Time for me to copy and paste one of my favourite reviews:
>Do you know why everyone keeps writing the same review of this album? You know the one-the one with the street lights and the rain and the cold night air and the bus rides and the fast food and the melancholy? The kind that every wise-ass takes the piss out of?
>I think I know why, and it's the same reason why we sometimes look at a painting and want to live in it. We want to live in a London as stylized and strangely beautiful as the one in Untrue-we want those walks to the corner store at three in the morning, those nights on the subway staring out the window and thinking about the rain, those nights with a crappy omelet and a cup of coffee that tastes like turpentine. Because when you feel misunderstood and lonely, leaning against a lamppost with your sigh captured in the autumn air is much more pleasant an idea than staring glassy-eyed at a computer screen in semen-stained boxers while searching desperately for some sort of music to wake you up and make you feel something. We're not just waxing lyrical about the fog and the moon and the taxis to get likes, we're trying to get closer to the world we were shown in Untrue. It's melancholy as escapism, and it's beautiful.
I use rate your music and that tends to have a lot of stuff that doesn't make it high up on here. Here's a hip hop chart for 2018: https://rateyourmusic.com/customchart?page=1&chart_type=top&type=album&year=2018&genre_include=1&include_child_genres=1&genres=hip+hop&include_child_genres_chk=1&include=both&origin_countries=&limit=none&...
Tpab is now the #1 hip hop album on Rate Your Music, thoughts?
Also, Flower Boy has broken in to the top 40 hip hop albums.
Hip Hop Chart
I'm 90 albums deep this year (I have a list and thoughts on each for those interested). My favorite Hip-hop albums have been:
Outside of rap my favorites have been:
If you don't have an issue with Japanese lyrics, you might wanna check out Midori. They're pretty interesting. Not exactly a Grindcore/Jazz band, but they are Jazz Fusion/Hardcore Punk.
What you're describing sounds like what RYM simply calls Singer/Songwriter. You'll notice it has some pretty esoteric sub-genres but it doesn't have a parent genre (as in: Rock -> Progressive Rock)
So I'd say that it does deserve recognition as a genre and it's a style that can also appear in any genre. You usually see it paired with stuff like Folk Rock but like you said an R&B artist could put out something like that too.
The hate towards it makes sense if people feel like the market is over-saturated with it. Not all poppy 80s metal was bad, but it sure had a shitty reputation by the time grunge came around. Then the wave of lazy Vedder-soundalike bands came along till all the "The" bands came along around 2002 with the Post-Punk / Garage Rock Revival thing. Then that got stale. And so on.
> Jan-Willem van Engelen, zendermanager NPO Radio 2, laat weten dat het interessant is om te zien dat ook jongere stemmers massaal op de klassiekers stemden. ,,Voor hen zijn deze klassiekers en de jaarwisseling onafscheidelijk geworden.
De Top 2000 trekt dan ook jongeren aan die dit soort muziek tof vinden. Ik heb jarenlang gestemd, maar ik wist eigenlijk niet meer waarvoor ik het deed. Ik zag in ieder geval veel van m'n favorieten toch nooit terug, en liedjes waarvan ik het zonde zou vinden dat ze uit de lijst verdwijnen (van Small Faces bijvoorbeeld, of XTC) die verdwijnen toch wel. En worden vervangen door drie nieuwe nummers van Ed Sheeran (wat geen troep is ofzo, maar echt goed vind ik het ook niet).
Toen ik net rock muziek begon te ontdekken was ik nog gefascineerd door de lijst zelf. Ik houd ook echt wel van lijstjes en om erachter te komen wat 'het beste' is. Maar de Top 2000 is wat mij betreft helemaal niet zo'n goede lijst daarvoor. Geef mij maar Rateyourmusic!
En radio luisteren doe ik sowieso weinig, maar de Top 2000 a gogo kijk ik graag, echt een leuk programma, ook al is Matthijs van Nieuwkerk wat irritant.
En Bohemian Rhapsody op 1 is wel erg gezellig.
was bored and ranked my top 90 hip hop albums of the 10s. only genre restriction was that it couldn't be instrumental.
anyway roast me.
RYM is my main new music source for almost a decade (user for +11 years). Lists, charts, boards -- all great sources.
I understand what you are saying about the ratings and charts in general, that's why I encourage you to find some user-curated lists. For example, I recently found The Dark Side of Techno list, which introduced me to some really great tunes, which aren't highly rated and/or popular otherwise.
Charts are also good source, especially genre-specific. For example, if you want to know gothic country, you can get ten first albums and most of the time you won't be disappointed.
I tried using AllMusic, Last.fm, Discogs, but none of those services are even close to what I got out of RYM.
> I miss the old Taylor, Should've Said No Taylor
> The squad goals Taylor, the heart of gold Taylor
> I hate the new Taylor, Look What You Made Me Do Taylor
> The cold brewed Taylor, rebellious mood Taylor
> I miss the nice Taylor, the lack of spice Taylor
> About as bland as uncooked rice Taylor
- RateYourMusic review
I’m a huge fan of Demon Days myself, and that record has bestowed upon us major Gorillaz hits in Feel Good Inc. and Dare, but this is honestly fucked. Ys is not only a masterpiece, it is wholly unique. I would say revolutionary, but people still haven’t copied what she’s managed to do, so no revolution has happened. I know ratings sites can be lame to use as reference points, but on RateYourMusic, Ys has a 3.9! Anyone familiar with that site knows just how ridiculously difficult it is to get a rating that high. That’s landed her the #222 album of all time with that rating.
I dreamed you were skipping little ~~stones~~Ys across the surface of the water —
frowning at the angle where they were lost, and slipped under forever,
in a mud-cloud, mica-spangled, like the sky’d been breathing on a mirror.
RIP Competition. To Pimp A Butterfly better go far.
EDIT: Do you guys forget about upvoting the thread this quickly?
It's the cover art for a single from the band Liars. Don't know the story behind the picture, though.
hooray, after just over 7 months i've finally listened to every album on the essentials list
heres my listening diary if anybody is interested in seeing my really bad opinions i have
this was a super high quality list and i found a lot of really great stuff. strongly reccomend checking all these albums out for yourselves!
