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Yeah it really does feel like you could put any hot girl on those Dua songs and they'd be mostly the same. I still have some hope for her though, she just has to find a way to be unique again.

44. Before Its Gone by Salt Cathedral* - 5.8

-This is an alt-pop band with a girl singer, usually right up my alley, and its fine, but I also would have forgotten about it already if not for this review thread.


Sat May 04, 2024 1:37 pm
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Album of the month

January 2024: Lizzie No - Halfsies: 9/10
February 2024: The Paranoid Style - The Interrogator: 7.5/10
March 2024: Sheryl Crow - Evolution - 8/10
April 2024: Taylor Swift - The Tortured Poets Department - 8.5/10

Standout songs from April

Taylor Swift - thanK you aIMee, But Daddy I Love Him, Peter, The Tortured Poets Department, I Can Do It With A Broken Heart, My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys
Katie Pruitt - All My Friends, White Lies White Jesus and You, Self Sabotage, The Waitress, Standstill
J Cole - Crocodile Tearz
Kendrick Lamar - Euphoria

I didn't do the best job listening to indie albums this month other than Pruitt.

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Count me as a Euro then as I like Radical Optimism. Probably because I grew up on 80s and especially 90s Eurodance.

I like her two first singles + These Walls and Maria the most so far.

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Everyone knows that Australia is just Europe but with more snakes. So that tracks.

April monthly award - tie between Tortured Poets Department and Only God Was Above Us. Speaking of ... when you gonna Vamp up, Mr. Shack? You was spitting lots of diss tracks about rockband music in the offseason, but now a #1 contender comes along and you can't find a reason?

45. All Born Screaming by St. Vincent - 8.4

-Annie and the rest of the band go back and forth with me. Just when I think I'm a St. Vincent fan, their next album turns me off. And just when I think I'm done with St. Vincent, they release something awesome like this album. Very much an industrial rock vibe (so very Nine Inch Nails, yet no Trent Reznor on the writing credits) and its right up my alley. "Broken Man" and "Big Time Vibe" are my favorites.


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Dua Lipa - Radical Optimism: 7.5 / 10

I like this quite a bit actually, she felt like a songwriter to me on it, and she sells her whole stoic demeanour as being emotionally guarded. Falling Forever is definitely the standout track but I also like These Walls, Anything for Love, Maria, Houdini which I had listened to a lot already, and Training Season has grown on me.

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Speaking of ... when you gonna Vamp up, Mr. Shack? You was spitting lots of diss tracks about rockband music in the offseason, but now a #1 contender comes along and you can't find a reason?


I tried it last month but I only really liked Capricon

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46. Don't Forget To Breathe by Buddy - 7.6

-Buddy may not be destroying a pop culture icon right now, but he did go to the Kendrick Lamar school of modern rap. Buddy's from Compton, he has smooth ass beats and elevated lyrics (pretentious word I know, but I can't think of anything better cause I ain't a smooth MC.) I've been getting more into trap lately, but still think this is the best form of hip-hop.


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47. Mirror's Edge by Northlane - 8.2

-Another one of my favorite new (ish) progressive metalcore (aka djent) bands. Northlane are from Australia, mate, so maybe they are also Dua Lipa lovers? They go heavy on the progressive part of their music. Miasma, my favorite, could be a hit dance song by Dua Lipa if she could scream better. I'm seeing Northlane in July, with Invent Animate as the opener - stoked!


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48. You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To by Knocked Loose - 8.8

-The most hyped (on the internet at least) heavy rock album of the year mostly delivers the goods even though Knocked Loose (motherfucker) decided to omit the lead single (and their best overall song) Deep In The Willow. That might've driven the score up to a 9 honestly. However, I kinda get it. One of the best parts of this album is how all the songs transition into each other and maybe DITW didn't fit into that scheme? The whole thing is relentless though and I love that. Poppy's song is great and she's got quite the scream. Even Chris Motionless is less annoying than usual, bringing his amount of good musical moments up to 2 after playing Rhea Ripley to the ring at Mania this year. I think Piece by Piece or the Poppy song was my favorite on first two listens, but Blinding Faith is gonna be what the people remember.


