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.

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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.

Queens of the Stone Age-…Like Clockwork (2013)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 81% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
  2. I Sat By the Ocean
  3. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
  4. If I Had a Tail
  5. My God Is the Sun
  6. Kalopsia
  7. Fairweather Friends
  8. Smooth Sailing
  9. I Appear Missing
  10. …Like Clockwork

Label:

Matador

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to rock out, but you’re kind of tired too.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, it’d be awesome to own.

Final Thoughts:

Queens of the Stone Age have never been a huge band for me, I honestly don’t know their catalog too well, but I really love 3’s and 7’s, it was one of my favourite songs to play on Guitar Hero. …Like Clockwork never hits 3’s and 7’s level, but it’s a really solid album, one to put on and zone out to. It doesn’t make me want to rock out as, say, Thee Oh Sees, but it is consistently enjoyable and is made me played on vinyl again and again. I think they probably have better albums out there, but …Like Clockwork is definitely not a bad start to get to know them.

Beck-Colors (2017)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 63%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 72%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Colors
  2. Seventh Heaven
  3. I’m So Free
  4. Dear Life
  5. No Distraction
  6. Dreams (Colors Mix)
  7. Wow
  8. Up All Night
  9. Square One
  10. Fix Me
  11. Dreams

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Starting off on a fun road trip.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s okay, kinda reminiscent of Sea Change.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Beck continues to be impressive with Colors, honestly, will this dude ever fall off? It’s kind of frustrating really, like dude give some other people the spotlight, stop being such an attention seeker. Colors is enjoyable throughout, there’s weaker tracks than others for sure, but none are bad by any stretch. Beck is one of the few artists I know who can leave the studio for a long time and come back and continue making relevant music. Beck never feels like he’s following someone’s idea of popular music, he makes music and others follow him.

Bell X1-Chop Chop (2013)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 76%

Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Starlings Over Brighton Pier
  2. A Thousand Little Downers
  3. Careful What You Wish For
  4. Diorama
  5. I Will Follow You
  6. Drive-By Summer
  7. Motorcades
  8. Feint Praise
  9. The End Is Nigh

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want something with a little more energy than Damien Rice.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I absolutely love this cover!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So bad!

Final Thoughts:

Bell X1 flew under the radar for me for a very long time. I knew their song Flame and mostly just listened to the Flock album (with that track on it). I branched out a few years ago and came across Chop Chop, one of my all time favourite chill albums. Its got a big sound to it, but it still maintains a chill feel. Bell X1 worked brilliantly on Chop Chop, and props to them for not making more tracks than they needed to (9 songs on an album is almost unheard of nowadays). Any Death Cab, Snow Patrol, and/or Arcade Fire fans should feel at home at Chop Chop. Awesome album.

OK Go-Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (2010)

My Rating: 92% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 67%

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. WTF?
  2. This Too Shall Pass
  3. All Is Not Lost
  4. Needing/Getting
  5. Skyscrapers
  6. White Knuckles
  7. I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe
  8. End Love
  9. Before The Earth Was Round
  10. Last Leaf
  11. Back From Kathmandu
  12. While You Were Asleep
  13. In The Glass

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for some glitsy fun indie rock.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love the simplicity.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure!

Final Thoughts:

I first heard of OK Go, like most people, through their song Here It Goes Again, I’ve been an avid fan ever since. Sure their stuff hasn’t been show-stopping, but they manage to pull off one thing a lot of artists have a very hard time doing: consistency. Every OK Go album I’ve listened to after their album Oh No has had at least a few solid tracks on it that I’m happy to have show up on my shuffle. Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky threw me off initially, I was used to the more Indie Rock sound from Oh No, so the pop/synth heavy album took me a bit to warm up to. It’s one of those albums that has became really familiar to me without ever wearing out its welcome. Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky is a solid addition to OK Go’s already impressive discography, any fan will be pleased with what they hear on this release.

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.

Weezer-The Red Album (2008)

My Rating: 57% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 47%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 64%

Average Rating: 57%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Toublemaker
  2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
  3. Pork And Beans
  4. Heart Songs
  5. Everybody Get Dangerous
  6. Dreamin’
  7. Thought I Knew
  8. Cold Dark World
  9. Automatic
  10. The Angel And The One
  11. Miss Sweeney
  12. Pig
  13. The Spider
  14. King

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

I don’t know feeling immature and self abusive.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty friggin’ awful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No…

Final Thoughts:

Weezer is notorious for being one of those bands that had a few great albums and then just pretty much flopping the rest of their career. They’ve been picked on enough so I won’t be cruel because at the end of the day I do like this band. But damn this album is just so incredibly bad. It’s as if they went to a frat house and just wrote lyrics with that audience in mind. It’s eye-rollingly corny, immature, and sometimes just plain stupid. Even a few of their slow songs really crap the bed, too. Miss Sweeney may be my all time most hated Weezer song ever created, like honestly what is that song? It’s fun for high school but does not age well at all.

Relient K-Mmhmm (2004)

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. The One I’m Waiting For
  2. Be My Escape
  3. High Of 75
  4. I So Hate Consequences
  5. The Only Thing Worse Than Beating A Dead Horse Is Betting On One
  6. My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend
  7. More Than Useless
  8. Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet?
  9. Let It Out
  10. Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
  11. Maintain Consciousness
  12. This Week The Trend
  13. Life After Death And Taxes
  14. When I Go Down

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling nostalgic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, really simple and original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really the Relient K I’d buy if I ever were to get some of their vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Perhaps I’m a little biased when it comes to this album, but I was raised with these songs, and being raised Christian, it would be impossible to go without hearing a handful of Relient K tracks. Luckily this album ages really well (much better than others of theirs I’m sure) it’s juvenile, it’s simple, it’s dripping with growing pains (both as a band and in the overall themes) and that makes it endearing, who’d a thunk it? If you weren’t raised in a Christian household than I’m sure you’ve never or rarely heard this band, but these songs were anthems at Bible Camp, and because of that they’ve kinda buried their way into my brain and have become a nostalgic trip for me.

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