Yeah I've really tried to understand the overwhelming praise and I just don't get it... It's decent but when people are throwing their arms up claiming it as some sort of "masterpiece" for the trap genre and it's got one of the 5 highest ratings ever for a trap song on RateYourMusic.com I just can't help but wonder why.
Like, people have been rapping about drug abuse and depression in hip hop since The Message. This is nothing new. And nothing about the way Uzi describes it comes off as particularly insightful or impressive to me. When he isn't talking about drugs or his ex the rest of the lyrics in the song consist of predictable brags ("Stackin' my bands all the way to the top", "Clothes from overseas, got the racks and they all C-Notes", etc.) The beat is nice but nothing that blows me away compared to the stuff that guys like Metro, Mike Will, Southside, etc. have been doing lately. Hook is easily the best part of the song but that's just one component of the whole piece, and I still don't think it's so godly that it deserves being praised to the high heavens like it has been. Also I've admittedly never liked Uzi's voice but I understand that's not a legitimate reason to dog on the guy so I won't count that against him.
I just fail to see how it's anything more than a catchy pop rap tune with slightly darker than usual subject matter for a song that's on the radio. I feel like I would need to be seriously invested in Uzi's personal life and relationships to be fully in love with it, and I'd honestly be very surprised if he's any sort of significant force in hip hop even 5 years down the line. Idk, maybe I'm wrong.
It's not in any official review but he has mentioned it as a 'classic' in his "I hate hiphop?" video, and on his rateyourmusic page he ranked it as 10/10.
In a world where we have 1 hour EPs and 22 minute albums, what do words even mean anymore
I would say that the "modern" post-hardcore sound started with Glassjaw's 2000 album Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence. That album combined elements of atypical/experimental hardcore riffs with screamed/clean vocal dynamics that dealt with relationships. Refused's The Shape Of Punk To Come is also very influential. That featured screamed vocals, really weird jazz/electronic samples, and just a lot of cool experimentation in general.
With that being said, there's definitely modern bands out there that play in the style of more traditional/classic post-hardcore. Pissed Jeans, Big Ups, mewithoutYou's first album, Touche Amore, KEN Mode, Shellac's 2014 album Dude Incredbile
Also, these modern post-hardcore bands don't really have a connection to the emo genre. Emo started out as an offshoot of the Washington DC hardcore-punk scene. Bands like Rites Of Spring (Guy Picciotto from Fugazi), and Embrace (Ian Mackaye from Fugazi) pretty much started the genre by mixing hardcore punk's sound with more heart-felt lyrics. Then in the late 90's/2000's, emo bands became more influenced by indie-rock and math-rock (American Football, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc.) Take a look at this list which features both classic emo and post-hardcore bands.
What's everyone's top 10 albums of the year so far? There's been a lot of releases in the past two weeks that could shake up the rankings. Here's mine:
David Bowie - ★ [Blackstar]
Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
Anna Meredith - Varmints
Deakin - Sleep Cycle
Tim Hecker - Love Streams
Weezer - Weezer [White Album]
Deftones - Gore
大森靖子 [Seiko Oomori] - Tokyo Black Hole
Teen Suicide - It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot
Matt Elliott - The Calm Before
The Field - Follower is a honorable mention, but The Calm Before barely beats it out.
my rym for anyone that cares, i have a constantly updated 2016 list there
If you're curious what other artists Pitchfork has panned, I made an extensive list on RateYourMusic. It has every album they've ever given a 3.0 or lower with quotes and links: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/camerabob1/pitchforks-least-favorite-albums-3_0-and-below/
Not surprising at all
Most recently... I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside and especially Solace by Earl Sweatshirt. His music is achingly sad but in a hollow sort of way and it took next to no effort to get extremely invested.
Compare Kanye's discography to Eminem's. Almost all of Kanye's albums are ranked much higher than almost all of Eminem's. The last album from Em that was even close to one of Ye's albums was from 2002, and even that album would still be tied for the worst among Ye's solo albums. The majority of Em's albums are ranked below a 3 while Kanye has none that are close. Not to mention the staggeringly bad 1.28/5 that Revival got.
So yeah, obviously music is subjective and shit. But when you're trying to make the case that Eminem is objectively the better artist, it's pretty hard not to laugh.
R&B is allowed here. It doesn't have to be "in the realm of hip hop"
Instead of trying to be an arbiter of genres I usually just go with RYM because they're fairly accurate.
01 - Possibly Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
04 - Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)
07 - Submission (Feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
08 - Charger (Feat. Grace Jones)
18 - ~~Possibly Interlude: Elevator Going Up (HM music video is Benjamin in an elevator)~~ Actually it's not
19 - Hallelujah Money (Feat. Benjamin Clementine)
Edit: true tracklist
Those are just the latest and greatest. Lots of good stuff in here. Literally pages of quotes...
Anyone who espouses the majesty of Manowar would find themselves in a good position to settle into some great heavy power this week. While this Swedish band doesn't come close to the levels of absurdity, a wintery fight between a bronze warrior and a polar bear is stepping in the right direction.
Before we begn can we all look at this picture of guitarist Eddy Malm from Metal Archives?
Death or Glory is the band's second record with its first actually in 1976. According to the few sources who actually care about old Swedish Heavy Metal, Heavy Load is cited as one of the first Swedish heavy metal acts as long as we are still agreed that Råg I Ryggen is prog and not metal unless you want it to be. Still though Heavy Load set off a wave...dont say wave...of Swedish metal heavy metal in the 80's. Death or Glory is the band in top form and at its heaviest and coolest since it has a fucking polar bear on the cover.
Enjoy this week of spooky free heavy metal and prepare the candles for next monday.
I ranked every song that has ever topped Billboard's Alternative/Modern Rock Songs chart and now I need a nap.
Here the album page for ABC on rateyourmusic: link. It has over a thousand ratings, 7 reviews, is #19 overall for the year, and #5 among hip hop albums. That's the only place where I've seen the album have any traction or discussed at length (the comments box has a lot of comments).
someone put my new album on rateyourmusic , which is kind of cool? but they gave it a 2.5 which is not that cool? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
e: hurray! another rating brought it up to 3!
