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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The Killers-Wonderful Wonderful (2017)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 63%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 73% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wonderful Wonderful
  2. The Man
  3. Rut
  4. Life To Come
  5. Run For Cover
  6. Tyson vs Douglas
  7. Some Kind Of Love
  8. Out Of My Mind
  9. The Calling
  10. Have All The Songs Been Written?
  11. Money On Straight
  12. The Man (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
  13. The Man (Duke Dumont Remix)

Label:

Island

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to party.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Doesn’t do a lot for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

I’ve loved The Killers since high school, and despite all the heat they seem to catch from critics and friends, I love them. Sam’s Town was a great album that introduced me to these guys (fun fact I got it from Columbia House, different times), since then they’ve gone a whole lot more synthy and commercial, I suppose that’s one of the reasons they get a lot of hate. True, their music isn’t very experimental or innovative, but you know what? It’s really really catchy and fun! And sometimes that’s all you need. I’ll always stick up for The Killers, because they’ve always made fun music and haven’t tried to be someone they’re not. Wonderful Wonderful sticks to the plan of what you expect of them in later years, lots of candy glossed pop that’s easy to dance to.

Death Cab For Cutie-Plans (2005)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 65%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 66%

Average Rating: 73% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Marching Bands Of Manhattan
  2. Soul Meets Body
  3. Summer Skin
  4. Different Names For The Same Thing
  5. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
  6. Your Heart Is An Empty Room
  7. Someday You Will Be Loved
  8. Crooked Teeth
  9. What Sarah Said
  10. Brothers On A Hotel Bed
  11. Stable Song

Label:

Atlantic, Barsuk

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling nostalgic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Meh, it’s okay.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I need this one!

Final Thoughts:

Man, I love Death Cab For Cutie, they were such an influential band for me. One of the first bands I ever listened to that was alternative was Snow Patrol and they opened the doors for this album, an album that has hit after freaking hit. Seriously, every track on this album is as memorable to me as the last, it’s a perfect album that will always have a spot in my heart. There’s little wrong Death Cab can do in my mind, they were one of those bands that really opened my mind to other genres of music, so I’m pretty biased when it comes to their early work, but damn, Plans is just such a great album.

KMD-Mr. Hood (1991)

My Rating: 64% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Mr. Hood at Piocalles Jewelry/Crackpot
  2. Who Me? (with An Answer From Dr. Bert)
  3. Boogie Man!
  4. Mr. Hood Meets Onyx
  5. Subroc’s Mission
  6. Humrush
  7. Figure of Speech
  8. Bananapeel Blues
  9. Nitty Gritty (Featuring Brand Nubian)
  10. Trial ‘N Error
  11. Hard Wit No Hoe
  12. Mr. Hood Gets a Haircut
  13. 808 Man
  14. Boy Who Cried Wolf
  15. Peachfuzz
  16. Preacher Porkchop
  17. Soulflexin’
  18. Gasface Refill

Label:

Elektra

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an interesting undiscovered hip hop album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

There’s a lot going on, but I kinda like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Have you ever heard of Zev Love X? Yeah me neither, until I started looking into KMD a three man hip hop group. Mr. Hood is an origin story album, this is one of the albums before MF Doom was MF Doom, yes Zev Love X is Doom, this is when he was young and optimistic, then life hit and we were introduced to the Villain. KMD’s Mr. Hood sounds really familiar, because it’s pretty much like every other hip hop album of the time. There wasn’t a whole lot that was innovative about this record, just kind of a stick to the formula type album. KMD is pretty much a group for super Doom fans like myself, I love seeing Doom before he became the notorious emcee that he is, Mr. Hood shows a weird insight to the masked rapper.

Lee Hazlewood-Something Special (1968)

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 85% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Shades
  2. This Town
  3. Child
  4. Stone Cold Blues
  5. Little War
  6. Them Girls
  7. Fort Worth
  8. Hands
  9. Mannford, Oklahoma
  10. Summer Night

Label:

Motown

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Cooking up some BBQ or playing poker.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure.

Final Thoughts:

Lee Hazlewood has flown under the radar for me, I’ve never heard of the dude so I had no expectations going into Something Special. Well the album title holds true, Lee Hazlewood is something special, he’s much like Frank Sinatra but also has a little Harry Nillson in him. I loved hearing all of these classic songs in a fairly simple format. Lee Hazlewood is very much a crooner, and he would absolutely be in my top 5 crooner’s of all time (suck it Buble). Something Special is one of the older records that holds up, it’s still entertaining and catchy.

