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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby DocBrown » Tue May 15, 2018 1:20 pm

prosecutorgodot wrote: It's a mid-rocking rock album, female lead vocals. I liked it, but I think some of you might like it more, like the DocBrown-Jirin-type crowd.


Hey, we need one more! Three's a crowd :D

But I did enjoy "Painted Shut", so I'll be sure to give it a listen. Thanks, prosecutorgodot!
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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Live in Phoenix » Tue May 15, 2018 6:01 pm

Yo La Tengo
Studio albums
1986 Ride the Tiger
1987 New Wave Hot Dogs
1989 President Yo La Tengo
1990 Fakebook
1992 May I Sing with Me
1993 Painful
1995 Electr-O-Pura
1997 I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
2000 And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
2003 Summer Sun
2006 I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
2009 Popular Songs
2013 Fade
2015 Stuff Like That There
2018 There's a Riot Going On

What the fuck, with some of these. I feel like I'm being attacked while reading these. I don't even think about album titles 99.99% of the time, with Yo La Tengo forcing me to the other .01%. I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One is their best one, and maybe not coincidentally their highest-rated album... Maybe they could be the next Radiohead if they just got their album titles in shape.

Compilations
1996 Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo
2000 Mishmoshi-Moshi
2005 Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985–2003
2006 Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics
2008 They Shoot, We Score
2016 Murder in the Second Degree

The bar is perhaps lower for compilations, though there's an issue in both lists of reusing other song/album titles. Actually They Shoot, We Score (compiling film work) is pretty clever.

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Postby Jirin » Wed May 16, 2018 1:46 am

Did I just get ‘You peopled’? ;)

Will add it to my list.

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sun May 20, 2018 3:03 am

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard

Stephen Malkmus, leader of Pavement, just released what's probably the third or fourth best Pavement LP yet (no faint praise, honest), and it's not even by Pavement. Sparkle Hard is the Jicks' seventh album, and it's an immensely satisfying release. While the album covers much of the same stylistic ground as Pavement, namely, guitar bass drums alt/indie rocking and rolling, the band's playing is much tighter here, far from the loose compositions that filled albums like Slanted & Enchanted and Wowee Zowee. Sparkle Hard also contains some real surprises, like on the song "Refute", a male/female lead vocal duet with a strong country music vibe, and the nearly seven minute long "Kite", which is one of the few songs on the album where the guitars really let loose for some real gnarly maximum shreddage, dude. But it's the song "Middle America" that's the highlight of the album, as it's here more than anywhere else that Malkmus gets to show off his knack for writing a killer pop tune. It's easily one of the best songs of the year, and it's on an album that has been one of the best surprises of the year.

Verdict: A seriously good album

Courtney Barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel

I am convinced that Courtney Barnett couldn't make a bad, or even mediocre album, if she tried to. After the absolutely stunning Sometimes I Sit and Think..., as well as last year's great collaboration with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, it was no small wonder that Barnett's latest LP would shoot right up my list of most anticipated albums of 2018. But although the album is strong, I can't help but feel as if it's a minor letdown.

Tell Me How You Really Feel combines most of the elements that make Barnett one of my favorite artists of the decade, but almost always in ways that feel a little lesser than past efforts. Sure, Barnett's a very talented guitarist, and her guitar work is on display here, but wasn't it so much better when it was so raw and noisy and fuzzy and distorted like on "Over Everything"? Sure, her penchant for writing about the minutiae of life is here as well, but wasn't it so much more poignant on "Avant Gardener" and "Depreston"? Sure, she can bring the hooks, sometimes big mean serious hooks, like on "City Looks Pretty" and "Crippling Self Doubt...", but weren't the hooks so much more...hooky...on songs like "Elevator Operator" and "Pedestrian at Best"? Placed in a vacuum, Tell Me How You Really Feel is a very good album. But when compared to her past efforts, I can't help but feeling it's a tad bit slight.

Verdict: A minor disappointment, yet still a strong album overall

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Jirin » Mon May 21, 2018 2:01 pm

Listening to Hop Along. I totally get why you would think ‘us types’ ;) would like this as it sounds a lot like Waxahatchee and Vagabon.

