Masterpiece. This is the first thing that came to my mind after listening to Dirty Computer. I can't remember the last time when my expectations for an album have been satisfied to such an extent. An album, which probably will have a similar cultural relevance as To Pimp a Butterfly or Lemonade. It's a manifestation … Continue reading Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
One of the most hyped albums of the year turned out to be one of the most not-surprising ones. Remember when Bjork was making each of her LPs characteristic and different? This era ended with Biophilia. Vulnicura and Utiopia are both examples of a genius, who starts to record the same music all over again, … Continue reading Björk – Utopia
Reworked By Detroiters shows two things: (a) Funkadelic is still a great listen with a ton of potential; (b) Detroit's music culture is still an extremely interesting aesthetic with a ton of potential. I've been listening to Funkadelic since high school, and I have to admit that after a while it become bored. I thought … Continue reading Funkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters
Converge came back with their first new album in five years. And oh my, it was worth the wait.
Grizzly Bear came back after five years of break. While their previous LP, Shields, was a marvel full of imaginative and sophisticated compositions, Painted Ruins were expected to deliver pretty much the same. But let's be clear. It did not. Promotional singles were a prelude to what became a compilation of well executed, but watered-down, … Continue reading Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's latest album Sketches of Brunswick East, recorded with a collaboration of Mild High Club, is their third this year. And it sounds like Metallica's signature fourth song. It's the first toned down of the bunch. It's also complicated with sophisticated structure, but gives us a space to breathe and recharge without losing … Continue reading King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East
Dark Matter proves that we don't longer listen to Randy Newman searching looking for good music, but solely for witty lyrics. And occasionally for a wonderful soundtrack. However, despite great stories, amusing wit, and undisputable charm, it lacks the overall magnificence of its predecessor. I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the first … Continue reading Randy Newman – Dark Matter
Remember Bob Dylan's Self Portrait? Well, there it goes again. Arcade Fire come back with Everything Now - their weirdest and probably weakest LP to date.
Vince Staples' new LP Big Fish Theory is a dark, mysterious, bass-filled, massive accomplishment, despite it's only 36 minutes long. And it's rapper's sophomore album. Not every 24-year-old records an LP this sophisticated. American rapper managed to mix really dark and heavy music with an atmosphere straight from 1997's synths. You can hear The Prodigy here, as well as … Continue reading Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
This album is a pure fire, destruction and catharsis. One of the most prog LPs in King Gizzard's enormous collection of records is energetic and rewarding journey through the vast landscapes filled with mighty beasts, monsters and cosmic balance. The pace of Mad Max's pursuits is constantly present, which might be exhausting, but also exhilarating … Continue reading King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
This review is dedicated to all those people who think this album is a huge disappointment. I thought so as well. But then I listened to it again and again, and everything changed.
Tara Jane O'Neil's self-titled album is named add some music's album of the week.
Kendrick Lamar's latest album DAMN. is named add some music's album of the week. And it's pretty damn fine. But it's not that easy...
Sometimes I have a feeling I'm no longer listening to Timber Timbre, but to young alternative universe version of Bob Dylan with dreamy synths (Velvet Gloves & Spit). Or just electronica-inspired I'm Not There soundtrack. Or mellow Arcade Fire/David Bowie (Grifting). Or Leonard Cohen (Western Questions)?! Or dreamy, contemplative Bruce Springsteen? Either way, Sincerely, Future Pollution … Continue reading Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Do not be mistaken, this is an experimental album. Which shouldn't be a surprise given Arca's career. But it's different from his previous LPs. It's much more personal, subtle, delicate, intimate with all of its peculiarity. It seems like Gharsi became vulnerable, creating music that's moving and as forceful as it can get, without incomprehensible collages … Continue reading Arca – Arca
Pure Comedy is a very long endeavour. And excellently executed one. Song after song, Father John Misty is creating an atmosphere of subtlety, intensity, but also monumentality with all of its beauty. This album, just like his previous ones, grows with every song, letting you sink in and enjoy its alluring melodies, charming tones, wonderful lyrics. This … Continue reading Album of the Week: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Ladies and gentleman, Mastodon is back. After the weird, incoherent and hectic One More 'Round the Sun, their new LP seems like a fresh breath of great, hard, intense ideas, while maintaining modern, dark The Hunter-like sound. At first, I didn't like the singles at all. They seemed to be imitative, to be the same … Continue reading Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Unfortunately, we're still waiting for a record that'll be as good as Seventh Tree. After experimental Tales of Us, which was magnificent, but not as Goldfrapp-y as one would as one would expect, we got Silver Eye, which should satisfy every person, who was searching for more electronic sound. And oh my, the beginning is … Continue reading Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
