Catfish And The Bottlemen-The Balcony (2014)

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 52%

Average Rating: 62.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Homesick
  2. Kathleen
  3. Cocoon
  4. Fallout
  5. Pacifier
  6. Hourglass
  7. Business
  8. 26
  9. Rango
  10. Sidewinder
  11. Tyrants

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want to turn your brain off to some soft rock.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, very simplistic, love minimalist album covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

Catfish And The Bottlemen didn’t necessarily stand out to me, but it wasn’t grating either. It’s really the opening track of this album is fantastic, and it just kind of plateaus from there. They remind me a lot of Seabird but with more angst. I’d say if they diversified a little bit and focused on their songwriting they could produce a solid album.

Metronomy-Love Letters (2014)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 52%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 68.8%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Upsetter
  2. I’m Aquarius
  3. Monstrous
  4. Love Letters
  5. Month of Sundays
  6. Boy Racers
  7. Call Me
  8. The Most Immaculate Haircut
  9. Reservoir
  10. Never Wanted

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing an electronic album that can be both uplifting and sad at different times.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I really love it, can’t wait to own it on vinyl, it’ll look beautiful in my collection.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Metronomy showcases their skill on Love Letters, in a song like Love Letters they can show their poppy radio friendly side, and in I’m Aquarius their sad/dark side. It’s a really awesome album that can appeal to a wide array of music fans. I’m not sure I’d consider it my favourite work of theirs (probably The English Riviera) but I’m stoked to have it on my mp3 player and will be searching out the vinyl version next time I have the money, time, and recall.

clipping-CLPPNG (2014)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 56%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 74.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Body and Blood
  3. Work Work
  4. Summertime
  5. Taking Off
  6. Tonight
  7. Dream
  8. Get Up
  9. Or Die
  10. Inside Out
  11. Story 2
  12. Dominoes
  13. Ends
  14. Williams Mix

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to try something a little more experimental.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I’ll borrow a line from a friend: “I will say this: very hot album cover art.” -Jacob Schellenberg

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah experimental stuff is almost always a yes for me on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Experimental Hip-Hop makes me squirm a little, it’s a dangerous game to mess with Hip-Hop too much, it can backfire really easily. But clipping seems to do it effortlessly, I mean holy crap I’ve never heard anything like this in my life. The electronic bed of weird sounds over the lead actor of Hamilton’s fast rapping is astonishing. This is one of the first times I’ve also liked a completely instrumental experimental electronic track (William’s Song), it may open the doors to some of the genre for me.

Death From Above 1979-The Physical World (2014)

My Rating:  59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 70%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cheap Talk
  2. Right On, Frankenstein!
  3. Virgins
  4. Always On
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. White Is Red
  7. Trainwreck 1979
  8. Nothing Left
  9. Government Trash
  10. Gemini
  11. The Physical World

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for some pop punk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it! Their marketing is probably the best part of their band.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah.

Final Thoughts:

Death From Above 1979 has this kind of Where’s Fluffy (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) mystique about them. When I first moved to Vancouver all I could see was posters with this album cover on it, I had no idea what it was. Finally I sat down and listened to The Physical World, and after all these years I can say that it’s kind of a big bowl of meh. I like some songs but overall their marketing is just way better than their actual music. I wish I could go back to living in the bubble, but part of being an adult is seeing things as they are. Oh well their album covers are still rad.

Leonard Cohen-Popular Problems (2014)

Record Review Recommended By: Trevor Loken

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 86%

Average Rating: 87.3%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Slow
  2. Almost Like The Blues
  3. Samson in New Orleans
  4. A Street
  5. Did I Ever Love You
  6. My Oh My
  7. Nevermind
  8. Born In Chains
  9. You Got Me Singing

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Drinking a whiskey and thinking about life.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Not that great, kinda outdated in my opinion.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh, hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

I’m not one to automatically sing praises to albums/artists just because they are influential or critically acclaimed. I expected this album to be so-so, but I ended up loving every friggin’ song on this album. Cohen’s gravely voice is just so perfect throughout this entire album, I’m blown away.

