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Day 585: Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen

I really, really, really, really, really, really like I Really Like You. But besides that, this is yet another basic hipster bro touchstone I've mostly avoided for reasons I'm not even sure of. When that one wonder hit came out back in middle school, I hated it. I remember pre-EMOTION (I refuse to format that title correctly) her tickets were at $25, then the hipster reappraisal happened and now they're back at half of 2011 prices (which is close to $100 average). I listened to that 2015 album when it came out and ultimately felt I didn't get it (besides the song about liking you) and never revisited it. Back then I didn't feel I was gonna relisten and didn't feel a quality enough review, oh how the times have changes!

Anyways, to ramble on, this is well-made pop, she's good at making some absolutely infectious hooks, and almost all of this has a nice modern EDM tinge that I really like. Where the album falters is... well, maybe it's not fair to call it faltering but this album is a bit too subdued on average for my tastes. I was looking for explosions of sugar but this feels like Ms. 33-year-old-teen is trying to make a more "serious" album, so to speak? And I understand her desire to be a more "respected" art musician (some of these tracks somehow come off as... weird? Idk) but goddamnit I need more sucrose injections in these ears! Give me EDM backing tracks I can club to! Where are the twee-as-fuck lyrics? It's good, I just wish it was more bombastic and blissfully unashamed. The former isn't something I often want but fuck it I'm tired.

I wrote this whole thing sleep deprived on a plane btw. And guess what... yeah I'm gonna REVISIT this album later man fuck this

Best Track: Now That I Found You or I'll Be Your Girl
Rating: 5/10
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:43 PM   #882
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Day 586: Nothing Great About Britain by Slowthai

I'm not British and I know remarkably little about the UK rap scene. I do like grime beats, and this is pretty consistently good. Yeah I'm getting lazier.

Best Track: Doorman
Rating: 7/10
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Day 587: Arrival by Fire! Orchestra

The majority of this review is gonna be comparing this to Exit!, which is the worst kind of review, and this is even worse because I'm ignoring Enter because I completely forget my opinion on it ayyy lmfao. But anyways, this doesn't really have the same energetic highs of that album, but it never slogs the way the back half of it did. There's more variance to things than I imagined, I found myself enjoying the long pieces and the short pieces equally, and that closer was a real surprise for this band! Almost sounded like slowcore or something but obviously still pretty far, nevertheless that was cathartic and gorgeous. The opening duo, especially the opening track though, those are also highlights, bordering on post-rock while still remaining detectably Fire!. Speaking of which, this is obviously for a different mood than She Sleeps, She Sleeps but I think I like both equally.

The only real misstep is the mid-section of Silver Trees. Other than that, this is phenomenally consistent for a 66 minute album, of a genre that I'm not much a connoisseur of to add to that (so if you disagree with my take, keep that in mind!). Good shit.

Funny addendum is that I played this the first time just through my laptop speakers and my mom kept complaining about the "horrible demonic noises" and whatnot, paraphrasing here but you get the drift.

Best Track: At Last I Am Free
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Day 588: No Geography by The Chemical Brothers

Because DDR. And I listened to them quite a bit when I was, like, 12ish.

Some good tracks, but hit-or-miss and frequently marred by bad mixing with some unnecessarily abrasive sounds. Still, I have to say I enjoyed at least 60% of it so...

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Day 589: What Chaos Is Imaginary by Girlpool

Got lazy and haven't done my 5 year retrospective yet, will come soon enough though. Anyways, this album, perfectly competent and perfectly forgettable. I like the girl's vocals more than the man's and the softer songs are the better ones, but it doesn't matter. Nothing I write matters.

Best Track: All Blacked Out
Rating: 5.5/10
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Day 590: Xiexie by Celer

Usually the ambient albums I end up listening to have the field recordings more embedded into the songs rather than acting predominantly as interludes. For this album, I think it's a fair approach as it adds a sort of versatility of moods. Also not even angry how long this is.

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Rating: 7.5/10
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Day 591: Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) by Jai Paul

I still don't feel like writing anything TBH. This is decent psychedelic R&B I guess. This barely counts as a 2019 album.

Best Track: BTSTU (somehow this song reminds me of Crayon Physics)
Rating: 7/10
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Day 592: Éponyme by The George Costanzas

It got me to giggle intermittently, moreso during the first few tracks than the rest. The Eraserhead reference was, err, nice I guess. Other than that, throw this bullshit away. Why did I even download this?

