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Broken Water Wrought
Their heavily-tremoloed-fuzz is highbred and the soft+sleepy/at-times-inaudible female-drummer occasionally gets the vox-reins taken by grungy-guitar-guy - shame about the at-times-inaudibility too, because she seems like the one with things to say. But the overly familiar moments of by-the-book Sonic Youth/MBV worship and kinda-samey songwriting (is "Love and Poverty" not just a slightly tweaked/inferior "High-Lo"?) don't offer them a ton of distinction. Still though - they paint the tedious scene of a cashier-at-closing time all too well with realizations that ring all too true ("my wages garnished for a war"), unexpectedly close it with a
Young Thug Barter 6
Michael Jackson Thriller
Most of this should go without saying - #1 selling album of all-time by a large margin, culture-dominating smash, simultaneously hugely commercial and high-caliber, plays like a greatest hits collection, silky-smooth and deliciously detailed whether it be inescapable+dancy funk-lite benchmarks or non-schmaltz r&b soothers. But really now, what would it be without its wonderful-and-somehow-timeless novelty guest spots? Where else can you find the King of Pop in a back-n-forth with Paul McCartney over a girl while the latter matter-of-factly calls himself "her forever lover"? How about a horror-themed title-track dance-craze with a life of its
Turnover Peripheral Vision
Despite the sort of dramatic love/anti-love/self-loathe lyrical retch that has practically made 'emo' a three-letter curse word (red stains in drains, pinning girls up to the wall, cutting off fingers, etc.), for just having caught the dream-pop bug, these guys play it as if they've been doing this all along. Bathed in wistfulness yet pretty and catchy, consistent enough to save two big hitters for the end (self-destructive summer-scowler glee "Take My Head", self-righteous grudge-fest "I Would Hate You If I Could"), skillful+subtle guitar intertwining - this offers much more than a simple distortion+vocal tone-down.
The Prowl Misery
OJ Law Let's Be Adult
These polite-indie-poppers might have something good going if they weren't eye-roller clean-cuts steeped in sentimentality and unnecessary-line-repetition. The piano-laden lushly-light-electro lacks persona but is easy enough to like/certainly could be worse and their harmonization-charm is not unlike the Beach Boys', but "If you'd like to be my muse / I will be your rockstar, yes I will" - just by example, is painful even once, and then there's the overselling - particularly uber-drippy "Waves Gently" (no pun intended) with scene-setters as gag-worthy as its tender buildup ("Sweet perfume smells of exotic fruit" "Sipping wine as we dine"). I
Felicia Atkinson A Readymade Ceremony
There's no mistaking it - this is art-rock minus the rock, so much so that some sections may be minus the art, too. Dread and mystery loom over the entirety of this avant-garde haunted-house score whose magnetism comes from her unique+subtle use of rando-sound-hushery - fuzzy-static-attacks and industrial pulses+ticks are rendered cushiony soft, ominous synths+piano plunks abound, unpredictable splashes of French-accented-spoken-word/page-flutters/footsteps/zippers/whathaveyou are used for eerie coloration. "L'Oeil" for example puts you in a bomb shelter during a tornado while she whispers a books-worth of layered cryptic mantras in your ear

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