I enjoyed this album but it wasn't anything special. It just sounded like a group of mates having fun and that helped carry the album, but stopped it being anything special. Lyrically it didn't do a lot for me, pretty standard modern rap lyrics. The beats and production were pretty good though. This album was never going to be something I loved, it has too many aspects I don't like about modern rap. I did enjoy it enough that I'm glad I checked it out.
After hearing this I wish I could've seen this band live.
I found this album really annoying. I especially hated the lyrics and electronic aspects
I'm a big fan of their first album, which is part of the reason why it took me so long to give this a listen as I wasn't expecting much. It felt far more like an Owen record than an American Football one which is fine, but it's part of the reason why it didn't live up to expectations of their debut album. There was nothing I disliked about this album and it was pleasant listening, it just didn't do much for me. I found it fairly boring and it lacked the youthfulness of the first album. It was always going to be compared to the first album which is understandable. I feel like I would've enjoyed it more if I hadn't heard their first album so many times. It's fine as background music, but I can't see myself revisiting much. It was Never Meant.
I should've listened to him sooner
I would describe this album as sludge pop. It's catchy with the good aspects of sludge metal
I enjoyed this as much as the one I heard before. It's a lot longer (1hr 15 minutes) but I found it to be engaging throughout. There's enough chill moments in the album to split it and it's catchy so it isn't just over an hour of heavy guitar and deep vocals. I think William would like aspects of it, probably more the second CD, there's more acoustic moments etc. They're doing something more interesting with sludge metal than most of the bands in that kind of genre.
Nice background music, the rating might go up after more listens
I've had this album on all day, it's great stuff. This is just tremendous soulful blues rock with gospel influences, there isn't much more for me say. He has a really raw, comforting voice that gives the music a pleasant, warm feel. It also has that raw garage rock guitar sound that most modern rock music often lacks. On top of that there's interesting lyrics and themes; he addresses racism in America in a far more intelligent way than most hip hop does.
Really great Southern hip hop album with plenty of funky bass heavy beats. This highlights the fact that Big Boi is just as talented as Andre 3000 (I feel like he gets less attention and credit). This was his first post-OutKast album and it's a really good effort. There are some insanely catchy songs on this album and the beats really stand out. Big Boi could carry an album with his flow and lyrics, but the overall product is really good. The features on this are all really good and add a lot, they're really well selected. I like every song on this album but I'd need to hear it a few more times to give it a 10. Apparently Andre 3000 produced You Ain't No DJ which has such a dirty beat, I love it.
Decent album, just didn't do much for me personally. Some of the lyrics are good, but he mentioned harambe. Dead Meme.
I enjoyed aspects of this album but I probably wouldn't listen to it all again. It can get a bit irritating and old after a while. I think this style of pop music can get a bit grating after a while, but it's also one of my friend's favourite album of 2017 so far, so I guess it's a matter of taste. I think the clean, over-the-top upbeat sound is a bit much for me. I do like the clear drum beats though and clear layer of instruments in general. Each instrument really stands out individually, the production is pretty good. A lot of the lyrics did nothing for me and some music can get away with it, but this can't. The lyrics feel too specific to the artist and I can't relate. I was stuck between giving it a 3 and 2 because I liked some tracks, but I also feel like I never needed to hear this solo project. This album definitely didn't leave a lasting impact on me, but I could see myself playing the odd track when I'm in the mood for this kind of music. He definitely knows how to write pop music. Apparently he helped Lorde with Melodrama and they were released around the same time. So I guess fans of that might enjoy this. Hate That You Know Me is definitely my favourite track, but that's because Carly Rae Jepsen is on it and I have a soft spot for her. Her voice definitely helps to balance out his, I wish she was on more tracks. I was definitely a bit conflicted with this album.
I first heard helicopter in Burnout Revenge like 11 years ago and then listened to Silent Alarm as a whole in my early teens. It's the one album I listened to back then that I still like exactly the same now, if not more. It's my all time favourite indie rock album, if I had to pick one. I've never listened to their other stuff because I know it won't beat this but I might check it out at some point soon. Every track is really good, I love every aspect of the album and it definitely had a big impact on my music taste. I've heard this album a countless amount of times and I never get sick of it, I wouldn't even be able to pick a favourite track as I don't think there is a weak point in the album. I think a lot of pressure was put on them back in the day to be the next big trendy thing in the UK indie scene, but beyond that, this album has stood the test of time.
This is an album I saw mentioned a lot online and I decided to check it out a while back. I thought I had added a review for it, but apparently I hadn't. It's definitely the stand out album for me within the metalcore and mathcore subgenres. It's really in your face, raw and constantly changing, it's definitely not easy listening but I don't see that as a negative. The variety and great production helps bring it all together. I can definitely hear the influence it had on far more mediocre bands that came after them.
You'll like this if you're a fan of emo. The instrumentals are really nice and I have no real issue with the singer, he just didn't stand out. I just feel like this album didn't do enough to keep me engaged and I feel like an emo album should represent the feelings of the band, but I never really got that enough. I will probably revisit this at some stage, it is just missing stuff that I get from other emo albums. I think it's the kind of album I need to give more dedicated attention to the lyrics and overall feel of it. There's no real negatives, just not enough positives to give higher than a 7.
I don't have a lot to say about this, I just think it's a really good album. I love their previous album Deja Entendu a lot and this is a clear progression from that. The lyrics feel a lot more mature and well thought out. They're dark and depressing but they take you somewhere and don't just state the obvious. The blend between acoustic and electric guitar is really well done and helps pace the album a lot. You can really feel the emotion thrown into the album, but it's not just the standard pop punk or emo sound of its time. I think Brand New are still going strong to this day because they were able to evolve and bring in influences from other genres that helped make it stand out. I really love how the album goes quiet and reflective and then explodes throughout. I can tell I'm going to listen to this album a lot.
I'm loving this so much, every track is a banger. I actually think this is an improvement on their first album. It works a lot better as an album than SATURATION did, it flows really well and the production is really good. Ameer is still my favourite member of BROCKHAMPTON, but there isn't a member that really struggles to keep up with the standard of the others. I know people are already looking forward to SATURATION III but this album will satisfy me for a long time. Being gay and in a boy band is cool now :---)
Good funky pop music. Bruno Mars has a really great voice but this album doesn't leave a big impact on me, which is why it's only a 7.