I found u/MerovingianDynasty's RateYourMusic profile the other day. The plethora of 0.5 star ratings on Eminem and Kanye projects along with the 4 star rating for Everything Is Love pretty much confirms it's him.
Funk is a subgenre of R&B, so that's why you might be running into difficulty classifying or delineating individual tracks. Take a look at this chart. Maybe it can help you out.
Controversial opinion: Zaireeka by the Flaming Lips. Now this is obviously the perfect definition of an album that bridged the gap between two very different musical styles (and periods) for an artist, however the question is whether it is a great album.
When it was originally released it was widely talked about, not for its music, but instead the format it took, in which songs were separated into 4 CDs, which had to be timed and played at the same time. Obviously, this pissed of certain people (Pitchfork originally gave it a 0.0 given the format: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/VelvetDarkness/every_album_to_be_rated_0_0_by_pitchfork_media/).
What was missed however was how great the music was. This is the perfect transition album between The Clouds Taste Metallic and The Soft Bulletin, one being an goofy alternative rock album, while the later is an operatic indie pop masterpiece. In between those, Zaireeka was this odd experimental album, not just in format, but in the actual music made. The songs have prolonged, non-rock instrumentals, in which Steve Drodz and Michael Ivans take a bigger role in the absence of Ronald Jones. No longer are they making off kilter rock songs, but instead working more towards soundscapes, and exploring other genres.
The goofiness, experimentations, and edge of The Clouds Taste Metallic can still be seen Zaireeka, while some of the more thoughtful elements, and the complete change in style starts taking its roots here. They are well worth a listen, and are easily as good (if not better) than the 7 Skies H3 work that came from the 24 hour song. I would argue that he album is well worth a listen in its combined format, and is more than just an experimental music format, but is a great set of music on its own.
With that in mind, if you have 3 other friends bring their laptops (or phones with speakers) doing the experiment is tremendous experience, and makes for a great group experience
My Top 100 albums of the year is now fully complete on RYM!
Will make it the full top 300 in the coming days/weeks, but the top 100 is the REALLY great stuff I've heard so far. Will continue to update as the year concludes.
I hope you've all been doing spectacularly! :)
Here are my top 10:
Edit: In case anyone is interested, I made here a big organised list of my top albums across all genres.
I guess we'll have to specify between Fishmans Bassist Polaris, and Pete & Pete Polaris.
Also, one of the guys from the Pete & Pete Polaris, Mark Mulcahy, actually did an album last year! I haven't heard it yet, but I'll have to throw it on sometime.
Go here for main genres, and click any of the links to fall into subgenre rabbit holes! I've spent way too much time looking at albums in niche genres. Hope this helps you make sense of your collection. :)
His Rateyourmusic https://rateyourmusic.com/collection/theneedledrop/strm_a/travis+scott/2 still shows Rodeo getting an 8. He rerates on this site sometimes like the "changed my opinion" video had him rerating things
Yay! You definitely should - classical is as diverse and universally appealing as any other genre. Also, I feel guilty about being one of the lone trumpeters about classical 'round here, and would love to have some company!
I predominately listen to modern classical, but that's probably not the ideal place to begin. r/classical resources is dead, unfortunately, but they have great guides in the sidebar, including 20 Great Classical Works for Absolute Beginners, and recommendations by era, theme, and each individual composer.
Some works I enjoyed:
Erik Satie's Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes. Perfect nighttime listening. The Pascal Rogé recording is the way to go.
Debussy, of course. "La Mer" is the closest he gets to a symphony, and is still my favorite piece of his.
Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia" and "Swan of Tuonela."
Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" and "Tabula Rasa."
Oh, and if you're interested in reading about the history of classical music and the lives of individual composers, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music by Jan Swafford is FABULOUS. It's never dry or stilted.
p.s. Thank you for all your recommendations for my "sinister electronic" last week! You were right, I did enjoy the Massive Attack v. Burial EP.
Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada absolutely. It's the highest rated EP on all of rateyourmusic (and it's not even close) for a reason.
And for fans of the album it also has my favourite review on the site.
Hey guys, spent a lot of time on this writeup for a song I feel really strong about, if yall could give me feedback I'd really appreciate that!
If your goal is to introduce new audiences to Black Metal music, you need to find aspects of BM bands that appeal to women and people of color.
These two demographics of people have been historically ignored when it comes to promoting the genre and because of the NSBM bands hiding in the shadows of the scene, who could really blame these people who not wanting to look into a counterculture that would make them feel unsafe.
There is no need to sell Black Metal to a young, white, male audience because the work has already been done long before you.
I would focus on bands who shatter these ugly characteristics that were invited into this from musicians in Burzum, Nokturnal Mortem and Grand Belial's Key and focus on how Black Metal can be enjoyed away from the far right wing fringes of the genre. Examine Black Metal bands featuring women or how there are a lot of modern Black Metal bands like Panopticon and Zeal & Ardor who are breaking new grounds with the genre by incorporating cultures outside of the Scandinavian spectrum into the music in fresh ways.
That's just what I believe. Take from that what you want.
I've been thinking recently of the idea of starting an archive of "bad music reviews". It would basically be a collection of any professional website or magazine which had published a review that is totally against the general reception. So for example things like Pitchfork's 0.6 of I Get Wet, except I don't want it to all be Pitchfork, as many different publications as possible, ideally.
I like the idea of being able to see all the times that professional music critics utterly failed to predict how an album would be received. It would be a good way to remind people that the music criticism industry is fallible, and that amateur criticism needn't be worried with holding itself to high standards. Plus hindsight in music is fun.
