The Thursday Ten: 12/29/16

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Even though we are a little late with posting this, here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”!  This segment has been very rewarding to write this year and we’re glad to see that our viewers enjoyed reading these installments as much as we did with writing them!  This post is actually the last “The Thursday Ten” for all of 2016.  It’s amazing to see how many albums we gave ratings to this year and the staff here at Erik’s Album Reviews can’t wait to see what albums will make it onto “The Thursday Ten” next year!  Once again thank you for support and we will be back with more installments to “The Thursday Ten” next year!

  1. Deftones – Gore: 6/10
  2. Shokran – Exodus: 8/10
  3. Abbath – Abbath: 7/10
  4. Phantogram – Three: 6/10
  5. Zao – The Well-Intentioned Virus: 9/10
  6. Solange – A Seat At The Table: 8/10
  7. Norma Jean – Polar Similar: 8/10
  8. Emarosa – 131: 9/10
  9. Angelmaker/A Night In Texas – Split EP: 8/10
  10. Hodgy – Fireplace – TheNotTheOtherSide: 8/10

The previous “The Thursday Ten”:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/the-thursday-ten-111516/

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The Thursday Ten: 11/15/16

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For those who visit Erik’s Album Reviews regularly, you will know that the staff has been very busy for the last two weeks.  Because of this we unfortunately missed the last two “The Thursday Ten” segments.  However, last week we announced that in order to make up for this lack of album ratings, we will give 20 album ratings for this week’s installment rather than the usual 10!  This week’s post features various releases over multiple genres covering everything from Black Metal to EDM.  Even though twice as many releases are feature in this installment, the rules to “The Thursday Ten” haven’t changed, and of course, we encourage you to check out every album listed on any of the major music streaming platforms.  Let us know what you think of the ratings, which albums you want us to rate next, and don’t forget to check out the previous installment to “The Thursday Ten”.  Here is this week’s post:

  1. Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom EP: 8/10
  2. The Acacia Strain, Thy Art Is Murder, and Fit For An Autopsy – The Depression Sessions: 9/10
  3. Power Trip/Integrity Split EP: 7/10
  4. Dan Mason – Summer Love: 7/10
  5. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool: 7/10
  6. Aborted – Termination Redux EP: 8/10
  7. Lamb of God – The Duke EP: 7/10
  8. Jason Richardson – I: 8/10
  9. bl00dwave – Distance: 8/10
  10. Defeater – Abandoned: 8/10

 

  1. Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine: 8/10
  2. Blink-182 – California: 8/10
  3. Balance and Composure – Light We Made: 8/10
  4. Moose Blood – Blush: 8/10
  5. Wakrat – Wakrat: 4/10
  6. Tesseract – Polaris: 7/10
  7. A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations: 6/10
  8. Adventure Club – Red // Blue: 5/10
  9. PZA – AMERICAN RITUALS: 9/10
  10. Vaerbitt – Tid: 9/10

The previous “The Thursday Ten”:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/the-thursday-ten-112416/

Breaking News: Danny Brown Releases Lyric Video For Track “Really Doe”

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In continued promotion of his latest project, “Atrocity Exhibition”, Danny Brown has released a lyric video for one of the initial singles, “Really Doe”, which features verses from Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, and also features both a verse and a chorus from Kendrick Lamar.  This track, which is one of my favorites off this experimental release, has quickly seen widespread, positive feedback from fans, so it is only fitting that one of the most successful songs would also get a lyric video.

The lyric video features a rough, altered mashup VHS quality videos of each rapper performing, crowd shots, and various street shots, often running simultaneously, with the lyrics scrolling up in red text.  The video is extremely dark, experimental, and visually odd in a compelling way, and completely embodies the theme and sound of “Atrocity Exhibition”.  Even though I still think the music video for “Pneumonia” is still the best visual project associated with Danny Brown’s fourth studio album, it is obvious that this lyric video is the best, or at least one of the best, video representations of the record.  The eeriness of this distorted video is directly related to the warped artwork for “Atrocity Exhibition”, and in my opinion, makes watching this lyric video essential in order to truly understand the underlying theme of dark and odd experimentation seen on this project.

I have gotten extremely behind on album reviews, but I promise the review for “Atrocity Exhibition” will be out soon!  I can almost guarantee that this will be the greatest rap album released this year and will definitely be in the top 10 for the Albums of the Year list.  I highly suggest anyone reading this to watch this unique lyric video and check out the rest of the latest Danny Brown record.  My previous review of the “Pneumonia” music video is also posted below and be sure to check out the album review of “Atrocity Exhibition”, which should be out next week!

“Pneumonia” Music Video Review:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/breaking-news-danny-brown-releases-new-music-video-for-the-track-pneumonia/

“Really Doe” Lyric Video:

Breaking News: Danny Brown Releases New Music Video For The Track “Pneumonia”

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Detroit rap legend, Danny Brown, has recently released his fourth studio album, “Atrocity Exhibition”.  To go alongside this record, Danny has released two music videos for singles off his latest project.  The first video was for the first single “When It Rain” and late last week the second video was released for the second single, “Pneumonia”.  With the exemption of “Really Doe”, these two tracks are probably my favorites so far off this new album.  They are both extremely experimental that feature hard hitting, in your face beats with deep and very personal lyrics.  I might slightly prefer “Pneumonia” over “When It Rain”, but regardless both of these tracks are outstanding and were great singles that represent the album in a positive way.

The video for “Pneumonia” is by far the better music video out of the two that were released for “Atrocity Exhibition”.  In fact, this is without a doubt one of the greatest rap music videos I’ve ever watched before.  The video features two main shots throughout the song.  One shot is of Danny Brown dressed up in a suit apparently doing a press conference of some sort where he raps the lyrics to this track behind a podium with a sole microphone attached.  The other shot, which is the majority of the video and the most memorable shot in the video is of Danny attached to multiple, long hanging chain links, which appear to be coming out of the sky.  These chains often have him swaying above the ground in a position similar to that of a puppet on a string.  While he raps through the song the chains manipulate, drag, and throw Danny around like a rag doll and possibly serve as a metaphor for Danny being absolutely helpless and controlled by aspects of his life that he is dependent on or “chained” to.

The song itself is equally as notable as the video.  “Pneumonia” features a bizarre beat with multiple eerie bells and bass lines.  The song is as dark and ominous as the video itself, but at the same time it is also one of the most addictive songs on the project and simply cannot be played once without instantly replaying it.  The lyrics appear to be telling the story of Danny’s past experience in drug dealing throughout Detroit, however in an interview he did recently, Danny goes on to say that “Pneumonia” is actually a party song and doesn’t fit in with any themes or concepts that might be heard on “Atrocity Exhibition”.  Despite this, the lyrics themselves help emphasis the dark and serious tone heard on this song and without knowing about Danny’s statement, it’s hard to classify this song as a party song after hearing its unique sound. I still need to listen to the entire record a few more times before I can make a well-thought out opinion about the album, but I can say for sure that this is one of the greatest tracks on the latest Danny Brown release and is also one of the greatest rap songs you will hear in all of 2016.

I have been working on a review of this project for the last few days and I should have it posted on here very soon!  Watch the stellar video for “Pneumonia” below and while you’re at it listen to the rest of “Atrocity Exhibition”.  If your opinion about this video is different then what I have said, or if we agree with the significance of this track, then let us know in the comments!