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road to 2000_wells

So now that the hellishness of Sputroyale is finally over, I can concentrate on something else: hitting to 2000 ratings! I've never made a listening log before, so here are the final 100 albums I'm jamming on my way - maybe it will be fun and/or useful. Feel free to post recs and bitch about everything you see and everything you don't see and stuff okay yay
1The Weakerthans
Reunion Tour


#1901
Indie

A nice way to start! I love the Weakerthans, and many of reasons for this are perfectly encapsulated on that *knockout* of an opener and a few other moments here. Unfortunately, while most of this album goes for the same lyrical succinctness as the band’s masterpiece Reconstruction Site, the music isn’t nearly as strong and it doesn’t have the same emotional weight. Good stuff all the same.

3.5
2Brand-new Idol Society
Brand-new idol Society (2019)


#1902
J-alt idol pop whatever

God, this is awful. My Chemical Romance if they were a manufactured Japanese girl group who played a mix of generic pop rock and digital hardcore while parodying a lack of self-worth. I hate it. I hate that it’s enjoyable. There’s a bit on the opener/album highlight where they get their weakest vocalist to sneer the most intense chorus line like she’s vomiting out her own mediocrity out of self-loathing, and this being by far my favourite moment tells you all you need to know.

3.0
3ZOMBIE-CHANG
TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO


#1903
Electro-pop/techno

I wrote a long neurotic review about this, but basically this is a claustrophobic out-of-your-head mesh of electro-pop stir-craziness that came directly out of quarantine. Obnoxious and uncomfortable as hell, but it nails what it goes for. The new Charli XCX should have been more in this vein.

3.9
4ZOMBIE-CHANG
PETIT PETIT PETIT


#1904
Indie pop

Mostly okay and occasionally slightly irritating indie pop that mostly sounds like discount Halmens for Tokyo Hipsters.

3.0
5Amesoeurs
Amesoeurs


#1905
Vaguly blackgaze

I heard one track from this when budgie played it at hysterically low res on a streaming share thing, and it sounded great because lofi. Then I downloaded the whole album, listened to it and remembered how much blackgaze hecking sucks in hifi and in general.

2.8
6Ryuichi Sakamoto
1996


#1906
Chamber music/soundtrack

Ryuichi Sakamoto is the man and I’ve been meaning to get more into him for a while, and there’ll hopefully be a couple more entries from him by the end of the list. 1996 is basically a set of chamber pieces that serve as a kind of greatest hits for his work as a film composer, and it’s an appropriately rich listen. I didn’t give this as much time as I’d have liked when I first checked it, but it strikes me as something that’ll be more rewarding in the long run.

4.0
7Ulver
Drone Activity


#1907
ambient/DRONE

Checked this as part of a huge feature on Ulver that has been postponed because of technical reasons/I fucked up, but will appear one day. This is okay, very much not their best. First half is a total waste of time, second half is much better and the closer is one of their secret treasures.

3.3
8Bring Me the Horizon
This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For


#1908
Deathmetalclawfish

Thank you Steak for convincing me to listen to this. It is terrible, but far more tolerable than Count Your Blessings. I love that this band exists.

1.5
9John K. Samson
Provincial


#1909
Indie folk

More John K. Samson, yes yes. This is very quaint and very nice and I like it - it feels like a more assured Reunion Tour without the same highs but also without the tracks that weren’t quite sure what they wanted to sound like. I vibe it maybe slightly more a whole, but 'sall good.

3.5
10Fiona Apple
When the Pawn...


#1910
Jazz pop/baroque pop

Finally got round to doing my homework on ‘90s Fiona Apple and this album is the absolute business. Astounding highs, stunning constituency, and a perfectly developed and highly distinctive lyrical voice throughout. Bonus points for badass jazz, and further bonus points for having one of the most perfect closing pairings I have heard on any record. If this ends up being the best album on the list, I won’t complain.

4.5
11Regina Spektor
Remember Us To Life


#1911
Baroque pop

Listened to this a few times as part of a collab thing with neek, and while it definitely convinced me to explore Regina Spektor further at some point, it hasn’t changed my overall impression of her as a mostly solid but rarely astounding songwriter with a knack for sarcastic wryness that she *almost* lands perfectly up until the occasional off-lyric that fudges the whole package like, um, an egg yolk in a meringue.

