Diaspora Problems – Soul Glo ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Diaspora Problems Soul Glo ★★★★½ 87 Rock Punk Rock Post-Hardcore Every few years I come across a creative album that a lot of people are talking about and that on first listen I’m a bit puzzled about. What is this exactly? What genre is this? I kind ofContinue reading “Diaspora Problems – Soul Glo ★★★★½”

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”

Ants From Up Here – Black Country, New Road ★★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Ants From Up There Black Country, New Road ★★★★★ 97 Rock Art Rock Post Rock Following up a debut that is as beloved by a fanbase as Black Country, New Road’s For the first time will always be a tough task for a band. That’s especially the caseContinue reading “Ants From Up Here – Black Country, New Road ★★★★★”

Expert In A Dying Field – The Beths ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Expert In A Dying Field The Beths ★★★★ 80 Rock Indie Rock Jangle Pop Expert In A Dying Field represents pretty much a best-case-scenario for what is essentially a pretty basic, modern power pop album.  The songs are really fun and playful and the vocals warm, welcoming andContinue reading “Expert In A Dying Field – The Beths ★★★★”

Alpha Zulu – Phoenix ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Alpha Zulu Phoenix ★★★ 63 Rock Indie Pop Synthpop On Alpha Zulu, Phoenix gives you exactly what they’re supposed to — fun, upbeat tracks with catchy choruses, soaring synths, kind of weird lyrics and a blend of guitar effects and electronic bleeps and clicks that all result inContinue reading “Alpha Zulu – Phoenix ★★★”

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”

Blue Rev – Alvvays ★★★½

Year Album Artist Star Score Genre 2022 Blue Rev Alvvays ★★★½ 68 Rock Indie Pop Deam Pop Blue Rev on the surface has everything you’d look for in an Alvvays album. It’s composed of 14 cute dream pop songs that mix in a bit of indie rock energy. There are some fun guitar runs, someContinue reading “Blue Rev – Alvvays ★★★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 ★★★”