Sometimes people ask me why I didn’t review this or that. Generally it’s because I don’t have time to really dig in to everything I’d like to, so I have to be a little choosy with which albums do get reviewed. I also don’t like to pile on too much, so albums I like that are already receiving a lot of praise tend to not get reviewers. Unless I REALLY like them, like To Pimp A Butterfly, in which case I just want to write it up anyway.
So here are some very short reviews of a few albums I’ve listened to, but wouldn’t spend a lot of time writing about:
Death Cab For Cutie Kintsugi: Better than Codes & Keys, for sure, but still pretty boring.
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell: An Elliott Smith tribute record?
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit: Sometimes I Listen To Courtney Barnett, Most Times I Don’t
Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves: Wow. Should’ve stayed dormant a while longer.
Will Butler Policy: Actually thought this one was a pretty good rock record.
Madonna Rebel Heart: It was a slow walk to irrelevance, but she finally dropped off the cliff.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Chasing Yesterday: This wait for an Oasis reunion is getting unbearable.
Iron & Wine Archives Vol. 1: If you love hearing one song over and over for an hour, this is the album for you!
Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late: Hilarious middle finger to his record label, but sad for fans who deserve better.
Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again: As good as everyone says it is.
Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho: Much like the television program that provides their name, Fall Out Boy are a decade past their prime.
Mark Ronson Uptown Special: Uptown Funk? Amazing! The rest of the album? Hot garbage.