Flash Flash Revolution: Community Forums

Flash Flash Revolution: Community Forums (http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/vbz/index.php)
-   Audio and Music Production (http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/vbz/forumdisplay.php?f=31)
-   -   Recommend me some 2021 albums halp (http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/vbz/showthread.php?t=137263)

rayword45 12-9-2020 06:14 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 793: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon by Pop Smoke

I've known who this guy was for at least two and a half years, and it seems he only blew up really after he died because now EVERYONE is bumping.

Rest in peace, man, someone born after me dying is always sad. But also, this album is as mediocre and overlong as I was expecting.

Best Track: blah
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 12-11-2020 11:52 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 794: We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches

You KNOW I had to hop on this one ASAP.

This sounds distinctly like Avalanches but is definitely WAYYYYYY less sample-based than their last two albums. Is this anywhere near as good as Since I Left You? That's really not fair, this should be judged on its own merits, because that's become one of my all-time favorite albums since I've seen them live three and a half years ago and has remained as such. FUCK COVID.

But anyways, this at 72ish minutes is something I would normally call overlong, but I found myself just sinking into the vibe and letting their usual kaleidoscopic magic work itself on me, and I honestly enjoyed every second of this as an almost cohesive piece.

I bet someone else here is going to listen to this and go like "you fucking idiot this shit sucks" well FUCK YOU MAN. EAT MY ASS. This isn't something I'm gonna listen to all the time, and picking out favorite cuts will be hard, but as a singular work this is extraordinary. Also having Denzel Curry feature is mad random but I'm not complaining at all. MGMT is a less bizarre feature, and I priorly only liked one song by these guys but now I like two! This writing has no structure. I am barely awake. All I know is this shit had the exact same effect on me as Loops of Infinity (A Rave Loveletter) but even stronger. Maybe my love of stuff like this, combined with these asinine ramblings, is indicative of my poor mental state.

Best Track: Born To Lose or Music Makes Me High or Take Care In Your Dreaming man IDK
Rating: 9/10

rayword45 12-11-2020 12:24 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 795: My Agenda by Dorian Electra

Y'know I really don't understand this genre. It's like I hate what I'm hearing with a burning passion, then something comes on that I really enjoy, almost makes me think of DDR or something, then it goes back to cringe shit.

Fuck man I don't have time for this. Why am I reviewing something with Rebecca Black as a feature anyways?

Best Track: I don't know man, this shit is 25 minutes figure it out yourself
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 12-11-2020 04:02 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 796: Anyways by Young Nudy

Well this is a bit better and less boring than that Pop Smoke album.

Best Track: No Comprende
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 12-11-2020 06:30 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 797: Food House by Food House

Everything I said about that Dorian Electra album applies here too, but to a somewhat lesser, less frequently annoying degree. Well, besides the fact that this album has no features as far as I can tell.

Anyways, instead of writing about this music, I wanna respond to this

Quote:

Originally Posted by choof (Post 4752420)
I can't help but feel like the response to adan no kaze has a small element of musical yellow fever

iirc in my time spent perusing the doujin music scene I've heard loads of albums with this same aesthetic

I will give 50 credits to the first person to make a joke about Fantano having yellow fever that makes me laugh.

Best Track: 8 Now
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 12-14-2020 10:27 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 798: Goons Be Gone by No Age

I don't feel like writing shit here. Spotify recommended me this as something I missed and this is just OK, kinda boring.

Best Track: Daddy Can You Please Lick My Bumhole
Rating: 5/10

choof 12-16-2020 03:20 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rayword45 (Post 4748769)
Day 774: Palimpsest by Lauren Bousfield

So this is Nero's Day At Disneyland apparently, and it mostly still sounds like that project! But there's now vocals, and a sort of pop vibe to a lot of these songs, except that pop vibe is kinda fucked over by the sheer abrasiveness of the glitchiness and drums go fast.

Part of me thinks this needs multiple more listens. Part of me thinks "eh, one more is probably all it takes to get it". I found myself absolutely loving some tracks, and found the rest to just be kinda annoying. Interestingly enough, being long or short has no dictation on how much I like a song on this album! Is that unusual for me? I don't know, so how the fuck would any of you know? I've been doing this shit for 7 YEARS NOW? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Best Track: Birds Falling Out Of The Sky or Futurelessness
Rating: 6/10

oh yeah I finally got around to checking this out
if it was instrumental it'd be an 8/10

aperson 12-16-2020 04:15 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Aaron Spectre has put out 3 EPs this year for 12 tracks total and they are fuckin bangers fyi

rayword45 12-17-2020 10:27 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 799: Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee

Is that a Venture Bros reference? The boomers at Pitchfork called this the second best album of the year, after that Fiona Apple album that I liked just fine but wouldn't call outstanding at this point or anything.

