I have one very simple mission. I want to show people music. Music they've never heard before. I know how much music means to me and I know that I am always looking for new music that I love. I created this blog in the hopes that perhaps I could help other people discover new music as easily as they possibly can. There are few things I love more than learning that I've helped someone discover music, and I love discussing music even more. If I have helped you discover something, feel free to let me know, I'd love to hear about it. And most importantly, if you read these reviews and, somehow, enjoy them, thank you.

If you would like to submit music to me to review, message me with a link to your music and I will review it. Please only send me music that is from the current year, as I prefer to stick to one year.







"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electric soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

"World Peace Is None Of Your Business" - Morrissey
3.5/5. Probably my first impression of this album was that it was ridiculously preachy. I mean, just in the first song you’ve got Morrissey saying “Each time you vote you support the process/each time you vote you support the process” over and over, calling you a silly little fool. But that’s a given, the music is going to be preachy, that’s what Morrissey’s always done, even back with The Smiths. If you can get past that, this album is decent. The instrumentation is interesting for sure, the guitar-work is impressive, but generally the songs are just decent. Between the preachy lyrics and only mostly above-average songs, this album lands a little short of what it could be, especially considering it’s Morrissey and he’s made some fantastic stuff. It is what it is though, an above average album.

"World Peace Is None Of Your Business" - Morrissey

3.5/5. Probably my first impression of this album was that it was ridiculously preachy. I mean, just in the first song you’ve got Morrissey saying “Each time you vote you support the process/each time you vote you support the process” over and over, calling you a silly little fool. But that’s a given, the music is going to be preachy, that’s what Morrissey’s always done, even back with The Smiths. If you can get past that, this album is decent. The instrumentation is interesting for sure, the guitar-work is impressive, but generally the songs are just decent. Between the preachy lyrics and only mostly above-average songs, this album lands a little short of what it could be, especially considering it’s Morrissey and he’s made some fantastic stuff. It is what it is though, an above average album.

"Yes!" - Jason Mraz
3/5. I’ll start with the positive. I give Jason Mraz credit for trying to expand his horizons a little bit beyond the “white dude in a fedora who skat raps” image that he created for himself. But the thing is, with Mraz, he’s consistently been a singles guy. He puts out albums with a few pretty good singles and a bunch of filler. I’m sure he doesn’t necessarily see it that way, but that’s how is consistently comes off and this album is no different. There’s a couple nice singles on here and the rest is pretty forgettable. Not much different from the rest of Mraz’s stuff.

"Yes!" - Jason Mraz

3/5. I’ll start with the positive. I give Jason Mraz credit for trying to expand his horizons a little bit beyond the “white dude in a fedora who skat raps” image that he created for himself. But the thing is, with Mraz, he’s consistently been a singles guy. He puts out albums with a few pretty good singles and a bunch of filler. I’m sure he doesn’t necessarily see it that way, but that’s how is consistently comes off and this album is no different. There’s a couple nice singles on here and the rest is pretty forgettable. Not much different from the rest of Mraz’s stuff.

"Honeyblood" - Honeyblood
4/5. Hey, ladies can do post-punk too. Siouxsie And The Banshees did it really well, and you can hear a little bit of them in Honeyblood’s music. Post-punk has often been (just like a lot of rock music) dominated by men. Especially men with Ian-Curtis-like low voices. But Honeyblood take post-punk and make it their own and they’ve made a really solid album. This is an album that will keep you interested, that will engage you from the start. There’s variety and there’s intrigue. It’s a very well-executed album and worth checking out. Highlights include: “Choker”, “Fall Forever” and “Killer Bangs”.

"Honeyblood" - Honeyblood

4/5. Hey, ladies can do post-punk too. Siouxsie And The Banshees did it really well, and you can hear a little bit of them in Honeyblood’s music. Post-punk has often been (just like a lot of rock music) dominated by men. Especially men with Ian-Curtis-like low voices. But Honeyblood take post-punk and make it their own and they’ve made a really solid album. This is an album that will keep you interested, that will engage you from the start. There’s variety and there’s intrigue. It’s a very well-executed album and worth checking out. Highlights include: “Choker”, “Fall Forever” and “Killer Bangs”.

