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As an album, World Eater doesn't match up to its vicious name or image. That hardly matters, because Rhesus Negative and Silent Treatment are two of the most primal, awe-inspiring noise tracks in years.
La La Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This isn't Broadway, and the music alone doesn't tell a complete story like Hamilton or Chicago. You owe it to yourself to see it as a movie, because the music is great, but the film is incredible. That aside, damned if "City of Stars" doesn't stay in your head for weeks, and if the horns on "Someone in The Crowd" don't make you feel - well, anything - you might not have a soul.
I See You
Outside of Jamie XX's influence, The XX bring nothing new to the table with this album. However, Jamie's samples, rhythms, and incredibly mixing make "I See You" a real pleasure. It's wonderful how much brighter and engaging The XX sound with his touch. From the opening horns on "Dangerous" to the trembling, swelling beats on "A Violent Noise," his work is the perfect compliment to Romy and Oliver's dreamy, dreary vocals. Their vocals have barely changed since their debut album, but the production brings out their best. Oliver and Romy sound wonderful on "Replica" and "Performance," respectively. At the core, this is still The XX, just with v
Shadows of the Dying Sun
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