This is nowhere near as good as that album. I truly don't understand how this could be the second best album of the year. It's, like, fine...

Best Track: The Eye
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 12-18-2020 10:57 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 800: Songs by Adrianne Lenker

Another Pitchfork top album of the year.

Another meh.

Best Track: Feh.
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 12-18-2020 11:50 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 801: Meet The Woo 2 by Pop Smoke (Album Choice: Hazel H.)

This is about half as long as that last one I released which is I guess why it's a mixtape and not an album. Yet for a mixtape, this feels way less cobbled together and more cohesive. And I think the songs are better.

Best Track: Dior
Rating: 7/10

Travis_Flesher 12-18-2020 11:47 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Check out a girl rap-star known as
"LoloDaBoss", if you haven't already, Rayword.

Also give the song "Rolling 50 Deep" by DJ Kayslay
a watch and let us know what ya think.

rayword45 12-19-2020 11:04 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 802: Hundred Acre Wrist Hosted by DJ Sorrow by Sematary & Ghost Mountain

Longass title, confusing lineup, confusing music...

Am I a boomer now? I truly don't understand this shit at all. Is this the future of zoomer music? Because I'm a zoomer and this shit makes me feel old.

Best Track: it all sounds the fucking same
Rating: 3.5/10

MyNameIsNothing 12-19-2020 02:43 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
beep boop big unranked year end chart behind the link


you've reviewed a bunch of these already, but would love to see your takes on a few of them, mostly meitei, gallery s, zora jones, jean dawson, tim reaper and jockstrap.

as for things you've already reviewed,

re: some of the more ~zoomer~ adjacent things you've reviewed this year: zoomer music peaked this year with this, pulling from the soundcloud glitchcore scene and dogshow records stuff that has blown up in the 1000 gecs wake. some features dont land super hard but the super collaborative online spirit is here in full force. (and while u reviewed the food house record idk if you heard thos moser, which blows everything on that project out of the water)

re: bladee: 333 is boring but i really enjoy exeter, maybe you'd like that one more?

re: jessie ware: what's your pleasure is my definite AOTY, was glad to see u give it a 9! was huge on every single during this album rollout and when the rest of the album was same quality it was a lock. AOTY and maybe my favorite full length since CRJ's Emotion in 2015.

re: ichiko aoba: i dont love it as much as 2018s qp or 2013s 0 but i see why this blew up so hard on rym. ichiko aoba already had a really decent following on there (as far as japanese language artists go) and when they redid their sorting algorithm on there earlier this year 0 shot up to first place of 2013 bringing in a lot of new fans. that combined with this being her lushest production to date and day 1 buzz from fans giving it a high chart debut definitely helped. its definitely good but a confluence of factors i think led to its strong chart performance. i still really love it myself, but hope it encourages other ppl to check out her earlier work.

re: new avalanches: this was kind of a disappointment for me but im glad others are really enjoying it. wildflower is an all time favorite and since i left you isnt far behind. there are some major hits (born to die has been on loop since the album dropped) but little with it has stuck with me after 4 listens and the features are wiiiiiildly inconsistent for me. we'll see what i think in like a year though, havent had a ton of time to spend with this one yet.

rayword45 12-21-2020 04:01 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 803: Charmed by DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ

I was really really enjoying this at first, felt like a nice mix of future funk, house music and just general nostalgia aesthetic, then by the halfway point I was like "why is this still going on and on and on?"

Best Track: suck my dick
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 12-21-2020 09:24 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 804: Bob's Son: R​.​A​.​P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel by R.A.P. Ferreira

I've gotta be honest guys, although I've given him fair ratings I've always thought this guy was a bit overrated.

This, however, is HEAT. I think a shorter runtime works wonders for this guy's style when it comes to cohesive projects, as I loved every second of this and fell immediately into it's atmosphere and just, like, world, and when it was over I felt like I wanted MORE.

Also I'm glad he's mostly sticking to his current pseudonym and not releasing more stuff under the name Milo because I'm no longer thinking of Yiannopolopodopoponopolis.

