Average User Score: 8.3Nov 5, 2013Matangi may lack an authentic heart, since it is, as Maya stated, all of her previous albums in one place, but it is nevertheless quiteMatangi may lack an authentic heart, since it is, as Maya stated, all of her previous albums in one place, but it is nevertheless quite creative, inspired and aesthetically, a step-forward, quite different from MAYA, where the music was lacking a body and sounding derivative and confusing. More than any other thing she did before, most of the songs in Matangi lack a predictable structure and that is at same time challenging to the ears and the sensibility, as well as entertaining and fun. The hype of Matangi's release may eclipse expectations and resound disappointing, but don't pay attention to lazy press like Pitchfork or AllMusic. Mrs. Maya is still a craftswoman for specific tastes. When she is no longer an exotic appearance, since this is her 4th album, just the true appreciators will appreciate. Step in or leave it.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Apr 27, 2013Alanis proved through the years to be as talented as a musician as she is a good partner in love something we can conclude embarrassinglyAlanis proved through the years to be as talented as a musician as she is a good partner in love something we can conclude embarrassingly through her excessive private life exposure in her songwritting where everybody else is always the problem, never her. Though her first solely self produced album Under Rug Swept had quite good hooks for her then assumed radio-lite-pop rock orientation, so far in the last 10 years she just released rubish and lazy work. Havoc and Bright Lights I love how the titles of her songs and albums are so pseudo intellectualized is however the worst of all. Some may think she just succeeded during her lifetime career thanks to her producers who polished her talents specially Glen Ballard however she already proved to do fine by herself and Mrs. Morissette problem here is actually lazyness to cope with her own work. If the title for her works are pompous and promising, you always happen to find out is just a fancy wrap for a cotton candy tasting like water. She should just embrace her now motherhood and save us from the baby lullabies. Better follow Kate Bush example and stay home baking cakes and taking care of your son. Your husband can pay the bills, you don't need to embarrass yourself anymore Alanis.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Apr 17, 2013The problem on experimenting and intellectualizing music relies on trying to pass messages that may be too much hard to decode by theThe problem on experimenting and intellectualizing music relies on trying to pass messages that may be too much hard to decode by the audiences. Shaking the Habitual is far removed from the mutant pop formula The Knife created for themselves with previous albums, but it doesn't work properly as the political and social manifesto the band evidently tries to create here.
Though the lyrics are fulfilled with thoughts on Western world's values like capitalism, individuality, aristocracy, humanism, they become a big subjective salad sometimes, literally a fruit salad that doesn't benefits from its intricate and sinister sound to be efficiently worthy and often the listener can be caught thinking on anything else than the questionings settled through the album. One can think anything about the strawberries, lemons and buttered pop corns sang in A Cherry On Top minimalist 4-lined-lyrics when it is preceded by over 6 minutes of ambient dark drone sounds and a sitar out of tune.
For subjects so complex and comprehensive, the duo should have delivered less abstraction. In the end, most of the intellectual part of the album becomes null due to its excessive subjectiveness, what is a blasphemy in the context themselves created.
However, Shaking the Habitual irony relies in the fact the album, as music solely, still remains quite listenable and vivid, far away from its cerebral pretensions. But the listener must allow himself through its epic score of dark ambient music which may include 20 minutes long tracks of pure noise experimentation.
Is always to be prized challenging and courageous attempts like this album, though it may work in your play list, it might be more remarkable as a transitive (like a verb) piece of post-modern art inside the MoMA, but requiring proper and relevant complement.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0May 22, 2012On 2012, Garbage sounds like a reunion of professionals on the peak of maturing, but not exactly on that part of life you reach selfOn 2012, Garbage sounds like a reunion of professionals on the peak of maturing, but not exactly on that part of life you reach self confidence and transits free on the top of your game. Is more on the part that precedes mid age crisis, when the new world is frightening and you are scared to dare and innovate yourself, so you pick up the most obvious and safe choices. And then you sound as common and dull as ever. If there is one thing that everybody tries to pretend about Garbage â… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9May 21, 2012There's a time bands and artists in general must know the time to take a break and regather inspiration. Beach House should do that for aThere's a time bands and artists in general must know the time to take a break and regather inspiration. Beach House should do that for a while in a course of releasing album after album with no real gaps between. Bloom sounds like we are listening the same album twice... this album would be Teen Dream. Most of the songs in Bloom are clearly reminiscent from their predecessor release: Alex structure to craft more pop oriented and pleasant riffs keeps going on here, but they are not as much brilliant or catchy as before. The melodies in general are not too much inspired, the lyrics are liter and brighter as ever, and what was good previously on Beach House catalogue remains goods here, but we have this odd impression we have heard that before and it was better. The album is not bad and far from mediocre, but lack inspiration and remarakable tunes. Is probably perfect for listeners who expect from Beach House background music. Though, is quite hard to imagine somebody chatting about how was the day with friends while Gila or 10 Mile Stereo is playing, is easy to picture somebody even washing dishes while most of Bloom songs are running on the playlist.… Expand