The Grates-Gravity Won’t Get You High (2006)

My Rating: 43% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: 59%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 51%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. I Won`t Survive
  2. Lies Are Much More Fun
  3. 19 20 20
  4. Rock Boys
  5. Howl
  6. Trampoline
  7. Science Is Golden
  8. Feels Like Pain
  9. Nothing Sir
  10. Inside Outside
  11. Sukkafish
  12. Seek Me
  13. Little People
  14. I Am Siam

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling nostalgic for elementary school.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I mean, yeah, it’s not great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Ha ha…no.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t know what I was expecting with an album cover like this one, it pretty much sets the tone for the album: juvenile. It’s filled with “girl power” that is not as cool as you’d hope, trust me you want girl power go to EMA, Nico, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and leave this album be. It grated on me (not clever but I couldn’t resist) because of it’s immaturity, it’s fake high energy, and it’s repetitiveness. There were songs that were truly eye rolling on Gravity Won’t Get You High, and I don’t really know who this album is for. It’s like Weezer’s Red Album but for girls, I guess. I’m glad that this band evolved, I really do like a few of their tracks, but ho boy Gravity Won’t Get You High, but it sure will pinch a few nerves.

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Ghostface Killah & Trife Da God-Put It On The Line (2005)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 78%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cocaine Trafficking
  2. Put It On The Line
  3. Struggle
  4. Hustle Hard
  5. Assassination Day
  6. Gangsta Shit (feat. Tommy Whispers)
  7. Fire
  8. Project Soap Operas (feat. Krymelife & Tommy Whispers)
  9. War
  10. Out The Way (feat. Shawn Wigs)
  11. Daytona 500
  12. Milk’em
  13. Late Night Arrival (feat. Shawn Wigs)
  14. Man Up (feat. Sun God)
  15. Game Time
  16. The Watch (feat. Raekwon)
  17. Ghost & Giancana (feat. Kool G Rap)
  18. The Sun (feat. Raekwon & Slick Rick)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

A Wu-Tang fiend digging through all the emcees work.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty simplistic, looks like a mixtape more than an album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

If it was real cheap sure, but probably not.

Final Thoughts:

Put It On The Line did two things for me: 1. Reassured me that even the most obscure Wu-Tang projects can contain gold. 2. Inspired me to listen to more Ghostface Killah. Trife Da God is by no means a bad emcee, he simply can’t be if he’s part of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he is constantly out-shined by Ghostface on Put It On The Line. Perhaps it’s my personal bias that makes me automatically gravitate towards anything Ghostface touches, but it’s a rare day that I hear someone say that Trife is their favourite Wu Tanger. It’s classic old school grimy hip-hop, sounding like martial art masters facing off with a ghetto backdrop, it’s not the best Wu-Tang project, but it’s far from the worst.

Grouplove-Big Mess (2016)

My Rating: 59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 64%

Average Rating: 61%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Welcome To Your Life
  2. Do You Love Someone
  3. Standing in The Sun
  4. Enlighten Me
  5. Good Morning
  6. Spinning
  7. Cannonball
  8. Traumatized
  9. Heart of Mine
  10. Don’t Stop Making It Happen
  11. Hollywood

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for happy sounding pop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty cool, love the amount of colour

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the slightest.

Final Thoughts:

If there was ever a front heavy album it would be Grouplove’s Big Mess. It’s just so easy to take shots at this album, but I’ll refrain because I like these guys. The A-Side is pretty catchy, but it falls apart half way through, the voice gets grating, the lyrics get juvenile, the music becomes so repetitive it just makes me feel like I’m stuck in a mall. Grouplove has made some solid tunes, but they can’t really make a solid album, I feel like if they just spent more time putting together a concept album we could really have something to write home about, but for now we can snag the catchy pop tracks and leave the annoying mall music behind.