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49. Hopiumforthemasses by Ministry - 5.9

Ministry brings their usual mix of thrash metal and industrial, which I liked alot. The problem is the vocals, or rather lack there of. Some songs have singing, but feels like the majority have clips of famous speeches / rallys playing over them instead of any lyrics.I get what they were going for, and would have been fine with it if it was just for one or two songs, but it got annoying after awhile thus the mid grade.


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50. Final Summer by Cloud Nothings - 8

-Feels like deja vu to write about Cleveland's own angsty punkers Cloud Nothings and give them an 8. They are the 8est of all 8 bands here in these threads as every one of their albums (released every other year or so) lands right around an 8 (or B+/A- in the old grading system.) And its not like they just all the same record. On this one, supposedly their last, they seem to think they are The Strokes. It still sounds like Cloud Nothings, don't get me wrong, but just that little difference in detail makes Final Summer feel special.


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Beams - It's All Round You: 6.5/10 - Solid female led indie band I found. The lead singer personality seems a bit witchy or with some Florence and I think their guitar player is talented. Childlike Empress is a cool song.

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Need one more listen before posting scores on the Battle of the Billephant. In the meantime...

51. Half Living Things by Alpha Wolf* - 8.8

-And a 10 on a scale of badassery. This is more of a traditional metalcore, like The Ghost Inside, than the more progressive stuff I've been posting lately. I had heard the name Alpha Wolf before, but always got them confused with Reignwolf (who are much more lame.) Glad I corrected that mistake!


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52. Neon Pill by Cage The Elephant - 7.9

-Matt went through the whole drug addicts goes to rehab story in the 5 years since Cage released their last album (something else happened in the time period too.) Like many modern drug addicts, he saw the dope as a way to go back in time, in this case to very groovy 80s / early 90s. A time that was apparently very neonic. They had already started going down the path of new wave with Social Cues, so I guess he was high for most of that record? Or perhaps just dipping his toes into it? This is a weird album to grade in that regard. It starts very well, Rainbow being the stand out track, and there's nothing bad on here. If this was a new band I'd be celebrating the record. I just imagine that, once the dust is settled, this will join Melophobia in the tier of "Cage albums I don't listen to as much as the others."


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Billie’s HIT ME HARD AND SOFT is easily, by far and away the best album of the year so far (for me). She nails it, impeccable, delicious, fun and achingly lovely. (and at a precise 10 tracks, doesn’t overstay her welcome (take a note Ms. Swift)). This is an instant classic album for me.


Other albums year that have doses of greatness (amidst some uninspired, subpar songs for the artists)—

Vampire Weekend’s Only God Was Above Us
Maggie Rogers’ Don’t Forget Me


Wasn’t expecting anything from Sheryl Crow but enjoy Evolution quite a bit.


Anyone here listen to The Smile? it’s essentially the current evolution of Radiohead with a lot of returning members (including Johnny and Thom). Their previous albums didn’t draw me in but Wall of Eyes is pretty special, probably my #2 AotY r n.

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53. Hit Me Hard and Soft by Billie Eilish - 9.8

-The lez era of Billie Eilish is off to a fantastic start. This album is really groovy! I feel like half of the good songs would be all slow and painful if they were on her last album, the decent but dull Happier Than Ever. Just embracing her reality as a popstar also allows Billie to push her sound forward, rather than be all rebeliousness and purposefully trying to make an album without any hits on it. Because even with all that, it never feels like a compromise, this is Billie being Biillie and only Billie could have made this record.

Rankings:

Birds of a Feather
Lunch
The Diner
Blue
Lamour De Ma Vie
Wildflower
Chihiro
Bittersuite
Skinny
The Greatest - the second half of this song is the only part of the album that is meh for me, but first half is solid


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Steve wrote:

Anyone here listen to The Smile? it’s essentially the current evolution of Radiohead with a lot of returning members (including Johnny and Thom). Their previous albums didn’t draw me in but Wall of Eyes is pretty special, probably my #2 AotY r n.
Agreed. I didn't like the first album, but thought this Smile album was much better and gave it a 7.2.


