Average Rating: 3.95
Rating Variance: 0.43
Objectivity Score: 58% (Somewhat Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAnimal Collective FeelsBjork HomogenicThis is her best album to date. I have no idea why you gave it a 3.5. It deserves a 5 (i would have given it one, but it wasn't working.) Everything is perfect here in its complexity. The mood is angry but the lyrics aren't as. 'Bachelorette' is one of her best tracks ever. 'Unravel' is beautiful, and 'All Is Full Of Love' is timeless. Beautiful work. Well-written review, I just don't agree.Bonnie 'Prince' Billy The Letting GoFiona Apple The Idler Wheel...Joanna Newsom YsKate Bush Hounds of LoveNo Doubt Tragic KingdomPJ Harvey Rid Of MePJ Harvey Let England ShakeSt. Vincent Strange MercytUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l4.5 superbAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective Strawberry JamAnimal Collective Spirit They're Gone...Asobi Seksu CitrusAzure Ray Burn and ShiverAzure Ray Azure RayBat For Lashes Fur and GoldBat For Lashes Two SunsBat For Lashes The Haunted ManBeach House Teen DreamBeach House DevotionBeach House BloomBeth Orton Trailer ParkBjork MedullaBjork PostBjork BiophiliaBjork VespertineBlonde Redhead Penny SparkleBonnie 'Prince' Billy Wolfroy Goes To TownBonnie 'Prince' Billy I See a DarknessBright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningBurial UntrueCat Power You Are FreeCat Power Moon PixCat Power SunCocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and StillboI think is this is a remarkable album, from one of the most unique groups out there. These girls are so unafraid of being themselves, and that's ALMOST enough to sell it to me right now. I think Werwolf is the best track, and Black Poppies is the worst.
Also, i THOUGHT that Sierra sang on Sunshine. I think she does, cause Bianca doesn't go that high, and also, Sierra sings it live. It's a beautiful number. Crystal Castles Crystal Castles IIDeerhoof Deerhoof vs. EvilDeerhoof Friend OpportunityDestroyer Your BluesEllen Allien SoolEmily Haines and the Soft Skeleton Knives Don't Have Your BackFeist The ReminderFeist Let It DieFever Ray Fever RayFiona Apple When the Pawn...Fiona Apple Extraordinary MachineGoldfrapp Felt MountainGoldfrapp Seventh TreeGrouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a HillGrouper A I AGrouper Water People 7"Grouper The Man Who Died in His BoatHigh Places High PlacesHow to Dress Well Love RemainsJanelle Monae The Electric LadyJens Lekman I Know What Love Isn'tJens Lekman Night Falls Over KortedalaJoanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed MenderYou are completely right. She is an acquired taste. In all forms of the terms. Her voice is atrocious, and remarkably untrained. But you're also right when you say it works.
Take the advice:
If you hated her at first because she made you want to shoot someone, or cut your ears off, I don't blame you. I feel like almost everyone has this reaction. I said "Why the hell does this chick get a record deal? My God!" when I frist heard her. But there was something about her that struck me. Maybe it was her originality, her beautiful harping, her wondrous stories, or all of it. At first, you are blinded (and deafened) by the vocals, and you miss the harp work and lyrics. Go back. Give her 3 or 4 tries and that will prove if you like her.
