Poetry Class ’96

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Poetry Class ’96 was realased by the band Flashlight in 1996. This is their debut album but also their last. Rate Your Music says this is shoegaze AND midwest emo. That’s nice because those are my favourite genres. I’m expecting this album to be extremely good, even if it is the least rated album in the midwest emo category.

One of the band members are also part of Owls, Joan Of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, all the Kinsella stuff (It’s Victor Villareal). I’m really hyped for this album.

  1. The Song Formally Known As Princess     9/10 This is exactly how I expected the album to sound, opening with some math core-ish guitar and energetic drums. This is really nice.
  2. Spider     10/10 THIS IS HOW I WANT MY BAND TO SOUND, IF I EVER HAVE ONE. THIS IS THE SOUND. There is just no way this is real.
  3. Boots     9/10 Man, that intro gave me goosebumps, the bass is a little too loud tho, and it’s just one note. The drums are on point too. This song feels nostalgic in some way that I can’t quite explain.
  4. (Untitled)    10/10 This weirdly reminds me of Sigur Rós, maybe because it has nice piano riffs. This is the emo definition of “Irresistible” by Deafheaven.
  5. Syrup     10/10 THIS ALBUM IS SO GOOD, AAAAAAAAHHHHH. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW MIDWEST EMO IS SUPPOSED TO SOUND.
  6. Devine Electrifying Induction    9/10 This is the most famous song in the album, with 59 views on youtube. This song is ok, not the best in the album but still a tune worth to remember. This song also has some nice Cap’n Jazz vibes going (that’s indeed a good thing)
  7. Pinball     10/10 YES, HARMONICS!! YES, SCREAMS!! YES, IT’S EMO!! I wish I could understand what they’re singing. (Man, thanks to this song now i’m getting pinball videos suggested in Youtube. My life is over)
  8. Mathias Wick     10/10 Nevermind, this is the most listened song, not Devine Electrifying Induction. This is SO good!!! Is it the singing of whoever is singing? The refreshing bass lines? The post-harcore-ish drums? The math core guitar riffs?

Man, I didn’t want to start this blog with such a inflated review but seriously, I think this is one of the best emo albums of all time. It’s criminally underrated. I wish I could buy a CD of this, but that’s almost impossible, I guess i’ll have to stick with Youtube.

This is definitely a 9.6 album, it sadly lacks more smooth basslines.

This review is from my emo blog, don’t check it out, it ain’t that good. It just exists for the purporse of being.

Black Tambourine – Throw Aggi Off the Bridge

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Black Tambourine was a short lived noise pop/twee pop band from Washington that only released nine songs and played four shows from 1988 to 1992. All their nine songs can be found in their two EPs (I plan on listening to them all). Throw Aggi Off The Bridge is their most famous release.

The EP kicks off with the song Throw Aggi Off The Bridge, a really noisy track that predicted how shoegaze would sound in the years to come. It has this really fuzzy feeling and an incredible bass line. The vocals sound like something that would be released by a bedroom Bandcamp project. This song is incredible, really twee pop. Let’s not forget the almost jangle pop guitar of this track.

For Ex-Lovers Only, the second song, is jet another twee pop/noise pop hybrid, but this time, it sounds much more like shoegaze. The vocals of the song are really good. I want to see these guys live, I wish I had a time machine.  The outro of the song is really noisy, I like that.

Can’t Explain, the last track, is the noisiest song of them all in the EP. But it still manages to have this indie feeling, you know? Maybe Black Tambourine are really influencial and all the Twee Pop acts listened to them. The chord progression in this track is really comfy and like in all tracks, the bass doesn’t dissapoint.

Vocals: 8

Instrumentation: 9,5

Originality: 7,8

LYRICS:  7,3

FINAL SCORE: 82

 

Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed

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I finally found it. The holy grail. The thing that I’ve been searching for years. You know what it is. AN ALBUM THAT SOUNDS LIKE EARLY WEEZER!!

Pure, raw, power pop with cheesy guitar solos, can it get better? My only problem with this album is that it’s way too short! 11 minutes?? C’mon, I want 40 minutes + of music that sounds like this. I want 100 albums like this.

It feels like this album combines the sound of Pinkerton, but with even catchier melodies. If you’re Tony Molina and you’re reading this, I want to say that I’m so sorry for comparing your work so much to Weezer, you must be sick of everyone doing that comparison. It’s just that I love Weezer and I love this album too.

Something that I really like in this album is the lo-fi production, which adds this noise pop feeling to the album. Overall, it’s a very fun album with LOADS of guitar solos that remind me of hair metal. It’s not a bad thing, you know?

BEST TRACKS: Change My Ways (it reminds me of Dinosaur JR!), Nothing I Can Do, See Me Through, Don’t Come Back, The Way Things Are and Walk Away. I mean the whole album KICKS ASS!

