TalonsOfFire
Ben Kuettel
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Last Active 05-28-17 8:15 pm
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Paramore After Laughter
Paramore return after a decent but inconsistent self-titled album that marked a tumultuous time for the band, musically and alongside the Farro brothers' departure. After Laughter is the direct follow-up, and a wholly different effort overall. It's a well focused, massively enjoyable excursion into new wave/synthpop that recalls equal parts Remain in Light and The B-52s. Don't stay stuck in the past, because Paramore are just as great in 2017 as they ever were in the previous decade. Despite nailing a new sound, there is plenty of diversity here. "26" recalls the best of their acoustic ballads, the first four tracks are memo
4.0
05.21.17
Anathema The Optimist
3.8
05.07.17
Slowdive Slowdive
An excellent collection of dreamy shoegaze tracks, ranging from melancholy to more upbeat. The dual vocals really elevate the songs, and the band have not lost their touch after 20 years.
4.2
05.07.17
Gorillaz Humanz
The biggest problem with Humanz lies in how underdeveloped so much of the material sounds. Half-baked trip-hop ideas aplenty, and too many of the songs fly by, hardly leaving much of an impression. "Ascension" and "Carnival" are decent, but don't really go anywhere beyond what you hear in their first 15-30 seconds. "Charger" is good and sees an appropriate use of a collaboration, and "Busted and Blue" is slower and more atmospheric than the rest. "Andromeda" and the closer both benefit by being quick, enjoyable pop songs, but a lot of the other tracks lack enough interesting elements that made much of their first three albums so rewa
3.0
05.07.17
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell Live
4.5
05.07.17
Toby Driver Madonnawhore
A dreamy collection of ambient guitar pieces, making for Toby Driver's most intimate (and accessible) offering yet. Everything about Madonnawhore feels loose and fleeting. Sparse drumming comes in at times to support the floaty guitars and vocals, and the sounds create a beautiful ambience fully realized from the quieter moments of Driver's bands Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot.
4.0
05.07.17
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
3.3
05.07.17

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  • Toondude10 here's something I think you might like, assuming you're in the mood for some weird-ass experimental prog rock https://www.goldenmp3.ru/the-mercury-tree/countenance
    May 27 09:27 AM
  • Mongi123 Yea man it should be great. At least there's that, the new Anathema and the new Captain We're Sinking this year xD
    May 23 11:12 PM
  • Mongi123 TWFM is pretty sweet man, as always with TN. I love them I'm just not an insane fan of them like most of sput is haha HV is definitely my big favorite.
    May 23 07:33 PM
  • Tunaboy45 The Future Is Cancelled is one of my GOAT albums, would definitely recommend https://youtu.be/WTYLx5RhzKk
    May 10 05:16 PM
  • JohnnyOnTheSpot just left some words
    May 9 07:38 PM

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