You just have to get over the intial shock.Joanna Newsom Have One on MeJuana Molina Un DiaJulia Holter Loud City SongKate Bush 50 Words for SnowKate Bush The Sensual WorldKate Bush The DreamingKimya Dawson My Cute Friend Sweet PrincessKimya Dawson Remember That I Love YouLand Of Talk Cloak and CipherLaura Marling I Speak Because I CanLaura Marling Once I Was an EagleLCD Soundsystem This Is HappeningLianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough?Loscil SubmersLoscil Endless FallsLost In The Trees A Church That Fits Our NeedsLow Drums and GunsLow The Curtain Hits the CastLow Things We Lost in the FireLow I Could Live in HopeLow C'MonM. Ward Post-WarM.I.A. ArularM.I.A. KalaMarissa Nadler Marissa NadlerMark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle Perils from the SeaMarnie Stern Marnie SternMarnie Stern The Chronicles of MarniaMates of State Re-Arrange UsMates of State Bring it BackMates of State Team BooMetric Old World Underground, Where Are You NowMirrorring Foreign BodyMum Finally We Are No OneMum Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OKMy Brightest Diamond All Things Will UnwindNeko Case Middle CycloneNeko Case Fox Confessor Brings The FloodNellie McKay Obligatory VillagersNo Doubt Rock SteadyNo Doubt Return of SaturnOwen Pallett HeartlandPatrick Wolf Wind in the WiresPatti Smith HorsesPeaches I Feel CreamPerfume Genius LearningPerfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 ItPhosphorescent Pride"Tell me where you've been, I'll tell you where I've been; It will be okay" Matthew Houck sings on "A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise," the opener to his most recent record under the moniker Phosphorescent. Pride is a delicate, hymnal record with hints of acid-folk (in sound.) The aforementioned "Picture" is a beautiful, warm welcome, with multi-layered harmonies and one of the best triple threat songs (melody, lyrics, music) of 2007. The 6-minute "Wolves" is another highlight, with its extremely beautiful vocals, perfect instrumentation, and great imagery ("They tumble and fight and they're beautiful") The marching band-esque drumming of the brief "At Death, A Proclamation" seems out of place, but nonetheless, this short number is undoubtedly good. The epic "My Dove, My Lamb" perfectly mixes acoustic and soft electronic elements, into an opus of deep passion and the most believably lovelorn vocals of the record. Aside from the unfortunate title-track closer (such a jump away, it consists almost entirely of odd vocal noises for 6 long minutes that seem like 10) Pride is a marvelous, breathtaking record that deserves the downtime of anyone and everyone.Pink M!ssundaztoodPJ Harvey DryPortishead DummyPortishead PortisheadPortishead ThirdRain Machine Rain MachineRasputina Oh Perilous WorldRed House Painters Ocean BeachRegina Spektor Begin To HopeThe songs on this bonus EP are the type that should have been more frequent on the regular record. Another Town is delightful. Uh-Merica is fun and quite the crowd-sing-a-long. Baobobs is excellent in it's bouncy, yet impressive vocals. Dusseldorf is a cute story that brings you backpacking through Europe. Music Box is the best here, using an extremely quirky vocal work, with even quirkier lyrics, and fantastic piano work. Regina Spektor Soviet KitschRegina Spektor SongsRegina Spektor 11:11Rilo Kiley The Execution of All ThingsRobyn Body Talk Pt. 1Sarah Kirkland Snider PenelopeScott Walker The DriftScott Walker Bish BoschScout Niblett It's Up To EmmaScout Niblett The Calcination of Scout NiblettScout Niblett Sweet Heart FeverSharon Van Etten TrampShearwater RookSigur Ros Ágætis ByrjunSigur Ros ( )Sleater-Kinney The WoodsSmog Red Apple FallsSmog Dongs of SevotionStars The NorthSufjan Stevens The Age of AdzSufjan Stevens IllinoisSufjan Stevens Seven SwansSun Kil Moon Admiral Fell PromisesSvarte Greiner KniveTaken By Trees East of EdenTaken By Trees Other WorldsTegan and Sara The ConThe Decemberists PicaresqueThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Dresden Dolls The Dresden DollsThe Fiery Furnaces Blueberry BoatUnpredictable music combined with great storytelling. It's a really intriguing album of sometimes-comically epic proportions.The Fiery Furnaces Bitter TeaThe Fiery Furnaces EPThe Tallest Man on Earth Shallow GraveThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowThe Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing BirdThe xx xxTiny Vipers Life on EarthTiny Vipers Hands Across the VoidTom Waits AliceTom Waits Blood MoneyTom Waits Mule VariationsTom Waits Rain DogsTom Waits SwordfishtrombonesTori Amos Little EarthquakesValet Naked AcidWarpaint The FoolWild Beasts SmotherWildbirds & Peacedrums HeartcoreUnclassifiable mix of jazz, soul, rock, and untamed emotion. Many different styles are presented in this album, and after getting used to it, this album proves to be a true gem. Best tracks: Pony, I Can't Tell In His Eyes, Doubt/Hope, The Battle in Water, The Ones That Should Save Me Get Me Down.Windy and Carl We Will Always BeWindy and Carl ConsciousnessYeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To TellYeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!Zola Jesus The SpoilsZola Jesus StridulumZola Jesus Stridulum II4.0 excellentAdele 21Ane Brun It All Starts With OneAngus & Julia Stone Down the WayAnimal Collective Sung TongsAnimal Collective Here Comes the IndianAnimal Collective Water CursesAnna Von Hausswolff CeremonyAnna Von Hausswolff Singing From The GraveArcade Fire FuneralArcade Fire Neon BibleAzure Ray Hold On LoveBeach House Beach HouseBeth Orton Comfort In StrangersBeth Orton Sugaring SeasonBibio Mind BokehBjork VoltaMy only real problem with this album... well, my couple problems... are: 1) The fact that each song is either tied to together by an unrelated outro, or ends immediately/abruptly for the next song. That works well once, on the transition between 'Dull Flame' and 'Innocence.' 2) The lyrics aren't as good. Especially on 'Hope,' the worst song she's ever done, in my opinion. The music is great, but I skip it because I just hate everything else. 3[kindof]) The singing isn't as consistently amazing. 'Pneumonia' features a dreary minute-long, nearly-monotone intro, and pretty much throughout it contains extremely boring music/vocals.