I saw this band live at ArcTanGent this summer. Really cool female led hardcore punk band with a unique sound. The vocals are pretty unusual but I like them. She plays drums and sings at the same time which is insane
I'm scared he'll beat me up if I give him less than a 4. It's a good grime EP and short enough to keep me engaged. The lyrics are interesting enough and his sampling/re-imagining of other tracks is good. I don't enjoy most grime, but this is one of the records that stands out.
This album was pretty good to be honest, it was better than I expected. It's not exactly groundbreaking but it's good at what it does. Blend of dance music and 80s pop. I really like you is too catchy, it always gets stuck in my head. I won't be a rush to hear it again, but I'll revisit it at some point.
/*/Well I already wrote my summary of this and I accidently hit a back button on my mouse so I'm going to jump out my window. Before then I will rewrite what I said somewhat. So here's a shitter version of what I said./*/
I listened to this album a few days ago but I was preoccupied and didn't really take much in. I thought it was alright but I had to give it another chance. On second listen I think it's a really great album. I love the sound that
Chance the Rapper is going for. It's right up my street. My main issue with the album is the amount of features. I know it helps to add diversity, but an artist should be able to do that themselves without the need for
other artists. If an album is going to have a feature, it should really stand out and add to the overall style of the album. A lot of the features didn't add much to the album for me personally. I did enjoy some features like Knox Fortune, All Night is such a banger. I didn't know it was one of the biggest tracks from the album going into it but it's
definitely one of the best tracks. That feature was someone very few people have probably heard, but it added a lot. Most of the features I feel are on the album just to sell records, which I understand, but it takes away
some integrity for me. It's an album, not a playlist. This really shows when my two favourite tracks are Blessings and Same Drugs, 2 of the 3 tracks without features. I think it's an annoying trend in Hip Hop and it shouldn't be encouraged. It definitely
makes it harder for an artist to stand out. Having a lot of features is a safe bet most of the time, especially when someone as popular as Justin Beiber is on your album. This is less an issue just on this album, but more Hip
Hop as a whole. Le J Cole went platinum without features le meme xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. This isn't the only album guilty of this and I still really enjoyed the album. Another small issue is that the album didn't flow all
that well, there's a lot of tracks I would listen to individually. A truly amazing Hip Hop album I find is one best listened to in its entirety, but where each track is also great individually. I loved the gospel vibes
and blend of new and old. Overall, Chance The Rapper did a great job on this. I'm interested to see what he'll put out next.
The lead singer of this band has a really high vocal range which I enjoy. This is too soft to really describe as post-hardcore, they remind me of Closure in Moscow and Coheed and Cambria who I also like a lot. If you're not used to vocals like this, it might take some getting used to.
It was a pretty good but I thought it was a bit too sloppy which didn't equate to being emotional like some bands do. I found some of the instruments and vocals mixed too much together to be coherent. I couldn't understand the vocals at all which is normal for bands like this but this was too far for me. A Little Change Could Go a Long Ways was definitely my favourite track and I liked some of the post-rock influences.
It was pretty catchy and I enjoyed it throughout, but I didn't love it. I feel like this band might've been interesting like 10 years ago, I feel like nothing really stood out for it being an album in 2017. I could definitely see myself getting sick of the singer's voice very quickly, but it was fine on first listen. I might listen to it again at some point. The first half definitely felt strong than the second half.
The music is hard to describe but I enjoyed. It's like a blend of punk, chiptune and synth-pop. Worth checking out.
I was debating between giving this album a 3 or a 4, but the fact that I was undecided made me lean towards giving it a 3. There wasn't enough positives for me to justify giving it a 4. It was pleasant listening and I respect what the artist is doing. I just feel like there are artists doing far more interesting things similar to this, especially in terms of loop pedals. It's rare that I come across music of this type(indie rock) that appeals to me on a particularly deep level. I feel like a lot of this shit is stuff that music critics eat up, it's left of centre enough to not be deemed generic, whilst remaining pretty safe. His voice really reminds me of an artist I've heard before, I just can't visualise who it is. I saw lots of people comparing his voice to Sting, so that might be it but I don't think it is. I've listened to this three times now and I don't think my opinion will change. It's definitely a solid effort though, especially from a solo artist.
Really pleasant soul vibes. I love guitar at the end of Transform, highlight of an overall great album for me. It's a throwback to old music without trying to be nostalgic or revolutionary. It's just a well composed and performed album. I always enjoy gospel influences in music and this is no exception, it helped give the music warmth and character. I look forward to what this guy releases next and any features he may have.
Good flow, interesting beats and nice variety. Listened to this quite a few times updated from an 8 to a 9.
Got a foursome with four fours and I called it a twelve.
One was chubby, one was ugly, wack as hell (Ah)
I like the weirdness of it enough to give it a 3. the vocals were pretty interesting. I know anyone I showed it to would absolutely hate it. The album title describes it pretty well, I wouldn't be playing at a party any time soon. I'm not a massive fan of grindcore as a genre.
It had potential but it was pretty underwhelming overall. The skits/conversational parts of the album really ruined the flow of it for me. His flow and lyrics are good though, more old school vibes
I enjoy this album a lot, especially the track I've seen footage. I didn't enjoy it enough to give it a 5 though. The sampling and beats are really good and it's probably the death grips album I've heard that feels the most like one solid project rather than individual tracks. The main issue I have is that it's definitely front heavy. The last four are good, I didn't enjoy them as much as the start of the album. This album may turn into a 5 over time, but right now it's a 4 for me.
Late contender for AOTY
This album really surprised me. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this considering the rappers he's always associated with, but it's a really solid album. He's one of the strongest young rappers I've heard in a while, really great flow and far more intelligent lyrics than most of counterparts. His features were really strong, which I usually don't think about most modern albums. A lot of features nowadays are there just for the added sales I feel, but the additional artists added a lot to the end of the album, keeping me engaged. I'm interested to see what he'll do next.
