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|Grading 2018 So Far|
I re-did my 2018 ratings to-date (mind you, most of this was +/- 0.5 tweaking), and here's how things are shaping up for me. It's been kind of a weak year, admittedly, although the 4's and higher on here are definitely worthwhile. Still waiting for a Melodrama, Crack-Up, Science Fiction, or Go Farther In Lightness caliber release though.
|1||The Republic of Wolves|
4.7; on some days a 5 because the dark indie-rock vibes rule.
Can't Wake Up
4.7; Atmospheric indie-folk. Underrated as all hell and the fact that people here think it's a 3.6 average slightly lowers my faith in humanity.
|3||A Perfect Circle|
Eat the Elephant
4.3; Experimental rock. Ugly covers be damned, this is the best APC album.
|4||The Wonder Years|
4.0; Pop-Punk. Not everything here is amazing but when it hits, it hits really fuckin hard right in the feels.
4.0; Gorgeous country-pop with soothing vibes.
|6||All The Luck In The World|
A Blind Arcade
3.8; Basic but at times breathtaking acoustic folk.
3.8; If Parachutes-era Coldplay went electronic
|8||Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks|
3.8; Funky, progressive guitar rock with 2-3 really fucking excellent moments.
Bark Your Head Off, Dog
3.7; Experimental indie-rock - most will tell you this should be higher...it's catchy as all hell for sure.
3.7; Guitar-heavy rock...the final thing Scott Hutchison put his name to.
3.7; Indie-folk; Love the strings here but I wish there was less vocals filling up every nook because these songs are beautiful enough to breathe a little.
|12||The Dangerous Summer|
The Dangerous Summer
3.7; Rock, very emotional stuff only topped by Reach for the Sun.
3.6; Experimental Pop - sort of frontloaded but when you're in the mood for quirky pop music that doesn't suck this is about as good as it gets.
|14||When We Land|
3.6; Indie-rock - wintry vibe, very atmospheric...vocalist has real potential.
3.6; Rock; Smoother Deftones, more catchy but also less intense.
Little Dark Age
3.5; Indie/Electronic...a really memorable album with tons of inviting melodies. A turnaround for these guys for sure.
3.5; Folk...I listened to this twice and haven't since. I remember it being pretty damn good but I listened to it right after Crow finally clicked so maybe it just pales in comparison.
If There Is Light, It Will Find You
3.5; Pop-Punk; MAN this brings back high school vibes and I love it for that. Super catchy too. Just not all that musically complex and sort of wears thin after a few listens.
3.5; Radio Rock that is a step but not a leap in the right direction. Grew off me a hair but this still has 3-4 bangers.
3.5; Pop that doesn't suck. The songs aren't anything special but this girl can truly sing.
|21||Tiny Little Houses|
3.3; Pop-Punkish Indie Rock? I dunno this guys voice annoys the living hell out of me but the songs are good.
|22||Efrim Manuel Menuck|
3.3; Post-Rock; a more boring GY!BE but still cool at times.
I’ll Be Your Girl
3.1; Indie-Rock...Super catchy but also feels super watered down and shallow. Good for a fun throwaway listen.
Be More Kind
3.1; Indie-Rock...Feel-good, pat each other on the back with a genuine but annoying smile cheese. Last song has some good lyrics and 1933 is a banger.
3.0; Indie-Rock - Never had a strong inclination towards these guys and the vocals annoy me but this flows well and "Mardi Gras Beads" is pretty.
3.0; Rock - hit or miss rock with 2 genuinely incredible, long, epic tracks
3.0; Rock - everyone raves about these guys and even though the talent is clearly there it's still mostly a meh for me
3.0; Indie/Electronic - this is probably better than the albums above it in terms of how much I enjoy it, but I think I prefer my LH more folk-rockish and less electronic/blindingly neon.
Part of the Light
3.0; Indie-Pop, love this guy's voice but man are these songs slow/samey.
Tell Me How You Really Feel
3.0; Indie-Rock - see Typhoon -- just don't really click with her I guess but she's alright.
|31||The Sea And Cake|
3.0; Nice but impressionless hipster indie like 90% of this list I guess
Black Out The Sky
3.0; Apparently these guys used to be punk but now they're straight up pop-rock which explains why I finally heard about them...
2.8; Dream Pop - pleasant, inoffensive fuzz that is no different than their last two albums despite what anyone tells you
We Will All be Gone
2.8; Prog Metal...I forget even listening to this but it probably deserves a higher score
2.5; Pop...supposedly this is the next great pop album but I'm not buying it...sounds like anything else on the radio to me.
