MLP G5 Second-Day Thoughts

Because sometimes you just can’t keep them all straight no matter what you do. Full spoilers, of course.

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My Little Pony: A New Generation

I should be playing Deltarune, but new horse just dropped.

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Album reviews 9/22/21

The Strokes- The New Abnormal: Seems I’m getting into the part of 2020 where bands have started to call albums things like “The New Abnormal”. And while this is clearly yet another Strokes album, it’s also very spare and lacking something in the production. “Bad Decisions” is the closest to a solid single here, and even that’s pretty thin. Guess they’re done for. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 9/14/21

Alan Wildeman- The Apologist: Imagine if Sting made a white-guy-with-acoustic-guitar album, except instead of sounding like Sting, he just sounded like some guy. That’s what most of this is like, for better or worse. It’s just a little too boring and a little too full of itself when it really shouldn’t be. Seriously, rhyming Dachau with Krakow, come the fuck on. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 9/12/21

All Time Low- Wake Up Sunshine: Another pop punk outfit grows up! Well, their sound, mostly, a lot of this is still angsty love songs. But it’s fun! Solid alternative rock, really fun and upbeat. I even liked the one track with a rapper. I dunno who blackbear is, but he’s pretty good, and for a first time of mixing rap with post-punk, it sounds great. Worth your time! 6.5/10

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Album reviews 9/10/21

Anna Calvi- Hunter: This is a 2018 album that had a ‘sequel’ in 2020 that’s not quite long enough to review, so you get this one instead! And… wow, this is really boring! Her voice is dull, the music itself is toothless, it’s frankly wasting my time and yours because I just can’t think of anything to say about it. Why did I go after this? 4/10

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

This movie made me realize a lot of things about the MCU.

I’m more interested in new heroes than in sequels. We haven’t had an origin story in a while, and origin stories are great. And Black Widow was really mediocre.

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Album reviews 9/7/21

DJ SS Presents- Bass Sea: Drum & Bass Sounds of the Summer: I think I alluded to listening to a lot of drum & bass on a website recently. This is the site I was talking about. (It’s kind of janky; keeps logging me out and forgetting what I put in the checkout cart. But it’s otherwise a good way to explore new music.) Now, normally I don’t review collections. I review albums. But boy, is this really great? Every other song was a fantastic example of drum & bass, be it liquid or… uh, whatever other d’n’b types exist, I’m sure! Point is, I really liked this and I think I would listen to it again. That’s not easy to do with a various artist collection! 8.5/10

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Album reviews 9/4/21

In This Moment- Mother: The second track of this album sounds like Stevie Nicks decided to go heavy metal. This is very grungy and dark, which seems like a very dumb thing to be criticizing a metal band about, but it’s not what I listen to In This Moment for. I could swear their vocalist has changed, but apparently not. But they even managed to take the fun out of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”! Who does that? It’s not until the title track, halfway through the album, that I finally hear something familiar. Maybe they’re just trying something new, but I can’t say I like it. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 9/1/21

Pearl Jam- Gigaton: For some reason, I continue to be shocked to see older bands releasing new albums. Maybe with Pearl Jam, it’s because they’re just so indelibly linked to the 90’s, it’s hard to imagine they could even exist today. And, well, maybe they don’t. I mean, I was cognizant that I was listening to a modern Pearl Jam album, that sound is definitely theirs, but this was ultimately insubstantial, which is not a word one normally would use to describe them. It’s okay, I guess? 4.5/10

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