Published 11/28/2017

Musical beauty obviously takes on multiple forms and has several layers to it, but from a one-dimensional sonic perspective, this may be the most beautiful album I have heard all year. Bjork is one of most consistent and brilliant living musicians at blending different musical worlds together and combining techniques of the past with the ever-growing available resources of the present. This album’s obvious triumph is in the completely enthralling timbre that goes through many important transformations and daring experimentation while spinning out one long, connected journey through an unexplored world.

I don’t normally comment on this when…


Published 12/01/2017

So this is the best our culture can do? This is our collective zenith, our most heralded work of music this year? That’s depressing. That opens up a whole other can of worms about what turned sour along the way with our society’s musical desires, but I’m here to discuss this album alone. I will begin with breaking down the lack of melodic intrigue. Swift’s melodies were often rhythmically based, and involved changes of metric placement from the usual word accents. This came to be the sole unique feature of the melodies, and it hardly amounted to anything…


Published 11/18/2017

I actually got the sense that they tried not to be awful, which made one of the worst albums I’ve heard in a long time even worse. The pathetic ugliness didn’t come from being erratic or missed opportunities; it came from complete absent-minded naivety and a total inability to see any sort of bigger picture with what they were doing. This band’s influences, if any, should really be ashamed of themselves. Whoever taught them that the music they created for this album is worth making should lose their job.

This album shows the band’s complete ineptitude to do…


Published 11/11/2017

“Thrilling” is not a word I’d use to describe anything about this album. There was simply a lack of strong musical decisions in moments that mattered most, with Smith relying heavily on an inner ear that isn’t very developed or nuanced. These moments that mattered the most were not the giant gospel chorus swells or intricate vocal riffs, although I must say Smith did well to divert attention away from his shortcomings with them. …


Published 10/30/2017

As a whole, these song structures are well too plain in their composition to create anything of substance or impact. The meter was consistently a drudging 4/4, there was no rhythmic manipulation, and no personality or development to the basic, ordinary textures. When it comes to comparing against the greats, P!nk has never really stood a chance with the lack of structural attraction in her music, and this album goes beyond what was needed to exemplify that. Blandness, being one recognizable trait, negatively affects every aspect of music. However, others have done it much worse in the past.


Published 10/25/2017

A seasoned musician with a knack for appealing to all kinds of listeners who always look for something new, Beck Hansen delivers with an album that certainly has the ability to surprise and captivate. Although it may not seem so with a passive listen, this work is more on the daring side, always exploring new synthetic sounds within an understandable form and never being satisfied with staying put and becoming obvious. It’s no surprise that an adaptable musician like this made timbre the overall focal point, with the music’s highest priority always being to sound distinctive and engaging…


Published 10/18/2017

If she hadn’t already, Annie Clark cemented herself as one of this generation’s most creative, intuitive, and intelligent musicians with this release of wonderfully enjoyable songs. This is such an important album for the modern music world to take in for multiple reasons; first and foremost being that it uses all the conventions and musical priorities that today’s astute listeners crave while maintaining a core of stability, sensibility, and simplicity.

Timbre was obviously the most dynamic and experimental element, staying true to the big picture direction of the sophisticated music world and satisfying modern listeners who care deeply…


Published 10/07/2017

There may have been lots of underlying things Cyrus was trying to accomplish in this album, most likely pertaining to her work on her public image, but all it really became was an empty and lackluster collection of short songs without any musical firepower to keep attention or garner emotion. In the midst of the shallow acoustic sound and the rather lazy, repetitive progressions was the one small but important strength of Cyrus, which was her ability to craft melodies that could make each song personal and mean something beyond the words. …


Published 10/06/2017

As long as groups like Foo Fighters keep writing music, the spirit of gritty human emotion shown through engaging and smart musical tactics will survive. It’s a spirit that has unfortunately faded in recent years, as new musicians have not been as consistent in finding strong musical engagement when trying to be outright and humanistic, sacrificing good musical substance and structure for supposed uniqueness. This latest album by Foo Fighters, who in my opinion are the group that has best kept this spirit alive over the past 20 years, shows nothing too surprising or abstract, which was ultimately…


Published 09/25/2017

To describe music as being “dark” always has several different meanings to it that can normally be better explained in more specific terms. This album, though, is dark in nearly every sense. From the reliance on low, gravelly, and masked tones to the lyrical themes to the absence of familiar pacing within this kind of work, this is not something to be taken lightly. …

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I’m Sam Mullooly, founder of the music review platform Album Analysis. I provide in-depth analysis and critique of new albums in a unique, music-oriented way.

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