But this is also why ‘I think you would like this’ type of recommendations don’t tend to work. Because if it’s not in a style that appeals to you, you probably won’t notice the nuances that elevate from good to great among the core fan base.

Just like people who don’t love Community didn’t see anything wrong with season 4.

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby prosecutorgodot » Tue May 22, 2018 7:52 pm

[spotifyplaylist][/spotifyplaylist]
Jirin wrote:Listening to Hop Along. I totally get why you would think ‘us types’ ;) would like this as it sounds a lot like Waxahatchee and Vagabon.

But this is also why ‘I think you would like this’ type of recommendations don’t tend to work. Because if it’s not in a style that appeals to you, you probably won’t notice the nuances that elevate from good to great among the core fan base.

Just like people who don’t love Community didn’t see anything wrong with season 4.

Alright, thanks for the feedback Jirin. Glad you listened to it.

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Jirin » Tue May 22, 2018 11:59 pm

Sorry if I came off like a jerk in that post. A better way to phrase it is: I've had much better success finding new music asking people what they like than asking people what they think I would like. For just the reason that you have much more expertise in making judgments within music you love yourself.

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sun May 27, 2018 1:28 am

Pusha T- Daytona

Just when I was getting scared that Kanye had lost his edge, Pusha T releases Daytona, a seven song album where every single beat sets the standard for what a "dirty" or "nasty" or "sick" beat should be. Case in point, there's a moment about thirty seconds into the excellent opening track "If You Know You Know" where this triumphant organ sample comes in and all you can do is just sit back and wonder how the man does it. Every song on Daytona is either fully produced by, or at least co-produced by, West, and after the recent bullshit that he's been spouting off, it's so satisfying to know that his talent for crafting beats is still intact.

But enough about the drama of Mr. West and back to Daytona. Much has been made about the album's length, and for good reason. Daytona is seven songs and 21 minutes long, barely long enough to be considered an EP, much less a full-length studio effort. But apparently that's how Pusha T wanted it considered, and so it shall be judged accordingly. With all that being said, as an album it's easy for me to wish that Daytona was a bit longer. I figure that 10 songs over 30 minutes (or so) would be perfect for the album, but as it stands, I figure it's better to have a 21 minute album of consistent greatness than a 40 minute album that's bogged down by a couple of filler songs. The brevity of Daytona does have one huge advantage though, and it's the fact that the album has an insanely high level of re-play-ability. It's all too easy to just put the album on and keep listening to it after the first listen is done.

As for Pusha T himself, the man could rap his grocery list and make it sound dangerous. So when he's rapping about cocaine (because when isn't he rapping about cocaine?) it makes even a square like me feel like I'm a hardened coke dealer. Crafting that sort of immersive experience takes a great deal of talent, a talent that many would-be Pusha Ts utterly lack, and the greatness of Daytona is of the same sort that the best crime movies embody. One of the year's best for sure.

Verdict: Cocaine

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sun May 27, 2018 1:51 am

Chvrches- Love Is Dead

A lesser version of Every Open Eye, which was a lesser version of The Bones of What You Believe. Still a perfectly decent album, but a little on the long side (49 minutes isn't all that long, but this thing could've culled a couple of songs and been all the better for it), and it's lacking a song as great as "The Mother We Share" or "Recover" or "Leave a Trace". The album's biggest flaw is the song with Matt Berninger (who is usually a great artist), "My Enemy", which sounds so anemic, partially due to Berninger's vocals, which are a total drag on the song, slowing everything down to a molasses-like pace and killing any momentum the album had going for it. On a positive note, the opening track "Graffiti" is a great burst of synthpop fun, with a catchy hook that recalls some of the best moments on the band's first two albums. Overall you could make a really solid EP out of the four or five best songs from Love Is Dead, but not much else.

