TalonsOfFire
Ben Kuettel
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CHON Homey
Blissful summer jams with beautiful guitar work and some interesting electronic elements as well.
3.7
06.16.17
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Crack-Up is a beautiful, adventurous folk album with incredible musical flourishes and diverse instrumentation. The arrangements are more eclectic than anything released before by the band, but their core sound is intact while really progressing as a group. Making Helplessness Blues Part II would've made for plenty success, artistically and commercially, but they've impressively opted to keep innovating in spectacular fashion. Highlights include "Cassius," "I Should See Memphis," "On Another Ocean," "Third of May," and "Crack-Up."
4.4
06.16.17
Anathema The Optimist
An interesting direction to go in, mainly darker and with less accessible songwriting than the previous three albums. The middle few songs are the highlights.
4.0
06.16.17
Stevens / Dessner / Muhly / McAlister Planetarium
Planetarium is a wondrous, massive experience that explores ideas of fate, mythology, the solar system, and other big topics. It's not perfect, but the music is consistently engaging while frequently changing genres from ambient ballads, to frantic electronica, to spacey soundscapes, and other styles. It can elicit a range of emotions and reactions from a listener, as these collaborators decided to make something more daring and ambitious than any of their individual projects would allow, at times to a fault. While a bit long-winded and over-indulgent at times, the strengths of Planetarium make it adventurous and highly enga
4.0
06.16.17
Roger Waters Is This The Life We Really Want?
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters joins with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich for an impassioned expression of the current state of affairs in the world. There are some beautiful arrangements on here, but the album suffers from a bit of an identity crisis in the middle run of songs. Lyrically you definitely feel the passion and message Waters is projecting throughout, for whoever is in the mood for outcry about modern times and global conflict. This isn't just complaining about world affairs, it is a call to respond, and for that function it accomplishes that goal well.
3.5
06.16.17
Alt-J Relaxer
Alt-J mature and expand their songwriting here for rewarding results, nearly rivaling An Awesome Wave.
4.0
06.16.17
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
06.16.17

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  • Toondude10 You check out that Mercury Tree album yet?
    June 18 06:19 PM
  • Mongi123 Oh nice I saw The Lovely Bones movie it was trippy as hell. I can only imagine how the book would be haha
    June 18 11:15 AM
  • Mongi123 I've been reading Stephen Kings The Dark Tower series. Just finished the first book and it was awesome. Onto the second haha what about you?
    June 18 10:15 AM
  • Mongi123 Oh yea of course my dog haha and I've just been going crazy with the music listening and reading.
    June 18 01:07 AM
  • Mongi123 Oh it ****ed up my life for quite a while. But it made me a stronger person. With the help of an amazing support system and an incredible girlfriend(and music lol) I'm getting through.
    June 18 12:31 AM

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