Alabaster Jones

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Pg. 99 Document #14: Singles
Who in their right mind hasn't enjoyed a pageninetynine record at some point? They're screamo legends for a reason, and that reason, as you may have already guessed, is their unbridledly passionate songwriting and performing. Document #14: Singles chronicles the band's many splits and a few normal singles, and it's very apparent on even a cursory listen that intensity, passion, and unleaded emotion was the name of the game throughout their entire careers. Every song here is dripping with the type of palpable emotion that so characterizes the band, and though some songs may be written better than others, they're all winners because of
Lil Yachty Teenage Emotions
I'm not really sure about this one. Last year Lil Yachty won a lot of people over, myself included, with Lil Boat, and though that tape owed more to Soulja Boy's "Zan With That Lean" than people realize, it was still one of the freshest projects in a year full of them. The Yachty we hear on Teenage Emotions, though, honestly sounds like he lost a part of himself that he had at this point a year ago. He doesn't necessarily sound lazy, just perplexingly restrained, which unfortunately makes him blend in with his contemporaries rather than stand out. The album isn't without its highlights: "Bring It Back" is the type of stuff t
Demen Nektyr
There's a palpable air of mystery that shrouds Demen and the dark ambient/ethereal wave that makes up the entirety of Nektyr. What initially sounds like a decently atmospheric dream pop record eventually evolves into a highly atmospheric, minimal, and beautiful ethereal wave album by the end of a half an hour. Demen's voice is quite angelic, but she can also go a bit lower and sound like a ghost just awakening from slumber in the tomb. The album does feel like it's missing something that prevents it from being a truly excellent outing, but as of today yours truly cannot put my finger on it. It doesn't feel unfinished or half-baked, t
The Body I Shall Die Here
Aside from their self-titled debut, I Shall Die Here is probably the closest The Body will ever get to conventional drone-doom and sludge metal. Make no mistake however, their fourth full-length isn't your father's drone/doom/sludge, and while it is not quite as dynamic as records like All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood or No One Deserves Happiness, it is the most atmospherically and perhaps the most thematically potent record the band has penned yet. At it's very core, the record is an absolutely hopeless, very oppressive, and often suicidal doom metal album. Everything sounds humongous, especially the thund
Paramore After Laughter
It would seem that Paramore have completed their metamorphosis from a spunky alt-rock/pop-punk band to matured alt-pop hitmakers, and one can't help but feel good for them. After Laughter is a somewhat deceiving album in the sense that one can listen to it passively and get the idea that it's just a enjoyable pop album full of dumb fun, and then that same person could listen to it fully engaged and get the idea that it's actually kind of a downer and that the music and the lyrics together are nearly complete opposites in the best way possible. And it's not like this is simple 80's worship either; this is some ideas borrowed from thos
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
It's right around now in the careers of Animal Collective where they began rediscovering their roots: making legitimate pop songs and shrouding them in all sorts of psychedelic folk weirdness, like they did on Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished. The difference on Sung Tongs is that the group now had a much larger musical palette to arrange their songs from, and though it doesn't always translate into gold, there are sections of the album that not only remind you how great they were at their conception, but how great they would eventually become as well. The first half of the album is pound-for-pound one of the best
Loss Horizonless
After six years in hibernation, the Tennessee beast known as Loss has reawakened to wreak havoc on the death-doom world once again. There's so much to appreciate about Horizonless, but perhaps the most noteworthy thing is how much more accessible and digestible it is compared to other bands of their ilk like Esoteric or labelmates Fuoco Fatuo. Sure, the slow-paced meteor shower of half-melancholic-half-eerie riffs, rumbling vocals, booming drums, and strangely clean and audible bass is present throughout much of the album, but a break in the form of almost ambient, tone-setting tracks really give the listener a moment to un-flatten t

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  • buzzkites hell yeah, first few listens i was a bit skeptical about some tunes but now i sing along to every track
    May 6 12:59 AM
  • buzzkites sick dirty nil rating compadre
    May 5 01:09 PM
  • canteventrustmyself you've got a point but i'm so ****ing racked with anxiety that i'm basically immobile. can barely hold my phone.
    April 29 11:45 PM
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