Somebody please let me know if something like this already exists
EDIT: Somebody on RYM has had the same idea but for only Rolling Stone reviews. Specifically, The 500 Worst Rolling Stone Reviews Of All Time. This isn't really what I was thinking about when I first made this post, but it is far beyond my wildest imaginings. Somebody out there really, really dislikes Rolling Stone
I think it can and it has, the problem is that much like a lot of other Rock genres, very little thinking outside the box is currently going on within the genre. I find that a lot of the newer bands (Whirr included; see below) often just try to "transcend" the genre merely by dialing things up to 11 in an attempt to outdo the original acts (read: MBV) and in the end don't really do anything new. My guess/hope is that once the nostalgia wears off a bit (which probably won't happen for a while), we might see more of the stuff I linked (or more likely, the definition of the genre will change to "any band that uses a guitar and a pedal.")
I wouldn't pick Whirr as an example of a band pushing things forward though. They're a bit less up-their-own-ass in ethereality like a lot of the current crop of bands, but they still seem rather stuck in creating music that really isn't that far off from some of the heavier tracks the original wave and don't really bring in any new ideas otherwise.
From Iceland's Grapevine:
> My main statement will be to prove to everyone what I’ve secretly known for ages: that I’m a better songwriter and lyricist than 90% of Icelandic musicians, my mother included. I’ve always been going to shows or listening to the radio going: “this sucks. I can write rings around this,” so about a year ago, I decided that once I finished school, which I did this spring, I’d stop doing everything except being a musician, if only to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak.
He's made some super pretentious statements elsewhere and acted like he's a genius musician way more than his mom has. Kinda funny when you look at his rym reviews.
I have no idea why you're being downvoted. This doesn't seem like a controversial opinion at all IMO. Flower Boy is a top 10 album of the decade for me for sure. It's already in the top 25 albums of the decade on RateYourMusic and that's really impressive for being less than a year old compared to other albums that have been around longer and have had more time to rack up ratings, which in itself increases an album's stature on that site. As time goes on and it gets more ratings it could easily break the top 10 on there too
The classics that you didn't mention are:
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden/Laughing Stock (ground zero for post rock)
Slint - Spiderland (It's not the same kind of post-rock as the others here, but it's one of the foundations of the genre and a must-listen)
Dirty Three - Ocean Songs
Beautiful violin playing, one of the most gorgeous post rock albums which is a feat considering the genre.
Sigur Ros - Ágætis byrjun/ ()
Hands down the most beautiful post-rock you can find.
Hex - Bark Psychosis
A review of this band/album is where the term "post-rock" came from
Swans - Soundtrack To The Blind
One of the heaviest post-rock albums
Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die/TNT
Ever get tired of the endless crescendo-porn? Want something more subdued and jazzy? Listen to tortoise!
These are the one i would recommend if you haven't heard these classics, if you ever want more just go through This chart from Rateyourmusic!
> Are albums like Loveless or In the Aeroplane considered classic by general western society
I've never met anyone in real life who has heard or heard of these two albums, and I've talked to people who are more into music than the average bear (still not that much, though, in my opinion, for never having heard of these two giants). But that's just it: they are giants in my mind and in the minds of those music nerds I'm friends with on the internet.
There is a modern music canon, but what it includes will vary from person to person, and of course there will be more or less overlap depending on how closely two people's tastes align. For me, canon is, for the most part, what's bolded on RYM. Of course I think there are some bolded albums that are crap and don't deserve to be so highly recognized and praised, and there are non-bolded albums that I think deserve to be included.
My Top 10:
KIDS SEE GHOSTS - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
Czarface & MF DOOM - Czarface Meets Metal Face
Gorillaz - The Now Now
Jack White - Boarding House Reach
John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
Ghost - Prequelle
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch
Deszcz - III
Vein - Errorzone
My 2018 ranked list on RYM
Edit: fixed spelling
I know this isn't super relevant to everyone's interests but I figured I'd share since this is a music sub.
I saw a lot of interest for a Snoop Dogg guide on LH since he has such a large, intimidating discography. So, I dug through the rest of his material over the last few weeks and put one together on RYM. I tried to make it as comprehensive as possible... without going too overboard or in-depth.
If you don't want to read through the whole thing, I also made a visual/flowchart. There's extra side projects and resources on the chart too, in case you want some other info.
Anyway, just figured I'd share since I know some people seemed interested. Lemme know what you think!
It's on his rym
In the spirit of the gorgeous You Will Never Know Why finally getting bolded, what are some of your biggest examples of preferring an album by the artist that isn't the "canonical" choice?
The more controversial, the better. EDIT: Here's a few of mine
Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth
Swans - The Glowing Man
Bark Psychosis - Codename: Dustsucker
of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
R.E.M - Green
If you like Run the Jewels and want the production style taken in a more abstract direction, highly recommend El-P’s work including:
Cannibal Ox- The Cold Vein
Company Flow- Funcrusher Plus
El-P - Fantastic Damage
If you like Pusha-T’s flow, can’t recommend his group Clipse. One of my favorite groups ever. Hell Hath No Fury is an incredible record and I can’t recommend enough We Got It For Cheap Vol. 2. I love Daytona, but both of these blow it out of the water.
Also, you seem to have a taste for a bit more of the indie or “backpacker” rap so I recommend Factmag’s Top 100 indie rap list. You’ll see a couple of your favorites and some places to go from.
And finally, as this question gets asked a lot, I recommend Nodima’s Hip-Hop Handbook. Bar none the definitive guide to hip hop I think. Just start at the top and work your way down. Find what you like, don’t like, and move from there. I think it’ll give you a good breakdown of the consensus classics while also a look into more unique gems that don’t get nearly as much talk outside the Hip hop heads.
Hi everyone. Thanks for being such a helpful resource yesterday with my search for quality Japanese albums.
I've compiled all of the releases that interested me as well as some of my favorites that I've already heard.
What should be my 800th rating On RYM? I'll review the album after I pick a rec and listen to it.
