Author Archives: R.J.


Band: LiturgyAlbum:AesthethicaBest song: “Generation” is terrific Worst song:It’s legit hard to pick a worst song. It’s a terrific album that should be treated as one work, I think. I’ve written in this space about my adoration for record labels/companies and the way that these organizations themselves seemed to stoked the scenes in my formative years. […]

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Band: Nick LutskoAlbum:SwordsBest song: “Software” is my favorite song on the album. Worst song:I’m least hot on “Streets.” Because I’m a white man, I watched all of the Peter Jackson Beatles documentary miniseries (my one-line review: It’s compelling, albeit hagiography) this week and it reminded me of the wonder of the Beatles’ work, including their […]

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Carrie & Lowell Live

Band: Sufjan StevensAlbum: Carrie & Lowell LiveBest song: “Fourth of July” is perfect, but “Should Have Known Better” is a close second. Worst song:I guess I originally said “Drawn to the Blood” is the least strong song on the record, but I know think it to be “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” […]

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Electric Messiah

Band: High on FireAlbum: Electric MessiahBest song: The title track totally rips.Worst song:“Drowning Dog” isn’t great. I broadly don’t believe in the idea of “cancelling” someone, but for the thought experiment that bad faith arguers believe it to be, I’ll bite and take another shot at explaining my own thinking when it comes to delineating […]

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Band: Ioanna GikaAlbum: ThalassaBest song: “Messenger” is one of my favorite songs of the last few years..Worst song:The final three tracks kind of run together. I don’t read much music criticism at all. I’ll read the odd Quietus feature or might hit a Pitchfork link if someone sends it to me. I read year-end lists […]

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May Our Chambers Be Full

Band: Emma Ruth Rundle and ThouAlbum: May Our Chambers Be FullBest song: “The Valley” is one of the best songs in recent memory.Worst song:”Monolith” is the only track without Rundle. One of my worst impulses that I continuously follow – even though I know it’s bad – is to know as much information about a […]

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Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Band: DeafheavenAlbum: Ordinary Corrupt Human LoveBest song: “Canary Yellow”Worst song:“Near,” but that’s still a good song. The pandemic is nearly an end, of sorts. The vaccine rollout is becoming more real and people are getting vaccinated, including me. The world of quarantine is slowing peeling itself back and we, in theory, will be back to […]

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Didn’t It Rain

Band: Songs:OhiaAlbum: Didn’t It RainBest song: “Blue Factory Flame”Worst song: “Cross the Road, Molina” I am hardly the first – and I will not be the last – to note that the last year of the pandemic has felt like a wheel spinning in place. Time has both flattened out and felt extended. For kids […]

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Stranger in the Alps

Band/Artist: Phoebe BridgersAlbum:Stranger in the AlpsBest song: “Funeral” is the best song on this album, but the first four songs are all near-perfect.Worst song:I don’t love the cover of “You Missed My Heart” In the summer, I had a nice run of keeping this site up and I really thought I was going to keep […]

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Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Band/Artist: Lana Del ReyAlbum:Norman Fucking RockwellBest song: “Cinnamon Girl” is one of the best songs of 2019.Worst song: “Doin’ Time” is not good! This week marks the anniversary of Chloe’s passing and I would feel somewhat foolish if I didn’t note it. The coming week also marks a year of Lulu being in my life, […]

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