T-Bone-Bone-A-Fide (2005)

My Rating: 67% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 67% (C+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Rally
  2. 12 Years Ago
  3. Hard Streets
  4. Let That Thang Go
  5. Can I Live
  6. I Been Looking Around
  7. Follow T
  8. Hasta La Victoria Siempre
  9. A Few Good Men
  10. Shake Ya Body
  11. The Sanction
  12. You Can’t Win
  13. It’s Okay
  14. Bounce
  15. Victory! Victory! Victory!

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting ghetto Christian hip hop, because it exists.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Well I have mixed feelings, but I loved it growing up.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I doubt it exists though.

Final Thoughts:

This may show how young I actually am but Bone-A-Fide was one of the first albums I ever bought. I remember picking it up in Ontario at a record store and then leaving it by my bed unlistened for more than a year. One day I was cleaning my room and threw it on and was shocked how much I liked it. Obviously things change over time but T-Bone was my favourite emcee/artist growing up, his music was actually really well produced, especially on Bone-A-Fide, his flow was really fast and thoughtful, and he had amazing featuring artists (From KRS-One to Mack 10). Do I love this album as much as I did growing up? No, but it has a special spot for nostalgic purposes for me.

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Tyler, The Creator-Flower Boy (2017)

My Rating: 82% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 85%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 84% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Foreword (feat. Rex Orange County)
  2. Where This Flower Blooms (feat. Frank Ocean)
  3. Sometimes…
  4. See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)
  5. Who Dat Boy (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  6. Pothole (feat. Jaden Smith)
  7. Garden Shed (feat. Estelle)
  8. Boredom (feat. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North)
  9. I Ain’t Got Time!
  10. 911 – Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean & Steve Lacy)
  11. Droppin’ Seeds (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
  12. November
  13. Glitter
  14. Enjoy Right Now, Today

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Hungover.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

One of his best album covers yet.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Flower Boy is Tyler, The Creator’s best album yet. We’ve ditched anger for regret on this release, and it makes the project much more approachable then some of Tyler’s other work. Not only has the tone changed, Tyler seems to have taken mistakes from Cherry Bomb and added the genre he was going for with some laid back flowing on it making it more of a hip hop album then Cherry Bomb. There are even a couple songs that made me double check my iTunes to see if it was actually Tyler, a few of them reminded me of the now trendy King Krule. Tyler has compromised on Flowerboy, what the fans want and what he wants to make, and it makes for a fire album.

Thee Oh Sees-Orc (2017)

My Rating: 70% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 74% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Animated Violence
  2. Cadaver Dog
  3. Cooling Tower
  4. Drowned Beast
  5. Jettisoned
  6. Keys to the Castle
  7. Nite Expo
  8. Paranoise
  9. Raw Optics
  10. The Static God

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a darker version of Thee Oh Sees.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super rad, big fan of this album cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Already do, as always Thee Oh Sees are good fun on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I listen to Thee Oh Sees a lot…I’m not kidding, a lot. They’re definitely one of my go to bands for driving or waking up. I’ve seen them live three times now and plan on seeing them every time they make it out to Vancouver. Dwyer is one of my all time favourite musicians and I will listen to every damn thing he makes. Orc was a solid release that holds up, but it’s not their greatest. Unlike other Oh Sees albums, Orc doesn’t have that one track that makes my face melt (although The Static God is pretty damn close). There just wasn’t as much for me to go fanboy crazy about on Orc, and it’s not that it’s necessarily a bad album (it’s not) but it’s not a very memorable one either. I wish for a second Floating Coffin, but obviously bands move in different directions and I can’t fault them for that, I just wish it hit as hard as their previous work has.

Talking Heads-More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 91%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
  2. With Our Love
  3. The Good Thing
  4. Warning Sign
  5. The Girls Want to Be With The Girls
  6. Found A Job
  7. Artists Only
  8. I’m Not In Love
  9. Stay Hungry
  10. Take Me To The River
  11. The Big Country

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling funky and nostalgic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Seems a bit before its time, not my favourite but not bad by any means.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell yeah.

Final Thoughts:

I decided to stretch my musical taste this year by slowly working through a list of 1001 Albums to Listen To Before You Die, Talking Heads had a few albums on that list (Including More Songs About Buildings And Food) and I’ve been blown away by how much I love their stuff. Honestly for the most part my music taste doesn’t go earlier than the 90’s, so finding gold in the 70’s is really helping me gain confidence to explore more. More Songs About Buildings And Food is a lot of fun, I can see why so many people love Byrne after hearing what he does with this album.

Thee Oh Sees-The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (2008)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 72%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Block Of Ice
  2. Visit Colonel
  3. Grease 2
  4. Ghost in the Trees
  5. Two Drummers Disappear
  6. Graveyard Drug Party
  7. The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night in
  8. Grease
  9. Adult Acid
  10. The Coconut
  11. Maria Stacks
  12. Poison Finger
  13. You Will See This Dog Before You Die
  14. Quadrospazzed
  15. Koka Kola Jingle

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to rock out/dance.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It creeps me out, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Own it on vinyl, haven’t spun it yet, though.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those albums that I didn’t know how familiar I was with it until I sat down and listened to the whole thing. Damn every second song is one that made me have an “oh yeah, this song is friggin’ rad” moment. Thee Oh Sees will always be one of those landmark bands for me, a band that points to a specific time in my life as well as a gateway drug to some of my other favourite bands currently. The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In is the bridge between the old Oh Sees and the current Oh Sees, it helps explain the evolution of the band. It’s a great record for newbies to start with, as well as just a really solid album in general. Easy to dance to; easier to dance to with a cheap beer in hand.

