Luke Malone

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So far, this is one of those albums where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. I thought the single choices were pretty wonky and unencouraging, but those songs slot nicely onto the album. And boy, some of the tunes they held back, like 'Thought I Was a Spaceman' and in particular 'Ghost Ship', are just fantastic. Not sure if Blur being my favourite band makes me more critical or more forgiving than most, but whatever, I'm loving this.
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April 21, 2015 on Stream Blur The Magic Whip
So had Pharrell and Robin Thicke only noticed afterward that their song sounded like 'Got To Give It Up', rather than been inspired by it up front and admitted as much, there'd have been no lawsuit? This is such garbage.
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March 18, 2015 on Read An Open Letter From Marvin Gaye’s Children On The “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit
Jeez, if your biggest concern when writing your memoir was hitting a certain word count, I'm probably not gonna read it.
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March 12, 2015 on Watch Carrie Brownstein Interview Kim Gordon On Her Memoir Girl In A Band
Yeah, poor Carrie was really struggling to keep that afloat. It's too bad, because she seems like a good interviewer. The whole too cool for school vibe that Kim's got going on is super off-putting, especially coming from a person in her 60s. Seems like she really could have put more thought into her answers (maybe even beforehand, as it's not like she couldn't have anticipated a lot of those questions!). Very disappointing.
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March 12, 2015 on Watch Carrie Brownstein Interview Kim Gordon On Her Memoir Girl In A Band
I guess I phrased that in such a way that it disappeared - REDACTEDed!
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March 12, 2015 on Daughn Gibson – “Shatter You Through” (Stereogum Premiere)
Me Moan was great and totally got ed. Which was a shame, because I felt like that really killed Gibson's momentum. This is a promising start to the next album!
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March 12, 2015 on Daughn Gibson – “Shatter You Through” (Stereogum Premiere)
I'm excited about the "lost" Zombies album. Other than that it's like Oooooh, a D'Angelo 7"! Featuring two songs I already own. Twice.
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March 10, 2015 on Record Store Day Announces 2015 Release List
I think I'm going to faint.
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December 12, 2014 on D’Angelo Announces Long-Anticipated Third Album Black Messiah
Totally my thought, too. When London Queen limped out I really thought she'd lost it, and while it's not my favourite track, it works on the album. And what an album! This is pop with coherence and vision. Nice work, Charli.
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December 9, 2014 on Stream Charli XCX Sucker
Oh, and I meant to throw this in there. This review sums up my feelings pretty well: http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/album-review-eric-churchs-the-outsiders
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December 8, 2014 on Eric Church – “Talladega” Video
Eric Church is maybe my favourite male country singer, but only a few songs on this one really grab me. It's just one of those albums that critics are loving and I don't, making me suspicious that they're overcompensating for having overlooked him in the past. But you really love the album, so obviously that's not the case, and I'm glad he's getting to a wider audience. I do think that other mainstream country men like Tim McGraw (too old, old news) and David Nail (not well-known enough) made better albums, and that's saying nothing of a couple of the gals, like Lee Ann Womack and Sunny Sweeney, who really killed it this year. I guess I'm mostly sad that now that country is getting some shine here, it's going to The Outsiders. But on the other hand, yay for Sturgill!
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December 8, 2014 on Eric Church – “Talladega” Video
This is BY FAR the best song on The Outsiders. I'm baffled as to how this album became a sexy critics' pick this year. Did nobody hear Chief or Carolina? Are people just suddenly playing catch-up? Eric Church's own perception of his outlaw status is driving his head further up his own ass, leading to tracks like 'The Outsiders', 'That's Damn Rock & Roll", and "Devil, Devil", all of which are embarrassing. There's a good ep somewhere in The Outsiders, but taken as an album, it's pretty brutal.
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December 8, 2014 on Eric Church – “Talladega” Video
I like this album a lot, and probably the only reason I'm just short of loving it is because I love Devotion so, so much. Where that album was "sparse and restrained" all the way through, this one feels like a juxtaposition of that and a much bigger pop sound. And that big sound results in all the moments that Tom praises here and that I'm not fond of. The melodramatic strings on 'Pieces' disturb the mood for me, and ugh, that Ed Sheeran song. I hope people aren't turned off the album by Tom's praise of that one, because for me it's the dullest thing here. But really, there's so much here to love. 'Sweetest Song'->'Kind of...'->'Want Your Feeling' is an incredible run, and the title track is insidiously gorgeous. Great write-up, even if I don't agree with every point.
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October 21, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Tough Love
Me too.
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October 9, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius
I have to laugh at the people saying things like, "In five years, no one will be listening to Tinashe!" What I'm basically hearing is, "An R&B artist cannot make an album equivalent in quality to (in this case) Caribou." To me, on one hand you've got Caribou, an artist at the forefront of electronic music. On the other, you've got Tinashe, who absolutely is at the forefront of R&B. I don't buy it that the genre of the music automatically makes for a lesser album. I'll absolutely be playing this in five years and beyond, just as I still play albums like Love Hate, The Evolution, and Aaliyah. I have Swim and Andorra, and I like them and find them interesting, but I listen to them far less than my favourite R&B.
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October 7, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius
Oh my god, what is happening to her!? This is like a poorer produced Skye Sweetnam! Then again, I hate Kids In America, too...
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October 6, 2014 on Charli XCX – “London Queen”
Definitely my album of the week.
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October 1, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Lydia Ainsworth Right From Real
You pretty much said it all, except I was anticipating this album so, so much, and now that it's here it surpasses expectations. on my first run through, by the time she delivered a banger with 'All Hands On Deck', I started to feel a little light-headed. This album is that good. If you haven't checked out her mixtapes, you totally should. They're not just good-for-mixtapes, they're good albums, period. 'Pretend' might now dethrone it, but 'Ecstasy' was my favourite Tinashe jam for a long while.
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October 1, 2014 on Stream Tinashe Aquarius
The Green Album is the only album I've ever returned. Under "Reason for return", I wrote, "Too short, bad". I stand by my 20-year-old self's assessment.
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September 30, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End