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Savages Adore Life
Admittedly never was the hugest touter of their debut, but it had its enduring moments and grit-soaked everything and apparitional atmosphere and oft-vicious momentum -- all traits that are in short supply on the followup. Which doesn't need to be a bad thing, not at all in fact, but this just this lacks so much bite: the enduring are now satisfactory moderates stuffed up front, the grit-n-grooves just about relinquished, vox are overly exhausting or plain unenthused, momentum rendered to awkward spurts too caught up in the tangle of dry mid-range draggage and dour 'tude to keep up anything of intense worth.
2.0
02.11.16
Kauan Sorni Nai
As one may expect from a post-y concept album about an actual winter-expedition gone terribly terribly wrong, it's epic, sobering, occasionally triumphant and of course gradual; appropriately moving at a glacial pace. Atmospherically it approaches impeccable, but not without some dips into the drab-n-wearying -- but not without its soars towards Blissville either, sure. Transitions into 'hey something dangerous is happening'-MeTaL-mode are just a bit contrived if you ask me, but the resultant viking growler is a worthy change-up from Finnish-lullaby-guy, and perhaps I just get sore when extracted from the pristine symphonic-rock-wonder hypnos
3.5
02.10.16
Anderson .Paak Malibu
Fresh off his particularly illuminated guest-work on Dr. Dre's 'Compton', Paak delivers a full-n-flowing semi-filmic experience of his own: one whose bonafide and infectious old-meets-new soul&b uber-warmth is oft-mated with/accentuated by retro surf-talk samples and bittersweet familial nostalgia. Sure, the sustained breeziness it suffers from transforms to tiresome sex-corn now and again, there's some standouts yet it never really peaks -- but when instrumental suavity is this sumptuous and consistent, those very well may be non-issues. Plus he's got some hip-hop chops and is able to make jumping into bed with him sound nothin' but playful;
3.5
02.08.16
Pennywise Full Circle
Quite possibly the epitome of immaculately static skate-punk -- a more-mechanized, more-moshier, less-literary Bad Religion replication, frustratingly formulaic+fixed in attitude yet so ridiculously tight and adrenaline-pumping, effortlessly banging out a multitude of songs that end up piercing right out the sameness in their own nonpareil way. Appreciated vigor and yep even the semi-sheen, but jeez, just so general when it comes down to the nitty-gritty. And though the closing title of "Bro Hymn" may have an unfortunate connotation these days, this pseudo(?)-live tribute to forever-fallen founding member Jason Thirsk is perhaps the be-all en
3.0
02.05.16
Converge You Fail Me
4.0
02.03.16
Poe Hello
Literal-greeting opener promptly conjures up visions of the 1990's with its prefiguring of the Daria theme and metaphorical use of a disconnected modem, and stylistically throughout, they attempt to run the decade's radio-friendly gamut: resentful heavy-alt-fuzz choruses, painless-n-jazzy trip-hop, wahka-wahka guitar, sappy softs. None of which are bad, really -- except the wahka, where that's usually inherent -- but it's fo-sho the r&b trip-hop that takes the cake, or perhaps has just aged kindlier, with now-vintage-dream single "Angry Johnny" and smoky old-school cut-up "Another World" particularly standing out. And though they certainly do
2.5
02.03.16
Opeth Still Life
3.5
02.01.16

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  • YetAnotherBrick really great soundoff for Exmilitary, man.
    December 9 11:45 PM
  • cjbizzlebizzle Oh shiiiiii
    November 7 11:18 AM
  • qwe3 you really manage to capture the essence of albums in them mate, so if you could translate that to reviews i'm sure you'd be one of the better reviewers on the site. which i'm told is a big deal.
    October 18 10:14 AM
  • qwe3 great soundoffs, i prefer them to your reviews, as you obv do.
    October 16 06:25 AM
  • PappyMason Nice sound-off for that Miguel album man. Despite its flaws, it's a great listen!
    September 2 06:27 PM

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