Matthew D. French

Reviews 50
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 103
News Articles 3
Band Edits + Tags 6
Album Edits 42

Album Ratings 106
Objectivity 62%

Last Active 08-14-14 10:56 am
Joined 03-25-09

Forum Posts 36
Review Comments 15,480

Average Rating: 4.02
Rating Variance: 0.86
Objectivity Score: 62%
(Fairly Balanced)


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5.0 classic
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Cocteau Twins Lullabies to Violaine
Cynic Focus
Danny Brown XXX
Death Leprosy
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Drake Thank Me Later
Gazpacho Night
Immolation Close to a World Below
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Menomena Moms
Nara Leao Dez Anos Depois
Pixies Doolittle
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

4.5 superb
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent
Beach House Bloom
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Boards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
CunninLynguists Oneirology
I always feel a little unjustified in slapping a 'classic' label on an album I just
listened to, but then it's as I say: "If you love it, so be it." Not having heard any of
CunninLynguists' albums prior to Oneirology, I can't comment on how well this stands
up to the trio's other efforts, what I can say, however, is that this is a work of art
conceptually, musically, and lyrically. The album is loosely based around the surrealistic
nature of dreams and the power of our subconscious (a theme that I've become obsessed with
recently). The music captures this perfectly, pushing the boundaries of contemporary hip-
hop with its dream-like aesthetic and clouded atmosphere. Certain sections border on
musical surrealism, such as the quirky left-field outro to 'Darkness,' while others work as
multifaceted infectious pop tracks ('Dreams'). In short, Oneirology is a gorgeous
hip-hop album that plays the gamut of emotion and works as an easily accessible masterpiece
whose songs should appeal to almost anyone who hears them.

It wasn't heaven that I was seeking but a haven I sought; a canvas of the mind painted
with my thoughts
Daft Punk Homework
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Drake Take Care
Gazpacho Demon
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Ice Cube The Predator
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Laurie Anderson Big Science
Lewis L'Amour
Lil B God's Father
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Owl John Owl John
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Spoon They Want My Soul
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
The National Trouble Will Find Me
nvm, this is way better than i thought it'd be

4.0 excellent
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap
Damien Rice O
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Elite Gymnastics Ruin 4
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move Forward
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
I might actually like this more than Fables. The thing is, I originally adored Fables, I think I may even recall calling it one of the most enjoyable records of '07, but after revisiting it recently I can't help but lose interest because of how homogenous it is. After re-listening, I can't seem to recall a more formulaic album of that year, but I shouldn't complain too much - the formula worked well enough and there are still a lot of tracks worthy of salvaging. I have to admit, I was skeptical about Arrows and Anchors. While Fables' formula worked well enough, I knew that it couldn't be done twice without their audience losing interest. I'm a little taken aback by how much they've matured. This is a complete shocker, an album that feels progressive and sounds different all the way through.
FKA Twigs LP1
Ice-T O.G. Original Gangster
Jeff Buckley Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Jenny Lewis The Voyager
Kashiwa Daisuke April.#07
La Roux Trouble In Paradise
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Low Roar 0
Lykke Li I Never Learn
Memoryhouse The Years
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence

3.5 great
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Swans To Be Kind
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past

3.0 good
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Anberlin Lowborn
Essence Beyond Carnivalism
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Sadistik Ultraviolet
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

2.5 average
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
like a much less interesting campfire headphase. huzzah!
Converge No Heroes
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen

2.0 poor
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Porcupine Tree Deadwing

1.5 very poor
Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life

1.0 awful
Kimbra The Golden Echo

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