|UserReviews 10Approval 81%Soundoffs 11Album Ratings 178Objectivity 67%Last Active 03-10-11 1:19 amJoined 07-24-09Forum Posts 1Review Comments 92
| ||Young Widows In and Out of Youth and Lightness||4.0|
| ||Zola Jesus Stridulum II|
Don't you love it when the smoke clears and only the good records are left standing? Zola Jesus isn't exactly a newcomer to the (formerly) lo-fi sound, and escapes any creative redundancy here. Stridulum II benefits from clear, full production; the stage set for futuristic, symphonic movements.
The '80s-chic aesthetic hasn't gotten stale, something that Danilova's voice can take full credit for. This isn't the same linear electronic haze rampant in the saturation of samey electro-psych-pop. Looped vocals and reverb get so much use that it becomes exhausting to keep track of whos ripping off whom, but on sheer songwriti
| ||Pere Ubu The Modern Dance||4.0|
| ||Dirty Beaches Badlands|
Fitting sonically somewhere between Xiu Xiu and Timber Timbre - or speaking more broadly between Elvis Presley and David Lynch - Badlands is the darkest homage to the 20th century a young lad could hope for. Dirty Beaches is Vancouver solo artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, and his debut LP is a tormented reduction of rock & roll.
Any notion of familiar song structure is abandoned for nearly half the record, manifesting as moody, lo-fi rumblings which bridge spurts of mutilated rockabilly. Guitar and drum loops lay the foundation here, framing yelps and whispers. At his most memorable, Hungtai comes nearly to the point of brea
| ||Radiohead The King of Limbs||4.5|
| ||Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine||4.0|
| ||Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972||4.5|
|balcaen DUDE BRO. the new akron/family... better get more hype than it has lately. good to see someone else got on it and rated it. |
|couldwinarabbit The site has this stupid thing (the reason I don't rate albums) where they want balanced scores. The closer your average score is to 3or 2.5 (forget which one) the better. I find this really stupid because if you don't listen to bad music all your music should be above 3/5 thus you are negatively rated for having good taste. This just leads people to giving a bunch of pop albums they have never listened to a 1. which is pretty stupid.|
|couldwinarabbit You good sir have a good taste in music.
having Redskyformiles and Enotron as your top musical neighbours is about as high praise as you can get.|