"Jungle" - Jungle
3.5/5. This is the debut album from Jungle, a duo that plays an interesting mix of electronic and soul music. They’re able to create a fairly interesting album, however they suffer from “all songs sound the same” syndrome. There are some cool moments here, some really interesting songs, but the album suffers from a lack of variety. It’s like Jungle figured out what they like and just kept doing that, and because of it, the album feels lacking, it feels like it’s missing it’s identity, what makes Jungle, Jungle. Hopefully as they refine their skills they’ll discover it themselves. Highlights include: “Busy Earnin’” and “Time”.

"Jungle" - Jungle

3.5/5. This is the debut album from Jungle, a duo that plays an interesting mix of electronic and soul music. They’re able to create a fairly interesting album, however they suffer from “all songs sound the same” syndrome. There are some cool moments here, some really interesting songs, but the album suffers from a lack of variety. It’s like Jungle figured out what they like and just kept doing that, and because of it, the album feels lacking, it feels like it’s missing it’s identity, what makes Jungle, Jungle. Hopefully as they refine their skills they’ll discover it themselves. Highlights include: “Busy Earnin’” and “Time”.

"X" - Ed Sheeran
3.5/5. Honestly, I think for what Sheeran does, he does it fairly well. The guy’s got a good voice and he’s able to execute pop music pretty well, especially ballads, and we saw that on his last album. We also saw that he’s not necessarily able to create a consistent album. He’s a singles artist, and he maintains that here. This album has some really good songs on it, but it’s got quite a bit of filler too. Sheeran said that Justin Timberlake’s solo debut “Justified” was an inspiration behind the sounds of some of the songs on here and you can tell, and I applaud him for attempting to go in a different direction slightly. This album is decent, above average, with some really solid singles. Highlights include: “One”, “Photograph” and “Sing”.

"X" - Ed Sheeran

3.5/5. Honestly, I think for what Sheeran does, he does it fairly well. The guy’s got a good voice and he’s able to execute pop music pretty well, especially ballads, and we saw that on his last album. We also saw that he’s not necessarily able to create a consistent album. He’s a singles artist, and he maintains that here. This album has some really good songs on it, but it’s got quite a bit of filler too. Sheeran said that Justin Timberlake’s solo debut “Justified” was an inspiration behind the sounds of some of the songs on here and you can tell, and I applaud him for attempting to go in a different direction slightly. This album is decent, above average, with some really solid singles. Highlights include: “One”, “Photograph” and “Sing”.

"Relief" - Vacationer
3/5. There’s a very distinct difference between something that’s relaxing, and something that’s boring enough to put you to sleep. Unfortunately, this album is more the latter than it is the former. Vacationer combine a relaxed tropical sound with indie pop and come out with something that’s just about as slow and unoffensive as possible. If you asked someone to create some MOR music, this might be close to what they’d come up with. It’s just slow with little to no variation. The music isn’t bad, it’s just not going to grab you, it’s difficult to maintain attention. It’s mediocre.

"Relief" - Vacationer

3/5. There’s a very distinct difference between something that’s relaxing, and something that’s boring enough to put you to sleep. Unfortunately, this album is more the latter than it is the former. Vacationer combine a relaxed tropical sound with indie pop and come out with something that’s just about as slow and unoffensive as possible. If you asked someone to create some MOR music, this might be close to what they’d come up with. It’s just slow with little to no variation. The music isn’t bad, it’s just not going to grab you, it’s difficult to maintain attention. It’s mediocre.

"The Black Market" - Rise Against
3.5/5. If you’re familiar with Rise Against, I want you to sit for a second and think about what you would expect a new Rise Against album to sound like. That’s exactly what this album is. It’s virtually the same as all of Rise Against’s other albums, they’re not exactly the kings of variety and breaking into new areas. But for what they do, which is angry/sad aggressive hard rock with a hint of punk, they do it relatively well. Some of the songs are catchy and fine to listen to. Lyrically the album is about on par with their other stuff and instrumentally it isn’t particularly anything special. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Rise Against. It’s not bad, some of it is pretty decent, but generally it’s nothing more than above average.

