Endtroducing….. – DJ Shadow ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1996 Endtroducing….. DJ Shadow ★★★★½ 88 Electronic Alternative Hip-Hop Trip-Hop DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing….. is a pioneering album that set the standard for sample-driven instrumentals in electronic and hip-hop music, and solidified the sound that would come out of most trip-hop artists for the rest of the decade.  Sample-heavy musicContinue reading “Endtroducing….. – DJ Shadow ★★★★½”

Be – Common ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2005 Be Common ★★★★½ 89 Hip-Hop The concept of a comeback record wasn’t really a thing in hip-hop back in 2005. One reason, and a big one, is that the genre was still relatively new at the time. With only 20 years or so of history — and closerContinue reading “Be – Common ★★★★½”

To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar ★★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2015 To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar ★★★★★ 96 Hip-Hop West Coast Hip-Hop Jazz Rap I remember the night To Pimp A Butterfly came out. The album’s two lead singles helped build up hype in Kendrick Lamar’s fanbase — which had slowly but steadily grew in size since 2012’sContinue reading “To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar ★★★★★”

Turn On the Bright Lights – Interpol ★★★½

Year Album Atrist Stars Score Genre 2002 Turn On the Bright Lights Interpol ★★★½ 74 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Revival It’s nice when you can pinpoint the birth — or revival — of a genre. Interpol’s debut Turn On the Bright Lights might not have technically been the first Post Punk Revival record, butContinue reading “Turn On the Bright Lights – Interpol ★★★½”

how i’m feeling now – Charli XCX ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2020 how i’m feeling now Charli XCX ★★★★ 84 Pop Electropop Hyperpop how i’m feeling now is a really good, well crafted pop album that expertly combines Charli XCX’s catchy, simple choruses, with complex production that keep you interested and coming back for more.  It’s a work that isContinue reading “how i’m feeling now – Charli XCX ★★★★”

The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1994 The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails ★★★★ 85 Rock Industrial Electronic Rock The Downward Spiral has so many things going for it, and really feels like a starting point for making some of the darkest parts of alternative rock and metal music from the 90s more mainstream. Yes,Continue reading “The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails ★★★★½”

Post – Björk ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1995 Post Björk ★★★★ 81 Electronic Art Pop Trip-Hop On Post, Björk delivers both a more mature and more commercial performance compared to Debut two years prior. The vast production and pop styles touched on Post are breathtaking at times, mixing elements of dance, trip-hop, industrial sounds, art popContinue reading “Post – Björk ★★★★”

Parklife – Blur ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1994 Parklife Blur ★★★★½ 88 Rock Alternative Rock Britpop It’s easy to listen to Parklife for the very first time and dismiss it as basic, or not particularly serious. Blur uses standard Britpop instrumentation, and there’s nothing individually that seems spectacular. Lyrically and vocally the songs are jokey andContinue reading “Parklife – Blur ★★★★½”

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 ★★”

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”