Deathconsciousness – Have a Nice Life ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2008 Deathconsciousness Have a Nice Life ★★★★ 77 Rock Shoegaze Post Punk Deathconsciousness is an atmospheric, muddy, desperate feeling record that draws from the dark, post-punk sounds of Joy Division, the heavy, slowcore plodding of Low, the drawn-out post-rock creativity of Slint and the haunting noise-rock production of earlyContinue reading “Deathconsciousness – Have a Nice Life ★★★★”

The Bravery – The Bravery ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars scoore Genre 2005 The Bravery The Bravery ★★★ 57 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Revival The Bravery’s self-titled debut is a boilerplate Post Punk Revival record from a band trying to break into what was the genre’s growing scene in 2005. It’s a well produced album, and the band puts everythingContinue reading “The Bravery – The Bravery ★★★”

LULU – Conway the Machine ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2020 LULU Conway the Machine ★★★★ 77 Hip-Hop At only 22 minutes long, Conway the Machine might technically consider LULU an EP, but it feels like a complete album, and The Alchemist’s production just transports you into Conway’s world, with HARD bass notes, menacing, dissonant synths and gritty, methodicalContinue reading “LULU – Conway the Machine ★★★★”

Kala – M.I.A. ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2007 Kala M.I.A. ★★★★ 76 Electronic Alternative Hip-Hop Synthpop Kala is a loud, bangin’ pop record that’s much less hip-hop leaning than M.I.A.’s previous album Arular and more overall about electronic production and creating dance tracks than her vocals.  With an almost childlike, playground chaoticness or aggressiveness, M.I.A. mixesContinue reading “Kala – M.I.A. ★★★★”

Mutations – Beck ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1998 Mutations Beck ★★ 43 Rock Alternative Rock The first of Beck’s soft rock, no nonsense efforts, Mutations is almost offensively inoffensive.  The songs are slow, they don’t really go anywhere, and Beck doesn’t do anything to impress or really even show any kind of emotion in his vocalContinue reading “Mutations – Beck ★★”

The Stone Roses – The Stone Rose ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1989 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses ★★★½ 73 Rock Psychedelic Rock Madchester The Stone Roses’ 1989 self-titled debut album is a little disjointed and underwhelming at times, but overall the band brings a lot of good songs to the table and moves in a bunch of different directionsContinue reading “The Stone Roses – The Stone Rose ★★★½”

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”

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 ★★★”

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”