Boarding House Reach
2.5; Rock...a shell of his former self and I never liked him all that much anyway.
|37||Legend of the Seagullmen|
Legend of the Seagullmen
2.5; Prog-Metal...I forget what this even sounds like too but I feel like this would be one hell of a scary movie. Like can you imagine? Some seagull-dude in a trench coat murdering people by night. Coming to Nextflix soon I hope.
2.0; Pop now, which is a shame. Band used to be good.
Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
2.0; Bowie try-hard rock, a mess vocally and that's all that's really going on. No variation in song structure.
|40||Black Stone Cherry|
2.0; Radio Rock - I only really like one album by these guys so not sure why I continue listening to every album.
2.0; Metalcore, man these guys really took a dump. "Fuuuuuuuuuuuucccck". So badass.
2.0; Pop-Punk I think...answer me an honest question...who the hell still cares about this band?
2.0; Alt-Rock...see above although at least they still have some style.
Man of the Woods
2.0; Country-Pop fuck this shit though. Bon Iver wannabe trying to be hipster trying to appeal to rural America but probably hasn't seen a real tree in 15 years. Also I no longer care about this list.
2.0; Electronic, this was my attempt to branch out into different genres and it was boring as all hell. I think I tried to spin it nicely in my review but yeah.
Illusion of Love
2.0; Boringcore acoustic indie. All the songs sound alike and go nowhere.
A Productive Cough
1.5; fuck these guys.
1.5; fuck these guys.
|49||Fall Out Boy|
M A N I A
1.5; fuck these guys.
|I regret putting any time into this list.|
|Some good picks. 33, 27, 9 and 11 have a shot at my aoty list, specially Typhoon. I wouldn't include anything below a 3.5 in these lists though but hey, that's me.|
|shiggy off 8 is such a tune.. check tropical fuck storm and iceage, Sow..|
|Yeah Shiggy is great. Whole album is pretty nice. I'm pretty down on 2018 as a year though...that TROW album is really good and so is Shakey Graves, but neither of them are as good as my 5's from last year and there's very little of interest to me on the horizon. |
|yea, same here.. last year was fantastic, big bands putting out quality material, and a lot of smaller acts filling in the spaces.. seemed like every other week, something great was dropping.. i'm hoping some lo-fi punks off DIY labels muster something great..|
|"this is the best APC album"|
worst thing MJK ever put his name on FTFY
also, what's so bad about 47?
|"What's so bad about 47?"|
It was one thing when Stickles was impassioned and the music reflected that. The Monitor and TMLT had plenty going on, the former lyrically and the latter structurally, that his rough vocals didn't matter so much and actually became an endearing aspect of the music - a strength, even. But do I want to listen to them sit around and sing a bunch of 7 minute power ballads? Not really, unless the songs are really, really fucking good. This has a few nice tracks that would have been excellently situated between some the band's recognizably bullish rock, but as a whole album A Productive Cough is more of just a desperate wheez, a hamfisted attempt at paying tribute to the band's idols without realizing that, before this record, they were at the forefront of punk in their own generation. To quote The Battle of Hampton Roads, "No one throws it away like they do."
Sorry, I'm too lazy right now to do anything other than copy paste my soundoff but I feel like it gives you the gist
|yeah I get the gist|
why are there random r's scattered in the soundoff on the user rating page, but not here?
|Because I went through and deleted them |
|You read through and deleted sputs fuckups to make your soundoff more coherent just for me?? aww im flattered bb|
|You should be.|
|How much would I love 2?|
|I'm telling you, Sowing, when you get the chance, try to new Belly album. I know they're an older group putting out their first album in about 20 years, and I don't expect it to make the very top of your list, but I think you'd like it. The Frankie Cosmos too, for that matter.|
|Ya really sad about how bad the new Titus is. But def agree w/ 2, the new Shakey Graves crawls higher on my favorites list every day. |
|Damn, seems unfair to Titus Andronicus to put them in the same camp as the awful Fallout Boy and Breaking Benjamin just because they had one average release. |
|Wow I've listened to about as many 2018 albums as you and haven't heard any of these|
|2 looks awesome|
|Agreed about 4. Not their best but a very respectable and quality effort|
|2 is indeed awesome but also apparently not for everyone. It's basically fun indie-folk with some creepier vibes at times.|
4 is the only Wonder Years I've heard.
2. Shakey Graves - I'll return to this as you rate it THAT high but I didn't hear a classic song on the thing at the first listen. I think it improved towards the end...so maybe I was just warming up to it more.
