Straight Outta Compton – NWA ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1988 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. ★★ 40 Hip-Hop Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. was a monumental and pioneering hip-hop record, but age has not been kind to it, and while you have to talk about how instrumental the album was in forming gangsta rap, highly political music about racialContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton – NWA ★★”

Forever and Ever – SALES ★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2018 Forever and Ever SALES ★★½ 50 Rock Indie Pop Bedroom Pop Forever and Ever by SALES is a stereotypical bedroom pop record, with sweet, dreamy vocals; soft, gentle guitar; do-it-yourself drum programming and production; and teenage diary-style lyrics. For the most part, albums like this are pleasant backgroundContinue reading “Forever and Ever – SALES ★★½”

House of Balloons -The Weeknd ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2011 House of Balloons The Weeknd ★★★★½ 87 Hip-Hop R&B Alternative R&B I really love how House of Balloons flows from beginning to end, that the subjects and themes return from song to song, and put the main character through a wringer of emotions and situations delivered with R&BContinue reading “House of Balloons -The Weeknd ★★★★½”

The Impossible Kid – Aesop Rock ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2016 The Impossible Kid Aesop Rock ★★★ 60 Hip-Hop The Impossible Kid is a fine album from a rapper who’s a holdout from an era of underground, electronic alternative New York-based hip hop that never really thrived or flourished into the mainstream. While most of Aesop Rock’s peers fromContinue reading “The Impossible Kid – Aesop Rock ★★★”

Horses – Patti Smith ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1975 Horses Patti Smith ★★★ 63 Rock Punk Rock Art Rock Horses is a nice dose of classic rock a la the Rolling Stones or The Who, mixed with some punk energy and enthusiasm without the blaring distortion. Patti Smith is definitely a good frontman for a band, andContinue reading “Horses – Patti Smith ★★★”

Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2006 Brother, Sister mewithoutYou ★★★½ 65 Rock Alternative Rock Indie Rock mewithoutYou brings together a nice mix of mid-2000s indie rock styles on Brother, Sister — garage rock, punk, post punk, art rock, some folk, some emo.  I tended to enjoy the punk end of the spectrum here —Continue reading “Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou ★★★½”

Technique – New Order ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1989 Technique New Order ★★★½ 70 Rock New Wave Alternative Dance I really enjoy New Order’s Technique because it fits perfectly into its time period. Are the lyrics corny? Sure. Are the synths and dancy percussion over the top? You bet. Do their basslines take the lead from theContinue reading “Technique – New Order ★★★½”

Little Oblivions – Julien Baker ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2021 Little Oblivions Julien Baker ★★★ 63 Rock Indie Pop On Julien Baker’s third record, Little Oblivions, she shifted from her indie, stripped down, vocal-focused sound to a more high-end, pop rock production style. I think the introduction of drums, more piano, and distant, colorful synth keys were aContinue reading “Little Oblivions – Julien Baker ★★★”

Pang – Caroline Polachek ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2019 Pang Caroline Polachek ★★★ 56 Pop Indie Pop I’m a big fan of creative pop albums, but I was surprisingly underwhelmed by Pang, Caroline Polachek’s third solo record. A lot of the disappointment comes from her repetitive, elementary lyrics throughout the album.  Listening to Polachek’s lyrics mostly feltContinue reading “Pang – Caroline Polachek ★★★”

6 Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule ★★★★

Year Album Artist 2013 6 Feet Beneath The Moon King Krule ★★★★ 78 Rock Jazz Rock Alternative R&B 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is full of emotion, coming from a deep, raspy voice sung by an at-the-time 19 year-old, thin, ginger kid from London. It’s sparsely produced, with soft, mostly guitar and drum tracks thatContinue reading “6 Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule ★★★★”