Seven Hundred Acres and Seventy Square Feet – Jack Lavin

If you’ve enjoyed this blog so far, if you’ve been turned on to stuff you’ve enjoyed, I have a recommendation for you that’s more important to me than any of these. It’s thirteen tracks, it’s from the heart, and it’s full of music I’m very happy with. I promise you it’s good, especially “Sell Out”Continue reading “Seven Hundred Acres and Seventy Square Feet – Jack Lavin”

Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)

This album is absolutely spectacular. I think the most distinctive aspect of it may be Saul Williams’ fantastic, original vocal delivery. One moment, he’s screaming out wild exhortations on “Convict Colony” and “List of Demands (Reparations)”; another moment, he’s softly, mournfully singing a dirge on “No One Ever Does”; another moment, he’s rapping and somehowContinue reading “Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)”

Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero – Various Artists

This is certainly an odd recommendation, not just because of what this album is, but because not all of the album is good. While it’s got some fantastic tracks I’ll take with me, some of the album is baffling! I laughed out loud listening to “Gwendolyn”, which opens with a piano playing the tonic chordContinue reading “Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero – Various Artists”

“Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino

My personal favorite funk album, “Awaken, My Love!”, was a total departure from Childish Gambino’s other work; the cerebral cinematic rap of because the internet and the hard-hitting bars of Camp don’t really set the stage for this album, and Gambino’s work hasn’t since stuck to these magical retro synth sounds, layered melodies, or broken-upContinue reading ““Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino”

Jaime – Brittany Howard

This is an album of constant innovation, a prog rock slamdown full of otherworldly harmony and perfectly calibrated rhythms. From the constantly interesting guitar grooves of “History Repeats” to the cinematic zoom-out of “Run To Me”, this album is perpetually confusing and always pleasing to the ear. Playing jagged harmonies with gentle synths, sweet guitarContinue reading “Jaime – Brittany Howard”

What’s Happened to Soho EP – The Correspondents

I guarantee you this will not be the last time I review The Correspondents, one of my all-time favorite bands, but this album is them at their most oblique and least harmonically functional. There’s no song as wild as the title track, with its chromatic chords, creepy and playful vocals, and absolutely filthy bass; it’sContinue reading “What’s Happened to Soho EP – The Correspondents”


I originally wrote this review at least a year ago, but it’s still important to talk about the controversy surrounding this album. It’s easy to understand why some people were aghast at it; a 17-year-old woman singing about suicide is worrying, to say the least. Of course, the same people who call her work inappropriateContinue reading “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish”

Weezer – Weezer

This is a really great album, and I personally have a strong relationship with this album that I don’t have with any other. It’s full of beautiful guitar work that fits so well with the tonality of Rivers Cuomo’s mellow vocals. Weezer likes to go off of pop harmonies with nice turns, for example, usingContinue reading “Weezer – Weezer”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists

This soundtrack album for the beautifully animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse keeps to the aesthetic of that high-school comic-book movie with the mellow beats and catchy melodies of modern hip hop. Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” is a standout with its bubbly synths and feel-good rhythm, and it’s a perfect fit as whatContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. My song “Immortality” opens on the chord progression to “Violet Hill”, something that wasn’t intentional but definitely makes sense; the main thrust of the song, a lament after allContinue reading “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay”

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! at the Disco [cw: sexual assault]

This isn’t going to be a typical post, where I talk about something I love. When I originally wrote this, I just wanted to drone on about how I feel about this album. I spent a good bit of time in a Panic! at the Disco phase, and I have an encyclopedic knowledge and sincereContinue reading “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! at the Disco [cw: sexual assault]”

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

God, I don’t want to write any more about this album after taking that entire class on Bowie, but it definitely belongs on this list. Bowie’s follow-up to his excellent albums The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory may not have kept their complexity, but it had a real direction. Ziggy Stardust, aContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie”

Dookie – Green Day

Oh yeah! Punk rock’s never had such incredibly catchy grooves as in this huge 90s hit. Their rhythms are as complex as they are natural, and their chords are fun sonified. That D-A-B-G progression on “Having a Blast” is just wonderful, and the syncopated constant guitar hits just fall perfectly. The drums on this albumContinue reading “Dookie – Green Day”

What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember

This album is fun more than anything. The obvious standout is “All I Want”, with those hip-hop lyrics and that awesome groove in the vocals, drums, audible bass, and guitar; it’s a punk rock classic from the drum fills to the vocal harmonies, and they do some really interesting stuff. (I’m still trying to figureContinue reading “What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember”

good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brilliantly covers a Compton upbringing in the incredible concept album good kid, m.A.A.d city; I don’t really know how to talk about the themes of this album, because I honestly don’t know what he’s been through, but it’s absolutely right that Kendrick be awarded a Pulitzer prize for talking about this environment. AsContinue reading “good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar”