Verdict: Decent, but diminishing returns

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Nick wrote:Chvrches- Love Is Dead

A lesser version of Every Open Eye, which was a lesser version of The Bones of What You Believe. Still a perfectly decent album, but a little on the long side (49 minutes isn't all that long, but this thing could've culled a couple of songs and been all the better for it), and it's lacking a song as great as "The Mother We Share" or "Recover" or "Leave a Trace". The album's biggest flaw is the song with Matt Berninger (who is usually a great artist), "My Enemy", which sounds so anemic, partially due to Berninger's vocals, which are a total drag on the song, slowing everything down to a molasses-like pace and killing any momentum the album had going for it. On a positive note, the opening track "Graffiti" is a great burst of synthpop fun, with a catchy hook that recalls some of the best moments on the band's first two albums. Overall you could make a really solid EP out of the four or five best songs from Love Is Dead, but not much else.

Verdict: Decent, but diminishing returns

Yeah I'm seeing subpar reviews. This is too bad as I loved their debut.

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby acroamor » Wed May 30, 2018 6:00 am

1. Dream Wife - Dream Wife
2. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
3. U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
4. Lucy Dacus - Historian
5. Caroline Rose - LONER
6. Camp Cope - How to Socialize and Make Friends
7. The Caretaker - Everywhere at the end of time - stage four
8. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
9. Jack White - Boarding House Reach
10. Grouper - Grid of Points
11. Jon Hopkins - Singularity
12. Soccer Mommy - Clean
13. DJ Koze - Knock Knock
14. Beach House - 7
15. First Aid Kit - Ruins
16. Migos - Culture II
17. Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
18. Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
19. Kali Uchis - Isolation
20. Screaming Females - All at Once
21. tUnE-yArDs - I can feel you creep into my private life
22. Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer
23. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base and Casino
24. Loma - Loma
25. Iceage - Beyondless

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Re: Albums of 2018

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Essential (5/5)
Beach House | 7

Excellent (4.5/5)
Pusha T | DAYTONA
Janelle Monáe | Dirty Computer
Rae Sremmurd / Swae Lee / Slim Jxmmi | SR3MM
The Voidz | Virtue
Jon Hopkins | Singularity
Jonny Greenwood | Phantom Thread
Mount Eerie | Now Only
A.A.L. (Against All Logic) | 2012-2017
Post Malone | beerbongs & bentleys
Young Fathers | Cocoa Sugar

Great (4/5)
U.S. Girls | In a Poem Unlimited
Gas | Rausch
Tinashe | Joyride
Migos | Culture II
Porches | The House
Amen Dunes | Freedom
Don Broco | Technology
Playboi Carti | Die Lit

Good (3.5/5)
Cardi B | Invasion of Privacy
Car Seat Headrest | Twin Fantasy
Rhye | Blood
Skee Mask | Compro
Arctic Monkeys | Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Hayley Kiyoko | Expectations
MGMT | Little Dark Age
Ty Segall | Freedom's Goblin
Ravyn Lenae | Crush EP
The Weeknd | My Dear Melancholy,
Kali Uchis | Isolation
Various Artists | Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves | Golden Hour
No Age | Snares Like a Haircut
Iceage | Beyondless
Kylie Minogue | Golden
Preoccupations | New Material
Maluma | F.A.M.E.
Scallops Hotel | Sovreign Nose of (Y)our Arrogant Face
K. Forest | When It's All Said and Done EP

Decent (3/5)
SOB x RBE | Gangin
Panopticon | The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness
David Byrne | American Utopia
The Soft Moon | Criminal
Tune-Yards | I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
JPEGMAFIA | Veteran
Jack White | Boarding House Reach
Peggy Gou | Once
CupcakKe | Ephorize
Johnny Jewel | Themes for Television
Profligate | Somewhere Else
A$AP Rocky | Testing
Grouper | Grid of Points
Charlie Puth | Voicenotes
Saba | Care for Me
Soccer Mommy | Clean
Blanck Mass | World Eater Re-Voxed EP
Shirt | Pure Beauty
Ought | Room Inside the World