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Birds of a Feather is great though I’m not super into the rest so far

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54. Post Human - Next Gen by Bring Me The Horizon - 4.9

-I partly blame myself for this. I was cracking wise on My Chemical Romance's Danger Days album earlier in the week and then voila, an album that reminds me more of DD than any other drops into my life ... And I have the same feelings of disappointment. It is so hyper yet I remain unhyped. And i really wanna like this too since some of the songs have extremely catchy hooks, but musically it is just so darn dull. I've heard worse bands make better use of this sound. Oh well, BMTH are one of the metal GOATs because they are always trying new things. While most of these experiments have worked out (their album before this Post Human - Survival Horror was my #3 ranked of 2020), some, unfortunately, do not.

Also listened to two other albums yesterday (rapper Vince Staples and another lesser known metal band called Imminence) that I liked alot more. Will have those scores up soon ish. Gonna listen to Justice album today too.


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55. Dark Times by Vince Staples - 7.5

-On the best song of the album Etoufee, Vince spits the line "Fans said they want 2015 Vince, dropped Big Fish and been weak since. Damn, tell me how you really feel. All I wanted was to make a couple mill." I almost feel personally called out by that line, but it seems I'm not alone. Its inaccurate for a few reasons - Big Fish came out in 2017 (and FM! in 2018) , but yeah, his last two albums were, for lack of a better word, weak. Why did making those albums make him more money? I'lll never know. However, the good news is that Dark Times makes the statement inaccurate by being really good! It's still full of slow songs that can't touch peak Staples, but I've listened to it 3 times already and will continue to do so while the self-titled + Ramona Park Broke My Heart shall remain out of the rotation. Little Homies would be my other fav song.


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56. The Black by Imminence - 8.5

-If you've been listening to recent metalcore and thought to yourself "you know what this recipe could use? A lot more violin!" then Imminence is the band for you. I've only heard two of their albums, but this is much better than their previous one, which was good but you can tell they wanted it to be the big crossover record (like Bad Omens' Death of Peace of Mind from the same year.) This one just embraces the modern sound, which will always be niche even for the biggest bands, and is all the better for it. Come What May was my favorite on first listen.


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57. Hyperdrama by Justice - 8.6

-The premiere electronic duo from France returns ... well one of the premiere electronic duos from France anyways. Justice have always been one of my favs in the genre (maybe #2?) because their albums feel like we are going on a perilous journey rather than just dancing in a nightclub or something. Nothing captures this feeling better than the second song, Generator, which is super intense and makes me think something sinister is right behind me! Most of the best songs are in first half, but it is great stuff all around. Hopefully we don't have to wait another 8 years for more new music!


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Flava'd vs The World wrote:
Everyone knows that Australia is just Europe but with more snakes. So that tracks.

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And monster spiders. And sharks and crocs. :thumbsup:

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Dua Lipa - Radical Optimism: 7.5 / 10

I like this quite a bit actually, she felt like a songwriter to me on it, and she sells her whole stoic demeanour as being emotionally guarded. Falling Forever is definitely the standout track but I also like These Walls, Anything for Love, Maria, Houdini which I had listened to a lot already, and Training Season has grown on me.


Yes! Agree with your assessment.

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MadGez wrote:
Flava'd vs The World wrote:
Everyone knows that Australia is just Europe but with more snakes. So that tracks.

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And monster spiders. And sharks and crocs. :thumbsup:
I heard your big spiders are actually nice and its the little ones that you have to look out for? Crocs ... I don't even like going to the gator states here in Murica so I can't imagine just having those monsters hanging around lol.


58. Bad Bad Hats by Bad Bad Hats* - 7.3

-Random indie band that I've had stored for so long that I can't remember where I found them (it came out the week before TTPD for reference.) Sounds like a mix of hipster garage rock and emo-fueled pop-punk with a girl singer .. and I dig that! It is unique and familiar at the same time.


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59. This Could Be Texas by English Teacher* - 6.9

-Another random indie band that has been sitting in my library for over a month now. At least I remember that I got this one from ADM, where it was sitting at #1 for quite awhile (maybe even the full 90 days?) It is, however, a bit too much on the hipster side for me. Kinda like Parquet Courts when they don't have Danger Mouse around to reign them in. Singer has a great voice for this type of music though, The Worlds Biggest Paving Slab is an excellent song, so I am hopeful they will find the right producer one day and make something golden.


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