Bombay Bicycle Club-Flaws (2010)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 40%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 63%

Average Rating: 65% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Rinse Me Down
  2. Many Ways
  3. Dust On The Ground
  4. Ivy & Gold
  5. Leaving Blues
  6. Fairytale Lullaby
  7. Word By Word
  8. Jewel
  9. My God
  10. Flaws
  11. Swansea

Label:

Island

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Fits the album so perfectly.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly.

Final Thoughts:

Bombay Bicycle Club caught me off guard with their second release Flaws. Known for being a alt rock pump up band, this down-tempo acoustic album may come as a shock to those exploring this bands discography, especially the fact that a lot of these songs are actually just striped down versions of tracks from their first album: I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. Flaws may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially for those who have been fans from the very beginning, but to those that it caters to (Death Cab and Sufjan fans come to mind) it is a truly wonderful album.

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The Killers-Wonderful Wonderful (2017)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 63%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 73% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wonderful Wonderful
  2. The Man
  3. Rut
  4. Life To Come
  5. Run For Cover
  6. Tyson vs Douglas
  7. Some Kind Of Love
  8. Out Of My Mind
  9. The Calling
  10. Have All The Songs Been Written?
  11. Money On Straight
  12. The Man (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
  13. The Man (Duke Dumont Remix)

Label:

Island

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to party.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Doesn’t do a lot for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

I’ve loved The Killers since high school, and despite all the heat they seem to catch from critics and friends, I love them. Sam’s Town was a great album that introduced me to these guys (fun fact I got it from Columbia House, different times), since then they’ve gone a whole lot more synthy and commercial, I suppose that’s one of the reasons they get a lot of hate. True, their music isn’t very experimental or innovative, but you know what? It’s really really catchy and fun! And sometimes that’s all you need. I’ll always stick up for The Killers, because they’ve always made fun music and haven’t tried to be someone they’re not. Wonderful Wonderful sticks to the plan of what you expect of them in later years, lots of candy glossed pop that’s easy to dance to.

Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure (1973)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Do The Strand
  2. Beauty Queen
  3. Strictly Confidential
  4. Editions Of You
  5. In Every Dream Home A Heartache
  6. The Bogus Man
  7. Grey Lagoons
  8. For Your Pleasure

Label:

Island, Polydor, Warner Bros., Atco, Reprise

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want a fun album while winding down for the night.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy, I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure!

Final Thoughts:

I know next to nothing about Roxy Music, I only discovered them on my quest to broaden my musical taste by listening through the 1001 albums to listen to before you die. For Your Pleasure was surprisingly fun, if not a little misguided at times, for instance the song Do The Strand got old fast. But when Roxy Music is on their game, which is most of For Your Pleasure, it’s really diverse and consistently engaging. Their song Grey Lagoons would more than likely make it on my list for best songs from the 70’s (not that I’m too well versed in that decade), it sounds like a mix between Supertamp and The Seatbelts, I’m excited to keep explore other albums by these guys.

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