It's a pretty good EP from Denzel Curry, but it's not as varied as Imperial. It has too many hype tracks and it feels lyrically weaker than Imperial. I do like the remix of Ultimate with Juicy J and the star war references on the EP. His flow is still as insane as always which is always interesting to listen to. I like the EP because of Denzel Curry's style but there aren't many standout moments. I think this has more of a trap influence than Imperial and I'm not a big fan of that. Imperial is what made me a fan of Denzel Curry, if I heard this first, my first impression of him would've been very different.
I enjoyed aspects of this album and might give it another listen but I'm not in a rush to. I wasn't a big fan of the way the album was mixed, it didn't ruin it for me, but I feel like could've been better. I enjoyed moments of each song, but none of them really stood out for me which is why I can't rate it higher. I'm gonna definitely going to still try some of his other stuff, as I know it varies a lot. Update: I enjoyed it a lot more on my second listen so I increased the score from a 5 to a 7. I especially liked Christeen and War.
It was my favourite album released in 2015 and is highly deserving of any acclaim it has gotten. The production is amazing and I'm a big fan of his vocals, which some people might hate. They're the best thing to happen to pop music and I hope they have a bigger influence. I gave this album another listen today and realised I've totally underappreciated The Wheel (Is Turning Now) in comparison to some of the other tracks, that track is so fucking good.
I enjoy this album a lot, more than most people I think. The issue is that Get To Heaven was so good that it was practically impossible that they'd improve from it. That doesn't mean this is a bad album, I just know what they're capable of. The production is still top tier. I think they're the freshest and best thing in British pop music at the moment, they deserve more credit. I can't wait to hear Night of the Long Knives, it's such a good track.
Another annoyingly long album name, but the music is good. Post-rock is always great when you want to get absorbed in something, it's nice when you have one task that will take hours of your time. Post-rock is a genre I enjoy in general but this is one of the albums that I especially enjoyed. It's a nice length and has lots of interesting moment while still working as one long piece, which is what a post-rock album should be like. If you want an intro to post-rock, this is a good example of it.
The album title is a lie
Fun little poppy math rock EP. Sarah Michelle Gellar is the best track name ever.
I was gonna give this a 1 just to upset Lewis but I knew he'd never talk to me ever again. This was really chill and I liked the lyrical content a lot. The 'skits' were entertaining and added something different to it. It felt really personal and I think that's why so many people like it. The Andre 3000 feature by itself made it worth listening to. This is definitely something I'll continue listening to.
I really enjoy the Scottish vocals on this album, it's really soothing. It fits in really well with the instruments and style of the album. I like the stripped down guitar and honest lyrics. I've had this album on a lot when I'm doing work, it's not too intense.
Pretty good but nothing special. The bands they're copying are better.
It's probably the Future Islands album that is the easiest to listen to. I thought this album worked really well as a complete album, the songs transition well into each other. Long Flight and Vireo's Eye are my favourite tracks from the album, but there is some bias to that because I've heard both tracks many times before individually. Future Islands are one of those groups that you will love or hate. If you don't like one album, you probably won't like any of them, their sound is different on each record but it still has that similar synth-pop sound at its core. I'm personally a big fan of the vocals and lyrics.
The drumming is so good. It's 30 minutes of music and no filler. The band knew exactly what they were going for and they did it well. It's wild without being unpleasant, which is a really hard balance to find.
As far as post-rock goes, this is exactly what I like. The blend of droning guitars and mood of it really hit the spot. I liked the electronic aspects of this album and apparently their earlier stuff has more of an electronic influence so i'm definitely gonna check it out. I'll be throwing this on again for sure, it isn't what I'd consider god tier post-rock but it's good enough to be satisfying. I especially liked: Shadows, Snowfall, No Return and Zodiac.
I'm enjoying this band a lot. This album is relaxing to listen to but it's also pretty spooky at the same time. Right from the start you get a real space vibe, I dig it.
I've been enjoying this a lot and it took me four listens to decide what to give this album. On first listen I was unsure of what I thought of it at first, it's very over the top. Since then I have kept wanting to listen to it, it's very addictive. That doesn't mean this album doesn't have its faults though. This music is really over-saturated and sugar coated, so it's not for everyone. The production is great and overall it is very fun but I can see myself eventually getting tired of this album, which I can't say about other stuff I gave a 5. Only time will tell though as it might grow on me even more. I particularity like Flesh without Blood, Belly of the Beat, Easily, Pin, Realiti and Venus Fly. Grimes is definitely waifu material.
I enjoyed this album, I feel it's more experimental than art angels but it's still quirky and catchy. Oblivion is my favourite song by grimes, but I enjoy art angels more overall. I feel like this album has more interesting beats if you take away the vocals.
It's pretty good, I'll definitely be revisiting it. The beats have a real 80s feel to them at times. I especially liked the track Skull Pop
I didn't dislike this album, it was just very disappointing. It is growing on me though and it's catchy. I like the Stevie Nicks vibe that it has, it's just that none of the songs really stand out. I definitely preferred the first album. It works pretty well as background music. I was close to giving it a 3, but having heard their first album, I expected more.
She blends rock, rap and J-pop really naturally, which makes for a unique and enjoyable listening experience
Solid 6 as I like it but there's nothing particularly substantial about the record. I met these guys at ArcTanGent last year and they were really chill. It's nice folky math rock.
I enjoy what they're doing but I don't think it's translates as well onto record. They're probably the craziest group I've seen live, I didn't know what to expect next. I really like the blend of hardcore punk and hip hop sampling, it works well together. It's hard not to compare them to death grips, but they're a lot more punk than any death grips track. I might grow to like it more over time, it's very abrasive and aggressive so I have to be in the mode for them. When I am, it does hit the stop. I do like the horror theme they have going on and the classic punk politics they push.
This album is really fucking good. It's the kind of album that I would play daily and not get bored of it. It has a similar vibe to Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. I love the lyrics, bass lines and production. Interpol are one of those bands that I've heard of but never really knew what they were like. I highly recommend this album, it's one of the best indie rock albums I've heard.