Best Track: In Heaven
Rating: 1.5/10
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Cerati - Fuerza Natural (2009)

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One of the best Latin American musicians, you probably have heard about him.
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Lorn - DROWN THE TRAITOR WITHIN
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Day 593: Schlagenheim by Black Midi

Some of this is good. Some of this is a bit too goofy for my tastes. Some of this sounds like a fucking jam band. Memes.

I swear I'll do what I intended to for 5 year anniversary... soonish.

Best Track: Near DT, MI
Rating: 6/10
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Day 594: Lux Prima by Karen O and Danger Mouse

I don't particularly like or enjoy the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but luckily only a couple of songs here sound like that! For the most part this just sounds like a decade redux on Modern Guilt and yes I'm only saying that because of the producer. This is a better album than that though. Some missteps here and there but some good atmospheric tracks.

It ain't even 10AM yet.

Best Track: Reveries
Rating: 7.5/10
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Day 595: 7 by Lil Nas X

The BoyBoy West Coast definitely had the better meme song. Almost nothing else here sounds like Old Town Road, with dude instead taking an eclectic approach to things. Unfortunately, most of this is just weak Travis Scott knockoffs and cringy bad rap rock that vaguely sounds like Kid Cudi. Panini and Rodeo are decent, but even the latter is entirely carried by Cardi B. Also why are there two Old Town Roads what the fuck

I hope we get an album of U Was At The Club (Bottoms Up) soundalikes or else I feel BoyBoy will disappoint as much as this piece of trash.

Best Track: Rodeo
Rating: 3/10
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Day 596: My First Album by Peppa Pig

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Day 597: The Big Day by Chance The Rapper

It's WAY too long, preachy and there are some hilarious missteps, but it's definitely nowhere near as bad as melon alleged. Sad that this guy has fallen so far from the days of Acid Rap but other than a few hilarious tracks, this is really just aggressively mediocre. How the fuck can you equate this to Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven?

Best Track: Roo I guess
Rating: 3/10
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Day 598: Crushing by Julia Jacklin

I have nothing useful to say. Ever. In life.

Best Track: Don't Know How To Keep Loving You
Rating: 6/10
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Day 590: Xiexie by Celer

Usually the ambient albums I end up listening to have the field recordings more embedded into the songs rather than acting predominantly as interludes. For this album, I think it's a fair approach as it adds a sort of versatility of moods. Also not even angry how long this is.

Best Track: Rains Lit By Neon
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I'm convinced he took the bad use of sampling that was showcased on Landmarks and something just clicked for him, the field recordings on Xiexie are pretty tasteful and imo the album stands up there with albums like Capri and Discourses of the Withered
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Day 599: Banadna by Freddie Gibbs

I have nothing useful to say. Ever. In life.also im drunk lmao happy thirsday of thurst

Best Track: Cataracts
Rating: 8/10
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Day 600: Case Study 01 by Daniel Caesar

A lot of these songs sound like The Internet but with male vocals. The best songs are the ones that sound like The Internet but with male vocals. The other songs range from middling and forgettable to decent. Overall though, I like this album, it's not mindblowing or anything but it's very solid. Melon can go choke on a rind.

Best Track: Open Up
Rating: 7/10
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Day 601: Full Upon Her Burning Lips by Earth (Album Choice: aperson)

Continuing the trend of going back to artists I haven't checked new shit from in years! I've always preferred older Earth, specifically Pentastar: In the Style of Demons and the famous album over their newer sound, but it's pleasant enough. This album is quite literally exactly what I'd expect from modern day Dylan Carlson. It's drone-y, but not NEARLY as drone-y as their earliest works with every song containing actual riffs. That being said, the whole thing is still incredibly minimalistic, sticking to one desert-esque vibe with seemingly seamless tracks and mostly consisting of only guitar, guitar feedback and slow, brooding drums. Bass occasionally.

It's pleasant to listen to, and it works very well as study music, but outside of that, I'm failing to see what this album accomplishes that wasn't already done about equally (not necessarily better or worse!) than The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull. I hear that the two or three most recent albums prior to this one contained more deviations to the Earth style with middling results, so if you listened to those and didn't like em, this has what you want. For the sake of comparison, I went back and listened to a few cuts from that aforementioned album about sweet tasting head bones and the main difference is that this newer album is warmer, the riffs seem to vary a tiny little bit more within songs and the whole thing is FAR less reliant on reverb. Reverb is still here, it's just not super overwhelming anymore. In that sense, this newer one is probably the more enjoyable of the two, and this seems like it'd be killer to get lost in live.

I wonder if this dude has actually tried datura, because if he has what the fuck

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