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Album of the month – January 2017

January’s been a busy month for me music-wise, with 71 albums listened to and rated. I must say I’m rather disappointed in those bands who promised so much and failed to deliver (I’m looking at you Flaming Lips). There are also a lot of bands plying genres I’m just not into, so it’s not really their fault they scored so low (sorry The Drip). It’s also a very harsh rating system I’ve devised (ranging from +100 to -100), so perhaps things just look worse than they really are.

On the plus side, it’s a chance for me to hear a lot of artists I’m new to, and one of the highlights this month is Mastery by Lancer. Some maximum riffage going on there! I may have sang “self-raising flourrrrrrr” to the opening track a bit too much, but then it’s not too often that metal moves me so. Another delight is Debbie-Marie Brown. Her mix of acoustic guitar and spoken word is lovely, and the closing track on her album Mindful Isolation is fantastic.

Other albums that I’d recommend for further listening (despite their scores – I told you this system is cruel) are Dale Watson & Ray Benson’s Dale & Ray, and A Projection’s Framework. There’s something about Gone Is Gone’s Echolocation that I dig, while Limp Wizurdz deserve a shout too. I promise I didn’t give them extra marks for their name or the cover art for Fugue State, although both are tremendous.

I enjoyed Throwing Snow’s Embers, and also Elsa & Emilie’s Kill Your Darlings – the latter was strangely Eurovision in places, but quite dark lyrically. A good mixture.

So, those albums and ratings…

68.18
Lancer – Mastery

65.39
Debbie-Marie Brown – Mindful Isolation

63.64
Nick Grant – Return of the Cool

61.54
Idles – Brutalism

61.11
Elsa & Emilie – Kill Your Darlings

60.00
Menace Beach – Lemon Memory

59.09
Fjaak – Fjaak

57.69
The Infamous Stringdusters – Laws Of Gravity

57.15
Gidge – LNLNN

56.25
Awa Poulo – Poulo Warali

55.56
Sofia Sarri – Euphoria

54.55
The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole

53.34
Pseudonym – Pack of Lies

50.00
Brandon Can’t Dance – Graveyard of Good Times
Throwing Snow – Embers
Sundara Karma – Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect
LukHash – Glitch
You Me At Six – Night People
Shy Girls – Salt
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Letta – Redemption
Rufus T. Firefly – Magnolia
Irma Vep – No Handshake Blues
Gomma – Toska
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
Leroy – Bambadea
Limp Wizurdz – Fugue State
Paquetá – Surfadelic Dreams
Brian Eno – Reflection

42.31
A Projection – Framework

40.00
The Dogs – Death by Drowning
Ronika – Lose My Cool

37.51
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – Kings And Kings

37.50
Uniform – Wake in Fright

35.00
Stephen Fearing – Every Soul’s a Sailor

33.34
Heat – Overnight

22.73
Palisades – Palisades

16.67
Surf Curse – Nothing Yet
Soft Error – Mechanism

12.50
Bonobo – Migration
Foxygen – Hang

9.10
Joan Of Arc – He’s Got the Whole This Land is Your Land in His Hands

7.15
Rakontyr Clique – Style Clashes

5.00
Dale Watson & Ray Benson – Dale & Ray
Toki Asako – Pink

0.00
Gone Is Gone – Echolocation

-4.54
Zooey – The Drifters
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick
Austra – Future Politics

-12.50
Boliden – Surfaces

-14.29
Heaven Pierce Her – Zen, or the Means Without Ends

-16.66
wosX – Deconstruction of Mind

-18.18
Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

-29.41
Wiley – Godfather

-29.99
The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!

-30.78
Half Japanese – Hear The Lions Roar

-33.34
Trinidad James – The Wake Up 2

-35.71
PnB Rock – GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions

-37.50
The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

-40.00
The xx – I See You
SOHN – Rennen

-50.00
Colony House – Only The Lonely
Information Flash – Ego Murda Sound

-62.50
Black Anvil – As Was

-67.85
Kant Kino – Kopfkino

-70.00
Alluvial – The Deep Longing for Annihilation

-72.73
Code Orange – Forever

-78.56
ONE OK ROCK – Ambitions

-85.00
AOA – Angel’s Knock

-100.00
Cabbage – Young, Dumb and Full Of…
The Drip – The Haunting Fear of Inevitability




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