But I do really like this album all in all. It's not as bad as many critics say. So what if she isn't doing as complicated stuff as she's done. There'll never be another Homogenic, or Vespertine. Get over it.
my track pix: wanderlust, dull flame of desire, vertebrae by vertebrae, declare independence. Bjork DebutBlonde Redhead 23Blonde Redhead Misery is a ButterflyBlonde Redhead Melody of Certain Damaged LemonsBonnie 'Prince' Billy The Wonder Show of the WorldBonnie 'Prince' Billy Lie Down in the LightBonnie 'Prince' Billy Master And EveryoneBonnie 'Prince' Billy Ease Down The RoadBroken Social Scene Broken Social SceneBurial BurialBurial KindredCat Power The GreatestCat Power What Would the Community ThinkCat Power Myra LeeChairlift SomethingChelsea Wolfe Pain Is BeautyCocoRosie La Maison De Mon ReveCocoRosie Grey OceansCrystal Castles Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles Crystal Castles IIIDamien Rice ODeath Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDeath Cab for Cutie Codes and KeysDeerhoof Offend MaggieDeerhoof The Runners FourDeerhoof Apple O'Destroyer KaputtEleanor Friedberger Last SummerEmiliana Torrini Me and ArminiEssie Jain We Made This OurselvesFeist Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)Fiona Apple TidalGoldfrapp Black CherryGoldfrapp Tales Of UsGrimes VisionsGrizzly Bear Yellow HouseI don't usually enjoy albums like this. Extremely brief, could-be-more writing, and tons and tons and tons of instrumental. I like that maybe on a track or two, or an entirely instrumental album with no words, or a regular album of words and instrumental.
But there's something about this tapestry that captures me. I can't even be sure of what it is, but whatever it is, it's truly compelling.Grouper WideGrouper Way Their CreptGrouper Cover the Windows and the WallsGrouper Violet ReplacementImogen Heap Speak For YourselfImogen Heap I MegaphoneJoan as Police Woman Real LifeJoan as Police Woman To SurviveJoanna Newsom Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street BandJuana Molina SonJulia Holter EkstasisJulianna Barwick NepentheKate Bush AerialKate Bush Never for EverKate Bush The Kick InsideKimya Dawson Hidden VagendaLand Of Talk Some Are LakesLand Of Talk Fun And LaughterLaura Marling A Creature I Don't KnowLavender Diamond Imagine Our LoveLocal Natives Gorilla ManorLoscil Sketches From New BrightonLow Songs for a Dead PilotLow Plays Nice PlacesM. Ward Transistor RadioM.I.A. MatangiMaria Taylor 11:11Marnie Stern This Is It and I Am It and You Are It...Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One - Gens de couleur libresMates of State My Solo ProjectMates of State MountaintopsMates of State Our Constant ConcernMazzy Star So Tonight That I Might SeeMetric Live It OutMetric Grow Up and Blow AwayI think this is a good review... of your favorite tracks. You should have talked about a couple more tracks than the ones that are your favorites. Like, talked about one song you don't think is quite up to par. Or how two of the better tracks were cut for this release - Parkdale, and Torture Me.