"The Black Market" - Rise Against

3.5/5. If you’re familiar with Rise Against, I want you to sit for a second and think about what you would expect a new Rise Against album to sound like. That’s exactly what this album is. It’s virtually the same as all of Rise Against’s other albums, they’re not exactly the kings of variety and breaking into new areas. But for what they do, which is angry/sad aggressive hard rock with a hint of punk, they do it relatively well. Some of the songs are catchy and fine to listen to. Lyrically the album is about on par with their other stuff and instrumentally it isn’t particularly anything special. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Rise Against. It’s not bad, some of it is pretty decent, but generally it’s nothing more than above average.

"Neon Icon" - Riff Raff
3/5. I want to start this off by saying that I love this album cover. It’s so ridiculous, and I think that typifies what Riff Raff tries to do. I want to like him, he seems to have this self-awareness where he doesn’t take himself seriously, and I like that. Unfortunately though, the music he makes just isn’t particularly special. There are some moments here and there that are entertaining, but much like Mac Miller (who is featured on this album), he can’t remain consistent. This album also features Childish Gambino and Mike Posner, and neither of their features are them at their best either. It’s a mediocre album with some somewhat entertaining moments.

"Neon Icon" - Riff Raff

3/5. I want to start this off by saying that I love this album cover. It’s so ridiculous, and I think that typifies what Riff Raff tries to do. I want to like him, he seems to have this self-awareness where he doesn’t take himself seriously, and I like that. Unfortunately though, the music he makes just isn’t particularly special. There are some moments here and there that are entertaining, but much like Mac Miller (who is featured on this album), he can’t remain consistent. This album also features Childish Gambino and Mike Posner, and neither of their features are them at their best either. It’s a mediocre album with some somewhat entertaining moments.

"Fuego" - Phish
3.5/5. Phish is one of those bands that doesn’t really translate well into a studio album. They’re a band that excels in a live setting, like most jam bands do. The Grateful Dead were the same way (though they had a real nice string of classic studio albums for a bit). Now, Phish has made good albums before (see: “A Picture Of Nectar”), but generally, Phish excels in a live setting. That’s why this album is just an above average album. The instrumentation is solid, the songs aren’t bad, but they won’t blow you away or anything. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect a Phish album to sound like. It’s not a bad album, but this isn’t where Phish excels anyways. Check out their live stuff to get an idea of how good they can be.

"Fuego" - Phish

3.5/5. Phish is one of those bands that doesn’t really translate well into a studio album. They’re a band that excels in a live setting, like most jam bands do. The Grateful Dead were the same way (though they had a real nice string of classic studio albums for a bit). Now, Phish has made good albums before (see: “A Picture Of Nectar”), but generally, Phish excels in a live setting. That’s why this album is just an above average album. The instrumentation is solid, the songs aren’t bad, but they won’t blow you away or anything. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect a Phish album to sound like. It’s not a bad album, but this isn’t where Phish excels anyways. Check out their live stuff to get an idea of how good they can be.

"Redeemer Of Souls" - Judas Priest
3.5/5. Let me start with the positives of this album. This is probably the best album that Judas Priest has put out since “Painkiller” happened and Rob Halford left the group. Halford came back and they’ve released two albums with him, but they weren’t particularly good. But this, it at least sounds like Priest still remembers what they do well. Halford’s voice is still solid and the guitar playing is still good (though this album really misses KK Downing, but Glenn Tipton does well regardless). Unfortunately though, this album sounds like Priest on autopilot. It sounds like relatively generic Priest songs. While I’m glad that they’ve taken a step in the right direction, this still is just an above average album.

"Redeemer Of Souls" - Judas Priest

3.5/5. Let me start with the positives of this album. This is probably the best album that Judas Priest has put out since “Painkiller” happened and Rob Halford left the group. Halford came back and they’ve released two albums with him, but they weren’t particularly good. But this, it at least sounds like Priest still remembers what they do well. Halford’s voice is still solid and the guitar playing is still good (though this album really misses KK Downing, but Glenn Tipton does well regardless). Unfortunately though, this album sounds like Priest on autopilot. It sounds like relatively generic Priest songs. While I’m glad that they’ve taken a step in the right direction, this still is just an above average album.