Album Reviews

Exactly what it says on the tin: thoughts, praises and gripes about records as they come, while still striving to remember that line from Ratatouille.

“In the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.” – Anton Ego

Albums of 2017

Alvvays: Antisocialites

Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights

Julie Byrne: Not Even Happiness

Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

Future Islands: The Far Field

The Horrors: V

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream

Lorde: Melodrama

Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me

The National: Sleep Well Beast

Perfume Genius: No Shape

Queens of the Stone Age: Villains

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3

Sampha: Process


SZA: Ctrl

Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory

Thundercat: Drunk

The War On Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm

The xx: I See You

Albums of 2016


Beyoncé: Lemonade

Bon Iver: 22, A Million

David Bowie: Blackstar

Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree

Christine and the Queens: Chaleur Humaine

PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project

Cate Le Bon: Crab Day

Mitski: Puberty 2

Frank Ocean: Blonde

Angel Olsen: My Woman

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

Solange: A Seat at the Table

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Wild Beasts: Boy King

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Albums of 2015

Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Beach House: Depression Cherry

Blur: The Magic Whip

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Disclosure: Caracal

Everything Everything: Get to Heaven

Foals: What Went Down

John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness

Hot Chip: Why Make Sense?

Laura Marling: Short Movie

Joanna Newsom: Divers

Ought: Sun Coming Down

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Tame Impala: Currents

Kurt Vile: b’lieve i’m goin’ down…

Villagers: Darling Arithmetic

Wilco: Star Wars

Jamie xx: In Colour

2015 Mid-Year Roundup

1 Laura Marling guardian

Albums of 2014

East India Youth: Total Strife Forever

Real Estate: Atlas

tUnE-yArDs: Nikki Nack

Wild Beasts: Present Tense

1 Merrill Garbus

Albums of 2013

Arctic Monkeys: AM

Atoms for Peace: Amok

Bloc Party: The Nextwave Sessions

Everything Everything: Arc

Foals: Holy Fire

Haim: Days Are Gone

Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle

Mount Kimbie: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

The National: Trouble Will Find Me

Palma Violets: 180

Post War Years: Galapagos

Queens of the Stone Age: … Like Clockwork

These New Puritans: Field of Reeds

Tribes: Wish to Scream

Vampire Weekend: Modern  Vampires of the City

Villagers: {Awayland}

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito

Youth Lagoon: Wondrous Bughouse

Firefly Music Festival - Day 2

Albums of 2012

alt-J: An Awesome Wave

Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

Beach House: Bloom

Bloc Party: Four

Grizzly Bear: Shields

The Staves: Dead & Born & Grown

Tame Impala: Lonerism

The xx: Coexist

I reserve the right to drastically alter my opinions on absolutely anything.


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