Review/Edit Crazy Hits
Crazy Hits is not only one of the most brilliant electro-dance albums of it's time, but perhaps one of the greatest musical achievements of the human species. Crazy Hits manages to create immense, meticulously detailed, gorgeous techno house landscapes with it's bass thumping, revolutionary production. Crazy Frog covers, neigh, transforms 90s dance hits with an engaging synthesis of catchy, abrasive sounds (which would later inspire the likes of Death Grips and M.I.A) and an Orchestral Symphony of pure bliss. The album begins with an atmospheric and captivating introduction that intrigues and fascinates the listener in Intro. Then Crazy Hits takes off into it's glorious mix of Abrasive vocals and punchy dance beats in Axel F and We like to Party. Speaking of which, the abundant yet subtle, timeless social commentary of changing lyrics creating such lines as "Who let the frogs out" speaks volumes about global corruption and post colonialism in a confrontation and visceral way that brings to shame so called "conscious and political artists" like Chuck D, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Bob Dylan, and Killer Mike. Crazy Hits makes so called experimental bands like Sun O))) and Swans look plain and derivative by comparison, creating gorgeous sound collages of Crazy Frog's Astounding, Carefully pitch shifted voice like the breathtaking Crazy Frog Sounds that is essentially an Acappela collage of Crazy Frog vocal samples making Bjork's Medulla look like the S/T she made as 12 year old. Crazy Hits is an easy 10/10 and one of the greatest feats of humanity.
In all seriousness I'd give it a 1/5 stars, it sucked and is definitely terrible but it didn't annoy me nearly as .5 star albums I've heard. Wouldn't recommend it but I chuckled a few times.
Most people who say that music has gone to shit only listens to hitmusic and radiomusic which for the most part will be catchy, commercial and not very deep or complex. If you search for some good music (in whatever genre you like) you will most likely find something you like. I recommend searching around in music communities like RateYourMusic and BestEverAlbums. There is still allot of great music being made by relatively big artists. I think allot of people forget that bad music has always been on the radio, it's nothing new.
Here's a good YouTube video that might say it a little better.
these a good chance you've heard most of these but:
sufjan stevens - illinoise (chamber folk)
sonic youth - daydream nation (noisy indie rock)
arcade fire - funeral (indie rock)
stereolab - dots and loops (super fancy post-art pop)
floatation toy warning - bluffer's guide to the flight deck (dreamy incredible neo-psych)
the avalanches - since i left you (the greatest thing ever)
rateyourmusic.com is an incredible website for finding new stuff btw
I think Goo is a pretty accessible and great record, it was my starting point.
Daydream Nation is their most acclaimed album. EVOL is good too, and Sister takes it a step further in that. Murray Street and Sonic Nurse are good albums of their later period.
Most times I'm not very fond of Greatest Hits records, but Hits Are For Squares is a pretty good compilation that covers mostpart of their styles and music. It lacks some great tracks like The Diamond Sea and Schizophrenia though.
Pretty much any 90's East Coast rap?
so I finally got through every Yo La Tengo album, and to celebrate having a new favourite band (cause hot damn this discography is good), i did a top 60 yo la tengo songs list plus a discography ranking if anyones interested
feel free to tell me what songs i'm a loser for ranking too low cause you're probably right. this band is incredible and i'm so glad i committed
i mean r/hiphopheads liked it but like the genral opnion in a lot of other music communities on facebook and rym seems to have been negtive
I agree with what /u/FalseWait7 wrote, especially regarding the genre-specific lists. They are a goldmine. I never look at the general charts but always look at a specific subgenre and then dive into the charts and see what's there. For example, I'm really into dark folk, so being able to use this chart is very helpful. Before I'd used it, I'd only heard of Wardruna, but the list helped me to discover Tenhi, Vàli, Ulver, Empyrium, Nest, Forseti, and Neun Welten. I took not only those top albums but dove into each band's discography, so now my dark folk collection is quite large.
so i started my billionth listening diary called 'discography diving' a while back where i just listen to all the classic albums from an artist and then say im finished
so i'm looking for suggestions for some of your favourite artists who have interesting, varied and consistent discographys. bjork and kanye are the biggest examples of the kinds of discographys i mean, but id love to hear all your favourites too that i can add
also feel free to tell me how bad my opinions are because i agree
So I'm just going to limit this to Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trying to reach deeper into more albums that are similar to the ones I mention.
The highlighted album for today is, Fugazi - Repeater
This is the album that really sparked my love for this genre.
So IF someone likes, Repeater
THEN what else would they like that is similar that you think needs more attention?
Please describe why you think it's similar as well instead of strictly giving a straight recommendation.
Last week was Pulp - Different Class
My pick is the Spanish album, Ezarian by the band Lisabö
This album is difficult to find, but the whole thing is on Youtube here
It has the energy and the passion of Repeater, maybe a bit of drag towards the back end, but any fan of post-hardcore should check this album.
I made a rateyourmusic list here (of all the music I've heard from 2017): Link
It's unfinished, still missing a few albums (Bonobo, Richard Dawson, Kelly Lee Owens, among around 20 others), but it's almost ready.
Top 10 are
Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy
The National - Sleep Well Beast
Brockhampton - Saturation III (this one just came out so it's still tentative)
Brand New - Science Fiction
Jay Som - Everybody Works
Brockhampton - Saturation II
Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
Lorde - Melodrama
The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
Big Thief - Capacity
Honourable Mentions: Fleet Foxes - Crack Up, King Krule - The Ooz, LCD Soundsystem - American Dream, Broken Social Scene - Hug Of Thunder, Lomelda - Thx, Alvvays - Antisocialites.
Most recommended for Radiohead fans:
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
King Krule - The Ooz
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Bjork - Utopia
Perfume Genius - No Shape
Mammal Hands - Shadow Work
La La Land Sountrack - So I finally watched La La land and it was amazing. I am manly enough to admit that I bawled my eyes out. The soundtrack is really good too, although it does lose a lot of its emotional power without the fantastic camerawork of the movie. Audition (The Fools Who Dream) is a really standout track.
William Basinski - A Shadow in Time - I'm surprised that this album hasn't gotten more attention. I listened today and its fantastic. It's sort of ambient with lots of feedback loops.
Foxygen - Hang - You can't dislike this album. It's fun, it's over the top, and it's ridiculous. Half of the album sounds like it came straight from a Bowie album, and the other half sounds like it came from a musical. There are definitely some problems, namely the fact that the vocals can be a bit weak. But as long as you don't listen to it too seriously, it's great.