That aside, I agree with you mostly. My favorite tracks is On The Sly, always has been, and I love White Gold and Hardwire. This is a fantastic album, and I THINK I read somewhere that their new album has this album's feel to it.Metric SyntheticaMirel Wagner Mirel WagnerModest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad NewsModest Mouse's Good News For People Who Love Bad News is a strange mess of an album. This is a very good review that's good at expressing that. You mention the drunkenness (I say irritation) of Dance Hall, and the filler of the shouting Bury Me With It. But, The World at Large, the best track here, completely does not fit in with the handful after it. It's, like I said, a crazy mess. But the few brilliant songs (World At Large, Float On, Ocean Breathes Salty, Burkowski, and Good Times Are Killing Me) are enough for me.Mum Summer Make GoodMum SmilewoundMy Brightest Diamond Bring Me the WorkhorseNeko Case BlacklistedNeko Case Furnace Room LullabyNeko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...Nellie McKay Pretty Little HeadNoisettes What's the Time Mr. Wolf?Panda Bear Young PrayerPatrick Wolf LycanthropyPeaches Impeach My BushPeaches The Teaches of PeachesPhosphorescent A Hundred Times Or MorePJ Harvey White ChalkPJ Harvey Is This Desire?PJ Harvey To Bring You My LovePJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The SeaPortishead Roseland NYC LiveRadiohead In RainbowsRaum The Event of Your LeavingRed House Painters Red House Painters IRilo Kiley More AdventurousRilo Kiley Take-Offs & LandingsSantigold SantogoldSchool of Seven Bells GhostoryScout Niblett This Fool Can Die NowSigur Ros VonSigur Ros med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaustSigur Ros Takk...Sigur Ros ValtariSigur Ros KveikurSleater-Kinney One BeatSleater-Kinney Dig Me OutSmog Knock KnockSmog Wild LoveSmog The Doctor Came at DawnStars HeartStars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The DeclineSufjan Stevens MichiganSun Kil Moon AprilSun Kil Moon Among the LeavesTaken By Trees Open FieldTegan and Sara Under Feet Like OursTegan and Sara HeartthrobThe Antlers Burst ApartThe Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark HorseThe Dodos CarrierThe Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...Awww, I love Mandy Goes To Med School. It's humorous, she's obviously not serious, and it's offensive. Yayy!!
Good review otherwise.The Dresden Dolls A Is For AccidentThe Fiery Furnaces Rehearsing My ChoirThe Fiery Furnaces I'm Going AwayThe Fiery Furnaces Gallowsbird's BarkThe Luyas AnimatorThe New Pornographers TogetherThe New Pornographers Twin CinemaThe New Pornographers ChallengersThe New Pornographers Electric VersionThe Raveonettes Lust Lust LustThe Raveonettes Raven in the GraveThe Tallest Man on Earth The Tallest Man on EarthTom Waits Real GoneTom Waits Blue ValentinetUnE-yArDs BiRd-BrAiNsValet Blood Is CleanWild Beasts Two DancersWindy and Carl Songs For The Broken HeartedWindy and Carl The Dream HouseWindy and Carl Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2)Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your BonesYeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah YeahsYeah Yeah Yeahs Is IsYeah Yeah Yeahs MosquitoZola Jesus New AmsterdamZola Jesus ValusiaZola Jesus Conatus3.5 greatAkira Kosemura Polaroid PianoAnimal Collective Fall Be KindAnimal Collective Centipede HzArcade Fire The SuburbsAsobi Seksu RewolfAsobi Seksu HushBjork BastardsBlonde Redhead Fake Can Be Just As GoodBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iververy good listen, not quite as good as Emma, but still good. i think the music and the vocals shine the brightest, but his lyrics really (and im surprised so many are even able to argue) are just beautiful poetic mumbo jumbo. pretty images piled ontop of each other with no discerinble meaning, most of the time. still, a solid release.Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Beware!Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Greatest Palace MusicBroken Social Scene You Forgot It In PeopleCat Power Dear SirDeerhoof The Milk ManDeerhoof ReveilleDestroyer Trouble In DreamsEisley Room NoisesGood review.
While Eisley are undeniably charming, they are almost too sugar-sweet. Even when the lyrics are sad (Telescope Eyes) they make it sound happier than it is. Bright Wound and Golly Sandra are the two best tracks. I actually don't like Telescope Eyes. I vaguely remember a very old 5-minute-ish piano-driven Telescope Eyes, but I think I'm the only one. Must've been a dream.
Overall, a very good album, and nice to listen to when you're down.
Their new album hits stores in august.
It's called COMBINATIONS.Ellen Allien DustEmily Haines and the Soft Skeleton What Is Free To A Good Home?Goldfrapp Head FirstGregory and the Hawk In Your Dreamsiamamiwhoami KinImogen Heap EllipseJulianna Barwick The Magic PlaceKimya Dawson I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm MeanLaura Marling Alas, I Cannot SwimLaura Veirs Year Of MeteorsThis a wonderful album by a wonderful artist. My 2nd favorite by Laura Veirs (the first being Troubled by the Fire.)
