Album reviews 10/11/21

Baschfire- Sounds as a Service: Baschfire is not exactly known for doing chiptunes, and yet this short album is an excellent example of the genre. Every track was a fun thrill from start to finish. Really, I can’t ask for more from an instrumental album! 8.5/10

Anders Holst- Soho Suite: This is an easy listening kind of album from 2020, jazzy light rock by a guy with a really great voice. Seriously, though no individual track stood out to me, I just liked hearing this all the way through. 6/10

Alarde- Oitoitenta: This is a semi-punk album from a Brazilian group, that dropped in 2009. It really does nothing for me. I wish they were just a little bit more than they actually are, it’s like they aren’t putting in quite enough effort to really be enjoyable. And as Freegal has a second album of theirs, I can state that this is just how they are. 4/10

Alas- In the Blind: This is a 2017 release by a very soft indie rock outfit. This is the kind of music you listen to to wind down at the end of the day, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. They’re akin to Elbow or a few other modern soft-rock bands I actually like. Nothing stood out to me, but it was a very pleasant listen. 6/10

Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance- Way Out to Hope Street: It’s not true, because see above, but I feel like I’ve been listening to this guy’s work all fucking day. And it’s not that it’s bad — I like Celtic fiddle music! — just that the vast majority of it, solo or with contributors, is really, really similar. So it’s a breath of fresh goddamn air to hear this album that actually has, like, energy to it. Also pipes! Not just fiddle! This project is clearly the apotheosis of his output, I’m glad I saved it for last. 7.5/10

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