Back from the Dead – Adler

Steven Adler is best known for drumming on Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, but it’s important we don’t forget the awesome melodies of this underappreciated 2012 album; “Back from the Dead” and “Another Version of the Truth” are exceptional jams that clearly keep the great groove of Appetite but have completely different (and, byContinue reading “Back from the Dead – Adler”

XPeriments from Dark Phoenix – Hans Zimmer

You’ve heard Hans Zimmer in movies, creating the soundtrack to epic stories, but, on this album, he lets loose and writes a love letter to music itself. They could never put these songs in a superhero film for obvious reasons and I’m okay with that; this work is innovative, wacky, pretentious, and attention-grabbing, all wonderfulContinue reading “XPeriments from Dark Phoenix – Hans Zimmer”

Love Death Immortality – The Glitch Mob

You may know the Glitch Mob from their incredible original songs “Fortune Days”, “We Can Make the World Stop”, and “Animus Vox”; their collaboration with Ramin Djawadi on the television show Person of Interest; or their epic remix of “Seven Nation Army”. I’m here to tell you today that you should know their more fast-paced,Continue reading “Love Death Immortality – The Glitch Mob”

Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition) – Slash

Apocalyptic Love is a personal favorite of mine. It’s just fantastic to hear Slash rip through those constant expertly written riffs, and there’s no comparison for Myles Kennedy’s wild, banshee-like vocals. Sure, the same goes for World on Fire (especially “30 Years to Life”), and Slash’s self-titled debut album is also always fantastic (especially “Sahara”),Continue reading “Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition) – Slash”

Twenty One Pilots – Twenty One Pilots

It was really tough to pick a TOP album to review, because I’m super into Vessel, especially the Kierkegaardian lyrics of “Car Radio” and the Mixolydian mode mixture of “Migraine”, and blurryface, especially the dissonant beat and fast rap of “Heavydirtysoul” and the fun-to-play classic rock ditty, “Tear in My Heart”. I just love theContinue reading “Twenty One Pilots – Twenty One Pilots”

Bound to Be Something Good – The Crystal Casino Band

Bound to Be Something Good is a really solid album, a set of surf-rock-inspired (definitely not surf rock) pop tracks with sweet-sounding high-pitched guitars and high-hats; standouts “Luck” and “Bound to Be Something Good” both use a cyclical chord progression, superb continuing rhythms, and memorable riffing to create a upbeat soundtrack for relaxation. On theContinue reading “Bound to Be Something Good – The Crystal Casino Band”

Dopesmoker – Sleep

This one’s absolutely insane, and it’s not for everyone. This 2003 album is one hour-long slow heavy metal song; “Holy Mountain” is included on the latest release (which I’ve heard is the best release) but it’s not really part of it. I honestly thought people were using hyperbole when talking about doom metal, but, yeah,Continue reading “Dopesmoker – Sleep”

Catbamboo – Catbamboo

Until this band puts out an album, I am forced to recommend this here; I’d actually say you should get into this band with their recent singles, “Swindle” and “Crave”, which boast awesome bright riffing and fantastically complex rhythmic work. Still, this is a great (generally instrumental) EP, with guitar that reminds me of TTNGContinue reading “Catbamboo – Catbamboo”

Discovery – Daft Punk

Full disclosure: at the time I’m writing this, I’ve been listening to “Aerodynamic” (or one of its excellent remixes) multiple times per day for the last couple weeks. The main riff with that swung sixteenth-note is the exact reason we have syncopation, the i-vidim-iv-VII progression is really really cool, and the harmonic breakdown riff isContinue reading “Discovery – Daft Punk”

Let the Vultures In + Martyr Parade – Des Rocs

I’m reviewing these two EPs together because I don’t know which one to review, they’re clearly meant to go together, and they could easily be a single album. “Let Me Live / Let Me Die” and “Used to the Darkness” showcase the two extremes of this album, a bombastic sometimes-swing track that feels like aContinue reading “Let the Vultures In + Martyr Parade – Des Rocs”

And Grace Will Lead Me Home – Mark Kroos

If you liked Disasterpeace’s Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar, you should check out these instrumental bluegrass-influenced clean guitar tracks. I first discovered Mark Kroos’ work in video form; he plays two guitar necks at once using tapping, and it’s really cool to watch. (Check out his playthrough of “Smoke & Mirrors” here.) His musical compositionsContinue reading “And Grace Will Lead Me Home – Mark Kroos”

Moonflower – MixAndMash

You probably only know one song on this album, their extremely good cover of Jack Stauber’s “Buttercup”. Well, guess what, the whole thing’s amazing, from the moment the cymbal comes in on “Dead Weight” to the isolated royal harlequin vibes of “Cascade”. (I don’t know which songs on this album are covers.) Along with “Cascade”,Continue reading “Moonflower – MixAndMash”


Hi! I have a lot of albums I love, and I’ve been writing reviews of them in my free time, just as something to do for fun. I figured I would post them on the internet so that people who are into music can learn about them and check them out. This blog will updateContinue reading “Introduction”

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