Z-Trip-Z-Trip (2004)

My Rating: 34% (F)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 34% (F)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Listen To The DJ Feat. Soup
  3. Furious
  4. The Get Down Feat. Lyrics Born
  5. Bury Me Standing Feat. Luke Sick
  6. About Face
  7. Breakfast Club Feat. Murs And Supernatural
  8. Take Two Copies Feat. Busdriver
  9. 3rd Gear Feat. Ikey Owens
  10. Everything Changes Feat. Aceyalone And Mystic
  11. For My People Feat. Supernatural
  12. All About The Music Feat. Whipper Whip
  13. Walking Dead Feat. Chester Bennington
  14. Shock And Awe Feat. Chuck D
  15. STR (Revolution)
  16. The Grandmaster Feat. Grandmaster Caz

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

When you’re diggin’ for samples.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Stupid. It’s boring.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not at all.

Final Thoughts:

First off, I don’t think Z-Trip is a bad DJ, in fact I usually think of him as a very good one, but oh my my, this self titled album is a mish-mash of bad ideas. How an album can have Soup, Murs, Busdriver, Aceyalone, and Chuck D. and still score this low is boggling. Here’s the problem, instead of this self-titled album being a celebration of underground hip hop, the thing just makes you wonder why it’s not better. Seriously, listen to the song Breakfast Club and you’ll understand my beef, it’s okay, but it’s never very good. I like a couple tracks on here, but they are available on other albums (Everything Changes is on an Aceyalone release) so I just don’t see much need for this album to even exist. I hope Z is desperately trying to bury this release, because it’s not a good representation of his skills or any of the emcees skills either.

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blink-182-California (Deluxe Edition) (2017)

Record Review Requested By: Drew Brown

My Rating: 21% (F)

Pitchfork Rating: 55%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 63%

Average Rating: 52.3%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

Disc 1

  1. Cynical
  2. Bored To Death
  3. She’s Out Of Her Mind
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Sober
  6. Built This Pool
  7. No Future
  8. Home Is Such A Lonely Place
  9. Kings Of The Weekend
  10. Teenage Satellites
  11. Left Alone
  12. Rabbit Hole
  13. San Diego
  14. The Only Thing That Matters
  15. California
  16. Brohemian Rhapsody

Disc 2

  1. Parking Lot
  2. Misery
  3. Good Old Days
  4. Don’t Mean Anything
  5. Hey I’m Sorry
  6. Last Train Home
  7. Wildfire
  8. 6/8
  9. Long Lost Feeling
  10. Bottom of the Ocean
  11. Can’t Get You More Pregnant
  12. Bored To Death (Acoustic)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling self-abusive.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I’ve always loved blink-182’s album covers, this one is just as awesome.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Helllllll no.

Final Thoughts:

I didn’t grow up on blink-182, I mean I listened to All The Small Things and I Miss You (a really great song), but for the most part I was just not into it. I tried the Christian-esque type instead (Hawk Nelson, FM Static, etc.) and those bands were great in high school, but didn’t age well. I tried the new album out of curiosity and a hope that blink-182 would help me love pop-punk, it didn’t go as expected. It didn’t age well, immediately, like it may have sounded great in the studio but as soon as it was put together as an album the thing was outdated. This genre refuses to develop (or at least I haven’t seen it develop). It’s the same ol’ same ol’. Boring songs. Immature high schoolish hooks. This is an album DOA, and I for one will not be excited if this band decides to release another album.

Dee Dee Bridgewater-Dee Dee’s Feathers (2015)

My Rating: 46% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 46%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. One Fine Thing
  2. What A Wonderful World
  3. Big Chief
  4. Saint James Infirmary
  5. Dee Dee’s Feathers
  6. New Orleans
  7. Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna
  8. Come Sunday
  9. Congo Square
  10. C’est Ici Que Je T’aime
  11. Do You Know What It Means
  12. Whoopin’ Blues
  13. Rising Tide (Tune Up) Extended Version

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You:

Want a classic sounding jazz vocalist to sing to you while you cook dinner.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a pretty elegant cover, but is it just me or does Mayfield totally look uncomfortable in this picture? Like he doesn’t wanna be there or something.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nooope.

Final Thoughts:

Dee Dee Bridgewater is a classic jazz vocalist, and that’s a fault, because instead of showcasing her voice over sad or uncovered jazz gems she decides to use repetitive lyrics, do way too much scatting for anybody’s liking, and cover What A Wonderful World (seriously, we all know it, give us something that’s gone unappreciated for years instead of being so on the nose). Her band is great, her voice is terrific, her choices for tracks and order on an album is her major downfall.

Gorillaz-Humanz (2017)

My Rating: 38% (F)

Pitchfork Rating: 69%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 63.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Into: I Switched My Robot Off
  2. Ascension
  3. Strobelite
  4. Saturnz Barz
  5. Momentz
  6. Interlude: The Non-Conformist Oath
  7. Submission
  8. Charger
  9. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
  10. Andromeda
  11. Busted and Blue
  12. Interlude: Talk Radio
  13. Carnival
  14. Let Me Out
  15. Interlude: Penthouse
  16. Sex Murder Party
  17. She’s My Collar
  18. Interlude: The Elephant
  19. Hallelujah Money
  20. We Got The Power
  21. Thhe Apprentice
  22. Halfway to the Halfway House
  23. Out of Body
  24. Ticker Tape
  25. Circle of Friendz

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want to be disappointed.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Probably the best part of the album, and that makes me so so sad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

…….no.

Final Thoughts:

It’s heartbreaking. I’ve been waiting so long for this album. It took me so long to even get through the whole friggin’ thing. It’s so bad. I just don’t know what happened. Ascension is great don’t get me wrong, but it was a lot of work to sit through this whole album, and that’s not how Gorillaz should feel. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

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