Wu-Block-Wu-Block (2012)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 65%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Crack Spot Stories (feat. Raekwon & Jadakiss)
  2. Pour tha Martini (feat. Cappadonna)
  3. Pull tha Cars Out (feat. Method Man)
  4. Guns for Life (feat. Styles P)
  5. Comin for Ya Head (feat. Styles P & Raekwon)
  6. Cocaine Central (feat. Styles P)
  7. Take Notice
  8. Drivin’ Round (feat. Masta Killah, GZA & Erykah Badu)
  9. Different Time Zones (feat. Inspectah Deck)
  10. Stick Up Kids (feat. Jadakiss)
  11. All in Together (feat. Styles P & Jadakiss)
  12. Do It Like Us (feat. Raekwon)
  13. Stella (feat. Method Man)
  14. Been Robbed
  15. Bust Shots (feat. Inspectah Deck)
  16. Bust Shots (Andrew Kelley Remix)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the search for Wu Tang side projects.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s not amazing, but it’s not offensive to look at either.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Meh if it was cheap, if not then no.

Final Thoughts:

Ghostface Killah is my favourite emcee of the Wu-Tang Clan, easily. Anything Ghostface is involved with is automatically interesting to me, but that’s not to say he can do no wrong, he’s more of the artist who when they hit they hit hard and when they miss it’s a whole lot of meh. Surprisingly Wu-Block landed in the middle for me, it wasn’t the best album Ghostface has touched, it wasn’t the worst, it was great shuffle material. The album as a whole didn’t do a lot for me, I’m not going to laugh giddily if I come across it in a record store, but if I saw it I would briefly consider picking it up. Wu-Block is great fodder for your shuffle, but it’s not an album you’re going to turn to often.

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Weezer-The Red Album (2008)

My Rating: 57% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 47%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 64%

Average Rating: 57%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Toublemaker
  2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
  3. Pork And Beans
  4. Heart Songs
  5. Everybody Get Dangerous
  6. Dreamin’
  7. Thought I Knew
  8. Cold Dark World
  9. Automatic
  10. The Angel And The One
  11. Miss Sweeney
  12. Pig
  13. The Spider
  14. King

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

I don’t know feeling immature and self abusive.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty friggin’ awful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No…

Final Thoughts:

Weezer is notorious for being one of those bands that had a few great albums and then just pretty much flopping the rest of their career. They’ve been picked on enough so I won’t be cruel because at the end of the day I do like this band. But damn this album is just so incredibly bad. It’s as if they went to a frat house and just wrote lyrics with that audience in mind. It’s eye-rollingly corny, immature, and sometimes just plain stupid. Even a few of their slow songs really crap the bed, too. Miss Sweeney may be my all time most hated Weezer song ever created, like honestly what is that song? It’s fun for high school but does not age well at all.

Woods-City Sun Eater In The River Of Light (2016)

My Rating: 95% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Can’t See at All
  2. Creature Comfort
  3. Hang It On Your Wall
  4. Hollow Home
  5. I See in the Dark
  6. Morning Light
  7. The Other Side
  8. Politics Of Free
  9. Sun City Creeps
  10. The Take

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an alt album to jive to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Fits their style but I’m not the biggest fan of it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Woods was a part of a large collective of groups that I discovered around the same time, there was an article with the best alt bands of the year I studied meticulously and came out with a few gems, other bands included in said list were: Grouplove, Gotye, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Arctic Monkeys. Woods stands out from the list by their unique sound, as if you’ve been transported to a dystopian New Mexico and have only the gun on your side and the clothes on your back. Woods shines in not sticking to the traditional sound, while not trying anything overly experimental either. City Sun Eater In The River Of Light flows nicely from track to track without begging for too much attention, it’s a chill album to listen to while trying to scrounge up food while keeping an eye out for our future robot overlords.

White Lung-Paradise (2016)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 84%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 87%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dead Weight
  2. Narcoleptic
  3. Below
  4. Kiss Me When I Bleed
  5. Demented
  6. Sister
  7. Hungry
  8. I Beg You
  9. Vegas
  10. Paradise

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want some badass punk by some badass Canadian women.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty rad, reminds me a lot of the album covers you’d see in the 60’s.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah for sure.

Final Thoughts:

White Lung really caught me off guard, I originally found them through Amoeba’s youtube series: what’s in my bag. I loved their choices for vinyl and decided to give them a shot, and I’m really happy I did, they sound somewhat familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger to who it sounds like. Regardless you’d be at a loss to miss this album, you should 100% check it out!

Wavves-You’re Welcome (2017)

My Rating: 58% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 60%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 74%

Average Rating: 64%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Daisy
  2. You’re Welcome
  3. No Shade
  4. Million Enemies
  5. Hollowed Out
  6. Come to the Valley
  7. Animal
  8. Stupid in Love
  9. Exercise
  10. Under
  11. Dreams of Grandeur
  12. I Love You

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Not quite in the mood for punk, or in the mood for pop, but want a freakazoid mix of both for some reason.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a nice colour, but a little too simple for my liking.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No sir.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t really know what to think of this band, they’re music is a really weird mix that sometimes feels a little “weak” for my expectations for punk. They are pretty liberal with the ooh’s and la’s and that gets to me. The vocalist also can be really good or grating depending what mood I’m in. You’re Welcome doesn’t let me make a definitive stand on this group, but good lord let’s hope it doesn’t continue in this direction, please.

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