The Game-1992 (2016)

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Savage Lifestyle
  2. True Colors / It’s On
  3. Bompton
  4. Fuck Orange Juice
  5. The Juice
  6. Young Niggas
  7. The Soundtrack
  8. I Grew Up On Wu-Tang
  9. However Do You Want It
  10. Baby You
  11. What Your Life Like
  12. 92 Bars
  13. All Eyez (feat. Jeremih)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

At the beach and want some old school hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty ugly, but reminds me of the artwork on Doggystyle.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah, not this one.

Final Thoughts:

The Game seems to be highly underrated, I’ve been listening to his stuff since High School and am continually shocked how little attention he seems to get. He can sound so different from album to album, some being really jazzy, others being old school, and others being straight gangster. 1992 is a great reminder that The Game is still around, it’s not really an overly impressive album, but it’s a good prelude to something better. It feels very much like KRS-One’s The Mixtape, which was released to hold fans over until his next full length album came out. It’s a great mix of tracks showing   stylistic diversity, while not being overly well thought out or produced. It’s fun (especially on a summer day) but it’s not gonna be an album that sticks with me.

The Growlers-Chinese Fountain (2014)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 70%

Average Rating: 85%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Big Toe
  2. Black Memories
  3. Chinese Fountain
  4. Dull Boy
  5. Good Advice
  6. Going Gets Tuff
  7. Magnificent Sadness
  8. Love Test
  9. Not the Man
  10. Rare Hearts
  11. Purgatory Drive

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a mish mash of genres with an over all good feeling, especially hot for summer.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Meh. Doesn’t do a lot for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell ya!

Final Thoughts:

The Growler’s have toured with bands that I’m a big fan of, such as acts like Mac DeMarco, Thee Oh Sees, and FIDLAR to name a few, and it was only time for me to check em out. I was blown away with how consistent this album was. This is a great example of a short and sweet album, they don’t drag it out to the point where I get tired, they leave me wanting more instead. It’s a surfy sounding album, with a lot for people to like. Country, Psychadellic, Pop, and Rock fans will feel right at home here.

Generationals-Alix (2014)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Black Lemon
  2. Gold Silver Diamond
  3. Reviver
  4. It Took A Minute
  5. Reading Signs
  6. Charlemagne
  7. Welcome to the Fire
  8. Heart In Two
  9. Now Look At Me
  10. Would You Want Me

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Driving with the top down on a hot day.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah, nothing special, but it does make me think that they musicians are just normal people.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely!

Final Thoughts:

Put On A Light was the first song I heard from these guys and I’m stoked to hear what else they can make. This album is just delightful! Is it original or show-stopping? You know, probably not. But it’s really enjoyable and dammit, I like it! It’s also really chill, I found it really easy to just turn my brain off and let this album do its thing, which is a nice change of pace with some of the other albums I’ve been listening to (Aesop Rock comes to mind). Generationals aren’t anything new, but they’ve perfected their craft and are a great listen for a nice day!

The Grates-Teeth Lost, Hearts Won (2008)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Burn Bridges
  2. Carve Your Name
  3. The Fun in Every Start
  4. Two Kinds Of Right
  5. Aw Yeah
  6. Milk Eyes
  7. The Sum of Every Part
  8. Storms and Fevers
  9. Earthquake
  10. Not Today
  11. When You’re Scared Of Dogs
  12. Let It Die
  13. The Biggest and Longest Adventure Ever

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for some fun pop punk with a female lead.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I absolutely love this album cover, there’s so much going on, it’s really rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

The Grates caught my attention with their song Turn Me On back in 2011; I wanted to check out their older stuff so I added this album to my library. The thing with The Grates is that if everything is working as it should be, the music sounds absolutely amazing, but so often on this album they make a simple misstep and something just sounds off. Whether it be the vocals being a little strained, or a drum loop that just doesn’t get there, the album as a whole could’ve used a little more time in the studio. But the few songs that hit their mark are really fun!

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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