Your Old Droog-Your Old Droog (2014)

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Quiet Storm Interlude
  2. Bad To The Bone
  3. Nutty Bars
  4. Loosey In The Store With Pennies
  5. Good Times
  6. Droog’s Anthem
  7. Gunsmoke Cologne
  8. U 47
  9. You Know What Time It Is
  10. Bye Outro
  11. Free Turkey
  12. Loosey In The Store With Pennies (Remix)
  13. On The News
  14.  Boofanickoregs
  15. The ’70s
  16. 48th Street
  17. Senseless Killin’
  18. Bad To The Bone (Remix)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some nasty dirty beats with some lazy sounding rap.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yep, it’s pretty straightforward, and I like it that way.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah for sure.

Final Thoughts:

I was actually really impressed by Your Old Droog it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Mixes anything from classic old school hip-hop, big band, improv jazz, to downtempo. It’s reminiscent of Nas and The Game but with a flow like MF Doom and a diverse range of instrumentals. I’m thoroughly impressed and any hip-hop heads should definitely tune into this album.

Little Dragon-Nabuma Rubberband (2014)

Record Review Requested By: Jen Yip

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 68%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 77.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Mirror
  2. Klapp Klapp
  3. Pretty Girls
  4. Underbart
  5. Cat Rider
  6. Paris
  7. Lurad
  8. Nabuma Rubberband
  9. Only One
  10. Killing Me
  11. Pink Cloud
  12. Let Go

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want some down-tempo funky electronic music with an FKA Twigs styled lead vocalist.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Perfectly suited for their vibe, cool looking cover, would be stoked to see it on vinyl.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No shit. (Yes I would like to)

Final Thoughts:

Little Dragon’s Ritual Union was one of my favourite jams back in College, and now they’ve added so much more for me to geek out over with Nabuma Rubberband. It’s a great album with just so many hits and very professionally done. Little Dragon has mastered their craft, bow down and be blessed by their sound.

Bombay Bicycle Club-So Long, See You Tomorrow (2014)

Record Review Requested By: Aaron Sawatzky

My Rating: 95% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 77%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 80.3%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Overdone
  2. It’s Alright Now
  3. Carry Me
  4. Home By Now
  5. Whenever, Wherever
  6. Luna
  7. Eyes Off You
  8. Feel
  9. Come To
  10. So Long, See You Tomorrow

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When:

It’s summer and you want a great pop album to drive/walk to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it, nice and colourful, lots going on. Real original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, it’d be really fun on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Bombay Bicycle Club continues to amaze me in both quality and diversity. Going from their mostly acoustic album, Flaws, to this album is very jarring and impressive. They can go from really poppy, easy to dance to tracks, to sad songs perfect to speak into your sad sad life. Truly a wonderful group that you’re going to wanna keep your eyes on.

Open Mike Eagle-Dark Comedy (2014)

My Rating: 65% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 72.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dark Comedy Morning Show feat. Toy Light
  2. Qualifiers
  3. Thirsty Ego Raps
  4. Golden Age Raps
  5. Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)
  6. Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) feat. Hannibal Burress
  7. Jon Lovitz (fantasy booking yarn)
  8. Idaho
  9. Sadface Penance Raps
  10. A History of Modern Dance
  11. Deathmate Black
  12. Informations feat. Kool AD
  13. Big Pretty Bridges (3 days off in Albuquerque)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You’re kinda tired but still want to listen to a rap album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a really solid piece of art, I really like the cover and think that Open Mike Eagle can continue garnering fans through his album covers alone.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Open Mike Eagle’s Dark Comedy kinda put me asleep, and I think that lazy flow is what he’s going for. It’s great for what it is, but I also started finding myself getting a little out of the album about halfway through. This is the kind of artist who could really make a solid album with some more featuring artists.

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