Dean M.

Reviews 30
Approval 95%

Soundoffs 45
News Articles 8
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Album Edits 17

Album Ratings 3630
Objectivity 66%

Last Active 09-25-20 8:55 pm
Joined 04-12-10

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2Ksperus: A Retrospective

In celebration of reaching 2000 ratings on this here website, here’s a self-indulgent, navel-gazing look back at some notable ratings in hesperus history.

(4.0) The source of my username. Though I do like this album a lot, I chose the name more because I thought it sounded cool, rather than out of any particular affinity for the music.

(5.0) My first ever rating. It makes sense in retrospect, because one of the reasons I chose to join Sputnikmusic in the first place was its appreciation for albums like this that I loved so much.
Odd Senses

(1.0) An important milestone in any Sputniker’s development: my first 1. I think I was recommended this band by iTunes or Pandora because I was into bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and Psyopus is similarly mathy and aggressive. The difference is that DEP and #12LLY are listenable.
The Moon Is a Dead World

(5.0) The first 5 that Sputnikmusic introduced to me. I saw it in the “Top 100 Albums of the Decade” feature, and upon hearing the first few moments of “Congratulations…You’ve Hit Bottom,” I was hooked. Though I had heard and loved screamo albums before (Circle Takes the Square, United Nations), it was Gospel, along with Kidcrash and Off Minor, that sent me down a rabbit hole of devouring as much of the genre as I could find.
5Sailors With Wax Wings
Sailors With Wax Wings

(4.0) My first review for the site. I had become fascinated with the mysterious R. Loren ever since I first heard the bananas-experimental Pyramids, so when he released two new projects, I figured I had to write a review for one of them. It definitely reads like a first review; it’s a bit repetitive and meandering, and weirdly devoid of descriptions of the actual music. But I’m proud of it all the same.

Side note: It turns out R. Loren is Rich Balling of The Sound of Animals Fighting, another band I was really into at the time. That was a fun surprise, though in retrospect we all should have seen it coming.

(4.5) My 500th rating. This is another band that I heard about from Sputnikmusic first, as are many of the bands that I’ve grown to love since I joined in 2010.
7Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid

(4.0) My 1000th rating. I don’t have much to say about this album from a nostalgic perspective, except that it’s a damn cool album that you should check out if you haven’t already.

(3.5) My 1500th rating. Back when pirating music was as easy as typing “[album title] mediafire” into Google, I built up a huge backlog of albums that I wanted to check out, and for a long time I neglected that collection. This rating came on the tail end of a several-months-long process of finally going through that backlog. That process prompted me to break a Sputnikmusic hiatus that I had started around 2013, so that I could have some way to catalog all the albums I was listening to.
9Day Old Man
Prolapsed Brainus

(3.5) My first review post-hiatus. This is a local band that I saw open for Torche back in January 2016. I liked them enough that I thought they deserved a bit of exposure, so I wrote up a short two-paragraph review of their latest album.
The Thrill of Living

(4.5) My first feature, and one of my favorite of my own reviews. I discovered this album through one of the “Sputnikmusic News” posts. I fell in love with it, and I’m really proud of how I was able to explain why so effectively. The review also got a shout-out on Facebook from the band and the label, which was a nice bit of recognition.

Side note: I met Parker and Miles recently when they played a local house show as Two Knights. They’re both really cool, down-to-earth people.
Splendor and Misery

(5.0) My other favorite of my own reviews. When I saw what lukewarm reception this album was getting, I figured a defense of the album was in order, and I think I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. I still think Splendor and Misery is one of the most brilliant works of science fiction in recent years.
12Blanck Mass
World Eater

(4.5) My first review as a contributor. If you compare it to my Sailors With Wax Wings review, it’s a decent testament to my development as a writer. I’m more economical with my words, and a greater proportion of the review is spent actually describing the music.

Side note: This is still a solid contender for my AOTY.
Sol Eye Sea I

(3.5) And here it is, my 2000th rating. Dctarga recommended this to me as part of a collaborative game I’m taking part in (see here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=1052092 ), and I think that’s a pretty neat example of what my ratings mean. For the most part, they’re just a simple way to catalog my thoughts on the albums I’ve heard, but in a way, they’re also an expression of my relationship with the site and its users.
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