Best Track: Redguard Snipers
Rating: 8.5/10

aperson 12-22-2020 05:57 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
My final recommendation of this year is... ROVO - ROVO

ty for keeping this thread going. it allows me to stay caught up with the zoomers

choof 12-25-2020 12:19 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
new playboy cardigan dropped
I don't get it

edit: okay I think I got it
this album is bad

rayword45 12-28-2020 04:37 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 805: Whole Lotta Red by Playboi Carti (Album Choice: choof)

In the past my biggest complaint about this guy was that he basically just existed on the beat. It feels like he took heed of similar complaints and instead decided to go full Soundcloud and it SUCKS. Choof I was hoping you were wrong...

Best Track: Go2DaMoon
Rating: 3/10

rayword45 12-29-2020 09:15 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 806: ROVO by ROVO (Album Choice: aboomer)

This is really dense stuff. Is it jazz? Is it prog rock? Is this a jam band?

Either way, I like it but it's perhaps a bit too wanky feeling for me to really truly fall in love with any of this. Maybe if I was tripping I'd like it a lot more. This reminds me quite a bit of The Comet Is Coming but that release I reviewed was quite a bit tighter.

Best Track: Kamara
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 12-31-2020 03:10 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 807: Lianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas

This is the second thing I've reviewed this year that uses Weird Fishes/Arpeggi as a basis for a track. I saw this on the chart and thought it was the most likely I'd enjoy. And I was right.

Best Track: Sour Flower
Rating: 8/10

Deadlyx39 01-8-2021 04:55 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
What are you most looking forward to this year? I know that Architects are coming out with a new album in a month or so, but I was wondering what you might be looking forward to.

rayword45 01-16-2021 11:45 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 808: Big Science by Laurie Anderson

Let's start the year off by listening to some "canon classics" that I never bothered getting around to. I hear this one get called "groundbreaking" a ton.

Aaaaaaand I only like two songs, Born, Never Asked and
O Superman (For Massenet). The rest just doesn't do it atmospherically for me. It's definitely groundbreaking, but simultaneously sounds more dated than a lot of the electronic stuff that came before this (like I will 100% still jam out to some Silver Apples).

Alright 2021 here we come!

Best Track: you don't get a ding
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 01-24-2021 04:01 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 809: Drunk Tank PInk by Shame

First 2021 album I'm reviewing in 2021 is the highest rated album on the 2021 RYM charts as of today. And this entire album slaps, there was not a single second I didn't absolutely adore. After finding almost no rock albums I liked last year, it's nice to have a art punk shredder be my first love of the year.

Welp that's all I'm writing. Go to bed.

Best Track: Born in Luton or Great Dog
Rating: 8.5/10

rayword45 02-1-2021 03:26 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 810: I've Seen All I Need To See by The Body

Here's another band where my senior year roommate Cooper loved them and I was entirely unfamiliar but I THOUGHT I was familiar because of their similarity in name to Show Me The Body.

This sounds nothing like that band, but is as face-shredding, soul-disintegrating and just plain ROCKING in a completely different way. I can see complaints from people because these songs all kinda sound the same, but they sound the same in a great way, just pure ugliness, aggression and sludge, and as a result of it being kinda short and the songs not being too long it doesn't overstay its welcome. This reminds me a lot of an album Cooper showed me from The Goslings but this is a completely different genre and style, and I think I like this better.

Maybe 2021 is the year I find a fuckton of heavy shit that I like instead of hip-hop or electronic stuff. Who knows? It's still early.

Best Track: They Are Coming
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 02-1-2021 06:03 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 811: Isles by Bicep

Man I can't tell if everything thus far I've reviewed from 2021 (including Bob's Son even though I put it in my top of 2020) is a slapper because

A. During COVID when they couldn't tour, musicians honed their craft more and strived for perfectionism to wow people at home
B. COVID is making me love all music more because of how much I miss concerts
C. I've just been getting high more often and more intensely recently and thus I enjoy music more.

Anyways, another great album. This didn't wow me as much as any other 2021 album I've reviewed, but it's consistently great and groovy and a ton of fun while also being laidback. Go check it!

Best Track: Rever (feat. Julia Kent)
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 02-1-2021 07:23 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 812: Unbothered by Lil Skies

Well first album of 2021 I don't enjoy whatsoever. That's all I CAN say about this album, it's so bland and unremarkable while not even being enjoyable on a "brain turned off" sort of mindset and there is nothing else I can think to write.