Kelly Lee Owens's electronica is subtle, dreamy, intense. M83 covering Kraftwerk featuring Alison Goldfrapp inspired by the Field. Minimal techno wonderfully blends with ambient-ish collages of sound, creating an atmosphere of relaxation, reflectiveness, chillout, and drug-indused dancefloor. This could be a soundtrack of your lucid dreams about spending whole night dancing yourself away from reality. … Continue reading Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
Wow, just wow. They really think 80s never really past. And I know, we shouldn't expect much more from JAMC at this point, but this is a little bit disappointing. It lacks the rebellion, the courage, the experiment, the angst that we all knew from their previous lives in past days. Damage and Joy is … Continue reading The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy
This album is just massive. Great, big, monumental riffs, modern concept, inclusive approach, great melodies, atmosphere of doom, yet open to an everyday listener. Pallbearer probably recorded not only one of the best, satisfying, comprehensible metal albums of the year, but in recent memory. I wouldn't be surprised, if Heartless eventually was granted a spot among … Continue reading Pallbearer – Heartless
I've spent a lot of time playing GTA V this week. Its world is as fictitious as it can get, vivid, over-exaggerated, brutal, full of specific humor. Listening to Mount Eerie after such experience is a very rough, cold shower. A Crow Looked At Me brings you back to earth with soul-wrenching stories, menalcholic melodies, … Continue reading Album of the Week: Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
Lightness. This is what I felt while listening to Real Estate's latest LP In Mind. All of the songs you can find there are pleasantly easy-listening, but not overly simplistic. Guitars have bright, clean tone, just like every other instrument. Everything fits perfectly. Just like a perfectly nice album. An LP-next-door. It's just a pity … Continue reading Real Estate – In Mind
Oh my, how I enjoyed this album. And enjoyed it since the first listen. I know, it's not an art-rock, album-of-the-year magnificent achievement. It's not even artistically advanced that much. But I just love it. Long live authentic American punk rock, which stays true to its pop roots, while delivering a desperate, yet optimistic message. Your Not As _____ As … Continue reading Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
It's not a breakthrough, but it's fun. And experimental as well. Spoon recorded an album that merges their alternative explorations with perfected pop rock song. This makes Hot Thoughts album appealing to both new listeners, who are searching for pure entertainment with an addition of alt-rock, but also to alt-rock fans, who are searching for mainstream fun. Title track … Continue reading Album of the Week: Spoon – Hot Thoughts
As a whole, Spirit may be Depeche Mode's best album since Violator. But does that make it a magnificent achievement? I'm not sure. It's also a political statement, which tries to be relevant, and sometimes it succeeds, but it doesn't feel as sincere as it should. It's like treating Lady Gaga as the queen of alternative music. It … Continue reading Depeche Mode – Spirit
Heartworms emanate abstractness, psychedelics and indieness in a way that makes this music featureless. The Shins wanted to sound innovative, brave, melancholic, joyous. They tried to do all at once, which eventually turned out to be pointless. The songs are nice, engaging, but forgetful. There's no artistry that you might experience on their previous albums. … Continue reading The Shins – Heartworms
How she could do it, I don't know. Her talent is enormous, her gentility is magnificent, beauty of her music is astounding. Laura Marling recorded an album that you expected her to record. Semper Femina is as soothing and reflecting as it can get Laura Marling sixth's combination of delicacy and might makes this album both heart-wrenching … Continue reading Album of the Week: Laura Marling – Semper Femina
First of all, there's nothing here that you wouldn't find on Tame Impala's records, or even lighter The Flaming Lips' ones. But not that exciting. Volcano is a compilation of nicely done, well-written neo-psychedelia tunes with a ton of synths and extreme reverberation. After the first few songs, music seems to be blending into one … Continue reading Temples – Volcano
Let's party like it's 1999. More like 1995. And in Africa. With a lot of neon lights. And synthesizers. And crazy rhythms. And brass section. A lot of brass. Two words: afro-beat electro-pop. Let's go on a dancefloor and try to keep up with the drummer. And you know what? This party is phenomenal. But … Continue reading Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai