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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers
At one point in time, Godspeed was my favorite band of all time. Everything they'd released from 1995-2002 was nothing short of post-rock perfection, even if Yanqui U.X.O. was just a shade below the others. As it stands, I'm lukewarm on their two records released before this one, as it seems they'd just simply lost the songwriting magic they posed before. "Luciferian Towers" isn't nearly as good as their pre-hiatus records, but it is their best post-hiatus record, if only because it is the work of a band who understands they'll never be on the level they once were, but still stick to their guns and write the music they want.
3.5
09.27.17
Animal Collective Prospect Hummer
There's not a whole lot to Prospect Hummer, as it's more or less just material from Campfire Songs with some slight electronics interspersed within and Vashti Bunyan on vocals, but it's still a really pleasant EP. It continues the Animal Collective signature: making simple pop songs and then adorning them, sometimes a lot, sometimes not much, with bells and whistles. Really beautiful stuff, though it wouldn't exactly be an indication of what was to come for the band.
3.5
09.24.17
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
It would appear that Chelsea Wolfe has now leaned completely into those delicious doom metal influences that gave Abyss a lot of character, and for what it's worth, Hiss Spun is pound-for-pound the heaviest album she's ever penned. It's an obvious change even from the plodding opener "Spun" and very apparent when those sick growls come through on "Vex". The songs have an undeniable ebb and flow to them, the bass swarming over what sparse guitar riff refrains the song like waves upon a beachfront. Wolfe's vocals are typically excellent, with the airy etherealness of her voice morphing with the already hazy atmosphere to creat
4.0
09.24.17
G Herbo Humble Beast
It seems crazy that Humble Beast is G Herbo's first album. Welcome To Fazoland and Ballin' Like I'm Kobe were two album-quality mixtapes, but his newest project is his first official full-length, and in classic Herb fashion, it's a very consistent, streetwise work that develops images of a tortuous gang life in the ruthless ghettos of Chicago. There's something that feels a bit old-school about Humble Beast; while he's always been deft at conjuring images, I don't know if he's ever told a story as well as he told "Malcolm", and the production gives a feel akin to the classic gangsta/mafioso rap, albeit with
4.0
09.23.17
Covenant Skyshaper
In a lot of ways, Skyshaper may merely appear to be Northern Light part 2, but partly because that's not entirely true and partly because Northern Light is incredible, you'll hear no complaining on my end about this record. The songwriting, while not quite reaching the highs of its predecessor's work, is even more consistent, keeping that sense of wonder in the synth-driven futurepop of the beginning of the record going strong through the beat-driven second half and crafting what is perhaps the most complete listening experience Covenant ever blessed the world with. There's no low point to be found here, and really
4.5
09.23.17
DJ Rashad Just A Taste
This is where DJ Rashad truly began coming into his own. While his work on 4 The Ghetto and Itz Not Rite was a definite precursor to Just A Taste, the material on this album are more fleshed out than ever. The juxtaposition of the driving footwork beats with the gorgeous soul/r&b samples was now stronger and more complete than ever, including the famous Gil Scott Heron sample in the closer "I'm Gone", a song which takes on a tragic meaning since Rashad's untimely death. The only drawback to the record is the notion that there isn't a whole lot of variety to it, but when the songs are this well-made, it doesn't detra
4.0
09.22.17
Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child
In a way, Speak Like A Child is brilliant. Hancock stated that the record is supposed to illicit a childlike feeling of innocence and freedom, and in the case of the penultimate track, the loss of said innocence and freedom. It's no wonder then, that this record takes its cues from the simplicity of Maiden Voyage while leaving plenty of room for free-forming and improvisation, as is usually the case with his records. The record is imaginative, but confined so that it doesn't go off of the rails; it's like childhood in a way: there's not a whole lot you can do, but your mind is always at work regardless. The restrictions of t
4.0
09.21.17

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    August 30 07:08 AM
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