Best Track: I really don't know
Rating: 4/10

rayword45 02-11-2021 12:01 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 813: Sound Ancestors by Madlib

RIP MF DOOM, is this album as personally important to my cracker ass as Madvillainy? Absolutely not. Is this album as good? Absolutely not. Is this album any good? Eh, it's decent, but nothing all too "wow" although it's smooth and pleasant.

Best Track: One for Quartabê / Right Now
Rating: 6.5/10

I like it 02-12-2021 11:42 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
the breathing effect - photosynthesis

rayword45 02-16-2021 03:05 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 814: EP2! by JPEGMAFIA

Yeah it's okay. Why is he so calm nowadays?

Best Track: They're all kinda same-y
Rating: 6.5/10

rayword45 02-16-2021 05:58 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 815: Forever In Your Heart by Black Dresses

I forget if I reviewed one or two things by these guys forever ago. This stuff sounds the same as it did before, except now it's a longer album. Also, maybe I'm getting old but I don't remember being as annoyed by this music as I am now. Whatever.

Best Track: Ragequitted
Rating: 5/10

I like it 02-16-2021 11:13 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
gang gang dance - eye contact

rayword45 02-17-2021 03:38 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
Day 816: Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks

HOOOOOOLY shit I'm getting old, this person was born this millennium? I mean, that's not exactly rare these days, but any time I see it, I just feel old as fuck. Maybe this is a heavily extended whiplash from when you go from listening to nothing but boomer music in your preteen and early teen years (up until 14 or so, and yes 90s music and Daft Punk are boomer now according to the interwebs) then going the complete opposite way and listening predominantly to newer music in your early 20s. Instead of dead or almost dead people, I have music from people who are probably gonna die after me, especially the way I tend to live life.

Okay anyways, this album, when I first found it? It was higher ranked on the year charts, and you know I'm too lazy to find music more ways more than a few times a year or something. It's sank since, but I dunno if that's indicative of the quality or simply backlash. After all, the first ranked album for like the first two weeks of the year was half plagiarized and half pedophile.

I like this a ton, this is probably better than half of the things ranked above it at the moment. It varies between smooth and subdued or... still smooth and subdued but really it's not all that same-y. Almost every track here is good, the lyrics are okay if not particularly memorable (I hear this girl is a poet?) and the production is just what I need. Good album.

Man I can't wait til I get this Master's degree so I can get an actual job.

Best Track: Caroline
Rating: 8/10

choof 02-23-2021 05:22 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2020 albums halp
 
https://love-hz.co.uk/album/alone-in-the-meantime
pretty proggy for hardcore

rayword45 02-28-2021 01:58 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 817: Working With God by Melvins

I updated the thread title again. Will I ever do that retrospective thing I promised like almost 2 years ago now? I SWEAR I WILL I just don't... have time. Okay onto the music.

These guys are a REAL throwback to me now, I still enjoy some of their classics, especially their earliest shit, from time to time but I don't listen to it often. There's a whole lotta sludge out there and I have to be in a specific mood for a specific band. Also, didn't Buzzo get cancelled for appearing on the podcast of the anti-homophobia buttplug squeeze Nazi Vice founder guy? I'm not sure if it took or if people just forgot and stopped caring as is the norm for most people attacked by the cancel culture boogeyman. Either way, I'm listening to this for free on Bandcamp, he's not getting my money, who cares?

Aaaaand I wouldn't have paid for this either way. I see at the bottom of the page that they're boasting this is the 1983 lineup, which coincides with some of my all time favorites from this band, but this just feels... uninspired? These guys were never someone I came to for emotional honesty, but when you open a sludge album with a Beach Boys "cover" you start to wonder if things are just too stupid. A lot of this album is just really, really fucking stupid, and that was clearly the goal. What's lame is that there are some hard hitters in here, but they're a mere handful in a sea of stupid shit and boring shit.

Now squeeze a buttplug out your ass, Buzzo. Prove your libertarian ass isn't homophobic.

Best Track: Caddy Daddy or Hund
Rating: 4.5/10

rayword45 02-28-2021 03:13 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 818: For the First Time by Black Country, New Road

Welp, this is currently #1 for the year on that website. You know it. Thankfully the year is still early because that's unlikely to remain.

Double thankfully because this shit bores me to tears. I can respect the craft while still saying this does not appeal to me at ALL.