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer - I can't believe I've never listened to Of Montreal before. This is such a brilliant upbeat album. Can anyone tell me which Of Montreal album I should go to next?
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness - There are a lot of good things about Not Even Happiness. The guitar work is fantastic, the lyrics are deep and heartfelt, and Julie's voice feels like velvet in your ears, but I just can't help but feel that the album is lacking something that elevates it from good to great.
I would really appreciate some recommendations or just some discussions about the albums in the collage. I have this 2017 album log thingy here. I'm finding it really hard to write reviews but it's forcing me to listen to more new albums.
Edit: Fixed the formatting
Define "Big 4" because it really means best selling and most popular. Do you mean essential or genre defining? All three of them would be very different lists.
According to this
Essential Black: Based on the idea that these bands are essential to the understanding of the genre and its overall development.
Genre Defining: Based on the idea that these bands carved out the sound for each of its developments.
EDIt: Rethinking the difference between Essentail and genre defining. I feel that Essentials are pillars of the genre where genre defining are the influences of particular subgnres. Blasphemy is not essential but they are important as the genesis of what would become bestial/war. I think there can be some overlap between those two lists.
Do any of y'all use Rate Your Music? I've been getting more into it lately and have been combining lists from both there and /r/hhh to figure out what hip-hop I should check out next that I'd otherwise miss/forget about. Working out pretty well so far. (I'm SneakyPiglet on there as well.)
What's your favorite song that you've had a chance to see live? For me, with hip-hop, it's probably Young Fathers' Queen Is Dead or Death Grips' No Love.
Ever since I've stated using rateyourmusic I've discovered about x1000 times as much music. It's by far the best way I've found to search all types of genres and various decades. My reccomendation is to use this chart, which has all sorts of do-hickeys so that you can adjust the chart to your taste. If you pursue that RYM-LIFEFSTYL you eventually can "follow" people who have similar taste (if you make an account) and you can see their recomendations.
The website has basically consumed my life, but I have no regrets.
P.S. if you want nice music follow me (IF ur redy 4 dat real patrician taste)
Oh and sorry if you already knew about all this but yeah, if you have any questions feel free to ask
I'll vote for 1991. There are some late '60s years that are phenomenal, but I think 1991 just has one legendary release after another like '07.
My votes for the weakest since 1965 are 1974 and 2011.
Edited to address this. You're confusing it for "melodic metalcore", which (according to some sources I agree with) is separate from "real" metalcore. The clean singing/autotune stuff like Killswitch, Shadows Fall, Unearth, God Forbid, etc are melodic metalcore. "Real" metalcore is Converge, Botch, Burst, etc. A difference most people wouldn't (and probably shouldn't) worry about, but if you're into one and not the other, it is sometimes necessary to specify.
I've been working on a RYM list entitled "Damn, that album cover ain't good" for a while now. Basically, if I see a shit album cover anywhere I'll add it to the list.
I like RYM for trying to really pinpoint genres. They aren't perfect, but as someone who is really anal about metadata'ing my music, they're the best resource I've found so far. Personally, I'd call it Noise Pop, the "Life Grips" comment up top is really accurate imo
I want to make Rate Your Music friends. My username on there is a3poify too. I'm into mainly rock, but I'll give anything a try. Here's my 2017 AOTY list for a bit of info as to what I'm into.
Hey guys, So I've finally finished my top 50 round up of 2017 (all genres, though hip-hop is the second most represented genre). I normally like to wait til the year is fully over before i get it finalized. I've listened to a lot of albums this year so it was harder than usual.
Here's my top 50 albums of the year and a paragraph/review on why i liked each one of them.
Here's a list of everything i heard this year (273 albums) and thoughts/ratings on each
for those who don't want to read my gibberish i made a collage of the top 50 from best to worst (because topsters doesn't like 50 anymore apparently)
I'd like to hear what you guys think of the list/writing and what you disagree or agree with.
I was at this show! Other notes:
I was really close to the heckler. I believe he was yelling "PLAY SOME ROCK!!". He was drunk as fuck and being a huge asshole the entire show. He tried to pick a fight with another guy during "Where I End And You Begin".
The crowd recognized "Talk Show Host" so incredibly fast it was unbelievable. After the first two notes, people just exploded. Awesome.
It rained off and on throughout the show. It was annoying, but it started again right as the "rain down" part of Paranoid Android started. It was absolutely magical and I cried a little bit.
I ate an irresponsible amount of weed brownies that day, and that entire show was without a doubt the highest I've ever been. I spent much of the show wondering why the cement under my feet was moving, even though it obviously wasn't wet cement...that would be insane if they just had us all stand in wet cement. Eventually I realized it was a grey tarp.
The band Liars opened for them, and they're still probably the best opening act I've ever seen. Jesus Christ that guy had some seriously great stage presence.
i found a really good theory that i've come to think is pretty plausible from a reviewer on RYM:
Let's be real for a second: there is a 98% probability that this album is complete trash. If it were any good, it would have featured a memorable single with a music video, it would have been distributed to every record store in America, and Wu Tang would have made a pretty nice profit, maybe even a bid for a tour. Instead, they put out a lackluster album last year which gained no traction in the hip hop community, they weren't happy with the half-baked nature of this product, and they didn't want to kill their brand name with another bad release. But they still wanted to benefit from the experience of working on the album, you know? They wanted some reward for the time they put into this project. So they wrap it up in a bow and ribbon, sell it for an exorbitant amount of money to a person they know won't share it with the rest of the world, clear their consciences, and rekindle the hype for their name just enough for us to be talking about them.
Dawn, Decameron, Dissection, Kvist, Mörk Gryning, The Moaning, Necrophobic, Rotting Christ, Sacramentum, Unanimated, Vinterland
Melodic Black Metal: This should help you find more after you gone through the above.
