D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

After 15 years of studio album silence, D’Angelo returns with a fantastic comeback record.

YUNOREVIEW: DECEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
The Neighbourhood – #000000 & #FFFFFF
Taylor Swift – 1989
Charli XCX – Sucker
Blockhead – Bells and Whistles
The Budos Band – Burnt Offering
Savages & Bo Ningen – Words To The Blind
Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
MONO – Rays of Darkness / The Last Dawn
Bent Knee – Shiny Eyed Babies
PRhyme – S/T
Theophilus London – Vibes

Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary

Despite their immense talents, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic orchestrate a relatively unrewarding esoteric lyricism slugfest on their sophomore album as Hail Mary Mallon.

OG Maco – OG Maco EP

With some pretty creative production backing him, Atlanta rapper OG Maco’s exuberance and extreme delivery distract from his need for better lyrics much of the time, but not all the time.

Death Grips – “Inanimate Sensation”

Death Grips drop a new single to tease toward the second half of their yet-to-be-completed double album, The Powers That B.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Foo Fighter’s match this album’s ambitious concept with some generally uninteresting songs.

Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorow

The latest Wu-Tang record defies expectations, featuring even weirder experiments and hooks than the polarizing 8 Diagrams. Still, it should please at least some hardcore fans.

J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Even after stripping back the hooks and instrumentals, and giving himself center stage, there isn’t much outside of J. Cole’s baseline technical abilities that makes him a compelling rapper and lyricist.

Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

With 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah tries to recreate the same narrative-based formula he worked with on his last album, but with only a portion of the appeal.

The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

Fusing surf rock, horror punk, and lo-fi garage, the new Wytches album is an electrifying experience.