OK Go-Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (2010)

My Rating: 92% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 67%

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. WTF?
  2. This Too Shall Pass
  3. All Is Not Lost
  4. Needing/Getting
  5. Skyscrapers
  6. White Knuckles
  7. I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe
  8. End Love
  9. Before The Earth Was Round
  10. Last Leaf
  11. Back From Kathmandu
  12. While You Were Asleep
  13. In The Glass

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for some glitsy fun indie rock.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love the simplicity.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure!

Final Thoughts:

I first heard of OK Go, like most people, through their song Here It Goes Again, I’ve been an avid fan ever since. Sure their stuff hasn’t been show-stopping, but they manage to pull off one thing a lot of artists have a very hard time doing: consistency. Every OK Go album I’ve listened to after their album Oh No has had at least a few solid tracks on it that I’m happy to have show up on my shuffle. Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky threw me off initially, I was used to the more Indie Rock sound from Oh No, so the pop/synth heavy album took me a bit to warm up to. It’s one of those albums that has became really familiar to me without ever wearing out its welcome. Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky is a solid addition to OK Go’s already impressive discography, any fan will be pleased with what they hear on this release.

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Motion Man-Adult Situations (2010)

My Rating: 96% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 96%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pouring You Mo Champagne
  2. High School Reunion (feat. Lyrical C)
  3. Interoffice Romance
  4. Remodeling Job
  5. You’re The Woman
  6. Porno Mustache (feat. Lyrical C)
  7. Close Call
  8. Smile (feat. Lyrical C)
  9. Tell Me What You Want (feat. D’Wyze)
  10. Night Stroll
  11. Interoffice Romance (Kutmasta Kurt remix)
  12. Tell Me What You Want (TomC3 remix)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for jazzy, sexy, hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It reminds me of like a noir detective film from the 60’s. Super original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, I doubt I’ll be able to find it though.

Final Thoughts:

I first heard Motion Man through a song called One Time For Your Mind featuring Gift of Gab (one half of Blackalicious) and I was shocked how we could keep up with Gab’s flow. He has a style that is unique and expressive, so I took a chance on his album Pablito’s Way. Years later I’m digging into other albums and I’m glad  I did. Adult Situations is a concept album, with lots of what it promises. It’s a goofy, fun album with lots of really amazing beats. Motion Man rhymes along to the beats with ease, having fun while doing it. Motion Man is one of the most underrated emcees around, even among the underground scene he’s not really well known, which is unfortunate because he’s really talented, Adult Situations shows how ridiculous the emcee can get, while still showing his incredible vocal talent.

Ty Segall-Melted (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 75%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Finger
  2. Caeser
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Sad Fuzz
  5. Melted
  6. Mike D’s Coke
  7. Imaginary Person
  8. My Sunshine
  9. Bees
  10. Mrs.
  11. Alone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for noise rock to drown away your sad thoughts.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

All of his covers terrify me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one, I like him but not really desiring this one on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Ty Segall is one of those artists who has released a lot of albums in a short amount of time, and because of that I don’t know how consistently good he can make them. Melted is a good example of his genius being somewhat flawed (just somewhat, I mean it still received an 86%), true I like a lot of the songs on this record, but the overall flow is really not there. Where Emotional Mugger worked as an entire record, Melted seems disjointed and a little rushed. Some seem to have emotional ties to this record, to me this is one I picked the tracks off of that spoke to me and left the rest behind, I took what I wanted for shuffle but probably wouldn’t revisit this as an album again anytime soon.

Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: 100%

Metacritic Rating: 94%

Average Rating: 95%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dark Fantasy
  2. Gorgeous Feat. Raekwon, & Kid Cudi
  3. Power
  4. All of the Lights (Interlude)
  5. All of the Lights
  6. Monster Feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj
  7. So Appalled Feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Prynce Cy Hi, Pusha T & Swizz Beatz
  8. Devil In a New Dress Feat. Rick Ross
  9. Runaway Feat. Pusha T
  10. Hell of a Life
  11. Blame Game Feat. John Legend
  12. Lost In the World Feat. Bon Iver
  13. Who Will Survive In America
  14. See Me Now Feat. Big Sean, Beyoncé & Charlie Wilson

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready for a mish mash of different genres and proof that Kanye is a genius.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Well it depends on the cover but I like the story behind it more than I actually like the look of it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely friggin’ yes.

