1st Quarter Of 2016 in Music - Wrap Up

2016 is off to an extremely strong start. Here’s just a list of all of the new albums I’ve listened to from January to March and links to reviews, if applicable.

Doing it a bit different this time, doing it by rating, from greatest to worst. Alphabetical just seemed trivial.

5-Star Albums (8.5 - 10)

4-Star Albums (6.5 - 8)

3-Star Albums (4.5 - 6)

2-Star Albums (2.5 - 4)

  • Killswitch Engage - Incarnate: 4
  • Cozz - Nothin Personal: 3.5

1-Star Albums (0 - 2)

  • None! :D


Top Albums Of 2016 (so far)

  1. AURORA - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
  2. Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
  3. Deftones - Gore
  4. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
  5. Foxes - All I Need
  6. Daughter - Not To Disappear
  7. Lacey Sturm - Life Screams
  8. HÆLOS - Full Circle
  9. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
  10. LIGHTS - Midnight Machines

Top Songs Of 2016 (so far)

  1. AURORA - 'Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) (Acoustic)'
  2. Panic! At The Disco - 'Emperor's New Clothes'
  3. Deftones - 'Hearts/Wires'
  4. Foxes - 'Better Love'
  5. Lacey Sturm - 'Rot'
  6. AURORA - 'Through The Eyes Of A Child'
  7. Deftones - 'Phantom Bride'
  8. Dream Theater - 'Moment Of Betrayal'
  9. Daughter - 'New Ways'
  10. Jack Garratt - 'My House Is Your Home'

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Porches - Pool

Artists who create in the underground scene have to carve out a niche for themselves for their prosperity. Electronic-indie outfit Porches have offered their second full record, Pool as the follow up to 2013′s debut, Slow Dance In The Cosmos. While Pool is a dinky album full of catchy synthesizers, there’s nothing that makes it too interesting.

The album’s highest moment is right at it’s start: the opening track, ‘Underwater’. This song represents what this album should have been, but rather represents what it could have. It features an endearing and pulsating synth on top of harmonies in the vocals. The song is pretty simple as a whole, as is every song, but this song makes it work and manages to sound huge, whereas all other tracks sound like they’re missing something. ‘Braid’, for example, feels like to vocals lack inspiration. ‘Be Apart’ is a good track with a driving beat and a catchy synth that sounds like it came from an East India Youth record. A lot of songs have traces of other artists in them; ‘Hour’ has a Years & Years vibe to it, and ‘Pool’ features an autotune effect that Kanye West might use. There isn’t really anything worth mentioning as far as this album goes besides what’s already there... at some point around the halfway point, everything sounds the same and becomes pretty bland. Every track follows the same general formula and while ear candy does exist, nothing particularly impressive is exhibited.

Pool is a great album to chill back and relax to. If you’re looking for substance and layered pieces to make you think, this isn’t what you’re looking for. Pool is a very average electronic album - there’s nothing necessarily wrong with it, it just lacks a voice or uniqueness. It fades into blandness and becomes uniform by the end of the album, offering little, if anything, to take in. Minimalism requires the capacity to make something huge out of what it has. Porches didn’t quite grasp that with this record.

Favorite Tracks: Underwater, Be Apart

Least Favorite Tracks: Mood, Braid

Rating: 6.5/10