Best Track: smd
Rating: 3.5/10

rayword45 02-28-2021 04:52 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 819: Thru And Thru by Gang Gang Dance (Album Choice: housekeeper)

I used to always mix these guys up with Dance Gavin Dance which drove me away from them, even though they sound nothing alike. This album? I like the danciest parts, and I applaud their experimentation and eclecticism, but big chunks of this album just get grating to me, particularly whenever the vocals shine too bright. In spite of that, I'd say this is a fine, pleasant listen as background noise even with some moments being less than desirable.

Okay back to the homework.

Best Track: Adult Goth
Rating: 6.5/10

rayword45 02-28-2021 06:39 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 820: Alone in the Meantime by The Outside Agency (Album Choice: chob)

Well, this is a short one. Just one 15 minute piece. I like it a lot, I like the way it builds up, gets really aggressive, then fades out into nothing. It makes me miss raves.

I have nothing more useful to say.

Best Track: lmao
Rating: 8/10

Rivaloo 03-2-2021 06:14 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Dream theater the astonishing

XelNya 03-3-2021 03:28 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rivaloo (Post 4756761)
Dream theater the astonishing

bring portnoy back

rayword45 03-4-2021 05:38 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 821: Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

I don't know who the second guy is. I like The Birthday Party on occasion but I've never been all that into anything I've heard from Nick Cave solo.

And this basically continues the trend. It's pleasant and pretty chamber music, doesn't really evoke any sort of strong feeling in me. Whatever. Give me noise.

Best Track: You pick it man
Rating: 5/10

aperson 03-4-2021 07:05 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Mouse on Mars - AAI

I just moved and haven't set up my audio shit yet but this is going to get me to do it oh my god a new MoM LP.

rayword45 03-9-2021 05:59 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 822: Achievement by pilotredsun

YouTube recommended this to me and it got compared to Boards of Canada a bunch. This is nowhere near as good as them. The first track is fantastic, the rest ranges from good to boring.

Best Track: Greetings
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 03-9-2021 07:09 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 823: As The Love Continues by Mogwai

I'm actually surprised. Everything I've heard from this band (not much, but a good chunk of their most acclaimed works) bores me to tears but this was actually quite a pleasant listen. It still has a bit of a problem of lacking a real originality as far as I can tell but I guess I like the textures they used here more? I dunno, this was pretty damn good though.

Best Track: All of them are about equal except the one where the dude sang, that one sucked
Rating: 8/10

Poison- 03-12-2021 09:17 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
The Paper Kites - Roses

rayword45 03-17-2021 06:10 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 824: Smiling With No Teeth by Genesis Owusu

Another case of "I have no idea but this is currently highly ranked for the RYM year chart", the first song and a couple of other cuts sound almost EXACTLY like Death Grips, but compared to them this album is far more eclectic.

Okay that's all I'm gonna write tbh I'm bored and my master's projects are stressing me the fuck out. This is a good album and I think it'll hold up with multiple listens if not get even better, although only time will tell. God why am I so basic?

Best Track: Drown
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 04-2-2021 03:22 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 825: The new Godspeed You! Black Emperor by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Fuck that album title. This sounds... like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Like, if you know what they sound like, it sounds just like them. HOWEVER, this is far more consistent and enjoyable than anything they've done since Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, probably one of their best works yet overall, with great emotional variance and orgasmic crescendos.

Okay I'm done reviewing this, I don't need to review this you knew damn well whether or not you were gonna check this out and whether or not you were gonna enjoy this. Let the melon review it.

Best Track: Uh
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 04-6-2021 05:00 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 826: Lei Light Eon by Iglooghost

Compared to Neo Wax Bloom this is way, WAY less energetic and hectic. It seems to be focused on creating soundscapes and atmospheres instead of herky-jerky bangers like that album, but there's often still too much going on for this to qualify as "ambient". I dunno, I'm not crazy for this one after two listens.

Best Track: Light Gutter
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 04-6-2021 06:29 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 827: Chemtrails Over The Country Club by Lana Del Rey

I remember right before she announced the title of this album, she had that whole controversy where everyone ended up accusing her of being a cop-dating racist and I had a good laugh. Then she announced this album title and I had an even bigger laugh.

Sadly, this album isn't good for a laugh. It's... pretty mediocre. Just average soft rock and ballads for the entire 45 minutes. Nothing sticks out good or bad, this is just middling. Good production at the very least, but I fail to see how anyone could be amazed by this stuff. I say good for the LGBTQIA+ community (or really, just the gay men) that they mostly ditched her for Charli XCX as their cis het woman icon.

