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10/4 First Impressions

Another huge week on deck, perhaps the biggest of 2019. These are first impression scores based on 1-2 listens per album (except for Nick Cave, which I spun several times in order to write a review).
1Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

5/5 - Sounds like the light side to Skeleton Tree's dark. It actually feels like a companion piece to that record in many ways, most notably the minimal/ambient soundscapes. The lyrics are tragic but brilliant. This could end up being my favorite Nick Cave album; AOTY and decade top 25 candidate right off the bat.
2Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

5/5 - First Angel experience, and holy hell is it amazing. I'm a huge sucker for sweeping, flourishing strings alongside slightly experimental pop song structures, and that's exactly what this is. Helps that she also has an incredible voice to back it all up.
Ode to Joy

4/5 - OK so this is one of the ones that I only spun once, but it seemed like a huge improvement over their last few releases.The guitar melodies are sneaky catchy and the production (especially on songs like Quiet Amplifier) is god-tier. Could see myself digging into this a bit more and bumping my score to a 4.5.
4The Menzingers
Hello Exile

3.8/5 - Disclaimer: I've never understood the appeal surrounding these guys. After The Party was celebrated here and it was a soft 4/5 for me, and this is a very slight cut below that. Seems to lose some of the energy of its predecessor but still very catchy.

3.5/5 - See above, but with these guys it's specifically the vocals I could never get behind. The weird thing is they've still always managed to rope me in with their insanely infectious melodies/choruses/hooks, and this is no different. Nearly every song here is fun. For that reason, this could grow to a 4 if I ever crack the mystery of this guy's squeaky voice.
6City and Colour
A Pill For Loneliness

3.5/5 - So this is sort of the opposite of the two above. I've always been into City and Colour, and thought If I Should Go Before You was his pinnacle. This left me wanting more. The songs are tightly composed and he hasn't lost his vocal touch, but there's something simply off about this that I can't pinpoint but surely will after a few more spins. I just didn't walk away from it feeling much of anything. Still good musically. Could grow off me to a 3.

3/5 - There was some dark horse hype surrounding this heading into today, but to me it just felt like very standard dream pop/shoegaze. It wasn't bad, just felt very ordinary. Based on one spin so we'll see, maybe I'm wrong - it's not really my genre wheelhouse.
8We Lost the Sea
Triumph and Disaster

3/5 - Decent post-rock record but nothing compared to Departure Songs. Album seems like it will require some effort to connect with, although the skill is clearly on display.
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