Blind Pilot-We Are The Tide (2011)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Half Moon
  2. Always
  3. Keep You Right
  4. We Are The Tide
  5. The Colored Night
  6. I Know
  7. White Apple
  8. Just One
  9. Get It Out
  10. New York

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing to feel happy instantly.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s really beautiful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Ugh yeeeeeeeeessss.

Final Thoughts:

Blind Pilot is really close to my heart, there music is so happy and fun to me. We Are The Tide is a great place to start to hear what they’re all about. Their music can be perfect at the beach, winding down, or driving on the highway. There is something about their music that I find really human and healing. It’s very easy to introduce people to and it’s really feel good. Every damn song on this album is a hit to me. So picking a favourite song is never really accurate, just my favourite at the time of listening to it. Put them in your library and become a mega fan like me.

The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow (2011)

Record Review Requested By: Trevor Loken

My Rating: 89% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 20 Years
  2. I’ve Got This Friend
  3. C’est la mort
  4. To Whom It May Concern
  5. Poison & Wine
  6. My Father’s Father
  7. Barton Hollow
  8. The Violet Hour
  9. Girl With the Red Balloon
  10. Falling
  11. Forget Me Not
  12. Birds of a Feather
  13. I Want You Back
  14. Dance Me to the End of Love

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a male female duo to make your heart melt.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I don’t know if I totally know what’s going on on it but I think it looks pretty elegant and fits their style.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’s be lovely on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

The Civil Wars were yet another mental block group for me, people really loved them, but I kind of just wanted to find my own thing. They’re one of the few popular duo’s that really work well together and make music for people from varying music tastes. It’s one of those sounds that most of us can agree on. The tracks are really mellow and catchy on Barton Hollow, I’ve been listening to I’ve Got This Friend for years and their version of I Want You Back is extremely sad and beautiful. A popular group that lives up to their reputation, at least on this album they most certainly do.

Julia Holter-Tragedy (2011)

My Rating: 56% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 68%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Introduction
  2. Try To Make Yourself A Work Of Art
  3. The Falling Age
  4. Goddess Eyes
  5. Interlude
  6. Celebration
  7. So Lillies
  8. Tragedy Finale

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Into listening to ambient/experimental/mellow tunes.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy. Just like the music. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Even though this scored fairly poorly, I’d love to own this on vinyl, mostly because I think it’d actually sound incredible on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Julia Holter loves manipulating sound to the point where she can take traffic, birds, and coffee shop noise into beautiful music. Tragedy is one of those unfortunate albums that works really well as a whole, but not at all as individual tracks, and in today’s shuffle obsessed culture (myself included) it just won’t make it onto most peoples radar, which is what is killing the modern album. Tragedy is lots of fun and original, it’s just not at all accessible.

Atmosphere-The Family Sign (2011)

My Rating: 79% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. My Key
  2. The Last to Say
  3. Became
  4. Just For Show
  5. She’s Enough
  6. Bad Bad Daddy
  7. Millennium Dodo
  8. Who I’ll Never Be
  9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
  10. Ain’t Nobody
  11. Your Name Here
  12. If You Can Save Me Now
  13. Something So
  14. My Notes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling like some laid back but somewhat biting hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Great album cover, love the black and white and the font.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hellz ya.

Final Thoughts:

Atmosphere is such a perfect gateway drug to the whole Rhymesayer crew, it’s easily accessible for those who aren’t necessarily Hip Hop Heads, and those beats are so sad/dark/eerie. It’s a solid contribution to an already impressive discography.

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