Best Track: I hate school
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 04-7-2021 04:12 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 828: Zapper by NANORAY

Yay, something I actually like to come out of this year, this reminds me a lot of Machine Girl's earlier releases, except honestly I think this has a bit more kick and style (and weeb) to it. I need to get back to work, and also find more shit to listen to.

I think I'm heavily biased at the moment towards

A. Shit that makes me wanna go to the club (because I can't, even though most things I listen to that sound like club music are actually nothing like most of the clubs I go/went to)
B. Shit that makes me think of sex (this does not I promise you)

Best Track: Salmon Cannon
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 04-7-2021 05:14 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 829: In Ferneaux by Blanck Mass

Phase I was really good. Phase II lost me. This guy should stick to making songs under 10 minutes with actual titles.

Also, is Fuck Buttons good as dead? Is this guy just gonna keep trucking on solo while Andrew Hung scores for Jim Hosking or whatever? I'm okay with that I just wanna know.

Best Track: Phase I
Rating: 5.5/10

rayword45 04-11-2021 03:24 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 830: Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine by Brockhampton

Apparently nowadays all the kids on TikTok are saying shit "omg my Brockhampton phase ewwwww" and you know what? Fuck them. To this day, I still think Saturation II/III absolutely slap and are loaded to the brim with bangers, capture many different moods quite perfectly and most of all gave us some of the most enjoyable cuts to shout along to with your friends. Does that make me super white? Maybe (although most of the fans of this band that I've ended up meeting have been POC women) but I don't care.

However, I will say that since 2017 when these guys were the hot new thing (god, I can't believe it's been nearly 4 years since the summer of these guys and Flower Boy, take me back indeed) pretty much everything they've dropped has been garbage. There's been good cuts here and there but none of their album projects really stuck with me (iridescence actually got WORSE upon further listens) and I was wondering if they were running out of steam, or if the expulsion of Ameer Vann did something to throw the group chemistry out of whack, even though he wasn't that interesting of a rapper.

Anyways, this album is surprisingly good! I think waiting two years to drop it did them well, as it is a bit front-loaded but in general is surprisingly consistent, with only two or three songs really doing nothing for me or worse (typically when they lean more into that "boy band" sound they're trying to ditch) and some of the best cuts rival the best shit they did at their peak. I'm not amazed by this album, but I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it is. Also, having features permeate throughout for the first time ever was a VERY smart move. The features often dominate over the actual group members (wassup Danny Brown) but in reality, who cares if it makes for better music? And even when the track isn't good, sometimes the features give it a bit more value (I'm not a fan of I'll Take You On but Charlie Wilson definitely adds some much needed flair to it).

Okay, I really need to get to finishing this assignment due tonight.

Best Track: Buzzcut or The Light
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 04-13-2021 05:20 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 831: Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & London Symphony Orchestra

Yeah it's pretty and I enjoyed it throughout but I guess I'm just not smart enough to see why this is flooring everyone. I also definitely enjoyed it way more during the first half.

Okay back to work.

Best Track: This is just one long piece really, even if it's frontloaded
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 04-14-2021 04:54 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 832: CLAMOR by Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés

Finally something on the charts I really like! I usually find a language barrier hard to get past but I don't care if these lyrics translate to absolute garbage, everything from production to melody to how the album is structured is just perfect and leaves you wanting more. I want more.

Best Track: Tras de ti
Rating: 8.5/10

rayword45 04-18-2021 11:23 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 833: Never The Right Time by Andy Stott

I like the fully ambient tracks best here, and that includes the interlude. I like this quite a bit as a whole regardless, although some parts get a bit boring the whole space of the thing is hitting me well right now. FIND ME A JOB.

Best Track: Dove Stone
Rating: 7.5/10

rayword45 04-18-2021 04:35 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 834: Harlecore by Danny L Harle

I saw this had a high number of ratings and I was thinking to myself "hmmm.... where have I heard of this guy before?" Halfway through the album, I remembered that this guy was tied to [adult swim] somehow. Then right around when I finished my first listen, I remembered that this guy's was used on the Nazi show they had for 6 weeks! I'm not gonna bother googling to figure out if this guy has any weird political affiliations, I've already listened to this whole thing.

And my opinion? God, that was ANNOYING. A few tracks were bouncy fun that made me think of club nights, but the majority of it just agitated me to no end. I don't doubt that this guy could definitely make some bangers, but the whole aesthetic of this album reminds me of hyperpop, and I dislike the vast majority of hyperpop. I tried to give this and started skipping whenever a track was getting on my nerves, and that was more than half the songs. Ugh.

