grows Old
  7. Beach Foam
  8. Wave Like Home
  9. Little Dreamer

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Diggin’ deep for Future Islands tunes to listen to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s real weird, reminds me of something from the movie House. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

Future Islands first album isn’t amazing, but it’s not something that they should be embarrassed about either. The album has a couple really catchy songs and you can totally see how their later sound evolved, but even for a first album, it’s pretty original and experimental. I guess Harris learns how to use his voice in a more diverse way in the later albums, and some of the bands instrumentals just get much more crisper as they aged. Wave Like Home isn’t even close to my favourite albums from Future Islands, but it’s their first, and it’s a really solid effort. I won’t be buying it on vinyl anytime soon, nor will I sit through the whole thing either, but it had a couple solid tracks and is impressive for a first album.

Father John Misty-Fear Fun (2012)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 73

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 83

Average Rating: 76%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Funtimes in Babylon
  2. Nancy From Now On
  3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  4. I’m Writing a Novel
  5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
  6. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2
  7. Only Son of the Ladiesman
  8. This Is Sally Hatchet
  9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
  10. Now I’m Learning to Love the War
  11. Tee Pees 1-12
  12. Everyman Needs a Companion

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a laid back album to turn your brain off to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s incredible, best part of this album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Just want it for the cover, but no I won’t actually own it.

Final Thoughts:

Father John Misty’s been on a mental block for me for some time now. Mostly it’s one of those things where a ton of my friends wouldn’t shut up about it and I got weird and stubborn and just didn’t listen to him. I’d be lying if I didn’t find it a little over-hyped, I mean there are a few good tracks on this album, but was it something completely unique that caught me off guard? Not really. While he shines on a few tracks I can’t see myself going out of my way to listen to another one of his album (unless my friends get oddly aggressive and force me to).

Fu-Schnickens-F.U. Don’t Take It Personal (1992)

My Rating: 75% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 75%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. True Fuschnick
  2. Movie Scene
  3. Ring The Alarm
  4. Back Off
  5. Heavenly Father
  6. La Schmoove
  7. Props
  8. Generals
  9. Check it Out
  10. Bebo

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an old school hip-hop album that’s a lot of fun.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

So typically 90’s rap, it’s hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No, shuffle is fine for these guys.

Final Thoughts:

F.U. Don’t Take It Personal is the most fun I’ve had with an album in a long time, it’s truly a lost gem of the old school Hip-Hop movement. They’re incredibly fast rappers and instead of falling for the filler word style that was popular at the time (ex. iggity, miggity, and so forth) they actually stick to saying real words. Hilarious lyrics. Classic break beats. It’s a lot of fun.

Future Islands-The Far Field (2017)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 78.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Aladdin
  2. Time On Her Side
  3. Ran
  4. Beauty of the Road
  5. Cave
  6. Through The Roses
  7. North Star
  8. Ancient Water
  9. Candles
  10. Day Glow Fire
  11. Shadows
  12. Black Rose

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

You’re feeling a little more funky than Postal Service, but not as funky as James Brown.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It follows their bands persona really well, it’s really beautiful looking and original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh you know I do, son.

Final Thoughts:

Future Islands continues to release amazing albums, this is my favourite of 2017 thus far (we’ll see if that changes). Samuel T. Herring’s vocals keep me wanting more and the funky instrumentals are a delicious treat.

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