Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 08-25-17 1:34 am
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Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child
In a way, Speak Like A Child is brilliant. Hancock stated that the record is supposed to illicit a childlike feeling of innocence and freedom, and in the case of the penultimate track, the loss of said innocence and freedom. It's no wonder then, that this record takes its cues from the simplicity of Maiden Voyage while leaving plenty of room for free-forming and improvisation, as is usually the case with his records. The record is imaginative, but confined so that it doesn't go off of the rails; it's like childhood in a way: there's not a whole lot you can do, but your mind is always at work regardless. The restrictions of t
Encyclopedia of American Traitors Discography
Not a whole lot is known about these guys, but they did a split with Orchid so how bad could they be? Their Discography is made up almost entirely of riffy screamo that can get pretty speedy at times, as well as some nice vocal layering and insane screams, all with an anti-capitalist edge. It can get a little monotonous sometimes, but the general intensity and passionate ferocity of the record, helped along by some solid riff work, keeps things from becoming boring. The inclusion of samples are usually well-placed, and the production gives things a solid punch. There's one track near the end of the comp called "Untitled" and it's rea
The Contortionist Clairvoyant
Surprise surprise, the one truly great track here happens to have some harsher vocals on it. The Contortionist leaned completely into the skid with Clairvoyant, becoming almost entirely a cleanly-produced progressive metal band with almost no trace of their deathcore or djent roots. With that said, they've lost a lot of character, no seemingly blending in with the untold number of stagnant acts in the subgenre. They've got great musicianship and the atmosphere is actually really soothing, but on the whole the album seems to have a disconnect with the listener, with a discouraging chunk of the album listlessly moving along without a d
Lil Bibby FC3 the Epilogue
I'd call this a disappointment that it's just an EP, but FC3: The Epilogue had been delayed for so long (dating back to 2015) that it was pretty obvious even a year ago that things weren't materializing they way Bibby had envisioned and it possibly wasn't going to be released at all. But, he's got another mixtape on the way and Big Buckz was pretty solid, so it's not all that bad. It's only five songs long, but once again Lil Bibby dazzles with his unwavering consistency, setting things up with the full version of "EBT To BET" and never looking back. And even though "Aww Man" was previously released on Free Crack 3,
Future Pluto
Officially having reached astronaut status after some very successful singles to promote the album, Future finally released his debut full-length record in Pluto and affirmed his role as one of Atlanta's golden children. The highs on this thing are at worst very catchy and anthemic and at best ingrained into the popular music spectrum of the time. "Straight Up" is the first of these and shows Future's penchant for addicting hooks and undeniable mic presence. "Turn On The Lights" is one of, if not the, best pop Future songs he has to his name, with his noticeable lack of a strong singing voice becoming one of the songs greatest virtue
Moby Play
There's a sense of comforting familiarity that makes itself known almost immediately when Play begins. Sampling famous delta blues songs and fashioning them into breakbeat and downtempo is but one aspect of the greater formula Moby puts to use here; things that are not necessarily original on their own come together and are arranged in a way that make them seem fresh and familiar simultaneously. It's a landmark record for contemporary electronic music for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is that it turned an underground sensation more based in acid techno than anything in his early days into a bonafide pop star, if only for a
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm Beside You
This stuff actually isn't half bad. For my money it would've made much more sense for I'm Beside You to be the LP and I'm With You to be the B-sides compilation accompanying it. While it's true that most of these songs play out like a middling By The Way-era track, that's not nearly as bad as it sounds, as the songs from that era were usually wonderful. It's a little winded as well, but the great tracks on this thing, including opener "Strange Man", "Never Is A Long Time", "Pink As Floyd" and "Hanalei" are spaced out enough to give the comp a pretty even feel to it. The strange this about this one is how it was mark

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  • AsleepInTheBack I'm sure you get this a lot, but you sir are the king of sound offs. Much respect.
    August 30 07:08 AM
  • Conmaniac literally on the first song rn and this is wayy too good...
    August 20 02:00 AM
  • Conmaniac damn glad to see u liked that Cloakroom album. super excited to check that one
    August 18 06:30 PM
  • Conmaniac hell man thank you so much, really appreciate that. weird q but you have a discord? it'd be cool to have ya join my server. if not all good just curious!
    August 17 05:49 PM
  • Conmaniac adore ur soundoffs man. that Pretend album is incredible agreed (:
    August 17 11:10 AM

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