Final Thoughts:

Kanye and I have an interesting history. I swore to myself I would never like his music in high school, and when it came to Columbia House (my monthly ordered album service) I would never pick his album Graduation (which was popular at the time) because of this oath, even though the album cover was really intriguing. Around comes 2010 and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is dropped and I’ve significantly calmed down from my overly conservative self and I decide to finally give the guy a shot. I couldn’t stop listening. It was one of those albums that changed the way I looked at music. This is one of those times my rating system doesn’t do the album justice, it’s one of my favourite albums of all time, and definitely my favourite Kanye record, but the purest that I am must stick to the formula even when it doesn’t meet my personal draw to the album. The tracks flow well and are diverse, experimental and expertly done. This is an album that will continually impress generations and I’d be surprised if it’s not the album that he is most known for.

Eels-End Times (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 39%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 65%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Beginning
  2. Gone Man
  3. Mansions Of Los Feliz
  4. In My Younger Days
  5. A Line In The Dirt
  6. End Times
  7. Apple Trees
  8. Paradise Blues
  9. Nowadays
  10. Unhinged
  11. High And Lonesome
  12. I Need A Mother
  13. Little Bird
  14. On My Feet

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad and/or lonely.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It must be from a graphic novelist that I know but I’m too lazy to look it up, it’s aces though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’d be beautiful on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’m a little pissy at Pitchfork at this moment so let me get that out of the way, we sometimes really disagree with each other, but never has it been so apparent than this album, 3.9? 3.9? Are you high? You can not like the lyrics, but I mean it’s still well made music. 3.9 should be reserved for something extra bad, not a routine album from a reliable artist. Anywhozits. End Times is a really chill album from Eels, it’s a great album to listen to before bed or while winding down. I’ve always enjoyed the way Eels can get at the heart of loneliness and I think this is one of the most lonely sounding albums he’s made yet. There are a few up-beat tracks that I think a wide audience can enjoy (Gone Man, Paradise Blues), but they’ll always be at their best at the really mellow tunes (Line in the Dirt, On My Feet, I Need A Mother).

Beach House-Teen Dream (2010)

Record Review Recommended By: Richard Sandlin

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 90%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 91%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Zebra
  2. Silver Soul
  3. Norway
  4. Walk In The Park
  5. Used to Be
  6. Love Of Mine
  7. Better Times
  8. 10 Mile Stereo
  9. Real Love
  10. Take Care

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Half asleep under the shade of a palm tree.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s neat, but probably my least favourite thing about this album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell friggin’ yes.

Final Thoughts:

Damn you Richard Sandlin and your undeniable eclectic consistently good music taste. This album blew my mind, I can’t believe it took me this long to get into these guys. I’m absolutely stoked to have the sleepy beachy pop on my shuffle and can’t wait to delve further into their music. I couldn’t imagine how much more rad I would have been if I was listening to this album back when it actually came out (my grad year), but I guess I’ve got plenty of time to catch up to the bandwagon and be somewhat rad again. It’s a beautiful album that’s perfect for summer. Listen to it now you dinguses!

Aidan Knight-Versicolour (2010)

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. The Sun
  2. Fighting Against Your Lungs
  3. Eyelid Clicks
  4. Altar Boys
  5. North East South West
  6. Knitting Something Nice For You
  7. Sorrows
  8. Jasper

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to relax with some solid folk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s simple, not too much to say about it, it’s not keeping me away from trying it, but it’s not drawing me in either.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I think it’d be a great addition.

Final Thoughts:

Aidan Knight is an absolute gem, almost all the songs on this album have been played in the dozens, they’re beautiful and relaxing and sometimes even a bit angry (see the end of Knitting Something Nice For You).

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