It's a pretty good album, but I couldn't really get into it. Nothing in the album really stood out for me, everything felt really safe and it didn't go hard enough for me. I do understand the appeal of him though.You need a certain level of intel of gents to vibe to this. J Cole went platinum with no features xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Too woke for me
Boring J. Cole
I struggled to finish the album and I only really liked a few tracks, so I can't rate it higher than this. It's really hard to hear someone like Jaden try to act deep and complain about his life. This album felt like one big ego trip from a kid with lots of money and connections. If this was some unknown rapper I'd think it was just a mediocre rapper with a talented producer. Every time he references people like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr or talks about things like healing poverty I cringed. It felt like he was copying standard rap topics without any real meaning behind it. Some of the beats were pretty good, but none of them really stood out. Jaden can copy Kanye but I highly doubt he'll release anything close to what Kanye has. The biggest negative for me was how long this album was. Even the most talented of artists would struggle to write an album this long and keep you engaged. Jaden is definitely not the right artist to do this. This album could've easily have been condensed down to 40 minutes or separated into two albums, there are songs that could've been cut. The tracks I did like were: Falcon, Icon and Watch Me (it was good because he ripped off Kanye)
It was pretty nice but I wasn't that into it
I went into this album expecting nothing, I knew nothing about the artist or what genre of music it was. It turned out to be a really chill hip hop album which definitely drew more inspiration from his American counterparts, than the UK Grime scene. The beats on Late Summers are a nice blend of Hip hop, R&B and jazz. I would recommend it to anyone that wants some good summer hip hop to vibe to. Apparently he was the opening act for Chance the rapper (who I haven't heard yet), so I guess fans of him might like this as well.
Really good album. I can see why it's a classic. I will need to listen more if I give it a green
Better than Skepta but not as good as Boy In Da Corner. I like Kano's other stuff as well.
Kanye is the master of sampling. This album is everything I want from a hip hop album, it's an amazing debut album. Every track on this album is great and I love the fiery attitude from Kanye. The features added a lot and some of the choruses were really catchy. The skits are pretty funny and fit the whole attitude of not needing school to be successful and help split the tracks. Never Let Me Down was my favourite track though, that song really hit me, the lyrics are so good. J.Ivy had one of the best verses I've heard in any rap song on that. I like how personal Kanye's music is, whilst still appealing to a wide audience. I can't really fault this album, I think it's a classic.
This is probably the most accessible Hip Hop album I've heard, I don't see how anyone could dislike this. Graduation draws from lots of different genres. This is definitely when Kanye really became a household name; I'd go as far as to describe it as Hip Pop. There isn't really any artist out there that does Hip Hop quite like Kanye, he definitely does his own thing. He can write fresh, creative music and not isolate fans in the process. This is a pretty faultless album, I loved every track. It's the fastest hour of listening you'll ever hear. The lyrics are great, the beats are interesting and there's lots of diversity. I like the song with Chris Martin, don't tell my friends.
I was thinking about my favourite track on this album, but basically everything is gold. His first three albums are god tier and shouldn't be forgotten when thinking about Kayne. Kanye is the king of sampling. The guest vocal performances on this album are superb. He brought Hip Hop into the mainstream in a way that I don't think any other rapper really did, it's really accessible whilst remaining original and genuine .Kanye really knows how to bring the talent out of others. I like the lyrics about poverty, blood diamonds and drugs in particular.
The production on this album is probably the best I've heard from Kanye. I think the features are very well selected and the beats are really catchy. I just didn't think the lyrics were up to scratch, it felt more like a pop album in that aspect. This is the one factor that stopped me getting into it more. The irony of Kanye singing about falling in love with a porn star is too funny. This has good party tracks, but as a whole I didn't like it as much as other work I've heard. I thought the ending track Who Will Survive In America was a really good ending, I love how the drums bring the album to an end.
I enjoyed this more than I expected. I still prefer old Kanye
One of my all time favourite albums. I really like the blend of hip hop, funk and jazz.
Standard Kings of Leon, so if you like this you'll like their old stuff. There's no real progression though, I could've listened to their old stuff.
Proper heavy rock, this album doesn't mess around. The vocals are nothing special but they work really well with the rest of the band. Great guitar riffs and heavy bass lines, perfect for a hot day. Members of this band went on to form QOTSA, which is where I know this album from.
Music doesn't always have to be innovative and new, to me good. It's old soulful music with modern recording techniques and the end product is really nice listening. His voice is so relaxing to listen to. I heard this before we started giving ratings and my view on it hasn't change much; it's the kind of music that always puts you in a better mood.
I didn't hate this album, but I did struggle to finish it. I found the album really boring and generic. XO TOUR Llif3 is the only track I'd play again probably and that's only because I've heard it so many times. I don't really understand why Lil Uzi Vert is so popular, his style is really overdone and this album was way too long. I couldn't sit through an entire hour of this again but there are points I liked. I found the female vocals on TwoÂ® really funny but it went downhill from there.
Way better than I expected.
One of my favourite instrumental albums
Hello everyone, this is running on empty music review. Another day, another review, a Lorde review. This album was okay, it did nothing for me personally. I definitely didn't dislike it and would be fine with hearing her on the radio. I've just never been that intrigued by her voice, so it doesn't really stand out for me. But I guess with this type of music it sells itself on repeated listens. The piano and singing in Green Light really reminds me of Tom Odell. Supercut really stood out for me, I did enjoy that song a lot. If i'm listening to a pop album like this, it really can't be run-of-the-mill stuff. However, I do think she has potential to release something I'd really enjoy in the future. I can see why others love this album
This album did nothing for me to be honest. I'm not big fan of music with pitch correction in general , reminds me too much of a frog singing most of the time. There's nothing I hated about this, it just did nothing for me. All the songs sounded too similar to me due to the singing. The instrumentals were decent at least. BlkBird and Hallowed were the most interesting songs for me, due to the nice latin acoustic guitar, but still nothing special.
Apparently lots of people hated this album, but i thought it was really fun
This one of my favourite albums by a band that massively opened my musical horizons. I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea but I really love it. It's post-hardcore with massive math rock influences and the overall product is great. I saw this band in London (with TTNG supporting) and at ArcTangent festival. I didn't realise this at the time but ArcTanGent was their last show of the short lived reunion and I caught the drummers' drumstick which was a great memory for me. I'm not sure if William saw them with me but it was one of my all time favourite live performances. The way each song manages to constantly change time signature and tempo is pretty amazing and with vocals it's even crazier. This album takes a lot of focus to be able to keep up when you're listening for the first time.