Understand first that Tom Waits has several distinct periods in his sound. In the 70s he has a crooner and beatnik style that might evoke images of bar rooms and wacky poetry readings. In the 80s, he started playing around more with his voice and using 'found' sounds and odd instrumentation. In the 90s he took that to an extreme for a while. In the late 90s he started releasing more 'ballads' alongside the experimental stuff (Mule Variations through Blood Money). Since then he's been all over the place. He's like a wacky old man making noise, beatboxing, etc. But he still has a soft side to him. All of these periods are enjoyable, but the point here is that you never know what you're going to get, so honestly you could stab in the dark and pick any album and it won't tell you for sure how much you'd like another by Waits.
I would recommend starting with Rain Dogs, which is his most well-known album (In my opinion also his best, but his discography is huge so it may not be yours). If you like it, ask for more songs similar to the songs you like most on it. I discovered Tom through RateYourMusic. Don't take the ratings by gospel, but you can get a good idea what order to listen to things in if you want to go by 'quality' by sorting his albums by Average rating here: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/tom_waits
Be aware that Rain Dogs is part of a (loose) trilogy of albums (including Swordfishtrombones and Frank's Wild Years) so you might want to listen to all three. Similarly, Alice and Blood Money are sister albums.
Alternately, if you are the type of person who enjoys watching how an artist progresses, Tom Waits is a pretty great artist to get in to chronologically since his style has changed so much over the years without losing any personality.
r/LetsTalkMusic is pretty good for music discussion.
r/IndieHeads has a great community, and doesn't skew toward "indie" as much as you'd think (whatever "indie" means.
r/HipHopHead has probably made me laugh harder than most "funny" subreddits - this lil b saga is amazing.
r/Vinyl can be a good place to find some albums to.
rym is better than any of them for pure music discovery though.
I was looking up famous RYM accounts because I wanted to see if any celebrities.musicians had an account but I couldn't find any. However I did find what I think is the worst account on RYM.
fantano is really knowledgeable about a lot of things, but he's like 33 and has been a music fan since his early adolescence, and so have many other people -- I don't think he's particularly erudite. He doesn't appear to have much knowledge about jazz and classical, he doesn't understand Trout Mask Replica, he seems to be iffy on electronic/ambient music, etc..
Go listen to the top 500 or so albums on Rateyourmusic.com (i'd personally say more like 800 of the first 1200 are absolutely essential, not all of them deserve to be as high as they are) look up some charts on /mu/, delve into the genres you find you like and soon enough you will pass for "knowing" music. There are also modern albums that aren't quite "Classic" that you should know, browsing rollingstone, p4k, and other publication lists as mediocre as they are, are good primers for understanding how the music you consume comes about, these magazines have been and still are the main tastemakers.
once you know all the "classics" (and trust me, most genres of popular music have contributed to the great popular music canon, you'll know jazz, electronic, folk, trip hop, ambient, etc..) then anything else music knowledge wise gets real "Deep" real quick.
I think this is all kind like the allegory of the cave, once you know how to get the information about albums and music and how the culture kind of works fantano doesn't seem so impressive at all. His real talent is his writing, his presentation, his personality, etc..
edit: i also have a spotify list of all my favorite songs i welcome everyone to follow. it's 160 hours of music.
Sorry for missing Tuesday's series. Was at the dr.
Thursday edition - working our way through the '90s essentials list.
The highlighted album for today is, Fishmans - Long Season
So IF someone likes, Long Season
Last one was Silver Jews - American Water
This is in my top 5 of the essentials for the 1990s, another album that I love and don't see too much conversation on is, <strong>Nagisa ni te - On the Love Beach</strong>
This is another wonderful Japanese psychedelic-folk album filled with a dreamy and peaceful sound. The opening track is absolutely wonderful.
Gonna need the master /u/selib help on this one as well.
Hope you enjoy!
The highlighted album for today is, Portishead - Dummy
So IF someone likes, Dummy
Last was Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
Dummy was another tough one for me. Trip-hop albums are ones with which I'm not familiar enough. So yesterday I spent a good amount listening to all different trip-hop albums.
My pick is the album, <strong>Mono - Formica Blues</strong>
This album has similar vocals and a more simplistic and dulcet approach to trip-hop. I love the jazzy sound on it as well.
Melon has a rateyourmusic page here that his assistant updates for him every once in awhile. An example is in his YouTube era Anthony has given 3 10s but all time there is 66.
Chécate dos los primeros discos de La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata
El grupo Enigma! que estuvo activo toda la década de los 70 y 80
El segundo disco de Dug Dug's Smog es una joya del rock progresivo
El grupo tapatío Toncho Pilatos
El Amor tiene muy buenas canciones también
Te invito a que veas mi lista de discos de rock mexicano (1960-90)
...all artists with multiple albums released in the 2010s that were critically acclaimed. I could go on.
Check out the Quietus's list: http://thequietus.com/articles/21429-albums-of-the-year-2016
Check out RateYourMusic's chart of the year: https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/album/2016 (go down a little bit on that one)
Indie and music overall is way more colorful than what the majority of lists portray.
There's some other places with interesting picks as well, but they still haven't released lists.
Check out Dwarfs of East Agouza if you like Psych Rock as well https://thedwarfsofeastagouza.bandcamp.com/
> So I'm looking for any and all bands that have a female vocalist (not like Eluveitie or Kylesa where the female vocalist shares with a male vocalist). Primarily I'm interested in extreme metal.
also this user has lists for every style of female fronted metal / music. It is an A-Z list of every band without curating so enjoy the info dump.
Hey, Y’all it’s me, that guy who keeps writing reviews for albums for some reason. I have once again listened to all 90 albums that were nominated and put them in order in a Rate Your Music list. I tried to explain to the best of my ability what I do and don’t like about each album, but feel free to ask me to elaborate on why I placed an album in the wrong spot. I hope someone finds these lists interesting, but in any case, I’ve really enjoyed going through all these albums. There are a lot of great albums in here folks.
Link to the list.