So close to graduation. So far from getting a job. So scared of the future.

Best Track: For So Long
Rating: 4/10

rayword45 04-22-2021 12:19 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 835: Autoditacker by Mouse on Mars

I did the stupid thing and go for the highest rated release on RateYourMusic when I should've looked for Bill Maher's favorite albums of all time! Then I could've realized that his favorite from this band is... half as long. I've listened to this 3 times now.

And, uh, I like this a lot actually. Some of these songs sound kinda... 90s, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way, but always 90s. It's pretty varied stuff too, from ambient shit to stuff that would make any good club wanna dance to to stuff that I'd dance to alone and look like a weirdo to... I'm losing track here. Okay whatever this is majority good to me.

I'm a zoomer with the physical health, body and soul of a boomer I guess.

Best Track: Autoditacker
Rating: 7.5/10

rayword45 04-22-2021 01:00 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 836: WOW by Mouse on Mars (Person who called it a 5/5: you know it already)

bperson I don't understand this was not as good as the last one, sure there were some bangers but some of these tracks actually sucked/were kinda annoying. It's still more good than bad but just, like, barely.

Also what's with all the dumb interludes (I think like 1 of those was good)

Welp, time for class.

Best Track: Pun
Rating: 6/10

freedg 04-22-2021 04:11 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
My Heart, an Inverted Flame - Plague Notes, Unnamed, Unknown, A Finger Dragged Through Dust
electronic, metal, synth doom, drone, psychedelic, sludge

underscores - fishmonger
indie pop, hyperpop, electronic, indie rock, pop rock

still crisp - REPRESENTED BY PUPPETS
big beat, electronic, bass, chill, dubstep, funk, hardcore, hip hop, house, techno

aperson 04-22-2021 06:12 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rayword45 (Post 4760181)
Day 836: WOW by Mouse on Mars (Person who called it a 5/5: you know it already)

bperson I don't understand this was not as good as the last one, sure there were some bangers but some of these tracks actually sucked/were kinda annoying. It's still more good than bad but just, like, barely.

Also what's with all the dumb interludes (I think like 1 of those was good)

Welp, time for class.

Best Track: Pun
Rating: 6/10

Every day I become more convinced your problem is low quality audio listening rig!!!! You can even still hear all the frequencies I can't with your babby zoomer ears too!

rayword45 04-25-2021 02:28 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 837: Sweep It Into Space by Dinosaur Jr

Well, this is a bit better than their 2016 album (which I like less now versus then) at least. Like... Maybe 2 percent less middling?

This took them 5 years to make? What the hell? When the reunion started they were cranking shit out significantly faster and those albums were all way better. Whatever.

Best Track: not gonna bother
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 04-26-2021 03:53 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 838: AAI by Mouse on Mars (Album Choice: William Mah- eh...)

Once again old man, I'm not quite sure I understand your refrigerator taste. I'd say this was better than WOW but still had a lot of filler in there. Still, because it didn't seem quite as dated I'd ALMOST put it on par with the other one I listened to.

Best Track: No, seriously, FIND ME A JOB
Rating: 7/10

aperson 04-30-2021 01:21 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
pdp iii - pilled up on a couple of doves

rayword45 05-5-2021 04:33 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 839: Yasuke by Flying Lotus

I actually liked this one a lot more than Flamagra, shorter songs do this man well!

Best Track: eat my ass
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 05-12-2021 08:13 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 840: In the Corners of a Sphere-Filled Room by Pile

Well, y'all all know or SHOULD know how much I love this fucking band. I still think they're the absolute greatest thing to ever come out of my hometown of Boston. This album is a real departure from their norm though, with no actual verse-chorus-verse songs or pop-friendly structures to be found. Instead, this is a mix of what mostly seems like jams or demos mashed together and fucked with to create a sort of ambient/post-rocky experience.

Do I like it? Yeah, I do, but not as much as I usually enjoy these guys, and I expect I'll be returning to it a lot less than I STILL return to Special Snowflakes or Don't Touch Anything or Pets or Worms. I applaud Rick for being experimental as all heck but I want an album of songs.

Best Track: Do you like waffles? Yeah we like waffles. Do you like pancakes? Yeah we like pancales. Do you like Fre
Rating: 6.5/10

rayword45 05-20-2021 03:00 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 841: Play With the Changes by Rochelle Jordan

It's good. I should have sex to this album.

