Album: The Loneliest Time
Quick Thoughts: So I get that I'm a Carly Rae fanboy, but I think what I love the most about this album is how much it really grew on me through the whole thing. It's no Emotion (but what is?) but it's a great listen with a ton of charm in a week with another massive pop release alongside it. In terms of what I want from a pop album? I'll take this over Midnights as an airy, more grounded affair.
Songs of Note: "Joshua Tree," "Beach House," "The Loneliest Time"
Album: I can't eat nearly as much as I want to vomit
Quick Thoughts: This album surprised me over and over. They're a little pop-punk, a little new wave, and when they hit, they hit perfectly. Some songs are just super memorable and sticky, and I kind of love that in a week with a lot of interesting and challenging listens. Give this one a shot.
Songs of Note: "10/10x (Iron Out the Crease)," "Sad," "100Punk"
Quick Thoughts: This is so loud and grungy, but so, so good. "Congregation" in particular is a song I've loved for a few weeks now, but I am impressed with this album. It's like a heavy version of some of the early alt rock that I fell in love with, and I really look forward to getting back to this one.
Songs of Note: "Congregation," "Sour," 12"
Quick Thoughts: Ah, Taylor Swift. She's put out so much music over the last three years that it's difficult to fault any missteps, and there aren't many here, but this feels more like a concept album after what's ultimately been an era of concept albums, and it just feels tonally... off? Granted, I really fell for her two folky releases, and I still think she's one of the most fascinating songwriters out there right now, but I mostly just wanted something more from this.
Songs of Note: "Anti-Hero," "Bejeweled," "Karma"
* Cumulus - Something Brighter (Solid moments throughout.)
* Goat - Oh Death (Psychy, grimy goodness.)
* Frankie Cosmos - Inner World Peace (A surprising and lovely poppy effort.)
* Nina Gala - swan heart
* Ribbon Stage - Hit With the Most
* Hagop Tchaparian - Bolts
* The Orielles - Tableau
* Sloan - Steady
* Twain - Noon
* Rubblebucket - Earth Worship
* Arny Margret - they only talk about the weather
* Lowertown - I Love to Lie
* Pinkshift - Love Me Forever
* Alice Boman - The Space Between
* Bloodshot Bill - Songs From the Sludge
* Atta Boy - Crab Park
* Hørd - Sciences
* Petite League - Thrill Seekers
* Archers of Loaf - Reason in Decline
* Elysian Fields - Once Beautiful, Twice Removed
*Too Much Joy - All These Fucking Feelings
* Kornel Kovacs - Hotel Koko
* O'Flynn and Frazer Ray - Shimmer
* 84 Tigers - Time in the Lighthouse
* Tegan and Sara - Crybaby
* This Lonesome Paradise - Nightshades
* Candy Coffins - Once Do It With Feeling
* Lola Kirke - Christmas Alone
* LoneLady - Former Things >> Re-Formed
* Josienne Clarke - Now & Then
* Elk City - Above the Water
* Abby Sage - The Florist
* Sloan Peterson - Lost Illusions
* Keita Sano - Legacy from Layton
* BAYLI - stories II
* Lexer - This World
* Jobber - Hell in a Cell
* Colleen Green and Beat Awfuls - Colleen Green / Beat Awfuls
* Serj Tankian - Perplex Cities
* Darren Hayman - You Will Not Die, Pt. 3
* The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Prayers for the Death of Fame
* Sleater-Kinney and Friends - Dig Me In: A Dig Me Out Covers Album (Does what it says on the tin.)
* Dialup Ghost - Sunshine Gets Hotter
* Crown Lands - Discover Crown Lands
* Gloin - We Found This
* Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork
* The Soft Pink Truth - Is It Going to Get Any Deeper Than This?
* Bibio - BIB10