Tyler, The Creator-Cherry Bomb (2015)

My Rating: 42% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: 67%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 62%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. DEATHCAMP
  2. BUFFALO
  3. PILOT
  4. RUN
  5. FIND YOUR WINGS
  6. CHERRY BOMB
  7. BLOW MY LOAD
  8. 2SEATER
  9. THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX)
  10. FUCKING YOUNG / PERFECT
  11. SMUCKERS
  12. KEEP DA O’S
  13. OKAGA, CA

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

I don’t know, half asleep?

Thoughts on Album Cover:

This album cover was actually the first thing that convinced me to check Tyler out.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Before I was even listening to Tyler, The Creator, I remember reading an interview with him about the negative reception of this album. He said something along the lines as people being upset about what he was rapping about now, saying that he used to rap about having to live with his grandma and that just wasn’t his life after becoming an artist. Of course that makes sense, your art will change dependent on how your life changes, but I don’t think that’s why it was negatively received, it was received negatively because it’s not a good album. Seriously Cherry Bomb just isn’t a good album, it’s boring, it’s kind of R&B at times, and most the album I was waiting for Tyler to start going hard on the mic, but whenever he did, which is a rare moment on Cherry Bomb, it was too little too late. I’m glad Tyler didn’t keep going down this road. Boring album.

Ghostface Killah & Trife Da God-Put It On The Line (2005)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 78%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cocaine Trafficking
  2. Put It On The Line
  3. Struggle
  4. Hustle Hard
  5. Assassination Day
  6. Gangsta Shit (feat. Tommy Whispers)
  7. Fire
  8. Project Soap Operas (feat. Krymelife & Tommy Whispers)
  9. War
  10. Out The Way (feat. Shawn Wigs)
  11. Daytona 500
  12. Milk’em
  13. Late Night Arrival (feat. Shawn Wigs)
  14. Man Up (feat. Sun God)
  15. Game Time
  16. The Watch (feat. Raekwon)
  17. Ghost & Giancana (feat. Kool G Rap)
  18. The Sun (feat. Raekwon & Slick Rick)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

A Wu-Tang fiend digging through all the emcees work.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty simplistic, looks like a mixtape more than an album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

If it was real cheap sure, but probably not.

Final Thoughts:

Put It On The Line did two things for me: 1. Reassured me that even the most obscure Wu-Tang projects can contain gold. 2. Inspired me to listen to more Ghostface Killah. Trife Da God is by no means a bad emcee, he simply can’t be if he’s part of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he is constantly out-shined by Ghostface on Put It On The Line. Perhaps it’s my personal bias that makes me automatically gravitate towards anything Ghostface touches, but it’s a rare day that I hear someone say that Trife is their favourite Wu Tanger. It’s classic old school grimy hip-hop, sounding like martial art masters facing off with a ghetto backdrop, it’s not the best Wu-Tang project, but it’s far from the worst.

Tame Impala-Currents (2015)

My Rating: 81 (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Let It Happen
  2. Nangs
  3. The Moment
  4. Yes I’m Changing
  5. Eventually
  6. Gossip
  7. The Less I Know The Better
  8. Past Life
  9. Disciples
  10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
  11. Reality In Motion
  12. Love Paranoia
  13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a mix between psychedelic electronic and pop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, I really like how you can picture what kind of album you’re getting into with the cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah if it was a good price.

Final Thoughts:

Tame Impala is a group that a lot of my friend circle absolutely love, but I never really checked them out, except for the occasional song I’d hear at breweries or other hipster-esque places I frequent. Currents is a really solid album, it’s unique but not in a way that really pulls me away from the chill vibes they’re aiming for. Pop, psychedelic, and electronic fans will all be represented on Currents, and that’s probably the strong part of the album, it caters to a wide audience without pinpointing their sound to one genre. I’m not officially a Tame Impala advocate, Currents is really solid but the likeliness of me going out of my way for a show is still fairly low. The next album I check out should tip the scales to either be a casual listener, or an official fan.

Tyler, the Creator-Goblin (2011)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 72%

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Goblin
  2. Yonkers
  3. Radicals
  4. She feat. Frank Ocean
  5. Transylvania
  6. Nightmare
  7. Tron Cat
  8. Her
  9. Sandwitches feat. Hodgy Beats
  10. Fish
  11. Analog feat. Hodgy Beats
  12. Suck feat. Jasper Dolphin & Taco Bennett
  13. Window feat. Domo Genesis, Mike G, Hodgy Beats & Frank Ocean
  14. Au79
  15. Golden
  16. Burger feat. Hodgy Beats
  17. Untitled 63
  18. Steak Sauce

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry and want some grimy hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, one of those that I’m sure pop culture could easily mix to make t-shirts and what not (Goblin/Rick and Morty is what I’m thinking).

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hmmmmmmmm, perhaps if it were on sale.

Final Thoughts:

Tyler, The Creator is quite the rapper, he is definitely not music you put on with a large crowd around, he will 100% offend more than a few. His albums seem to follow a similar trend for me, lots of tracks with mostly good stuff, but a few major misses. Yonkers is such an amazing track, probably the song he will be most known for (even though he probably doesn’t want to be known just for that). I have a hard time getting through whole albums of Tyler’s, mostly because it is so explicit and kind of gets a little much after a bit. I do really like his flow and his lyrics are really clever sometimes, especially when it comes to mental illness (Email full of emails, I never write back. Ain’t kill myself yet, and I already want my life back). Tyler, The Creator is shocking, no doubt about it, but every once in awhile his vulnerability will drip through, and when it does it’s really out of place, but also relatable to the crowd I think he’s trying to cater to.

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