For the first time – Black Country, New Road ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2021 For The First Time Black Country, New Road ★★★★ 82 Rock Alternative Rock Post Rock For The First Time, the debut album from For  Black Country, New Road, is a strange, disjointed but highly engaging record that really hits hard at some points musically and lyrically.  The bandContinue reading “For the first time – Black Country, New Road ★★★★”

We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes – Death Cab for Cutie ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2000 We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes! Death Cab For Cutie ★★★ 63 Rock Alternative Rock Indie Rock “Title Track” is a really appropriate opening for Death Cab for Cutie’s second record. It starts with the same raw, kind of muddy sounds and sad, lonely feeling foundContinue reading “We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes – Death Cab for Cutie ★★★”

Something About Airplanes – Death Cab For Cutie ★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1998 Something About Aitplanes Death Cab For Cutie ★★½ 48 Rock Indie Rock Death Cab for Cutie’s 1998 debut is far from the more accessible, sometimes cutesy and often relatable indie-pop music the band will become known for in the mid to late 2000s.  It’s a gritty, raw, grayContinue reading “Something About Airplanes – Death Cab For Cutie ★★½”

Drunk Tank Pink – SHAME ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2021 Drunk Tank Pink SHAME ★★★★½ 87 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Shame’s 2018 debut Songs of Praise was my second favorite punk album of the 2010s, behind Idles’ Joy as an Act of Resistance. Praise was fun, high-energy alternative rock that was easy to listen to and straightforwardContinue reading “Drunk Tank Pink – SHAME ★★★★½”

Finding Forever – Common ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2007 Finding Forever Common ★★★½ 72 Hip-Hop Finding Forever is the victim of being in the shadow of the classic Common album that came out just a few years prior. The album is a clear step down from Be, both for Common as an emcee and for Kanye WestContinue reading “Finding Forever – Common ★★★½”

Universal Mind Control – Common ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2008 Universal Mind Control Common ★★ 39 Hip-Hop There was a lot to be excited about in late 2008, when Common was about to release new music. Common was coming off of his two most successful albums, and was about to make the third of his deal with GOODContinue reading “Universal Mind Control – Common ★★”

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. ★★★★”