Album reviews 2/24/21

The Chainsmokers- World War Joy: I like some of their singles, but does anyone get excited about the Chainsmokers? I mean, this is a perfectly reasonable, very generic modern dancepop album. It’s got a plethora of featured artists (I was surprised to see Blink-182 on the list, and I do like their track), and not even that makes an album stand out anymore. It’s fine. 5.5/10

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Album reviews 2/21/21

LiZ- Planet Y2K: The studio debut of a futurepop artist with late 90’s/2000’s influences, hence the album title. I have to admit, I was hoping for something a little more groundbreaking. After a solid opening, this spends far too much time being generic to really be memorable in the end. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 2/17/21

Band-Maid- Conqueror: This is a Japanese rock band who, like the name suggests, use a maid cafe aesthetic. Which is, y’know, a completely visual thing and doesn’t affect the music at all. So the sum result is you have a cool all-woman rock band. Sometimes they go soft, sometimes they go hard. This is honestly a really good rock album, I’m glad I checked it out. 7.5/10

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Album reviews 2/16/21

Al Sunny- Planets: This is another Freegal find, a 2019 jazzy R&B album by a pretty cool guy. He’s one of those artists who, the more of his material I listen to, the more I like it, and in fact this is the second album of his I’ve listened to today, so you can guess where this is going. And the thing about his music is, it’s not just smooth and relaxing, it’s also bright and uplifting. This is real feel-good music, but it’s more than just a quick shot of dopamine. This is real good! 7.5/10

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Album reviews 2/14/21

Lindemann- F & M: This is a project comprised of the lead singer of Rammstein (obviously, hence the name) and the guy who is Pain. And really, it sounds exactly like what you’d think a combination of the two might. But ultimately, this will be a big hit with fans of Rammstein. And apparently it’s their second album together, I need to find the first! 8.5/10

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Album reviews 2/8/21

Milky Chance- Mind the Moon: This group is from Germany, but am I crazy for thinking there’s also a Japanese artist with a similar name? Anyway, they seem to be doing electronica, save when they start up the reggae, at which point they really remind me of Magic! The first two tracks give the wrong impression: this is a pretty chill album, and I rather enjoyed it. 6.5/10

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Album reviews 2/4/21

Al Scorch- Tired Ghostly Town: What do you get when you mix bluegrass with punk? Lightning-fast banjo and angry, angry music. This is awesome, but it hits like a bullet train, almost over before it begins. You’ll get no time to sit back and contemplate, the songs come hard and fast and do not care to give you a breather. I would really recommend this more for bluegrass fans than punks, but of course everyone should try expanding their horizons now and then. This was awesome. 8.5/10

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Album reviews 1/31/21

Coldplay- Everyday Life: This is split into two halves: Sunrise and Sunset. Sunrise is very light and airy, like they’re experimenting with chillout. Nothing here really made an impression on me, or rather, I would start to get into it and then either find it became too repetitive or dropped whatever had caught my attention. Sunset meanwhile starts off with a high-powered acoustic track about needing more fucking guns, then turns into something quite a bit more familiar to Coldplay fans. Not to say that it’s all dance party all the time, but it actually sounds like rock music now and again. So it’s an unusual turn for them, but not bad. 6.5/10

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Dance Dance Revolution A20

Dubstep is the worst thing to ever happen to DDR.

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Album reviews 1/27/21

Madeon- Good Faith: Oh neat, Madeon’s doing albums now! This is a cool collection of electronica, all of it disparate yet each cool in its own way. This was a really awesome listen, and I hope he does another sometime. 7.5/10

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