Pink Floyd-The Division Bell (1994)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 50%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cluster One
  2. What Do You Want From Me
  3. Poles Apart
  4. Marooned
  5. A Great Day For Freedom
  6. Wearing The Inside Out
  7. Take It Back
  8. Coming Back To Life
  9. Keep Talking
  10. Lost For Words
  11. High Hopes

Label:

EMI, Columbia

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to go to sleep.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

One of the classics, I’ve seen this cover everywhere.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep!

Final Thoughts:

The big argument against The Division Bell is that it doesn’t sound like Pink Floyd, and I could understand the frustration with that, but in all honesty I still don’t know what Pink Floyd sounds like. I’ve listened to a handful of tracks of theirs since high school (Money, Goodbye Blue Sky, Another Brick In the Wall) but besides that I’ve never been too familiar, so when putting on The Division Bell my bias was fairly low, I had little to compare it to so it was a fresh album. I liked what I heard for the most part, laid back, jazzy, epic large vocals, it’s not an amazing album, but it’s a solid one, and I’d be happy to have it in my collection.

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Tame Impala-Currents (2015)

My Rating: 81 (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Let It Happen
  2. Nangs
  3. The Moment
  4. Yes I’m Changing
  5. Eventually
  6. Gossip
  7. The Less I Know The Better
  8. Past Life
  9. Disciples
  10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
  11. Reality In Motion
  12. Love Paranoia
  13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a mix between psychedelic electronic and pop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, I really like how you can picture what kind of album you’re getting into with the cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah if it was a good price.

Final Thoughts:

Tame Impala is a group that a lot of my friend circle absolutely love, but I never really checked them out, except for the occasional song I’d hear at breweries or other hipster-esque places I frequent. Currents is a really solid album, it’s unique but not in a way that really pulls me away from the chill vibes they’re aiming for. Pop, psychedelic, and electronic fans will all be represented on Currents, and that’s probably the strong part of the album, it caters to a wide audience without pinpointing their sound to one genre. I’m not officially a Tame Impala advocate, Currents is really solid but the likeliness of me going out of my way for a show is still fairly low. The next album I check out should tip the scales to either be a casual listener, or an official fan.

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