Alabaster Jones

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Ella Mai Time
Sometimes all you want is some none-too-complicated R&B; a lovely voice and little else. That's exactly what Ella Mai provides on Time. Although practically nothing about this EP is original in any way, the goods are definitely provided by Mai, who does an excellent job as a vocalist throughout the EP. The production is decent enough, but nothing stands out that much. That can be seen as a virtue for Mai, as nothing really distracts from her at all. It's pretty nice, and if you want some good contemporary R&B, you can't really go wrong here.
Architects All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Architects, at least for me, makes some of the best angry music around. Not necessarily incredible, but enough breakneck speed, relentless aggression, and passionate vocals to satisfy vexation. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is similar, but is also loomed over by a cloud of uncertain melancholy. Some of the lyrics here betray a sense of unease about the future and begin to question thoughts that had up until this point remained unchallenged. Tom Searle, the guitarist who wrote these songs and lyrics, undoubtedly felt these feelings. He was battling cancer at the time of recording, and he eventually succumbed to the disease in August
DJ Rashad Jukeworkz
DJ Rashad would end up making a name for himself as one of the most successful and influential disc jockeys in Chicago's history, due to his great influence over the juke and footwork genres. Here, on Jukeworkz, things are a bit rough around the edges, but the base sound is pretty solid. Some of the samples, particularly the ones on the songs describing all sorts of sexual escapades, are kind of obnoxious and hurt what are otherwise really good tracks. Several juke remixes appear as well, and they're pretty good as well, especially the remix of Rich Boy's "Drop". The highlights are pretty nice, and the mid-album stretch of "I'm Blowe
Frank Ocean Blonde
It's a cliche that is at once life-affirming and perplexing: "live every moment like it's your last." That phrase can be used many ways, many using it as their reason to love out their dreams and others using it as justification for reckless and self-destructive behavior. But no one seems to address the uncertainty that phrase implies. You don't know what might happen tomorrow. For all you know, the world could end. It could drive you crazy if you think about it too much. Blonde is an album that operates with this notion in mind. Frank Ocean, while certain of who he is, is not certain of where this will take him or who he may become
N.W.A. Niggaz4Life
After one of the founding members of N.W.A., Ice Cube, left the group, things were a lot more rough around the edges for the remaining members. While Dre's production was still on point in its proto-G-funk swagger, the socio-politically charged lyricism and unforgettable lines are few and far between on their second full-length. The first half of the record is quite excellent, however, sounding seamless in their transition into a post-O'Shea sound, with the title-track being one of the best songs they ever put down. That said, the second half of the album devolves into a horrifically hateful and violent attack on all things woman with no self
Night Birds Maimed For The Masses
Eight minutes of catchy, B-movie horror-inspired, energetic surf punk? It must be a Night Birds EP. Though the title-track here is the best one and ends up on their best record, The Other Side Of Suburbia, the other three tracks are all extremely solid, including the infectious, mostly instrumental "Boat Trash". Really, if you're fiending for some great hardcore surf punk, Night Birds have a quick fix in Maimed For The Masses.
Every Time I Die Low Teens
I am of the party that thinks both Ex Lives and From Parts Unknown were pretty much Every Time I Die on auto-pilot. Not bad albums at all, but stagnant most certainly. It's safe to say that with Low Teens, they've caught a second wind. The songwriting, while certainly taken up a couple of notches from the past couple of releases, is still pretty classic Every Time I Die: groovy, southern-tinged metalcore with mosh-worthiness in spades. Here, though, the band members themselves sound rejuvenated. Keith Buckley, who turns in his best performance both vocally and lyrically since Hot Damn!, is a monster here, a

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  • BallsToTheWall Youtube Braveyoung's A Light Narrows. You won't be disappointed.
    September 22 08:18 PM
  • Gyromania about 3 times each in the last 2 days. They're so perfect for the fall
    September 19 06:16 AM
  • Gyromania Hell yeah man, I couldn't agree more. I've listened to the soundtracks for 1, 2, and 4
    September 19 06:15 AM
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    September 15 01:17 AM
  • BallsToTheWall You sold me to check out Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird's Under The Ultraviolet Light asap.
    July 25 04:58 PM

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