Bon Iver-22, A Million (2016)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 90%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 87%

Average Rating: 87% (A-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
  3. 715 – CRΣΣKS
  4. 33 “GOD”
  5. 29 #Strafford APTS
  6. 666 ʇ
  7. 21 M♢♢N WATER
  8. 8 (circle)
  9. ____45_____
  10. 00000 Million

Label:

Jagjaguwar

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Driving through a mountain pass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Absolutely beautiful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah.

Final Thoughts:

So I’ll give you the truth, this is my least favourite Bon Iver so far, but it still scored 90%, showing that the band can do very little wrong in my mind. 22, A Million is an album that takes time to digest, it’s one of those albums that’s hard to fully comprehend the first few listens, and personally it still hasn’t quite grown on me yet. It’s an album that feels like homework, it demands your attention. From the baffling track names (666 ʇ) to the overly synthy vocody-ness where the vocals sometimes get fuzzy, 22, A Million is nothing if not innovative. This may not be Bon Iver’s greatest offering, but it’s a better album than most artists make in a whole life’s work.

Passion Pit-Tremendous Sea of Love (2017)

My Rating: 55% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 75%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 65% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Moonbeam
  2. Somewhere Up There
  3. Hey K
  4. You Have The Right
  5. Tremendous Sea of Love
  6. Inner Dialogue
  7. I’m Perfect
  8. The Undertow
  9. To The Otherside
  10. For Sondra (It Means The World To Me)

Label:

Wishart Group Recordings

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Half asleep.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Gorgeous cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the least.

Final Thoughts:

Damn, I’m getting fed up with Passion Pit, they can’t make a good album to save their lives. Tremendous Sea of Love is the same story, a few really catchy songs that are the reason I got into them in the first place, buried in absolute unlistenable trash. When these guys sit down to make an album I really wonder if they actually think it out or if they just kind of wing it and hope it will work together. Passion Pit has pushed me a little far, I keep getting their new album hoping that this time it will be different, but it never is. I need those few rad tracks, but c’mon work on your albums.

Great Big Sea-Play (1997)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100% (A++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Ordinary Day
  2. When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)
  3. The Night Pat Murphy Died
  4. How Did We Get From Saying I Love You…
  5. Donkey Riding
  6. Haven’t Seen You In A Long Time
  7. End Of The World
  8. General Taylor
  9. Seagulls
  10. Recruiting Sargent
  11. Greenspond
  12. Jakey’s Gin
  13. Something I Should Know
  14. Jolly Roving Tar
  15. Rigadoon

Label:

Warner Music Canada

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Missing the Canadian East Coast.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s strange, I don’t really know what to think.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely!

Final Thoughts:

Great Big Sea was one of those bands that was always played in my household. They were a band that I think all of the family could enjoy to some extent. No other album stands out as much as Play to me. I remember seeing the album artwork and trying to wrap my head around the concept of music making, it was so foreign to me at that age. Play is a Canadian staple, no one in this country should have made it through the 90’s without hearing a couple of these tracks. Great Big Sea is a feel good band for me, little makes me think of my country more than these guys.

Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure (1973)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Do The Strand
  2. Beauty Queen
  3. Strictly Confidential
  4. Editions Of You
  5. In Every Dream Home A Heartache
  6. The Bogus Man
  7. Grey Lagoons
  8. For Your Pleasure

Label:

Island, Polydor, Warner Bros., Atco, Reprise

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want a fun album while winding down for the night.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy, I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure!

Final Thoughts:

I know next to nothing about Roxy Music, I only discovered them on my quest to broaden my musical taste by listening through the 1001 albums to listen to before you die. For Your Pleasure was surprisingly fun, if not a little misguided at times, for instance the song Do The Strand got old fast. But when Roxy Music is on their game, which is most of For Your Pleasure, it’s really diverse and consistently engaging. Their song Grey Lagoons would more than likely make it on my list for best songs from the 70’s (not that I’m too well versed in that decade), it sounds like a mix between Supertamp and The Seatbelts, I’m excited to keep explore other albums by these guys.

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