3.5
12Tori Amos
From the Choirgirl Hotel


#1912
Alt pop/rock

I checked this on a whim, and the whim was called Let's Catch Up With Late '90s Singer-Songwriters Who Aren't Fiona Apple/Alanis M/PJ Harvey/Shiina Ringo and it was pretty okay I guess.

3.0
13The Flaming Lips
American Head


#1913
Fake baby psych

Fuck this album. Vacuous washed-up psychedelic inanity with a few pretty melodies. Some highlights. Embarrassing shit. RIP The Flaming Lips.

2.3
14The Flaming Lips
Embryonic


#1914
REAL baby psych

American Butt reminded me that there are some Flaming Lips albums I haven't heard, and Embryonic seemed like the most glaring omission so I hopped on it. This album is... a lot. I'm still chewing on it, but I'm mostly impressed - its runtime is chonk and there are a ton of bemusing interludes, but the sequencing and overall tone is remarkably focused, the highlights absolutely bring the thunder, and hearing Karen O impersonate animals for shits and gigs lands better than expected. Will probably eventually bump.

3.5
15Cloudkicker
Solitude


#1915
Prog atmometal

So, I made the huge error of listening to this but forgetting to download it. From my one complete listen, it was excellent. From my current, incomplete second spin, it is pretty excellent. Well done Mr. Kicker, I guess !

3.9
16Fiona Apple
Tidal


#1916
Jazz pop/alternative

Early days big shot successful Fiona Apple pre-telling the MTV awards to fuck themselves was onto something good, but I don't vibe as hard with her. Her voice on When the Pawn... sounds more assured and incisive when it comes to tackling her subject matter, but Criminal is a lyrical stunner and I'm mucho down with The First Taste and Sleep to Dream too. A few of these songs traipse a little, or otherwise do little for me, but otherwise it's mostly solid.

3.5
17Dark Tranquillity
Damage Done


#1917
Melodeath

Very little to say on this other than that it slaps incredibly hard, does not let up and has riffs for days. Lovely unexpected metal kick; this is on par with Character

4.0
18Dark Tranquillity
Fiction


#1918
Melodeath

Almost as good as Damage Done and with superb production, but a couple of cringe tracks (Misery's Crown, Terminus) fuck with the pacing and let it down a little. Still plenty impressive.

3.7
19Tentenko
Nineteen


#1919
Nursery techno

Tentenko. There are some good tracks. Next.

2.8
20Ichiko Aoba
Origami


#1920
Folk

Part of reaching a dumb rating milestone is clearing up discographies I should have cleared up by now - and that's it for Ichiko Aoba! Hooray! She is so good, and this album is lovely. Not one of her most substantial works, but it's such a short, breezy jam that I've been spinning it on and off ever since. Recommended soundtrack to hand-washing shirts.

3.5
21Sonic Youth
Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star


#1921
Alternative bullshit

Yay, Sonic Youth from their early/mid '90s alt rock peak obnoxious phase. This is an album full of duds, and I probably should rate it lower purely because of how unlistenable and unlistenably prevalent Thurston Moore is here. Fortunately, Kim Gordon dishes out a solid af 3.5 album that I keep coming back to, and that's enough to pretend the rest doesn't exist. Nice.

3.0
22Bohren und der Club of Gore
Dolores


#1922
Doomjazz

Someone said that this was like Bohren doing elevator music, and I thought this would be a good thing but it turned out not to be a very good thing. Whatever. It's okay.

3.0
23Deftones
Koi No Yokan


#1923
deftones

I finally made an effort to find out whether Deftones were an alright band or a good band, and I decided that the appropriate way to go about this would be to consume ENTIRE ALBUMS of their music. Koi no Yokan is okay. I'm glad I started here, because it dropped around the time I first joined Sput and I've had a lingering sense of intrigue/fomo from not checking it ever since. It holds up well, but has become increasingly less interesting to me as I've checked their other work.

