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Pete Townshend Empty Glass
2.5
07.27.15
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
An improvement over Far Beyond Driven in that it swaps out some of the sluggish dragger despondence for riotous thrash-against-the-media vehemence. The dirges are a bit tighter and less self-serving, the bipolar duel of "Suicide Note"'s is preferable to the shock-value depravity of "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills" any day, the screaming is Seth Putnam-assisted, and "Drag the Waters" may be their groove-pinnacle. Questionable Phil-drivel still abounds - he confirms his cock is getting hard and there's something about "a nazi gangster jew", but then there's the show-stopper show-portrayal "The Underground in America"; which while painting a
3.5
07.26.15
Jamie xx In Colour
The entwinement of softly minimal rave-dayz-homage and cutesy commercial aspects is bound to garner some hate from apprehensive electronic aficionados, and I'd have to concur that there is a breezy elementariness to these compositions that can suggest banality - but given the harmony between the two fields, I'd also say it's for a decent-enough cause. You could do much, much worse than "Gosh", "Hold Tight" and "The Rest is Noise" for doing alot with a little, the mood-tone is fun yet never obtrusive, the actual-vocal tracks desultorily shoved in with the sampled-vocal tracks are the crucial dimension - fellow xx'ers slip in some intimacy assi
3.5
07.25.15
Holly Herndon Platform
Twitchy twisted electronic that is supremely suitable for the internet/ADD-age - i.e. disorienting, filled with ideas, and maybe too busy for its own good. A seemingly boundless array of voices/computerized et ceteras/inscrutabilities zipping in and out of your periphery before getting sucked back into the sound-collage-vortex does its best to engulf any musical directness that may be buried in the depths - though there are a few definitively melodic moments, on others you really have to dig for it, and some are just plain out there. The fluidity of these arrangements can be surprising considering the complexity and celerity of 'em, and the v
3.5
07.24.15
Bitchin' Bajas Transporteur
3.0
07.23.15
Noisem Blossoming Decay
Infamously known as a buncha young bucks that are wise beyond their years in the world of thrash metal/hardcore worship, but isn't this stuff sometimes the best when played by enthusiastic and fresh-faced devotees? Particularly when it's pure, sincere and bullshit-free - which, during what could pass for a tightly wound+relentless 25-minute live set with brief feedback squeals as song connectors, smoothly prevails over the pardonable lapse of individuality. They also sneak in some time for creeping violin-laced ambiance and a midway slow-build, which serve as dexterously welcome changes of pace.
3.5
07.22.15
Kevin Gates Murder For Hire
Checkup EP five months after the excellent Luca Brasi 2 - less forceful intro, a hyped-up new-race "John Gotti" remix, more rasp/grime/wooziness than hooks/pop-leans/focus, Spanish flava, a breathless song-long-verse banger ender, undisturbed potential, stagnation avoidance.
3.0
07.21.15

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