Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C. ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Skinty Fia Fontaines D.C. ★★★★½ 86 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Four years ago, Fontaines D.C. popped into an aggressive Irish post-punk scene with a slightly more youthful, lighthearted take on the genre. Songs like “Boys In The Better Land,” “Roy’s Tune” and “Television Screens” were catchy andContinue reading “Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C. ★★★★½”

Asphalt Meadows – Death Cab for Cutie ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Asphalt Meadows Death Cab For Cutie ★★★½ 65 Rock Alternative Rock Death Cab For Cutie has been in the post-prime of their career for over a decade. After the peaks of Transatlanticism and Plans, the band started to sound more polished and commercial, leaning more into pop mixingContinue reading “Asphalt Meadows – Death Cab for Cutie ★★★½”

A Light For Attracting Attention – The Smile ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 A Light For Attracting Attention The Smile ★★★★ 77 Rock Alternative Rock The Smile is the closest we’ve gotten to a Thom Yorke side project actually sounding like a real Radiohead record. His vocals on Eraser obviously sounded like Radiohead, but the songs didn’t have the same rangeContinue reading “A Light For Attracting Attention – The Smile ★★★★”

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 ★★★”

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”

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”

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 ★★★”

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”

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 ★★”