While Death Grips’ Government Plates might be one of the most aggressive releases to come from the experimental hip hop trio, it’s also one of their most forgettable, repetitious, short-winded, and half-baked.
Art Pop is easily Lady Gaga’s most eccentric and colorfully produced album yet. However, she still doesn’t go far enough to keep her very radio-friendly band of pop interesting for an entire album–especially when it comes to lyrics.
While East Coast MC Action Bronson didn’t skimp on the personality with this new tape of his, there are certainly a lot of aimless, short-of-breath tracks here that really feel like filler.
While the Debauchees songs and sound are admirably weird, there’s a certain stiffness in their playing that leaves me cold on a few tracks on this full-length debut.
It’s actually not that bad…
Detroit rapper and producer Black Milk outright wows me with some creative, grimy beats set against some very personal stories on this latest full-length of his, No Poison No Paradise.
While Four Tet’s latest records has some interesting tech house-flavored beats, the presentation of tracks here seems a little too loose, scattered to leave a lasting impact as an album. Some good tracks, though.
Sisu’s debut full-length features some pretty sharp choruses and vocal melodies. While I’m not in love with the album, I think this project is showing a lot of promise for the future.
I’ve been on the fence about many albums this year, but this is one of the few where I’m torn. For every great moment on the new Arcade Fire record, there’s one that falls incredibly short of whatever stylistic mark the band was shooting for. Rather than deliver another cohesive set of songs, Reflektor embarks upon a stylistic hodgepodge full of hits and misses.