Similar feeling to lewis, it had solid rapping. It just didn't leave much of an impression on me. I'm definitely going to give this album another listen though, it has a nice vibe to it.
Really catchy, consistent album. Every track is good. Spacey psychedelic pop and rock. A stronger 9 than the new album.
French rap is different
This album is a masterpiece, I can't believe it came out in 1991. It's completely ageless. It still sounds fresh and innovating in 2017, which is a sign of a classic for me. I had this bookmarked for ages, I'm annoyed at myself for waiting for so long to check it out. I'd recommend this to everyone, which says a lot about the album.
It was actually alright. The hits are definitely the best moments.
I didn't enjoy this album at first, I usually struggle to get into those electropop beats. Once I got used to the style I started to enjoy it, it has some really catchy moments and enough variety. Worth a listen
A real classic. It's not just one of the best hip hop albums, but one of the best albums I've heard. For me this is a lyrical benchmark. The production is really good for 1994, it's better production than most of the hip hop I hear today. I never get tired of this album.
I forgot to rate this sooner, I've listened to it a few times and I enjoy. It's very depression music all about loss, grief etc and I read the context is him losing his 15 year old son. It's not light listening. I'm definitely going to listen to this again when I can process it more and give it all my focus.
Took me a good 5/6 listens to process but it was worth it. Good British prog rock. It's the kind of album that requires a lot of focus to listen to properly. My rating might go up after a few more listens.
At 2 hours 15 minutes this double album is a big commitment to listen to, in comparison to most music. I personally see this album as an ode to black music in America. It has hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, gospel and rock, which is what comes to mind for me when I think of the African American contribution to modern music. If youâ€™re expecting every song to sound like Hey Ya!, this is not the album for you. There's a deep knowledge of music and experience that both members drew from for this album. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the combination of solo albums from both members of OutKast(Big Boi and Andre 3000). Even though it was released as a collective piece, you can definitely treat the two halves as separate pieces of work. This was released as the work of OutKast, but each album has very little of the other member on it. I think only two tracks on each album have the other member appear on the song, so 4/40 of the tracks. I'd imagine they did help with the creative process on each other's songs though. OutKast are one of the few artists I know who could release an album this long and manage to keep it fresh and engaging. The music is tongue in cheek and funny without coming across as cheesy. In-between the humour, there are deep, intelligent lyrics, especially from Big Boi. There isn't really a song I dislike on the album which is impressive for an album this long. Most tracks on this album work individually, except for some of the interludes. The Andre 3000 side of this album is definitely a lot more varied as it draws inspiration from a lot of genres and I think thatâ€™s part of his personality. Andre 3000 likes to standout, I wouldnâ€™t even call it Hip Hop. I can clearly hear inspiration from musicians like Jimi Hendrix and George Clinton (he led Funkadelic who basically invented funk music). Andre 3000's side has Roses and Hey Ya! which are both undisputable genius, I could never get sick of those songs. However, this album also has some real pure soul music, it's a nice blend. Prototype is one of the many tracks Iâ€™m glad I discovered, the lead guitar is soothing and the bass is sexy, it really hits the spot and is a perfect example of what Andre 3000 was going for on this album. I could go into every track track on this album, but Iâ€™d be here all day. Hip Hop is massively missing artists like OutKast who weren't afraid to not follow the trend. I feel like they never really tried to write music for the purpose of it being successful. There isn't really anyone else from the 2000s that sounds like them. I think lots of rappers forget the funk, jazz and blues background that rap comes from. OutKast fully embrace it while keeping it fresh and modern. If I was to say which side I prefer, it would probably Speakerboxxx. The Love Below has some of my all-time favourite tracks, but Speakerboxxx is more consistent. Itâ€™s pure funk inspired Hip Hop and Big Boi goes hard on this, I love his flow and lyricism. He did a brilliant job on the features (except for Lil Jon he didnâ€™t add much), they helped to deal with keeping the listener engaged. There isnâ€™t a track on that half that doesnâ€™t belong on the album. The standout tracks for me were all of them to honest. I went to select my favourites from Speakerboxxx, but I realised it was all of them, Big Boi did an amazing job. I could write forever about this album, but Iâ€™ll leave it here. To summarise this album is very clearly an insight into the minds of Big Boi and Andre 3000, thereâ€™s no song that represents the album which highlights its diversity. OutKast are without a doubt my favourite Hip Hop group.
Another amazing album from OutKast, they were just too ahead of the game. I love their lyrics, style, flow and diversity. OutKast didn't limit themselves to what listeners expected to hear in the genre, it's definitely a classic. They were outcasts in hip hop without being pretentious about it and that's probably why were they so successful. The funk vibes are just too good. Return of the "G" is honestly one of the best hip hop tracks I've heard, Andre goes in hard.
I somehow didn't add this review. I'm giving OutKast another 5, which isn't exactly a shock. The flow on this is probably is as good as it gets from OutKast. If I end up listing the tracks I like it will end up being all of them. OutKast manage to create really catchy, commercial songs that remain really deep and genuine. The lyrical quality is as good as it gets in hip hop. Jazzy Belle is so redpilled, it's pretty self aware from Andre 3000. The shit OutKast released is still fresher than most of the stuff I hear today and that shows how ahead of their time they were. If I was going to make people listen to one OutKast album it would probably be this one as it's really compact and well balanced. The space vibes both in terms of production and lyrics are really cool.
Chill french house pop vibes. It's relaxing enough to listen to in the background but it's pretty boring overall. The beats are nice but don't do a lot for me. Other people that are more into house would probably appreciate this a lot more. I'd prefer to listen to a single or two in a playlist, rather than a whole album, the vocals seem too similar throughout. I obviously don't understand what is being said because it's in french but I can't imagine it to be an album where deep lyrics would fit in well. I do like to listen to french as a language, I think it's nice.
