My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything ALBUM REVIEW

Ireland's most celebrated band, My Bloody Valentine, returns with their second release of 1988. Instead of an EP, Isn't Anything is a debut full-length album and is one of My Bloody Valentine's very best. Like most of their discography, this album is absolutely essential for anyone who is looking to explore the shoegaze genre. With Isn't Anything, My… Continue reading My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything ALBUM REVIEW

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My Bloody Valentine – m b v ALBUM REVIEW

After 22 long years, My Bloody Valentine finally came out with their new album m b v in early 2013. Many were skeptical that My Bloody Valentine could ever top their 1991 masterpiece, Loveless. But, in my opinion, m b v is almost or equally as good as their most beloved and well-known album. This album divides its nine songs… Continue reading My Bloody Valentine – m b v ALBUM REVIEW

My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise EP REVIEW

You Made Me Realise is My Bloody Valentine's acclaimed 1988 EP, and is the first My Bloody Valentine record to receive significant critical acclaim. With the exception of Strawberry Wine and Ecstasy, My Bloody Valentine churned out generic goth rock in the style of one of their major influences, The Cure. Beginning with the release of Strawberry Wine and Ecstasy, My Bloody… Continue reading My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise EP REVIEW

Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late ALBUM REVIEW

Drake's unfortunate fall from grace (see "Views" and "More Life") was preceded by one last great album from the Torontonian superstar, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Released as a $12.99 mixtape in 2015, If You're Reading This It's Too Late is probably Drake's most cohesive and inspired work to date. The album opens with excellent slow… Continue reading Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late ALBUM REVIEW

Radiohead – In Rainbows ALBUM REVIEW

In Rainbows is famed English rockband Radiohead's seventh studio album. It was released via pay-what-you-want format in 2007, inciting a discussion about the future of music purchasing and business ethics. Unlike Kid A or OK Computer, the music on In Rainbows is generally sparse, with clean guitars playing over polyrhythmic drum beats and slinky bass lines. Thom's vocal performance… Continue reading Radiohead – In Rainbows ALBUM REVIEW

OutKast – Aquemini ALBUM REVIEW

Aquemini is Atlanta rap duo OutKast's third album, following 1994's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and 1996's ATLiens. Each subsequent album proved to be better than the previous, and 1998's Aquemini is no exception. The album features the most lush, grandiose production ever heard in hip-hop at the time, and this golden standard of production would not be topped until Kanye West's Late Registration a full seven… Continue reading OutKast – Aquemini ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew Bird is a singer-songwriter hailing from Chicago who has been recording and releasing music since the mid-90s. In 2012, when Break It Yourself was released, his extensive discography included near-great albums such as Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair Apocrypha, and Weather Systems. Here, Andrew Bird returns with another solid album full of chamber pop music.… Continue reading Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself ALBUM REVIEW

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City ALBUM REVIEW

This album reminds me of a modern gangsta movie set in Compton, California. It has a long, cinematic feel to it with a script told through lyrics and short skits in the form of voicemails tacked on to the end of tracks. While the idea of voicemails in rap music is something of a trope,… Continue reading Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City ALBUM REVIEW

Kanye West – Yeezus ALBUM REVIEW

Kanye West had big shoes to fill following his critically acclaimed modern masterpiece, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Virtually no one could imagine Kanye creating an album that was more grandiose, more musically stunning, or more emotionally charged than MBDTF. So, as Kanye had done in the past with albums like Graduation and 808s and Heartbreak, he didn't worry about building… Continue reading Kanye West – Yeezus ALBUM REVIEW