3.3
24Polvo
Shapes


#1924
ex-Noise Rock

I mid-key simp for Polvo, but this is low-key disappointing - where is the mess and the noiz?! These song structures are annoyingly streamlined, and the production is distressingly streamlined. Twenty White Tents is good Slint worship and Everything In Flames! is a solid banger, but otherwise this doesn't thrill me :[

3.0
25Gazpacho
Fireworker


#1925
Progresssssve

Gazpacho release an album with some long songs and some short songs, and you've heard them play all of them before but better. It's okay - they're a proficient band and avoid supermajor mishaps, but this is getting into diminishing returns territory.

3.0
26A. G. Cook
Apple


#1926
Yesterday's glossy zine / today's toilet paper

A lot of 7G is pretty great (not great enough to make me listen to the whole thing HA!) but this is fucking appalling. Most of what I hate about A. G. Cook and his dumbSELFAWRE spaceboy fuckstyle kill me immediately nothing pop clevermarketing deconstructiongame is very focal to this record and I will probably 1 it at some point maybe. I think it had a couple of decent tracks?

2.0
27Deftones
Saturday Night Wrist


#1927
Saturday deftones

This album convinced me that Deftones are in fact a VERY good band, but I have since been unconvinced because nothing else I've heard from them compares to it. The atmospheres on this go for days, and it's one of their only records where Chino doesn't sound like Bart Simpson/insert-awkward-fictional-character when he screams. I wish I'd hooked up to this back in high school, hot damn.

4.0
28Unsane
Visqueen


#1928
Noise rock

No bullshit straightforward loudtimes, big aggression, big pissiness, kinda one note but that note is LOUD so it is okay, I like this.

4.0
29BUCK-TICK
ABRACADABRA


#1929
Glam Alternative Big Rock

The new Buck-Tick is ...okay. It's fun, it's overblown as always, it's pretty straightforward for them, but it's probably the least impressive of the 10ish albums I've heard from them. Most of these tracks are standard rock numbers that just happen to be performed by a veteran gang of expert performers. "凍える Crystal CUBE ver." is ACE though, love their sampling and synth coda on that. Compelling shit.

3.4
30Aimyon
Oishii Pasta ga Aru to Kiite


#1930
J-pop

I love most of this; '90s flavoured guitar-led J-pop with cheesy as hell choruses, sarky lyrics and solid vocals that aren't tinnitus fuel. Lotta bangers, lotta whimsy - one of the best pop albums of 2020 and an unexpected step up from her last record.

3.7
31Deftones
White Pony


#1931
D e f t o n e s

That album White Pony by that band the Def tones is pretty good?! Yeah, I heard from my mum! So, uh, I checked it!! And the great bits are very fucking great!! The opener (YES, the true one), Digital Bath, Korea, Change, Pink Maggit mmm yes. There are other songs that I do not remember positively despite having listened to them on MULTIPLE OCCASIONS and also Elite (fuck that shit) and also that annoying one where the boy from Tool sings, but overall this is strong enough that the hype makes sense. Second best Deftones (so far!!!)

3.5
32Deftones
Ohms


#1932
Fstoned

It's okay, some of you need to reflect on your choices. Fuck, I dunno. The band are pretty tight. Check Fugazi.

3.4
33Fleet Foxes
Shore


#1933
Indie indie folk indie folk folk indie folk folk

Adorably harmless indie folk that was pleasant and almost memorable and landed a few solid tracks and is well crafted and will be an asset to living rooms and coffee houses the world over hallelujah.

3.0
34Deftones
Around the Fur


#1934
defstoneSHOVEit

I have reached a point in my adult life where it is a c h a l l e n g e to make it through albums like this from start to finish, but still have enough of a chip on my shoulder to moan about it. This is good for what it is, I guess. A few lean bangers, a few annoying misfires, a lot of bad screaming. It's cute that this is still Chino's favourite record.

3.0
35Boris With Michio Kurihara
Rainbow


#1935
Psych

Okay, *now* I understand why Smile ended up sounding the way it did - this makes a lot more sense following on from Pink! Really excellent heavy psych skyscapes; I vibe it. Need to return to this, there are some beautiful moments and it flows perfectly.

4.0
36Built to Spill
There's Nothing Wrong with Love


#1936
Indie/lofi

Back in my peak Pavement days I got pretty heavily into Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like a Secret, and since both of those hold up solidly as anything I have no idea why it took my so long to get to the third and final BtS(lol) album that literally everyone who knows anyone has heard. This is great! Most of these tracks here have got that scrappy lofi charm that benefits a lot from a full album play, but I could jam Distopian Dream Girl on repeat for, uhh, multiple subdivisions of entire hours! Hooray for '90s guitar music. Why did Americans keep playing guitars past the new milennium?

3.96
37Migma Shelter
Alice


#1937
J-idol

This is a 50 minute idol synthpop concept project about Alice in Wonderland that is at once overcooked and underdeveloped and there is absolutely no way you should listen to it.

2.5
38Yerin Baek
Our Love is Great


#1938
K-RnB

Who is this oh wait it's one of those girls with a name in hangul from Abe's list, hmmm, if this is the EP I think it is, then it's mostly pretty solid and you should probably check it.

3.5
39Yoriko Ichinomiya
Tango renka


#1939
Folk

Fuck me, this is wonderful. Morose reflective singer/songwriter bliss, mostly simple writing, powerful vocals and all of the right chords (you know the ones (you do)). Checked this on a whim after it appeared on some rando's list and was swiftly reminded why I occasionally check obscure things from randos' lists. Haven't been listening to many new albums since as a partial direct consequence.

4.4
40SUMAC
The Deal


#1940
Metal sludge post

This is loud and slow and raw and pretty much exactly what I expected from this project, and a lot of the time it's fairly killer. Nice. Now for the rest of the discog.

3.5
41Kyoko Mimura
Minna wo Yane ni


#1941
Freak folk

Downloaded this in an effort to follow-up on Yoriko Ichinomiya and expand my kvlt obscure j-folk cred and I have spent a bizarrely long time with this album - bizarre because I don't think I've ever made it through in one sitting and have an overall confused impression that is net positive and charged with the word 'eclectic.' I guess it's good?!

3.5
42LEEBADA
THE OCEAN


#1942
K-RnB

More reputable Abecore, this is pretty solid and flows nicely and is chill and I should listen to it more lol

3.5
43Crippled Black Phoenix
Ellengaest


#1943
Progressive post-doom

Hey, it's a hype record! Some parts of this are fantastic. Others drag like yesterday's stale bread crusts on your problematic cousin's first model railway. Solid vocal performances, occasionally ehhh lyrics and big atmospheric big doomy bigbuilds that occasionally are epic and occasionally are not. It's ok.

3.4
44Dntel
Life is Full of Possibilities


#1944
Indietronica/glitch/IDM

So earlier this year I binge listened a load of albums tagged on rym as GLITCH POP to both disprove and maybe prove that the genre does [not] exist and I don't know why or how the shit I missed this out, but I screwed it. Fantastic album, mucho my vibe, ultra mood, beautiful blend of computerface, retro'00s and f e e l s, and hopefully gonna be up there with Tujiko Noriko when it comes to stuff I actually return to in this style.

4.1
45Tiamat
Wildhoney


#1945
Doom psych cosmosmetal

It's kinda awkward how long it took me to jam this, given that I used to überstan motW (right up to the username!), and their first 3 albums were all pretty much directly inspired by this. It is strange and beautiful and thoroughly satisfying, and I haven't yet found the words to set out the dense spacey ponderous bliss it catches in such a distinctive way, but this is defs more than a good experimental doom album with good keyboards. Magical stuff.

4.1
46Aelters
Mixitch Mjeuga Djisc


#1946
Glitch/IDM/breaks(apparently?!?!)

Big beatz glitch that is sometimes pretty great and sometimes annoying af. Strange ol' time with this. First listen, I mildly hated it and fell asleep halfway. Second listen I made it the whole way and was glad because the second half is pretty great. Future listens told me that the first 10 mins are pointlessly obnoxious and kinda boring, whereas the rest kinda bangs if you're in the mood. Cool.

3.3
47King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


#1947
pog

HEY this one is pretty awkward to write because smdh it took me 1947 ratings to get to a King Crimson album ha ha what a NERD i bet he never gets laid (it's been a cruel pandemic !) ! here are two things about this album 1) it is very awesome and i am dumb for not hearing it 2) i am even dumber for having poisoned my young brain with steven wilson and mikael opeth and the mars volta and other dumb shit in the meantime, because i don't feel like these songs are inspiring quite the same sense of VoyageOfdisCovery in me that they deserve to (this is better than those artists' comparable works though of course probably hmm maybe not Signify, will relisten to that) 3) yeah okay maybe Moonchild is a little bit much but still p cool

4.3
48David Thompson
The Wall


#1948
retro sowingcore

almost worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives

2.4
49This Heat
This Heat


#1949
Experimental rock / vaguely post-punk maybe

This is effectively 50 minutes of a rock band emulating teapot sounds, so I'm happy to see that Ghandhi 5 looking STRONG on it. That said, it's creative and unpredictable and fascinating and other positives, and I'm thoroughly glad I checked it; the twists and turns that go down on cuts like Horizontal Hold and 24 Track Loop are d e l i c i o u s and I'm a big fan of how the whole thing drifts in and out of minimalism...if sometimes to the point of "what's going on?" Cheers Demon, anyhow

3.9
50King Crimson
Red


#1950
Pogrok

Now that I have indisputable evidence that KC are in fact great, it's time for a bit more homework. Red is awesome, shock horror - it's probably a more even listen than ITCOTCK, but it doesn't hit the same magical mystical atmospheric charm more me - it's more rough n ready, but takes this in its stride. Generally fantastic stuff - although, as before, having gotten into Zorncore before hearing "Providence" and having read a million Sput users cream themselves over "Starless", there was a slightly evil expectation game going on...

4.2
51Siouxsie and the Banshees
Juju


#1951
Post-punk/gothic

Gave this a check years ago, but then minushumanboi queued "Into the Light" in a listening party and I remembered that I forgot that this is great stuff. An absolute workout in nifty post-punk guitar + a stellar showing from Siouxsie herself + tracks as memorable as "Arabian Knights" and "Monitor" = happy days.

3.8
52The Cure
Disintegration


#1952
Post-punk/gothic

Well, well, __WELL! Almost skipped this out entirely, but then remembered that I'm on a quest to hunt down embarrassingly absent classics, and so: *lukewarm take* this is way overlong and *hot take* this is mainly because the first three songs are a chore to get through. Sorry, "Pictures of You" stans! Somewhere halfway through "Closedown" I started questioning whether I was listening to the Lateralus of post-punk, and no, NOT in a cool way. "Love Song" raises the tone considerably and it's one great song after another from there (maybe excluding the final two, eh). Overall, this convinced me the Cure are worth their salt in a way Pornography never did, but I'm gonna be cherrypicking highlights rather than jamming it as a whole from now.

3.9
53Poppy
Music to Scream To


#1953
N O I S E

Might have leapfrogged Lana del Rey's spoken word album as the biggest delet album of 2020. Low effort enough to avoid being the cringiest.

0.9
54Boards of Canada
Geogaddi


#1954
idm

Not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to take a ~7 year break between getting into Music Has the Right to Children and this, but this is strange and beautiful and mesmerising and very very great and I love it even if the final stretch is a little thinly spread (with SOME exceptions!!!)

4.3
55Tricot
10


#1955
Math rock

Uh, awesome! Although the singles were great, this was the last thing I expected after their stale major label debut earlier this year - this is short, sharp, catchy, energetic and quite possibly the best Tricot record to date. Definitely their best vocal melodies so far, and some huge bangers to back them up. Probable top 10 2020 material for me.
4.1
56Classics of Love
World of Burning Hate


#1956
punk rawk

loud hateful angry punk in 2020 it's pretty ok

3.0
57Funwari-chan
with Funwari-chan!


#1957
(mainly) instrumental vocaloid

after Lacedaemonius' mucho recommended review series, I was worried that the Funwari-chan trilogy would crumble under the weight of it's own myth. it's p nice, this one tails off but holds up for fuzzy fluffy bittersweets.

3.3
58Funwari-chan
Funwari-chan with a cube


#1958
funwari-chan

with a cube

3.0
59Funwari-chan
Funwari Laboratory


#1959
industrial funwari

probably the best in the trilogy, shimery shiny flashy flashy sometimes fluffy hmmnng yes okay

3.5
60Helena Deland
Someone New


#1960
something something something INDIE

boring indie popfolk whatever with poorly conceived arrangements, fidgety songwriting, too many melodies, no good melodies and bland lyrics that kinda require you to actively project the faintest trace of personality onto them. cannot wait for the inevitable sowing 4 review

2.5
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