Tbh don't know how you couldn't enjoy this.
Paramore is always an 8
I'm working my way through Paramore's stuff. I've heard all their big songs but I've only recently started to listen to their full albums. This one is great like all the others. In particular I liked: Daydreaming, Ain't it fun, Part II, Still into you, Future and Hate To See Your Heart Break. All the tracks are good though.This album has some of their most poppy and serious songs, it's a good mixture. Paramore are one band that definitely aged and managed not to shit on their previous work while adding something new. Every album really stands out as a different time in their progression.
I'm secretly a 15 year old girl
Pretty bland music with awful pretentious self-righteous lyrics. The female vocals were a lot better than the male vocals.
I found it pleasant enough to listen to at first but it eventually got too long (hour long album) and repetitive (similar auto tune/pitch correction throughout). I feel like the album needed to be shorter and have more diversity. None of the features stood out for me and I don't feel like I need to hear it again. Some of the lyrics were pure garbage as well.
Really good Russian post-rock that disappeared off Spotify. I'd recommend it https://powdergoaway.bandcamp.com/album/we-dont-know-when-it-has-begun-but-we-know-that-it-will-never-end
I'm not sure where I came across this, but i'm glad I did. It was a really beautiful album with a great atmosphere, very dreamy. I'm amazed these guys are so undiscovered, they're amazing musicians. At an hour and 20 minutes this album definitely takes you on a journey. All the tracks are around 10 minutes long, so it's definitely not for everyone. Physical Flight in particular really stood out for me. This album is definitely going to take a few more listens to fully process which is the main reason why I didn't give it a green. For fans of math rock, post rock or prog rock
It's pretty nice but not the kind of music I'm really into. It's one of the albums I've had bookmarked for ages because Kerr rated it a 4 and I finally listened to. The instrumentals are nice, I like the guitar and jazz vibes but the lo-fi, mac demarco type sound doesn't do a lot for me. I feel like there's so many bands out there that sound like this. I think William and Lewis would like this more than me. Maybe I just need to hear more of this type of music to get into it but it always feels a bit too safe for me, it usually doesn't give me anything new or interesting. If I was looking for chill music I probably wouldn't look for this kind of stuff, for example I preferred Daniel Caesar and Sampha. Basically there was nothing I disliked about this album, it's nice as background music, but it didn't do much for me. I'm interested to see what you guys think, it's only 20 minutes long, so not a big commitment.
Kerr listened to this back in June and I had it bookmarked since then. He only gave it a 2, but I thought it was good. It was good background music, I thought the vocals and instrumental worked really well together. I'll definitely be listening to it again.
Canadian pop > all other pop
I'm really enjoying this album and it's growing on me with every listen. I'm especially loving the last two tracks, it ends on a high. Lots of people are complaining about the fact that the production was done by Mark Ronson, but I think he did a pretty good job. I doubt people would complain as much if it was done by a producer they had never heard of. The songs are definitely more clean and poppy than they will be live, but it's still got the iconic QOTSA sound that no one can replicate. I must admit QOTSA over the years lost the stoner rock sound they became so famous for, but those albums came out in the early 2000s, so I don't know why anyone expects them to be releasing the same thing, especially without Nick Oliveri who was a big part of that era. I think Feet Don't Fail Me is an awesome opening track, I hope they start their live show with it. It definitely gets me excited for what is about to come next. Domesticated Animals I feel is the biggest throwback to their older stuff, especially the vocals. I'm loving the punk vibes on the track Head Like A Haunted House. There isn't a track on this that I dislike, but Hideaway is probably the most forgettable. I certainly wouldn't pick individual tracks for this album, it works well in its entirety. It's a very solid effort from them and as a long term fan I think it does them justice, you can tell Josh Homme had fun making this.
TDE debut. Solid but nothing stood out.
Super fun album
Good post-hardcore/emo/whatever you want to call. The acoustic guitar throughout adds a nice extra layer to their sound. Music for your imaginary teenage years in an american high school.
Really solid debut album from Royal Blood, it sounds even better live. I went to see them live without hearing much of their material and I was really impressed. They're very clearly inspired by QOTSA, which is great because they're one of my favourite bands. I've finally got around to giving their debut album a proper listen. It's good to see a young British band bringing hard rock to the mainstream again. There's nothing gimmicky about their music, just pure rock & roll. Ten Tonne Skeleton is an awesome track in particular, I love it the effect used in it.
The beats on this album are so good and the chemistry between the two of them is great
I enjoyed it but I couldn't get into it as much as the other two.
I heard their album after this ...And The Battle Begun a few years ago and loved it. I decided to check out another album of theirs so went with this one. It has a similar sound to ...And The Battle Begun but I feel like this album has a stronger ska punk influence. Both albums are a really great blend of ska punk and progressive rock. It makes for really enjoyable listening. I like their lyrical theme of medicinal drugs and prescribing drugs for mental illness (especially in America) rather than trying to fixing the problem. This is an album that I'll definitely come back to, there's a lot to take in. I'll be checking out their other stuff as well.
It's really chill and emotional, I like the style a lot. The dude is a super talented vocalist, I'd like to see him blow up. Timmy's Prayer is my favourite track on the album. If this album doesn't trigger any emotion in you, then you're a robot. I didn't find a bad track on this album, it's somewhere in between a 4 and 5 for me, but it was just missing that bit extra for me to give it a 5. The production on this album really highlighted his vocals, it's a very well made album and deserved the AOTY award he won in the UK.
It's a very solid post-hardcore album, I enjoyed it enough that I'll revisit it at some point. The lead singer has a really distinct voice, I knew I had heard him before. He's also the lead singer of Circa Survive who I've listen to before. This band is definitely heavier than some of his other work, whilst remaining very melodic. They're definitely closer to the likes of Dance Gavin Dance than bands like At The Drive In and La Dispute. I'm sure most of you would find this too whiny, the lead vocalist has a very high pitched voice. Overall, I liked every song on this album to some extent, it's just that none of them blew me away. I had already heard The Silver String so i knew what the style would be like because it's in a lot of pop punk playlists on Spotify. For fans of the more metal side of post hardcore. The main issue with this album and post-hardcore in general is that modern post-hardcore is far too predictable, it has been done a million times and doesn't add anything new. If you really want to get an idea of what post-hardcore should sound like, you're better off listening to the stuff that was released in the early 2000s
Good chill background hip hop
I'm almost certain I have rated this album before on the site but my review disappeared. I think I gave it a 3 on the old rating system but I might be imagining it. I'm not gonna pretend I don't enjoy this album for what it is, but it isn't amazing either, so the score is justified. I'm expecting a lower score from william, like a 4.