I don't really like Black Gold Blues. it rubs me the wrong way.
good review of what you reviewed though.
magnetized (beautifully simplistic)
where gravity is dead (my favorite. when i first heard this i played it over 30 times in a row.)Local Natives HummingbirdLow Long DivisionLow Live At EindhovenLow The Invisible WayM. Ward Transfiguration of VincentM.I.A. MayaMum Go Go Smear the Poison IvyNeko Case The Tigers Have SpokenPatrick Wolf The Magic PositionPhosphorescent Aw Come Aw WryPink I'm Not DeadPJ Harvey Uh Huh HerPolly Scattergood Polly ScattergoodRachael Yamagata Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into HeartRachael Yamagata HappenstanceRadiohead The King of LimbsScout Niblett I AmShearwater The Golden ArchipelagoSmog A River Ain't Too Much Too LoveSmog SupperSt. Vincent Marry MeOriginal, and impressive instrumentally, but it does tend to bore after a couple songs. "Now, Now" is overlong. "Paris is Burning" is much better live, which is good and bad. And she sometimes has such plain lyrics. But she has a pretty voice and plays every single instrument ever.
Although, I HIGHLY disagree with you when you say she could make Leslie Feist jealous. No way. Feist has such a better voice.Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your RabbitSun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great HighwayTegan and Sara So JealousThe Decemberists Castaways and CutoutsThe Fiery Furnaces Widow CityThe New Pornographers Mass RomanticThe xx CoexistTom Waits Bad As Me3.0 goodAnimal Collective Campfire SongsArcade Fire ReflektorAvey Tare Down ThereAzure Ray NovemberThe first two songs on this EP outdo the other ones incredibly. "November" is one of the duo's most depressing tracks, but also one of their most beautiful. And their cover of Townes Van Zandt's "For the Sake of The Song" is the duo's longest track on record, but also one of their best and most polished.Beth Orton Central ReservationBjork Drawing Restraint 9Bjork Greatest HitsBjork SelmasongsBlonde Redhead Blonde RedheadBonnie 'Prince' Billy Wilding in the WestCat Power The Covers RecordDamien Rice 9Death Cab for Cutie PlansEllen Allien BerlinetteFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsGoldfrapp SupernatureI don't think it's a coincidence that my favorite song is "Let It Take You," seeing as it's the most like old Goldfrapp. Sure, "Ooh La La" is fun, and "Satin Chic" is quaint and cute. However, I am a Felt Mountain boy. That shall stay as it is.
Seventh Tree comes out in two weeks, and I am looking forward to that. Finally: a much-needed change.Jessie Ware DevotionKate Bush The Red ShoesKate Bush LionheartKing Krule 6 Feet Beneath the MoonLaura Stevenson WheelLCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverMatteah Baim Death of the SunMetric FantasiesMum Sing Along To Songs You Don't KnowPatrick Wolf The BachelorPeaches FatherfuckerPink Try ThisRobyn Body Talk Pt. 2Scout Niblett Kidnapped by NeptuneStars The Five GhostsStars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the LidSufjan Stevens All Delighted PeopleSun Kil Moon Tiny CitiesSvarte Greiner KappeTegan and Sara This Business of ArtTegan and Sara If It Was YouWild Beasts Limbo, PantoYeah Yeah Yeahs Machine2.5 averageAnimal Collective Danse ManateeBeth Orton DaybreakerBlonde Redhead In an Expression of the InexpressibleCocoRosie Noah's ArkLaura Veirs SaltbreakersNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaI never got into them. Some will say I just can't appreciate it, and that I know nothing. But I seriously think theyre quite irritating. The only songs I like are King Of Carrot Flowers pt. 1 and Two Headed Boy.No Doubt Push and ShovePeter Bjorn and John Writer's BlockRegina Spektor Begin To HopeThis album is okay. I honestly hate Samson. I love love love the original version, and I think the new version is completely unnecessary. I also don't like that she's getting tons more fans based on Fidelity. Sure its a good song, but it's hardly the bare, core Regina all her REAL fans know and love. I think the bonus EP is better than the real cd. But, Apres Moi, Lady, and Summer in the City are my three track picks, and are some of her best. But really, I think this isn't as good as it should have been. Humph. We'll have to wait til 2009 or so (assuming that's when it will be) for her new album.Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsThe Decemberists Her Majesty the DecemberistsTom Waits Closing TimeZola Jesus Tsar Bomba2.0 poorBroken Social Scene Feel Good LostCat Power JukeboxKanye West YeezusRegina Spektor FarSelena Gomez and the Scene Kiss and Tell1.5 very poorDeafheaven SunbatherPanda Bear Person PitchCompletely overrated. I think this is some of the worst material of the year. The only thing I give props to him for is his talent to create this type of music. But it's way too drawn out, and boring, and really spacious (spacey?) It's just bad, and totally not my cup of tea.
Good review, though.1.0 awfulBjork BjorkFall Out Boy From Under The Cork TreeFarrah Abraham My Teenage Dream EndedPink Can't Take Me Home
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