Wu-Tang Clan-The Saga Continues (2017)

My Rating: 44% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: 45%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 66%

Average Rating: 52% (D)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wu-Tang The Saga Continues Intro (feat. RZA)
  2. Lesson Learn’d (feat. Inspectah Deck and Redman)
  3. Fast and Furious (feat. Hue Hef and Raekwon)
  4. Famous Fighters (Skit)
  5. If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) [feat. Method Man]
  6. Frozen (feat. Method Man, Killa Priest and Chris Rivers)
  7. Berto and the Fiend (Skit) [feat. Ghostface Killa]
  8. Pearl Harbor (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA and Sean Price)
  9. People Say (feat. Redman)
  10. Family (Skit)
  11. Why Why Why (feat. RZA and Swnkah)
  12. G’d up (feat. Method Man, R-Mean and Mzee Jones)
  13. If What You Say Is True (feat. Streetlife)
  14. Saga (Skit) [feat. RZA]
  15. Hood Go Bang! (feat. Redman and Method Man)
  16. My Only One (feat. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Cappadonna, and Steven Latorre)
  17. Message
  18. The Saga Continues Outro (feat. RZA)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Just needing some Wu-Tang in your life.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s the best part of the album, so friggin’ rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nope.

Final Thoughts:

The Saga Continues is proof that not everything Wu-Tang Clan produces is absolute gold, so what went wrong here? Well the whole project just feels lazy, as if the emcees weren’t really into the project, but just making it for the fans. Wu-Tang is still an amazing group of rappers, but The Saga Continues is really boring, I’m not even kidding, it feels like they were half asleep while putting this sloppy mess together. When you’re as big as the Wu-Tang is, fans have big expectations for your collective albums, The Saga Continues couldn’t have been what fans/critics/or the emcees themselves really wanted. Can we all just pretend it didn’t happen? Please?

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Watsky-x Infinity (2016)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 78% (B)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Tiny Glowing Screens, Pt. 3
  2. Talking to Myself
  3. Chemical Angel
  4. Little Slice
  5. Springtime in New York
  6. Pink Lemonade
  7. Don’t Be Nice
  8. Yes Britannia
  9. Love Letters
  10. Stick to Your Guns
  11. Brave New World
  12. Going Down
  13. Midnight Heart
  14. Conversations
  15. Knots
  16. Roses
  17. Theories
  18. (Bonus Track) Exquisite Corpse

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some fast hip-hop that sounds more like slam poetry.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super rad, I’m a big fan.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Watsky is such an interesting emcee, starting with a viral YouTube video “Pale Kid Raps Fast” and gaining notable success with his poetry, he still manages to be respected among the hip hop community. Seriously he’s featured both Gift of Gab and Dr. Dre and if those two rappers aren’t gods in their respective sub-genre’s I don’t know who is. Watsky is a punchline rapper, with a weird amount of substance, there are people doing music like him, but no one has pulled off both ridiculous lyrics with show stopping moments of vulnerability as well as Watsky has, x Infinity is one of his most interesting/well produced albums to date, and any hip-hop head should totally take the time to check out this project.

The War On Drugs-A Deeper Understanding (2017)

My Rating: 100% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 87%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 81%

Average Rating: 87% (A-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing To Find
  7. Thinking Of A Place
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have To Go

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Waking up.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s alright, pretty classical looking.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I already have it, it’s beautiful.

Final Thoughts:

The War On Drugs are a study band, you have to listen to them a few times until they start to grow on you, I’ve liked them but it took A Deeper Understanding to love them. A Deeper Understanding is easily their best album, it’s going to be their Illmatic (hard to replicate or top). I can’t really pin down why this album is much more easier to approach than their previous work, their songs are still unusually long and drowned in instrumentals, but if I had to venture a guess it would be just the pure professional sound of the album. Honestly they put $$$ into making this album, it sounds so crisp and epic. The production is jaw-dropping and probably the most noticeable aspect of the album. A Deeper Understanding is not only the best album from a critically acclaimed group, it may be the best album of 2017.

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.

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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