Best Track: job
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 05-21-2021 03:46 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 842: Bright Green Field by Squid

The first few moments of this album I thought it was gonna sound like some dub shit, but nope. This sounds more like Nomeansno more than anything.

This is either an album I'll come to love upon a few more listens, or I'll realize that I like it even less than I do now. As of right now? Middling. Some really great tracks, some boring ones, but almost all of them could be trimmed quite significantly.

Best Track: Peel St
Rating: 6.5/10

rayword45 05-30-2021 11:27 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 843: something by Skee Mask from 2021

Good songs, too long.

Best Track: my sex life sucks
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 06-2-2021 04:49 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 844: Shiesty Season by Pooh Shiesty

A bunch of nerdy anime/hip-hop groups I'm in on social media are claiming you can't diss J Cole if you like this guy and listen to him.

And I don't get it. This guy's lyrics and flow are nothing to write home about, the songs all sound pretty same-y and the beats are generic yet... This is probably one of my favorites this year so far.

Fuck, do I have to listen to the new J Cole now?

Best Track: could someone please eat my ass
Rating: 8/10

dAnceguy117 06-4-2021 06:14 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Porter Robinson - Nurture

just putting this here so I could be the first asshole to put this here, but I'm curious to see a review

rayword45 06-8-2021 09:03 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 845: Cavalcade by black midi

Brutal prog? Where's the brutal?

Best Track: Either the opener or Chondromalacia Patella. I hate these song titles (yet don't mind IDM titles go figure)
Rating: 5.5/10

rayword45 06-8-2021 10:29 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 846: The Off-Season by J Cole

I've come to the conclusion that the people who diss Pooh Shiesty to defend this guy

A. Spend WAYYY too much time debating PS4 vs Xbox
B. Wished they were Goku as a kid
C. Would have the aux ripped from them at any party

It's not terrible but it's completely forgettable, there's not a single real standout here, and some of those spiritual lyrical miracle bars are truly awful, especially when he references shit like cancel culture or whatever the internet perceives as a sneak diss on Noname.

Okay next album.

Best Track: foreskin
Rating: 4.5/10

barfood 06-13-2021 09:58 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Bo Burnham Inside

rayword45 06-14-2021 01:31 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 847: Skitzofrenia Simulation by Sewerslvt

I liked the last one but haven't returned to it much. I REALLY like this one, it makes me want to rave, the whole album plays out like a set at a rave I'd want to be at, with a variety of moods and speeds.

No Moral Orel samples this time but IMO that's a good thing despite my love of the show.

I can't make a funny here.

Best Track: Existing Everywhere
Rating: 9/10

I like it 06-14-2021 08:58 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dAnceguy117 (Post 4762077)
Porter Robinson - Nurture

just putting this here so I could be the first asshole to put this here, but I'm curious to see a review

aoty

rayword45 06-15-2021 11:49 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 848: The Fool by Bladee

I mean, it's really same-y, it's generally pleasant enough, it's rarely TERRIBLE... I'm going back to work

Rating: 6/10
Best Track: Hotel Breakfast (almost typed Japanese there)

I typed those in reverse by accident and don't feel like fixing it

rayword45 06-15-2021 03:52 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2021 albums halp
 
Day 849: Worlds by Porter Robinson

Okay so this is another one where I was planning to review it way back in the day somewhat closer to when it was released or something, listened to it several times, then forgot to review it. Now I'm doing it because I have requests to listen to his new album and I probably was gonna do it anyways, but why not go back to this first and finally get this logged in?

And, yeah, it's mostly how I remember it. Back then I probably would've said "these songs are mostly too long and have the same vibe to them all, even though they're not BAD, and I bet I'd enjoy this a lot more if I was on MDMA or something."

Let's amend that.

These songs are mostly too long and have the same vibe to them all, even though they're not BAD, and I would 100% enjoy this more if I was on some sort of empathogen or really any substance. I don't dislike this stuff, I just don't need a whole hour of it while doing mundane tasks. The short interlude (I think it's supposed to be one?) is actually my favorite because it's the weirdest thing.

I also bet you had I done this back in 2014 or so I would've put way more effort in. I'm trying this time to add words because I want something of semi-substance... Nah that's redundant, I'm just spewing word vomit.

Corporate life sucks. But I'm seeing this guy live in October fuck yeah

Best Track: Natural Light
Rating: 6/10 (but if I was on drugs, a 9/10!)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright FlashFlashRevolution