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The first eight tracks on this album have so much potential to be some of the greatest alternative rock and dream pop songs to have been written in 20 plus years. There is a grand sense of building and detail to be had with each of these eight tracks that its hard not to bob your head along and tap your foot. Although the 90?s influence is rich, it feels like a great celebration of what that era of music brought to rock music. With that being said, however, the last three tracks (?The Last Man On Earth?, ?No Hard Feelings?, and ?The Beach II?) are concrete sounds and examples of why that 90?s sound completely killed itself in the early 2000?s
Without a doubt, Japanese Breakfast is one of the better, if not the best, indie pop artists to come out of the underground in the last 10 years and there is a lot of reasons to love this new album from Michelle. But what makes this album stand out from her previous two releases is the most centralized sound of indie and chamber/sophisti-pop while housing much of what made the 80?s synthpop scene so amazing. It doesn?t just stop there though it?s also in the extremely poetic and exposed lyrics that she brings to the table that continue to bring fans back and allure new listeners. My only complaint is that ?Posing In Bondage? and ?Sit? (althou
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A really surprising listen from a little group I had never heard of. The beats are top-notch, the jazz elements hit pretty hard, and the ambiance the group creates is visceral. In a lot of ways, this is like a more realized version of BADBADNOTGOOD of a weaker version of Flying Lotus. But this does sit on its own because there is a darkness that neither have really come to even though they are both amazing in their own ways. Nifty little listen with a lot of bites and doesn?t stay too long.
The major problem with albums like this is not that it is bad, it?s actually really good, but it?s way too long, and the flow by Nephew has nothing that good to it and can really boring after a while. After about the fifth or sixth song the same flow gets really deteriorating and really makes this album a chore to listen to. The saving grace is the beats are actually really solid across the board. So, it?s a decent listen, but you have to kind of come back and forth with it, not a good listening experience.
...And Again into the Light
Every so often (mostly once a year it seems) an extreme metal album comes along and completely blows me away. My history with black metal is not very big because of how challenging many of it is to get into. However, what always brings me to the genre is the likes of those who experiment with the genre and Panopticon (through his long and winding career since 2008) has explored and perfected the style of mixing extreme black metal, with ambient drones, atmospheric guitar leads, and mind-blowing Americana and folk influences that run deep. Although this album might not be for everyone, the career Austin has had and what he has done for the met
Although instrumentally this is a pretty typical cloud rap album, the overall style and mood of the album are pretty top-notch for how short it is. Not amazing by any stretch of the imagination but a solid listen from front to back with some fun trance elements that keep it interesting.
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