Rate Your Music's Video Game Music chart
Their top 10:
植松伸夫 [Nobuo Uematsu] - Final Fantasy VII Original Sound Track
田中宏和 [Hirokazu Tanaka] & 鈴木慶一 [Keiichi Suzuki] - Mother 2: ギーグの逆襲
David Wise - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
光田康典 [Yasunori Mitsuda] - Chrono Cross: Original Soundtrack
近藤浩治 [Koji Kondo] - The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説): ムジュラの仮面オリジナル・サウンドトラック (Majora's Mask Original Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Official Soundtrack Box Set
近藤浩治 [Koji Kondo] - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Original Soundtrack
The highlighted album for today is, Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
So IF someone likes, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Last one was Massive Attack - Mezzanine
I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One was one of the first albums that got me really into discovering new music.
It's fitting for me to find something worthy of a deep cut that is similar to it.
<strong>Velour 100 - Of Color Bright</strong>
Of Color Bright knocked me out on how good this album is. Velour 100 only made two albums, but both are so lovely and lush.
These albums are a bit more leaning on their dream-pop sound compared to the more guitar-driven sound of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.
Absolutely great stuff. Highly recommended for anyone who loves dream-pop and shoegaze.
Hi, I ranked my top 50 albums from 1993 awhile back in honor of it being 25 years since. I'm working on 1998 for 20 years now.
On a somewhat related note, I appreciated the album of the year 1998 series this sub put on last month, even though it kind of petered out and didn't get as much attention as it should've. Anything that gives attention to music made more than a decade ago on this sub is what i'm here for.
The bricks are what keep you from everyone else, the experiences that are alienating you.
You should really think about reaching out and getting help. Talking to a therapist would help you sort out your feelings, that's unfortunately not always an option for people, but if you can get access to one you definitely should. They can help you work on the things making you sad, getting over your anxiety, and 'fixing' behaviors you feel aren't the norm.
Work on yourself, it's hard but that's the only thing that helps. Work out, read, keep listening to new music, find new hobbies, etc. People like to be friends with people they see as adding value to their lives. Don't change yourself to fit in, change yourself to be a better you. I really like this site: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/pink-floyd-1
I used to feel the same as you. Sometimes I still get very sad. Remember that you're responsible for becoming the person you'd like to be. It'll start slow, but as you improve yourself you'll start to feel more confident. Sometimes you have to love yourself before others will. As you feel yourself getting better you can start to really tackle your social issues (again, a therapist would really help).
Don't act like your not like everyone else. Just because you like different things than another person doesn't mean that you can't try to be friendly. It'll push you out of your comfort zone definitely, but it'll get easier. No one listens to the shit I listen to, but I've never let that get in the way of trying!
If you play video games online try finding friends there too. When I was younger I played a lot of Garry's Mod and it was always really nice getting on a server I went on a lot and recognizing people and talking to them.
One last thing, don't beat yourself up to much about jerking off. It's ok to do, but like all the best things in life, moderation is important.
Pm me if you need to talk to someone. Good luck man.
Tuesday edition - working our way through the '90s essentials list.
The highlighted album for today is, Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
So IF someone likes, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Last week was Fiona Apple - When the Pawn... & Beck - Odelay
This was one of the first albums that got me into indie music so this album holds a special place for me. My pick is, <strong>The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse</strong>
This album has the psychedelic instrumental cacophonic sounds and mixtures of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space but without that gospel hook to it, unfortunately.
So, I feel I may have achieved my 'DJ' bucket list already. I love namedropping the people I've DJed with. (brace yourself for my ego) Tiesto, Faithless, Mauro Picotto, Slam, MYLO, Pendulum, Felix Da Housecat, & more..
Smaller acts like Phats & Small, Utah Saints, Unicorn Kid.
The stuff I thought would be my ultimate nights really weren't. (Booked and played with Pete Tong, was truly awful). Best night of my life I think was playing with MYLO.
I've composed for games (bad ones) and adverts, had releases for a few record labels, remixed a good handful of my idols and had a track feature on a compilation with loads of my heroes. (https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/futurecop_/we_are_the_future.p/ Track 16) Had a track played on BBC Radio 1.....
I still feel empty though, never got where I wanted to be, contracts dried up, companies folded, got m'lady preggers and didn't accept a place on a tour around Europe and OZ (Due to birth date). I constantly think the next track I put out is gonna be the next big thing....but when I compare it to the production coming out from young talent, I just gotta hold my hands up - they rule.
My continued bucket list sits on a hard-drive in the form of unfinished projects.
The highlighted album for today is, Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
So IF someone likes, Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Last week was Fugazi - Repeater
My pick is the German album, <strong>Deluxe by the band Harmonia</strong>
This album has the same hypnotic beats, It's not as upbeat as Emperor Tomato Ketchup; however, I actually prefer this album a little more due to how futuristic this album sounds. This album is a mixed bag of Cluster, Neu! and Stereolab.
I said it wasn't on a lot of lists, not that it wasn't on any list.
For example, it wasn't featured on Pitchfork's 2014 End of the Year ranking, which came out two days after Black Messiah's release. NME always does their list obnoxiously early, so it was absent there. Same with SPIN. There's plenty of other examples but I'll use these three as they are all pretty big publications.
As a result, the album is either featured on 2015 lists or ignored. So it got #7 on Pitchfork the following year but was completely ignored by NME and SPIN. That's silly.
You could say that NME and SPIN just didn't care for it, but I highly doubt that. They are making lists of 50 albums from any given year and Black Messiah is critically acclaimed, decently popular, and ranked #2 on RYM for the year.
So yes, plenty gave Black Messiah its dues. However, other didn't because they simply wrote their lists too early.
RYM reached it's goal! Yay Sonemic is coming!
I spent all of yesterday organizing tags on my RYM, then i came to the realization that maybe sonemic would completely rework it. I feel like i might have wasted my time... At least it looks really good, and it's organized right now...
On that note, post your RYM account, and then recommend something to the responders! here's mine: https://rateyourmusic.com/~thomasstc
it has several user-submitted reviews for every album you could think of, ranging from positive to negative. You can also upvote and downvote reviews to make the better ones stick out
also the image servers are down today so usually it looks cooler, but check it out if you haven't
This incredibly detailed RateYourMusic list may be of some help to you, it's ordered by continent and country. Before anybody doubts the extent of this list, let me just add that it includes Nunatak, a band formed at the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica