The Shins-Heartworms (2017)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 80% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Name for You
  2. Painting A Hole
  3. Cherry Hearts
  4. Fantasy Island
  5. Mildenhall
  6. Rubber Ballz
  7. Half a Million
  8. Dead Alive
  9. Heartworms
  10. So Now What
  11. The Fear

Label:

Columbia

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling like a mix of Arcade Fire and Empire of the Sun.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Anything acid art is pretty much a win, so this one really works for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Just bought it! So stoked on it.

Final Thoughts:

I hate when a band I’ve loved for a long time releases an album that trumps all their previous work, why? It always makes me sound like an amateur fan and I lose 100 pretentious points. Heartworms is The Shins best album yet, it’s a good mix of awesome instrumentals and really unique vocal performances. The album reinvents the band in a good way, they rolled the dice on this release and won big. It’s like we got a little bit of both worlds between The Shins and Breaking Bells on Heartworms. Controversial claim or otherwise, The Shins have never been this good, Heartworms is a huge accomplishment from this instantly lovable band.

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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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