Mediocre (2.5/5)
Efrim Manuel Menuck | Pissing Stars
Jeff Rosenstock | POST-
John Tejada | Dead Start Program
Son Lux | Brighter Wounds
Anna von Hausswolff | Dead Magic
DJ Koze | knock knock
Justin Timberlake | Man of the Woods
Django Django | Marble Skies
Fall Out Boy | M A N I A
H.C. McEntire | Lionheart
Mouse on Mars | Dimensional People
Nils Frahm | All Melody
Shame | Songs of Praise
Young Thug | Hear No Evil
Maxo Kream | Punken
J. Cole | K.O.D.
Camilla Cabello | Camilla
Yo La Tengo | There's a Riot Going On

Poor (2/5)
The Men | Drift
Current AOTY 2018: SOPHIE | Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Current SOTY 2018: Janelle Monáe | "Pynk" (feat. Grimes)

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:29 pm

Kanye West- Ye

Okay, so this whole thing feels like something I dreamed up one night and now I'm trying to explain to someone the next morning. It has that dream logic to it, where it makes sense when you think about it for half a second before it totally falls apart. Just imagine trying to describe this thing.

"Okay, so there's this new Kanye album out. But it's only 7 songs long. And not even long songs, the album itself is only 23 minutes. But it's not an EP. It's an LP. And the first song keeps talking, yes, talking, about pre-meditated murder and the cover of the album is a picture of Wyoming, because there was a listening party for the album in Wyoming, and, wait, wait, come back here, I'm not finished talking about the album!"

With all this aside, how is the actual music? Well the first song "I Thought About Killing You" has this fantastic spoken word intro about killing oneself accompanied with some absolutely ghostly production, before transitioning into a more traditional "banger". It's a solid song, but it constantly feel like the introduction to something much longer and meaningful than what this 23 minute long album can provide. This album's second song, "Yikes", is yet another banger, and the album's best song. Lyrically the song, and the rest of the album, deals with drug abuse, paranoia, and manic depression, with the song concluding with a rather haunting, yet very short, spoken word piece by Kanye which seems to capture the mind-ravaging thought processes of someone in a state of total mania.

The album goes downhill on the third track "All Mine", which is just too slow for the album and really hurts the momentum that the first two songs had. "All Mine" is followed by "Wouldn't Leave", which is a touching tribute to all the women who stand by their men, even when those men are drug abusing paranoid manic depressives, like Mr. West. It's a pretty good song, with soulful vocals in the chorus and bridge, but nothing mind-blowing. After that comes "No Mistakes", which at just two minutes long feels more like an interlude than a song proper. The song also contains a soulful chorus in the vein of "All Mine", with uncredited vocals from Kid Cudi and Charlie Wilson. "No Mistakes" has dramatic production and a sky-high chorus, but it still feels like it's the start of something bigger, something more grand and fleshed out.

"Ghost Town" and "Violent Crimes" round out the tracklist, the former being an ode to the struggles inherent to relationships, the later being an ode to West's young daughter. They're dramatic songs, the former with a prominent guitar in the mix and belting vocals, the later with its chorus of singers, but they're not enough to avert any feelings that there should be something more here.

Ultimately Ye is a pretty good album by a fantastic artist. Sadly, it's the first Kanye album that feels inessential.

Verdict: Good

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Father John Misty- God's Favorite Customer

The latest album from Mr. Josh Tillman, God's Favorite Customer, arrives just a year after his magnum opus, the sprawling social commentary-filled Pure Comedy. But if you're thinking that you're just going to get Pure Comedy Part 2 here, well then you may be in for a surprise. The truth is that God's Favorite Customer is nothing more, and nothing less than ten relatively straightforward songs, no grand overarching narrative, no decrying society's evils.

Musically, words like "lush" were invented to describe albums like this. "Just Dumb Enough to Try", for instance, contains drums and piano and electric guitar and a string section and a bass and an acoustic guitar and a mellotron. And the album's opening track, "Hangout at the Gallows", contains most of the instruments listed before, but with the addition of a tambourine and a crumar and a bass synthesizer and a horn section. It's fairly beautiful stuff, but it's probably for the best that the album is only 38 minutes long, lest a listener drown in the album's dense instrumentation.

