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Post-college Finals Listenings.

Haven't wrote anything in forever, seems the last month of college has rtaken my precious time away from me, but that hasn't stopped me from ractually listening to music during the writing drought. Main listening of the rpast month that I thought of reviewing.
4The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

So when Ian Cohen gave this a 8-something when it debuted back in February, I was a little confused. "Really, P4K gave a pop-punk album a high rating? Especially one with a slightly whiney lead singer and pretty standard lyrical matter found in Pop-Punk" was my first thoughts. I hadn't listened to it, but it definitely put the album on my "need to listen" list. And for some reason I put it off until a week ago. In this past week of listening though, I enjoyed it, however not really to the excitement of Cohen, or the Sputz user base. I find it extremely well done in a lot of aspects, though it really doesn't bring anything to the pop-punk table that I haven't heard before. It just does all the standard genre-fare really well. Maybe it's just the state of the genre, but I felt like I was listening to hybrid of Say Anything's musical aesthetic mixed with lyrics that I would find on any Dan Campbell wrote Wonder Years album. "Your Deep Rest" and "Discomfort Revisited" are standouts for me though. Overall it plays like a 3.5 with a hope that they find a more original sound on their next LP.
3Kevin Gates
By Any Means

Go listen to Kevin Gates. Right now. The man needs about 3x's the amount of votes on each of his mixtapes that he has right now with all 3 mixtape votes combined (btw, that would only be 141 votes per mixtape, which still isn't enough). At first I was skeptical to proclaim him as the best technical rapper out there right now, but with the way he flexed his muscles on his past two mixtapes, I think its an appropriate claim. Just go listen to his stop and go flow the track "Wish I Had It," or the way he roughs his voice and channels his aggression at all the right moments on standout track "Homicide" or his syllable twisting on the lean-inducing track "Amnesia" proves that when he drops his debut LP, whenever it is he decides to do so, could be pretty monumental in Hip-Hop. Now go listen, please.
2The Horrible Crowes

Brain Fallon has quickly became one of my favorite artists out there in the music world. And Elsie is just another reason among many others that proves why I believe so. "Sugar" is just. so. god. damn. good. And I don't rightfully know what brought me back to this album that was left in better times past, but whatever the reason I'm more than happy that it's back on my rotation. The solemn, emotional levels that Brian Fallon reaches on the track "Sugar" are just untouchable, for me at least, especially when the echoes of "I saw you walking with him, down the steps that I walked you in" are spoken in a manner that sounds like it's literally a struggle just to enunciate for him. But it's not just the down moments, its moments like the 60's groovy-produced track, "I Witnessed a Crime" that make this album so special, and furthermore cements Brian Fallon into the American Rock 'N Roll hall of fame for me.
1The Menzingers
Rented World

At first the album didn't really latch on to me, but it definitely was a grower. I'm not quite sure whether to put it on the level of On the Impossible Past or not, yet I'm not entirely sure that any song they've produced beats the excellently structured, no chorus needed, "In Remission." I mean, seriously, if I could find I way to get the line "I don't want to be late for work today/ I want to chew up my dinner and spit in your face/ Light fire to your home and tap your cell phone" out of my head, I probably still wouldn't choose to do so. It deserves to be stuck there. The "Oh yeaaaaaaahs" afterwards probably should stay up there though, instead of being screamed out of my vocal chords. My neighbors would probably enjoy me more if that part stayed in my thoughts.
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