City And Colour-If I Should Go Before You (2015)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 80% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Women
  2. Northern Blues
  3. Mizzy C
  4. If I Should Go Before You
  5. Killing Time
  6. Wasted Love
  7. Runaway
  8. Lover Come Back
  9. Map Of The World
  10. Friends
  11. Blood

Label:

Dine Alone Records

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Driving on a dreary day.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classy, I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this release.

Final Thoughts:

City And Colour is one of those staple bands that most Canadians are familiar with, they’re always on the radio, at least four of your friends are obsessed with them, and they are always coming to a city near you. I love this band, they make consistently great music, catchy and emotional, it was easy to get into them after being in love with Death Cab For Cutie. If I Should Go Before You is more of the same, great music to add to their already awesome collection. Not their best work (the opening song Women got under my skin pretty fast, not a great way to start the album) but still lots of fun, glad to have it a part of my collection.

FIDLAR-Too (2015)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 76%

Average Rating: 74% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 40oz. On Repeat
  2. Punks
  3. West Coast
  4. Why Generation
  5. Sober
  6. Leave Me Alone
  7. Drone
  8. Overdose
  9. Hey Johnny
  10. Stupid Decisions
  11. Bad Medicine
  12. Bad Habits

Label:

Mom + Pop Music, Wichita Recordings, Dine Alone Records

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Having a hard time connection with your generation.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty ugly, but fits their style.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah.

Final Thoughts:

FIDLAR’s self titled album was friggin’ amazing. Here’s this new band singing about Cheap Beer and Cocaine and then they release a music video with Nick Offerman peeing on everything (fake penis and all). It was raw, weird, and it made you feel like you were on this trip with a bunch of crazy stoners. Then Too came out, and it was significantly watered down. If FIDLAR (album) was a bad trip, Too is a hissy fit, the lyricism takes a noticeable dive, but damn if it’s not still catchy as ever. FIDLAR’s Too wasn’t necessarily a misstep, but it went a little too accessible. I think this band will have a hard time finding itself upon its next release, do they want to be raw and unpredictable (please, please please) or do they want to be a band for high schoolers who are finding themselves? Only time will tell.

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