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Phony Ppl Euphonyus
Nowhere near as exciting and jazzy as their sophomore outing in 2018. The group's third album feels like a much more watered-down and bland neo-soul project with some uninspired features littered throughout the end of the project. There might be some decent tracks near the beginning but by the end, I am about over the sound and ready to move on. Singing is still really strong from Elbee Thrie but nothing else compliments his stunning soul delivery all that well.
Ruby Haunt Cures For Opposites
Anna Mieke Theatre
It has become more and more apparent how hard it is to get really good contemporary folk music anymore. With only a few artists out there really doing it and doing it at a high level, Anna is one of them and I have to say she builds off of the emotional debut to come through with a more atmospheric and poetic sophomore album. Although I find the album to be a bit of Ben Howard influences at points it still has a lot to love and a lot to look forward to in your future.
Royksopp Profound Mysteries III
Progressive electronics can be a tricky genre to execute because if you make it too slow then it can be extremely tedious, make it too enveloping then you get lost, and so on. With the third installment in the Profound Mysteries series we see a continuation of what the duo has been doing but with more focus on these building and grand progressive elements of the very downtempo style beats and synthesizers. To me, it?s a much better idea than the last two outings and keeps you well-engaged from start to finish. There are some still moments and not all the features add much, but there are some breathtaking tracks on here with some really unique
Weyes Blood And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
Natalie Laura Mering has come a long way since her avant-garde days back in the 2000s and since then had become one of the cornerstones of modern-day pop music. In a lot of ways, she kind of is what Taylor Swift fans think Taylor Swift's music is with Weyes Blood having poetic and enchanting lyricism, grandiose instrumentals, and lush and expansive singing ability. However, for me, she has always had the pieces for greatness but can never seem to get there. For such pretty and grand instrumentals and excellent singing ability you would think she could make something amazing but nothing ever comes together all that well for me. There are some
FousheƩ sofCORE
What a change-up from her debut album in which she goes alternative RnB to full-on punk and not just one style of punk either. On ?softCORE? we get a potpourri of punk genres from classic riot grrrrl and pop punk vibes on the intro track ?simmer down?, digital hardcore and RnB fusion on ?bored? and ?I?m fine?, to post-punk and synth-punk of ?scream my name?. What is most impressive of the seamlessness between RnB vocals and punk aesthetics across the board. The biggest flaw here though is half the album does feel unfinished or half-baked since many of the tracks are extremely short and don?t go anywhere. Plus, the two rap songs (one with Lil
Brockhampton TM
Not sure what the hate is for this second album and probably a swan song from the short-lived boy band. Yes, it feels like b-sides when it comes down to it but there are some truly breathtaking tracks on here and it feels a lot like the charm and execution the group had on their debut trilogy back in 2017. The band might have had a turbulent relationship but I would say the way they are closing out everything feels a lot stronger on this album than on ?The Family?. A breath of instrumental pallets and ideas and Kevin?s singing across this LP is way more impressive than ever before.


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