John Reuben-Word Of Mouth (2007)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Sing It Like You Mean It
  2. Trying Too Hard
  3. Make Money Money
  4. Focus
  5. Word Of Mouth
  6. Miserable Exaggeration
  7. Universal
  8. Curiosity
  9. Cool The Underdog
  10. Good Evening

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for easy listening Hip Hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it, it’s original, I especially like the font.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah but I don’t think I’ll ever found it.

Final Thoughts:

John Reuben has been tragically underappreciated, his albums have always been really diverse and entertaining. Word Of Mouth, a ten track carnival, is a great example of the artists abilities to mash multiple genres and themes into one coherent listen. He can go from party/funny tracks like Trying Too Hard, to thought provoking tracks like Cool The Underdog. The famous line at the ending of the album where he chants “Bob Dylan’s Microphone” repeatedly is also a really quirky little story (that you should totally look up) and adds to the overall mystery of this mystifyingly impressive and aloof emcee.

Julia Holter-Tragedy (2011)

My Rating: 56% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 68%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Introduction
  2. Try To Make Yourself A Work Of Art
  3. The Falling Age
  4. Goddess Eyes
  5. Interlude
  6. Celebration
  7. So Lillies
  8. Tragedy Finale

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Into listening to ambient/experimental/mellow tunes.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy. Just like the music. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Even though this scored fairly poorly, I’d love to own this on vinyl, mostly because I think it’d actually sound incredible on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Julia Holter loves manipulating sound to the point where she can take traffic, birds, and coffee shop noise into beautiful music. Tragedy is one of those unfortunate albums that works really well as a whole, but not at all as individual tracks, and in today’s shuffle obsessed culture (myself included) it just won’t make it onto most peoples radar, which is what is killing the modern album. Tragedy is lots of fun and original, it’s just not at all accessible.

Julien Baker-Sprained Ankle (2015)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 70%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 85%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Blacktop
  2. Sprained Ankle
  3. Brittle Boned
  4. Everybody Does
  5. Good News
  6. Something
  7. Rejoice
  8. Vessels
  9. Go Home

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Contemplating life/driving during night/sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s wonderful. Really cool colours. Fits the music really well.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hell yeah.

Final Thoughts:

Ho lee sheeeeeeeeeet. This album is absolutely incredible. Yet another great find through the youtube series “What’s In My Bag”.  I think the most impressive part of this album lies in its simplicity; it’s mostly just Julien and a piano. Her lyrics are absolutely incredible, and Go Home’s ending on the album with a muffled pastor preaching about Jesus over the melancholy piano, amazing.

John Mayer-Continuum (2006)

Record Review Requested By: Matthew Ziegler

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 67%

Average Rating: 76.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Waiting on The World to Change
  2. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  3. Belief
  4. Gravity
  5. The Heart of Life
  6. Vultures
  7. Stop This Train
  8. Slow Dancing in A Burning Room
  9. Bold As Love
  10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
  11. In Repair
  12. I’m Gonna Find Another You

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want John Mayer at his best.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s okay, nothing special here.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

These John Mayer songs are really close to my heart, it’s what I know him the most for, and what I dream he would revert to. This is one of those albums that I remember fondly but forgot about the dip in quality near the end of the record (Bold As Love, Dreaming With A Broken Heart, and In Repair all being pretty major misses for me). All that to say this is still a solid album that I constantly refer as being Mayer’s best work.

Jay Reatard-Blood Visions (2006)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 91%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 95.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Blood Visions
  2. Greed, Money, Useless Children
  3. It’s So Easy
  4. My Shadow
  5. My Family
  6. Death Is Forming
  7. Oh It’s Such a Shame
  8. Not a Substitute 
  9. Nightmares
  10. I See You Standing There
  11. We Who Wait
  12. Fading All Away
  13. Turning Blue
  14. Puppet Man
  15. Waiting for something

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry/Need to really rock out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s…uh. Yeah, it’s something. I mean it does really reflect the music, especially tracks like Death is Forming and My Family.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I almost had my hands on a copy of it the other day, but alas, they were sold out. One day my prince will come.

Final Thoughts:

This is such an incredible album. I love every track on it. There are few albums that I play on repeat but this is one of them. Jay Reatard’s vocals and guitar playing are incredible. This is exactly what I’m looking for in a punk record and I don’t think any other punk album will ever top it for me. RIP Jay Reatard.

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