L.A. Symphony-Disappear Here (2005)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 90%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Finland [Intro]
  2. Timeless
  3. Put Up Or Shut Up
  4. Money Song
  5. Universal
  6. Dance Like
  7. Funky Music
  8. Hold On
  9. C’est La Vie
  10. Grand Piano
  11. Give
  12. Pops Song
  13. Less Than Zero
  14. Rise
  15. Don’t Call Me

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a hip-hop group with lots of different styles that is incredibly easy to vibe out to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s okay, not terrible, not great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, think it’ll be hard to find on vinyl though

Final Thoughts:

L.A. Symphony knows they’re aren’t heavy weight rhymers, but they don’t really care, they’re just chill guys having a fun time. Disappear Here is filled with lots of call and action rhymes, punchlines, and an array of styles and tracks. Anything from lighthearted songs like Put Up Or Shut Up, to more vulnerable tracks like Pops Song, and even the song poking fun at how no one knows who they are like on Don’t Call Me all make their way onto this diverse album. If you’re looking for stuff like Jurassic 5, Living Legends, or People Under The Stairs, L.A. Symphony is right up your alley. Easy to skate to, easier to relax with.

La Dispute-Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (2008)

My Rating: 96% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 96%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Such Small Hands
  2. Said The King To The River
  3. Damaged Goods
  4. New Storms For Older Lovers
  5. Fall Down, Never Get Back Up Again
  6. Bury Your Flame
  7. Last Blues For Bloody Knuckles
  8. The Castle Builders
  9. Andria
  10. Then Again, Maybe You Were Right
  11. Sad Prayers For Guilty Bodies
  12. The Last Lost Continent
  13. Nobody, Not Even The Rain

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Really angry at someone in particular.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Doesn’t do anything for me, kinda just bland.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep, my roommates would kill me if I put it on, though.

Final Thoughts:

La Dispute by all accounts should annoy the hell out of me, loud sounding, angry, strained vocals, these all typically grate against me. But for some reason it just doesn’t, I find relatability in the anger. I found the voice well rounded and interesting. The backing band equally fighting for the spotlight. I would not hold it against you for hating this album, by all means go for it. But it’s the right mix of emotional uneasiness and musical chaos to strike the right chord for me, Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (ugh shorter album name please) plays off like an angry but well communicated tantrum after a terrible breakup, take that as you will.

Leonard Cohen-Popular Problems (2014)

Record Review Recommended By: Trevor Loken

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 86%

Average Rating: 87.3%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Slow
  2. Almost Like The Blues
  3. Samson in New Orleans
  4. A Street
  5. Did I Ever Love You
  6. My Oh My
  7. Nevermind
  8. Born In Chains
  9. You Got Me Singing

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Drinking a whiskey and thinking about life.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Not that great, kinda outdated in my opinion.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh, hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

I’m not one to automatically sing praises to albums/artists just because they are influential or critically acclaimed. I expected this album to be so-so, but I ended up loving every friggin’ song on this album. Cohen’s gravely voice is just so perfect throughout this entire album, I’m blown away.

Little Dragon-Nabuma Rubberband (2014)

Record Review Requested By: Jen Yip

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 68%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 77.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Mirror
  2. Klapp Klapp
  3. Pretty Girls
  4. Underbart
  5. Cat Rider
  6. Paris
  7. Lurad
  8. Nabuma Rubberband
  9. Only One
  10. Killing Me
  11. Pink Cloud
  12. Let Go

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want some down-tempo funky electronic music with an FKA Twigs styled lead vocalist.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Perfectly suited for their vibe, cool looking cover, would be stoked to see it on vinyl.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No shit. (Yes I would like to)

Final Thoughts:

Little Dragon’s Ritual Union was one of my favourite jams back in College, and now they’ve added so much more for me to geek out over with Nabuma Rubberband. It’s a great album with just so many hits and very professionally done. Little Dragon has mastered their craft, bow down and be blessed by their sound.

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