Heard this album a while back. I'm not sure where I discovered them but the instrumental and vocals are so nice. It's really pleasant listening. FFO: TTNG and Delta Sheep
For an album released in 2009, it's pretty stuck in the past considering Boy In Da Corner came out 6 years before it and sounds fresher even today. I like the beats but a lot of the lyrics and flow are pretty average. There's a song about transvestites which is pretty out of place and wouldn't get released today lmao. The album tried to be Grime and mainstream and that ruins the flow of it. He should've stuck to making a Grime album or an album full of club hits. The first half is definitely stronger.
I've been meaning to listen to this for years, but I never got around to it. I finally gave it a proper listen a few days ago and I wish I had sooner. This is the kind of album that I believe requires complete focus to appreciate. The way it moves between quiet and loud is something that had only really been seen in classical music before this, from my experience. Spiderland is beautiful, haunting and raw. Each instrument, including the vocals stands out as its own entity, while still remaining to come together as one coherent piece. There isn't really a need for tracks on this album, it's not something that I would be able to select an individual track from, it's definitely works mainly as a complete experience. This album is not something that everyone is going to understand, enjoy or appreciate, but I think anyone who has had the feelings the album presents can relate to the music to some extent. Beyond the album itself, I love this album simply because it inspired so many bands that I enjoy today, mostly in the emo, post-rock and math rock scenes. It's part of a collection of bands in the 80s and 90s who may not be the most well recognised, but they reshaped the idea of what rock is. Any piece of music that can be ground breaking but still remain an amazing piece of music beyond this should be celebrated. This is a perfect example of where less is more.
I loved how different this is to their first album. Their first album diary is a staple of emo music and definitely worth a listen. This album goes down a far more alternative rock route with lots of keyboard, ballards etc, there wasn't a song I didn't like. Solid green. Members of this band went on to join Foo Fighters, which I didn't know. This is their fourth and final album, I'm going to listen to the other two to see how their sound progressed to this.
Annoying album name but apart from that I've been really enjoying this album, I like the contrast of the male and female vocals. Aspects of the album remind me of MBV and Tera Melos.
One of the first heavy albums I heard, but it's not just heavy, aggressive music, there's a lot of diversity to their music. I feel like they're not limited by genre
I really enjoyed this album. It's a good progression from their previous work. The sounds are layered really well, I like the production
Pretty nice album, lots of variety. I like the variety of instruments and atmosphere. It definitely has clear Balkan folk/world influences with indie pop and banjo blended with it. I'll probably give it another chance at some point it was very relaxing
Enjoyed it a lot more on second listen. Some tracks stood out to me more than others but the album as a whole was solid. I'm going to have to revisit this album again, it's a lot to digest but I'm liking it so far.
I enjoyed this more than Lonerism and felt like this kept me more engaged until the end. I've listened to this quite a bit whilst doing Uni work, it's nice to have on in the background. The album cover is also really cool.
I didn't hate it, it was just nothing special. The overall album was pretty bland and I couldn't relate to the lyrics.
Awesome experimental, mathy rock. They're one of the most interesting bands in the scene and in music in general.
The instruments and vocals are really good. The lack of harsh vocals makes it a lot easier to have on for a long period of time and makes the whole album a lot smoother. The vocals blend in well with the instruments and don't distract. If you're a fan of djent or prog metal, I'd recommend this. Prog metal has the problem of lacking emotion at times I feel, which is my main complaint. The focus is on technicality rather than feeling. I saw this band at ArcTanGent and enjoyed them live, the vocalist is very good. It's perfect for William and awful for Lewis :---)
I'm not gonna give this a high score just because it's an old classic but I did like some aspects. I like how it takes you back in time and some of the songs are really nice like God Only Knows. Overall it all felt a bit bland and too similar between tracks for my tastes. There are other bands from the 60s that are far more interesting, like The Doors or Jimi Hendrix experience, so I can't just use the fact that it's from the 60s as an excuse for not liking it a lot. It's considered to be one of the best albums of all time, so I will give it another chance at some point. If it has influenced some of my favourite bands, I have to give it some credit, but that shouldn't affect my rating.
I enjoyed every track on this album and was debating to give it a green, but some definitely stood out like: Inbetween days, Push, The Baby Screams and Closer To Me. It's a really great blend of pop and alternative rock. I can see why The Cure are so widely adored. You can always instantly tell that a Cure song is a Cure song, they have a very distinct sound. I feel like this would've been a green with stronger guitar elements.
I heard this album when I was around 16. It has a big impact on both my music taste and life. It helped me broaden my music tastes and introduced me a lot of new music.
I hadn't listened to this in its entirety before(only the hits), until recently. It's a thoroughly good album throughout, they could re-release it as a greatest hits album. I'm looking at reviews from 2004 and they're more negative than positive, that definitely wouldn't be the case now. It's one of the few indie rock albums along with the likes of Silent Alarm and Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not that has seen the test of time. I know it wasn't exactly the most groundbreaking debut which is why some people might not like it, but that doesn't matter. It's so catchy and has that youthfulness that appeals to all.
This album is enjoyable and When We Were Young will always hit the spot. The tracks that I hadn't heard were good and I'll definitely throw this on again. Brandon Flowers is a really good vocalists and he shines on this. I definitely prefer Hot Fuzz to this album though, this is missing that bit extra.