3. APC - what the hell? You're Sowing, you aren't a '90s nostalgia fetishist or Tool groupie, you're allowed to shit on this...why miss the opportunity that's been presented to you? Honestly can't hear what people are getting from this one.
5. Musgravy - pretty ditties (yes) but with the depth of a paddling pool (yes). But you are Sowing so. Ok.
8. Malkmus - good rating, not sure I'd label this a 'progressive' anything but glad you enjoy it.
9. Hop Along - not for me but again, you are Sowing, this is your jam.
11. Carey - same as the Malkmus, another perfect rating from you. Pretty but not too much more.
16. MGMT - this is slowly falling down everyone's ratings now the year has kicked off in earnest, still think you're overrating this one, it's very hit and miss.
17. Eerie - I need to return to this but it feels like homework. It's prob a 3.5 as you say.
18. Senses - ultimate Sowingcore stuff, not for me.
25. Parquet - you're underrating a little, the back half of the album is the stronger, I'd say the album is at least a 3.5.
30. Barnett - only listened to this once but I'm also feeling a 3.0 rating based on my limited exposure to it.
33. Beach house - hmmm, very underrated and considering you like fragile, dreamy stuff...album is a grower, maybe not spent enough time with this one?
35. Puthter - agreed, boring. Boring for me means a lower rating though.
36. Jack White - agreed, he's lost it. That means a lower rating for me as well.
38. Now, Now - listened to two songs - both were dreadful. Haven't rated, prob won't revisit. Can definitely see why people would rate this low based on what I heard.
39. Arctic Monks - yes, the Bowie stuff is cringe and this is utterly dull - good rating.
43. Franz - this was craptastic agreed. Good rating.
44. Justin - I haven't heard much from this but from what I heard this is likely total trash, good rating.
47. Titus - yes, this was pitiful, great rating.
48 & 49 - awful bands, correct ratings.
I rate your rating a 7/10 so far in 2018, no need to thank me.
I'll also check 1.
|lol nice synopsis, I agree except for the parts where I obviously do not|
|Well, I can accept that ;D|
The headline is: I'll check 1 and give 2 a few more tries, it certainly had something going for it.
I might check 10 and 15 too, I listened to a couple of songs from 15 and I switched to listening to something else which probably is a bad sign but it might just have been bad timing :/
|I'm not holding my breath because you rate far more strictly than I do. I think you'll enjoy parts of 2...if you're feeling particularly lazy just check any combination of Counting Sheep, Dining Alone, and Big Bad Wolf. You'll enjoy 1 however much you'd enjoy any Brand New album.|
|"what's so bad about 47?"|
Butch and I were banned for making fun of that awful thing.
|Dude tranquility base has mad variation in song structure. I think you meant variation in sound or something |
|27 is 1 and 33 is quite wrong. Also your ratings for this year are higher than mine except my typhoon 5 and this has been a much better year than last for me so far|
|I forgot Justin Timbo released an album this year god that shit is forgettable lol|
|Dude. That Underoath album was a good comeback release. The next one will be the one to really judge whether it was worth them getting back together or not. |
|The art for 49 always fools me into thinking I'm looking at:|
Two polar opposite albums right there xD
|@Willie: I just couldn't get into it. I think we discussed the points of career longevity, etc, before so I get your argument for it. It felt watered down to me which is odd because normally I'm all about the hooks / choruses, which this release has more of. |
|half of the underoath bangs so hard, with like 2-3 bad songs on it as willie said the next one will be a big test to see how their reunion goes because this one is just to get the wheels spinning again |
and yea 47 is as bad as like 49 (havent heard 48 i kinda dont wanna put myself through any seconds of breaking benjamin’s music)
|"I dunno this guys voice annoys the living hell out of me"|
lmao same kinda, it just fits their.. 'aesthetic' so well I actually embrace it. the video for garbage bin convinced me
|If I tried to make a 2018 list at this point it’d be embarrassing and I probably would need to go into exile for a week (Black Panther album, Cardi B, Post Malone and Breaking Benjamin would likely appear on it). Year has been meh. Can’t believe you have 3 as high as you do. I also did enjoy it I just feel like most didn’t.|
|Liked what I’ve heard from the Now, Now but it is in my wheelhouse. Agree w a lot here, Franz was super disappointing but they still slay live. Check out Exitmusic - The Recognitions. Kind of reminds me of Daughter probably what I’ve listened to the most this year besides Kacey|