Ben Kuettel

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Last Active 08-23-17 9:23 am
Joined 08-26-12

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Brand New
Steven Wilson

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Brand New Science Fiction
Brand New unceremoniously drop their long-waited fifth album, Science Fiction, yet another rewarding new direction. Jesse & co. stray even farther from their roots, resembling the latest Thrice in some ways. The scattershot direction of Daisy comes to mind here, though the angst, fire, and rage is replaced with exciting, mature songwriting and a confident new direction. Whether it's superior to Daisy, or even The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me is not yet clear. What matters is that Brand New have exceeded expectations yet again, providing some of the most emotional and mature music of the year.
Queens of the Stone Age Villains
Queens of the Stone Age decide to take a left turn, which isn't a surprise for the shape-shifting rock band, but unfortunately results in regressing to maximum effect this time. Villains feels like they took the ideas of "Smooth Sailing," a very good song, and stretched them out to an entire album. This results in repetitive and unoriginal guitar riff-centered songs with cliched, macho lyrics and one-liners. Queens... shouldn't need to repeat what worked in the past to make excellent music, but the brief moments that remind of ...Like Clockwork in Fortress and Hideaway are the most rewarding qualities this has. Not terrible,
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow
Steven Wilson To the Bone
Steven Wilson strays further from progressive rock with his most forward thinking album yet. To The Bone is a colorful, accessible yet diverse rock album that explores the modern age of distorted truths and volatile nature of world affairs in 2017. Steven Wilson doesn't just revel in doom and gloom as one might anticipate him doing, but phases in and out of joyful moments ("Nowhere Now" and "Permanating"), being the most surprising here, and more progressive songs like the title track and "Detonation." Much of To The Bone follows a more straightforward rock pacing, but not without wide shifts in tone and mood. All in all, th
Arcade Fire Everything Now
Like Humanz by Gorillaz from earlier this year, Everything Now by Arcade Fire is a major low for a once incredible band. The mainstream 80s dance rock sound reaches modern The Killers-level banality here, with especially poor lyrics and singing performances. One of the laziest albums I've ever heard from a favorite band of mine, as much as it pains me to say it.
Coldplay Kaleidoscope
CHON Homey
Blissful summer jams with beautiful guitar work and some interesting electronic elements as well.

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  • Mongi123 Just wondering, I'm waiting until Friday I'm so ready xD
    August 23 10:06 AM
  • Mongi123 Hey dude have you heard the new Hammock yet?
    August 22 06:05 PM
  • Mongi123 New Brand New is incredible and didn't disappoint agreed xD
    August 20 12:24 PM
  • SowingSeason Now that you say it I'm definitely hearing it. There's so much still unraveling each time I listen...(and I'm on my 10th listen or so which is sad). Dude I can't even begin to write about this I'm still to jittery with excitement. So much to say and I want it to be special. I'm going to try to write my intro today but I'm not holding myself to anything more than that haha.
    August 18 10:36 AM
  • Toondude10 I'm expecting to see about 50 reviews for that Brand New record by next week.
    August 18 07:45 AM

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