If it's crap ... We'll tell you
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar: 7/10 (Pretty sweet folk album, first and last tracks are the best)
Kavinsky - 1986 EP: 8.5/10 (Awesome 80s influenced electro house EP from the guy who behind the opening credits theme in Drive)
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms: 6.5/10 (Still not getting into this beyond Deadbeat Summer but then again not a lot of chillwave has really won me over yet)
Boris - Pink: 9.5/10 (Incredible Japanese rock band fusing drone doom, noise rock, punk and others. The guitarist and drummer in this band are impeccable)
The Fray - Scars and Stories: 7.5/10
These guys have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. This album features some of the most emotional and best pop rock around. I dig it.
Umberto - Prophecy of the Black Widow 10/10. cannot get enough of this amazing Goblinesque album.
Fire Engines - Hungry Beat. not so much an album as a collection of singles and rarities, they still hold a great place in my heart. 8/10.
7.5/10. They might've just lost the better part of the band since their last record, but seeing as they brought back the original group from the earlier records, they've pulled it off just fine. The production and mix is probably the best they've ever had, but if I had one complaint, the horns seem a little buried this time around, which is a shame, because they're probably the most interesting part of this band. However, the songs are arranged fantastically, and certainly call to mind the earlier albums of their career, and specifically their debut "Phantoms". The only song that fails is the closing track, which while I understand and can even appreciate their desire to experiment outside of their usual style, comes across more as a practice run of something they wanted to try out rather than a competently written track. So, this may be as good as their last two albums, but is certainly worth a look.
Ballad of the Shipwrecked: http://youtu.be/K3DPR9Piswo
7.5/10. Crossroads might just be one of my favorite albums of all time, so needless to say I was excited about hearing their newest album. For the most part, it's a fantastic record. My main complaint with this one is that it burns out toward the tail end. It's a ten-track album, and I would say it begins to falter at the sixth track, "Fragments". And aside from the seventh track, "Unknown", it never really manages to regain its footing completely, even though it almost accomplishes that on the closing track. However, these complaints aside, the rest of the album here that works does so superbly, in the way that only Mind.in.a.box can.
There weren't any full tracks on youtube, so here's a teaser trailer they released with cuts from the whole album: http://youtu.be/R_u4JcjTmSA
9/10 I just discovered them last week and dear mother are they great and so far this has been my favorite album
10/10 Probably one of my favorite rap albums of all time. His lyrics and flow are amazing with some amazing tracks and production.
9/10 A great jazz gem that I discovered were the basis for the samples for Tyler the Creator's Odd Toddlers, Mellowhype's Loco, and MF Doom's One Beer
fun.: Some Nights 8/10 - Stellar pop rock album with baroque and theatrical influences. Just ignore the clusterfuck that is "It Gets Better" and you'll have an incredible time. Sounds like Queen scoring music for a Disney movie.
Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror 6.5/10 - Kinda disappointed by this one. It sounds more accessible. But what makes it cleaner and more polished also kinda removes what made their last album so much fun to listen to. I liked it, but only a little bit.
Undun- The Roots
Close as modern music gets to a perfect album. 4 out of 4 stars
the Fall "Fall Heads Roll" from 2006. contains a great many songs i love, they even got on national tv (for once)