This is the album I have been wanting for the summer. It’s different from Black Up but still has traces of that album’s sound. It fully lives up to my expectations, it’s unique and challenging yet strangely accessible at the same time.
I stopped reading the Chart Watch part after “Canadian reggae-pop” because I’ve run the numbers and there is mathematically no possible way that could be good.
What makes me the most sad of all of that is Iggy Azalea has never put out a verse that comes even close to anything off 212. As obnoxious as Azealia Banks is, she demonstrates an immense talent on that song, and it’s depressing to imagine that had she stayed on track we could have had her at the top of the charts instead of the watered down, boring flow and rhyming of Iggy Azalea.
Is that the album cover up top?
Now that is some failure I can get on board with!
Obviously it’s probably not on the same level as a critic who got the press release a month ago, but the purpose isn’t to just listen to the album once and fart out a review without really getting familiar with the album. Reviews in this column are generally informed about the album being featured.
The purpose of the column’s title is twofold:
1) To indicate the review is for an album before it’s official release, what with the internet age and albums always being available (often legally now in some form) before their release date. That doesn’t mean “give the album a cursory listen and provide a kneejerk reaction as actual critical analysis”
2) Semen joke
I have always thought Chvrches’ sound is extremely derivative. They sound a lot like Purity Ring, who aren’t exactly reinventing the musical wheel either.
Personally I think it’s just nice to see something about Grimes that actually involves her music, not some bullshit internet controversy of the week like the great Ben & Jerry’s ice cream SCANDAL of 2013.
Good write up. But most places I look have this as a release under the Aphex Twin name. Is it officially from his Caustic Window alias, and major publications are just calling it an Aphex Twin album due to name recognition?