I'm not even going to bother recommending this album, it's definitely not for everyone. This album is all over the place, with them showing off their musical ability and diversity. There's not any moments of reflection in the album, it's very intense and in your face. The end product could've ended up being one big pretentious mess, but they managed to execute. It has lots of screaming but it manages to be very melodic at the same time. They definitely did not hold back on this album, it took me quite a few listens to fully process, as there's so much going on. The most comparable band would be The Dillinger Escape Plan. For fans of experimental music, it makes Death Grips sound like pop.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album, I can imagine it being amazing in a live setting. It's an awesome blend of math rock, post rock and jazz. It's a progressive, experimental piece of music that doesn't fall into the trap of being pretentious. It has a very futuristic vibe to it, much in the same way that Quadrupede do. If i was to summarise this it can be described as space rock, it really does feel like it should be the background to a great space adventure. This album really grabbed my attention, one of the best things released this year so far, for me personally. If you don't want to commit to the whole album, check out Surrogate Head. It's insane to think this music is coming from just three guys from Brighton.
I've always really liked the track Don't get me wrong so I expected to like this album, but it's the only track I'd listen to again and is pretty much the only reason I'm not giving it a 1.
This is one of those albums that you'd all hate. I'd be impressed if you could even finish it to be honest. I really enjoyed what it is doing, but due to how heavy and chaotic it is I can't do anything else when listening to it.
I wrote a whole paragraph for this but the form wouldn't send so rip.
This was the only The Smiths' studio album that I hadn't listened to and I loved it. The sound The Smiths had will never be duplicated, they were one of a kind and it was a good album for them to finish with. Like always The Smiths manage to be politically controversial and innovative whilst remaining catchy and stylish. It was probably my least favourite of their four albums, but that doesn't really say much because they're all great.
Meat is Murder tbh
It's one of those albums where you have to sit down and really listen to the lyrics. It's one big story that doesn't make sense unless you've heard it all. The tracks I had already heard (Blinded by the lights, fit but you know it and dry your eyes) make a lot more sense in context with the rest of the album. I'll definitely listen to the tracks I like again, but probably not the whole album. It's not something I'd casually listen to. This is probably the most British album you can listen to, I can't imagine it having a lot of success outside of the UK. I like the garage, electronic and Brit Pop influences. I guess you can describe it as Hip Hop, but it's not exactly standard Hip Hop.
Changed from 7 to 8
Would be higher if the album took some tracks out
This is a really good example of a solid modern pop punk album. I think most people would enjoy this album. It has lots of really big tracks and good lyrics, it's not as cheesy as most of the pop punk you find. This album has a much bigger hardcore punk sound than most of the bands you'd find it this genre. They're definitely one of the stronger bands of the new wave of pop punk bands. ONLY TRU SK8ER KIDZ WIL LIK DIS
I really enjoyed this, I will probably change the score after a few more listens.
I'm a big fan of this band's sound, I like the weird vocals and distortion. Their sound is hard to describe but it's post-hardcore if anything. Check them out if you're interested in something different. I don't like this album as much as Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home, but it's not far off. They're aggressive but manage to keep some control to it. They're one of the more accessible post-hardcore bands that I've heard. I'm surprised they weren't more popular.
I like some songs a lot more than others, it feels like too many ideas in one place.
It's pretty good but nothing special, the more metal influences ruin it for me. It's not the kind of post-hardcore that usually appeals to me and the genre as a whole can get stale pretty fast. It's better than most of it out there though and I enjoy this type of music in small dosages.
This album was good enough that I decided to see him live based off of it. You can really hear the sound he brought to To Pimp A Butterfly that made it so good. I especially like Friendzone and Toyko but there isn't really a track I don't like. The few features that it does have really stand out and help split up the album. It's hard not to like that funky bass.
This album satisfies my need for angsty post-hardcore. I really like the vocals, even though he likes to wail, it suits the kind of music and helps to add to the lyrics. The instrumentals help control the vocals and makes it more cohesive. Understanding in a Car Crash was in my top 5 tracks of 2017, so it's definitely my favourite track on this. I do like the album as a whole but the track is more special to me than the rest of the album. I prefer this kind of post-hardcore with more punk than metal influences.
This is a super nice indie rock type album. The duets work really well together, I'm sure some of you will hate it, but it's really nice summer music for me personally.
Nothing particularly groundbreaking, it's just a fun album.
This album did nothing for me, but I didn't hate it so it's not a 1. I definitely won't be revisiting it, it's just too mediocre and has a lot of the qualities I hate about modern rap. Nothing really stood out and the 12 minute song in the middle of the album didn't help keep me engaged. I found Mafia and Why funny but I'm not sure if it was meant to be. Mafia has those GRRRRRR RAAAH backing noises you get in modern rap songs, but the rah part is really soft so it funny (listen to 1:30 of Mafia). The last two tracks are decent, I would've preferred an album more like that.
Nice math pop type music I've listened to for a few years
I clicked on this randomly because it appeared on my home page of spotify and I knew instantly I had made a mistake. I'm not a fan of this lo-fi, indie pop style and I'm definitely not a fan of the pretentious white guilt lyrics. I don't have an issue with artists addressing racism etc, but I don't like the way it is done on this album. It puts forward this idea that we need to train ourselves to understand white guilt, which is pretty self loathing. There are some interesting aspects of the album though, so i'm giving it a 3 rather than something lower. I am in no rush to listen to this again, I never found myself enjoying it. It's hard to ignore the lyrics and premise but instrumentally I wasn't that into it either.
It's a pretty good album and a lot of the beats are pretty interesting. I like Tyler's flow, but I'm not that into his voice. This is definitely a good album and there's a lot of diversity. I just can't really get into it at the moment, I got bored during parts of this album and I'm not in a rush to listen to it again. I will revisit it at some point, but at the moment it doesn't really stand out for me. I did really like See You Again though, that's my favourite track on the album so far.
It's interesting listening but not something I can see myself revisiting
This album is good, I enjoyed it a lot and I'll definitely be listening to it again. It isn't quite as good as their debut, so it isn't a 5 for me. I love the lyric "If everyone's a little queer. Can't she be a little straight?", it makes me laugh every time. It's definitely an attempt to be more mature but I like how catchy and stripped back their debut is, it's timeless.
Got bored after the first three tracks. I didn't enjoy the violin, it didn't work for me. I know pop-punk isn't known for its great lyrical content, but the lyrics on this track seemed especially lazy.
Copyright © 2020 Lewis Dick