Lyrically, Mr. Tillman ditches most of the irony that was found in his earlier work for a more direct sincerity, best evidenced by the sheer amount of love songs found here, like the aforementioned "Just Dumb Enough to Try" and "Please Don't Die". Father John Misty is a balladeer at heart, and as much as I loved his previous two albums, there's something innately satisfying about him living up to that trope, and crafting an updated version of the sort of piano-lead rock that 70s stars like Elton John and Harry Nilsson pioneered. With God's Favorite Customer, Mr. Tillman continues one of the best musical streaks of the decade. It may not carry that sort of all caps IMPORTANCE that his earlier works may have, but that's no matter. Instead it contains something else. A whole lot of love.

Verdict: Short and sweet

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Postby Nick » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:21 pm

Kanye West and Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghosts

Maybe it's due to my lowered expectations, but I actually found Kids See Ghosts, the new collaborative effort from Kanye West and Kid Cudi, to actually be a slight improvement over West's week old album Ye. The operative word here being "slight". Much like Ye, Kids See Ghosts is seven tracks over 23 minutes, and as such, never really gets a chance to develop into a fully formed entity. Some would call an album like this an EP. Mr. West and Kid Cudi disagree.

Kids See Ghosts starts off with a genuine head-scratcher of song, "Feel the Love", which is a rather straightforward hip-hop song until about the halfway point, at which West gives a bewildering attempt at what I can only assume is scat singing, nearly derailing the song before coalescing into the beat. As far as openers go, it's...memorable. The album's second song is "Fire", and is built around a sample of the novelty song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV. The song contains little details of note.

However, the album vastly improves on the Louis Prima-sampling "4th Dimension", and on the five and a half minute long "Reborn", the later of which is a passionate ode to redemption and features prominent vocals from Cudi on the chorus. Musically these songs are a bit richer than the album's first two tracks, and more closely approximate the rich colors found in the Takashi Murakami cover art. The album hits its high point on the penultimate track, "Kids See Ghosts", which features a minimal drum beat and an eerie, otherworldly synth line that snakes its way through the song, like something from a haunted house soundtrack.

Overall, Kids See Ghosts feels like the sort of album that would've had its moment back in Summer 2009, when the hype for Kid Cudi's debut album was reaching a fever pitch, but before the MTV VMA controversy in September of that year nearly ended West's career. As it stands now, Kids See Ghosts is a decent-good album nine years too late.

Anyway, here's a track list I worked out, taking the best songs from Ye and Kids See Ghosts. It only comes out to about 36 minutes, but I feel like it's a much more fleshed out album than its source material...

1. I Thought About Killing You
2. Yikes
3. 4th Dimension
4. Wouldn't Leave / No Mistakes
5. Ghost Town / Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)
6. Reborn
7. Kids See Ghosts
8. Violent Crimes

Verdict: Kanye name-dropping Herzog & de Meuron on the title track made the architecture nerd in me smile.

Snail Mail- Lush

How is it that some pieces of music are so apt at embodying a particular season? Snail Mail's debut album, Lush, contains no lawnmowers or cicadas or birdsong, but it might as well, considering the fact that the album's lethargic indie rock strumming is practically synonymous with summer. Now, I know I just called the album "lethargic", but you really have to take my word for it when I say that I never meant that as an insult. Far from it. But lethargy and teenage ennui go hand in hand on Lush, an album where the 19 year old Lindsey Jordan broadcasts bedroom rock odes to the summertime blues.

Nowhere is this sense of sun-kissed sadness better represented than on the album's fourth song, "Heat Wave". The song is only five minutes long, but transitions seamlessly from one distinct section to another and then to another, giving the song a sort of epic feeling of sprawl to it, not unlike Sonic Youth's "Teen Age Riot". The song, like many of the songs on the album, contains something of a non-entity of a chorus, a chorus that comes and goes without the listener ever really recognizing that what they just listened to was the song's refrain. But whereas for some artists this quality might be the sign of poor songcraft, in the case of Snail Mail it actually helps bolster the album's hazy laid-back attitude. The bulk of the music on Lush is made from your standard guitar/bass/drums/perpetually bored sounding indie rock singer, and as such, the album isn't exactly reinventing the genre. But what it does it does well. An exciting debut by an up and coming artist.

