Benjamin Kuettel

Reviews 105
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Album Edits 54

Album Ratings 3222
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Last Active 09-15-21 2:25 pm
Joined 08-27-12

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musical taste

Currently Digging:
Big Red Machine
Alora Crucible

favorite bands
Thrice Deeper Wells
Turnover Good Nature
Big Red Machine How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
Plenty more expansive than the debut, with a longer track list than either The National or Bon Iver have done before. I wish there was more Justin singing as opposed to having so many features akin to a Gorillaz album. Maybe not a very interesting take, but I like this about the same as the debut from 2018. The ratio of forgettable filler to greatness is around the same for both, this just has more of everything. Might slightly prefer this just for the sheer variety, whereas the debut was more uniform. Like with that one, I heard the whole album at once without having listened to any pre-release singles before, which are among the highlights.
Musk Ox Inheritance
Alora Crucible Thymiamatascension
Love this, major Felt and The Durutti Column Vibes but very Toby Driver of course. Channeling his best solo work, They Are the Shield, he takes on another new identity with Alora Crucible for a truly engrossing work that emphasizes space, silence, texture, and nocturnal atmospheres. The loudness of his main bands is nowhere to be found here, existing in an abstract space of otherworldly beauty. One of the highlights of 2021. Favorite piece: "Livonomancy in Jasper."
Ulver Hexahedron
Deafheaven Infinite Granite
Deafheaven continue evolving and release their most consistently impressive and impactful record yet. Gorgeous musical passages and walls of sound are abound, with the band taking more inspiration from shoegaze and post-rock while still sounding uniquely like themselves. George Clark's clean singing voice has a wonderful, haunting goth rock quality to it, perhaps due to the reverb and vocal effects. Much of the production is dense and various instrumental elements blend together beautifully. It's not easy to pick favorites, but a few would be "In Blur," "Great Mass of Color," "Other Language," and "Mombasa."

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  • Mongi123 Yooo man you need to try some Blazing Helicoptors omg this is absolutely stunning genre bending music. Their band description seems pretentious but it?s shockingly earned.
    September 9 05:31 PM
  • SharpsRevenge Im surprised he wanted to get dibbs on it because it doesn't seem like he really likes the band lol Right on thanks for responding though! I appreciate it. enjoy your reviews
    August 29 03:16 AM
  • Mongi123 Yo the new Wolves In The Throne room bro? Hell yeah it?s Atmospheric BMtastic!
    August 28 11:26 PM
  • SharpsRevenge Can you please review infinite granite so the 2.9 review goes away as the featured review? haha i don't want the 2.9 on metacritic. if not i understand. Figured it was worth a try!
    August 28 11:45 AM
  • Mongi123 Mombasa omg what a gorgeously written song that is. So genuinely propulsive and emotional. They?re really expects at making loud distorted harsh walls of sound sound so clear (:
    August 24 02:05 PM

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