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12-07-19 7:11 am
Patience is an album that seamlessly integrates rock, punk and hardcore just about as well as it has ever been done. Track to track, moment to moment the band switches between styles or just blends them into one accomplishing more in 25 minutes than some bands can in several LPs. The entire band is pivotal to the success of this record but extra nods must be given to Marisa Dabice for both her work on the guitar and especially her vocals. Whether its singing, shouting or screaming she hits all the right notes at the right time drawing you in with ferocity and charisma. Every song finds its own way to be great here but in the end nothing repre
In a year where Charli XCX paved the path for mainstream pop to follow it feels like her fellow Brit FKA twigs is paving the way for the weirder side of pop, more ambient and artsy kind. The beats/instrumentals here could probably exist on their own and be interesting and atmopsheric as could FKA twigs' truly stunning vocals. When they are paired together you get something that feels slightly cinematic in nature and an album that just moves along wonderfully from chapter to chapter with so many memorable moments along the way. 'Sad Day' and 'Fallen Alien' are as close as it gets to singles here providing much needed energy in between more amb
Nothing Great About Britain
Still not 100% sure if this record ends with Northampton's Child and the rest is bonus? Either way, 'Nothing Great About Britain' is extremely consistent whether or not both discs are included as slowthai navigates through political issues in Britain with an aggressive style. The beats are a mix of grime and grandeur with strings often accompanying slowthai's anger as well as guitars, choirs and booming UK bass. 'Doorman' is one of the best hip hop tracks of recent memory.
Best pop album of 2019 from an artist that is fairly well known in the mainstream. Charli feels like a culmination of what Charli XCX has been working towards providing both mainstream, addictive bangers (1999, Gone), songs that sound like they are from another galaxy/millenium (Shake It, Click, 2099) and most of the rest being somewhere in between. Charli XCX has an obvious vision for shiny, futuristic production and it feels like everything clicked here. It is probably safe to say that Charli XCX is the most dynamic pop artist right now and Charli is a record that really keeps on getting better with each and every repeated listen. Beyond th
Awesome East Coast Hip Hop vibes and great beats but the rapping and lyrics themselves aren't always the most interesting. The first 6 tracks demand attention but things start to get samey and less vital in the second half of the album. The 50 Cent guest spot is OK and stays within the context of the record but the Eminem spot in the last track feels forced and entirely unnecessary. Also it kind of lacks that signature track or two that will demand you to come back and listen more.
Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs
Pop/trap albums are the best when the personality of the artists bleeds into the music. That is in full effect here especially with the R&B aspects of Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs that comes packed with bangers and good melodies in the singing, catchy hooks and beyond competent rap bars. Has a great mix of high energy/uptempo tracks (5 Thousand Singles, All I Want is a Yacht, Trap) and more chill vibe songs (Borders, Who Do You Blame). A bit on the long side and maybe 2 tracks could be trimmed off but for every average song there are 2-3 good to excellent ones. Easy to replay and get addicted to thanks to the dynamic mix of styles here.
Black Dresses are like the gift that keeps on giving, and in 2018-2019 they have just kept on giving and giving. Thank You has a lot of really nice tracks (Dog Shit, Water, There's Nothing Worth Dying For, Wheel of Fortune) but in the end the production and electronics are quite as dynamic as the full lengths that bookend this one. This album is very noisy and tends to use static as a crutch over a majority of the records runtime. This static effect ends up being a bit annoying by the time the album is over and overly abrasive. Shoutouts to Rook's screams in 'There's Nothing Worth Dying For'.
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