Verdict: Anthems for a Nineteen Year Old Girl

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Postby PlasticRam » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:30 pm

New ratings in bold.

MGMT - Little Dark Age 8.6
ASAP Rocky - Testing 8.5
Pusha T - Daytona 8.3
CHVRCHES - Love Is Dead 8.3
Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts 8.0

U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited 7.9
Migos - Culture II 7.9
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! 7.8
Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 2 7.8
XXXTentacion - ? 7.6
Dessa - Chime 7.5
Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer 7.4
Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino 7.2
A.A.L (Against All Logic) - 2012 - 2017 7.2
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour 7.2
Kanye West - Ye 7.1
Shame - Songs of Praise 7.1
Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer 7.0
Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM 7.0
Kali Uchis - Isolation 6.9
Eels - The Deconstruction 6.8
Iceage - Beyondless 6.7
SOB X RBE - Gangin 6.7
J. Cole - KOD 6.6
Playboi Carti - Die Lit 6.6
Mount Eerie - Now Only 6.5
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy 6.5
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy 6.2

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Postby Romain » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:13 am

For now, here are the albums I really like so far in 2018:

Django Django - Marble Skies
L'impératrice - Matahari
Eels - The Deconstruction
Cascadeur - Camera

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:16 am

Sophie- Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

I won't pretend to entirely understand the appeal of PC Music. Songs like Sophie's "Lemonade" and QT's "Hey QT" are innovative takes on pop music, but there's always something there that makes it hard for me to totally connect with the music. Maybe it's the blurred line between sincerity and irony that's responsible for this wall. Maybe it's not. Whatever the reason, I had enough interest in the catalog of PC Music to check out the sophomore release of what has to be their most iconic artist, Sophie.

The album opens up with the ballad "It's Okay to Cry", a song that features Sophie's actual voice, a first for her music. As it turns out, Sophie's voice is quite lovely, and although the song may be a rather slow way to start the album off, it does make for quite the beautiful introduction to the album, while also serving as a quasi-mission statement for PC Music as a whole, and their ethos of acceptance and individuality. The album then takes a hard, and I mean hard, left turn on the following tracks "Ponyboy" and "Faceshopping", which feature the distorted vocals found in her earlier work, as well as aggressive electronic production, similar to that of Arca at his most abrasive. Merging these two disparate sounds together on one album, that of Sophie the balladeer and Sophie the avant-pop visionary, is quite the undertaking, and it's understandable if the album sometimes comes up a little short in this regard. There's only so much one can do to make this marriage work, but Sophie tries her damn hardest.

Where the album falters is in its interminable middle section, running from tracks four through seven, which feature a few captivating moments spread throughout lush electronic meandering. These songs make for decent mood-pieces, but almost none of it stays in the mind after it's over. That being said, this musical haze almost justifies itself the moment it ends and the album's highlight, the stunning "Immaterial" comes on, totally breaking the spell and hitting the listener with a blast of sugar rush manic pixie stick avant-dance pop. You know that part in Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" where the song just enters this utterly bizarre middle section, that seems to go on and on and on and, if you're a first time listener you're just sitting there wondering when it'll ever end, and then all of a sudden Jimmy Page cuts right through the hard rocking fog with what has to be one of the coolest guitar riffs ever and it absolutely justifies all that preceding fuckery? Well the moment that "Immaterial" comes on isn't quite as satisfying as that.

But it's close.

Verdict: Because we're living in an immaterial world, and I am an immaterial girl
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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:19 am

So...Beyonce and Jay-Z just put out an album.
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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby Nick » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:36 am

StevieFan13 wrote:So...Beyonce and Jay-Z just put out an album.


If there are any Tidal users reading this who have heard the album, I'm curious as to what your thoughts are (I am not a Tidal user).

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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:48 am

Nick wrote:
StevieFan13 wrote:So...Beyonce and Jay-Z just put out an album.


If there are any Tidal users reading this who have heard the album, I'm curious as to what your thoughts are (I am not a Tidal user).

That goes double for me.
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Re: Albums of 2018

Postby PlasticRam » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:27 pm

I hope at some point it gets released on Spotify too.
I feel like that


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