Erwann S.

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A Day to Remember
Julien Baker

ULTRA is - surprise incoming - neither shit nor an immediate classic. It's an album that, as Booba himself, suffers and shines by its choices. His rhymes and punchlines are still corrosive - using Rwandan metaphors, or urging the listener to engage in a coital act with their female progenitor - and he has mastered over the years the art of creating simple melodies that irretrievably crawl their way up to one's mind. But the one criticism thrown at the album is its morosely low amount of bangers. The Duke has accustomed us to delivering at least one huge club jam per album (like "Kalash" or "92i Veyron"), but it's not the case here. Mind you,
The Caretaker Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 5
Diving further into bruitist territories, this stage is supposed to represent a near-permanent state of confusion and horror. It does represent that well, all ballroom excerpts being limited to faint memories blurred by overlapping plaques of noisy textures. Conceptually, I guess it does represent the progression of Alzheimer, but nothing justifies this one being almost 90 minutes long. The soundscape is difficult enough to get into in 40 minutes, now imagine how irritating it can be when an hour and a half are spent with this. 2.2
Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
For a double album, this is focused as hell. With a softness that reminds of Nick Drake, Callahan peacefully details his devotion to family while background-y, pastoral-like instrumentals accompanies the vocals and lyrics. These instrumentals are subtle, yet full of delicacy and dynamic changes, and the large array of instruments allow the record to be - thankfully - more than just another dude saying he loves his wife on top of underwhelming instrumentals. 3.8
Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica
Better than his first album Live From the Underground, but still not on par with his early mixtapes. Still, the album's strengths and weaknesses are the same as usual when it comes to Big K.R.I.T. records: the production is top-notch, the dude can rap very well, but he has not mastered his R&B vibe yet (it will happen on 4Eva?. Gud shit, but clearly not his best. 3.2
Fauve Vieux Frères Partie 1
If no track here is as amazing as "Blizzard", the band upped their game for their first album. The lyrics still contain the same lyrical matter - ie angsty sadboi teenage poet rebel - and tackle many different issues, but with the same approach. It's musically and in the singer's delivery that the band improved, their blend of indie pop, post-rock, and chanson francaise being more engaging, if only slightly underwhelming. 3.2
Fugazi The Argument
A band at its apex, simply. This last record contains everything that made the band good over the years, but this time all the elements are put together in a cohesive way. The guitar interplays between MacKaye's hard as feck riffs and Picciotto's dynamics, the tight af rhythm section, the vocal duality, and most importantly, the back-and-forth between their hardcore origins and the artsy persona they developed throughout the 90s. The fusion between what they were and what they were trying to be is finally accomplished here, and that might be the reason why this is their final recording. It's the kind of record that will always have an impact
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness
A record that navigates bewteen rawness and melancholy, fiery lo-fi rock anthems and apathetic folk, the whole lot being surrounded by a psych cushion that gives her Americana tunes a bittersweet touch. It's mostly great, but Olsen tries to mix up many different things together, and it ends up with a bunch of songs that all contain cool ideas, but these ideas never seem to reach their apex. Still a 3.4

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  • Trifolium It is... mega bad. As in: really bad. This is the one exception that confirms the rule haha!
    February 19 08:30 AM
  • Trifolium Oh really? I think it must be still on the radio here, despite being over 10 years old by now, it was that popular. Then again, when do we ever listen to the radio...
    February 18 09:34 PM
  • Trifolium Yes it is. He's doing some neat stuff, blending world (is there a better genre tag for that?!) with r and b, pop, electronic and Latin. Sometimes it's really good, sometimes it's a little less good haha. But I bet you do know his big hit from the 00s, Broad Daylight.
    February 18 07:01 PM
  • Trifolium OH dedex, Gabriel Rios has released a new album. Heard it yet? Know him? Puerto Rican-Belgian dude, some lovely tracks, some weird stuff, this one was really cool Think you might dig!
    February 18 03:26 PM
  • parksungjoon apparently this is something of a rarity -
    February 17 11:36 AM

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