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Depression Cherry/ Thank Your Lucky Stars

Depression Cherry

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You and me with our long hair on the gold one
After midnight we could feel it all
I go anywhere you want to (Levitation)

 

Beach House’s first album released in 2015, Depression Cherry, begins with the slow dream pop song Levitation. An amazing track that sets expectations high for the album. Victoria’s vocals are really good and “lazy” (well it gives this sleepy sensation) as usual. Levitation is probably one of the best Beach House tracks.

Sparks begins with a noisy sounding guitar(?) and some drowning melodies in the background. When the vocals kick in, you know it will be something. If someone asked me how Beach House sounded, I would play them this song. It is simply a great dream pop song. The chorus is brilliant; I can’t believe this song wasn’t a gigantic hit.

Space Song starts and your soul leaves your body. There is so much stuff going on in this song that it’s hard to explain it all. The tiny little bass in the background, the unbelievable dreamy keyboard melodies, Victoria’s to-be-classic vocal performance. This song makes me wonder, how many times did they need to record all the keyboards, or when they play it live, do they need more people? You just drown in this song.

Beyond Love delivers another dreamy melody played on a keyboard and a noisy guitar. Are they going just to recycle this method over and over again? It’s not like it’s a bad thing, I actually like it. This song reminds me of the summer; it just sounds like something you would listen in a car while you’re falling asleep after a long day out doing stuff. The lush landscapes that frequently pop up in this album are so good. I have yet to find something that doesn’t disappoint me in this album.

10:37 (why just 10:37?) has this hard hitting, slow, drum going from the beginning to the end of the song. This song lacks the keyboard melodies in some parts, but that’s alright. I mean, this song sounds like another track. The chorus is pretty good tho.

PPP kicks off with something that reminds me of children songs. I am still not sure why, but it is just so. The singing in this song has a really dreamish tone. Does Victoria just wake up in the middle of the night to record the vocals? It was this song that made me think that the band was TRULY recycling the same formula over and over again. The final minutes of this song are some real good stuff. I’m often wondering whether it’s a keyboard or a guitar playing the lines.

Wildflower, ah yes, another Beach House song that begins exactly like the others. Victoria’s softly sung vocals are now getting way too overused. The same “we begin with some LUSHY melodies, and then we GET TO THE vocals and we just COVER you with a blanket of our comfy songs” formula is back again. We could say that this song is really forgettable.

I am beginning to think that Alex and Victoria can write some good melodies, but overall (or at least in this album) they are just running out of ideas. At least, Bluebird is the most original of all the songs on the album, with its more non dream pop-oriented drums. But overall this is a forgettable album. It just sounds like the same song over and over again. If you haven’t noticed, I have described all the songs almost the same. Dreamy vocals, pretty sounding keyboard melodies and some distorted guitars in some tracks. But I have to say that first four songs are one of the finest moments in Beach House’s whole discography.

So let’s give ratings.

Vocals: 8.5 I really appreciate Victoria’s singing.

Instrumentation: 7.4 it had its moments. Especially the distorted guitar moment. But overall it just had ambient sounding sounds (sounding sounds ok) and fine melodies.

Originality: 4 the fact that all the songs begin to sound the same and that you forget the album so easily drags it down.

FINAL SCORE: 66

Thank Your Lucky Stars

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Just two months after Depression Cherry, Beach House release another  album. No one expected this one to come. I remember listening to it some times and I actually liked it, but let’s see if it survives…

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alright, let’s do it.

“Thank Your Lucky Stars” kicks off with “Majorette”, another classic sounding Beach House song. It reminds me of Cocteau Twins, probably because they’re both DREAM POP. Victoria’s vocals sound quite different this time, like if she actually tried to make something original. This song is quite original for Beach House; maybe they’re trying not to overuse the same formula.

The song fades out and “She’s So Lovely” begins. Wow. Another original Beach House song! the instruments sound remarkably good and it feels like they mix together. The thick, low, keyboard in the verse and when the guitar begins playing its tunes are the best part of this song. It seems like Beach House are stepping up their music in this album, but let’s see if it stays this good for the rest of the album.

“All Your Yeahs” (wow that sounds like the name of a record label) starts with this repetitive note played on a guitar(?) while Victoria begins singing already from the first second. But then when the note changes, everything changes. The song builds up with this weird, mysterious atmosphere. When the chorus begins, you might think “wow this is some real good pop.” Because that’s exactly what I did. After the first chorus the atmosphere kind of disappears, but that’s not a bad thing. In the final moments of this song, it becomes a magnificent song. The way that the vocals blend with the instrumentation is incredible.

Out of nowhere that track ends and “One Thing” begins. Its slow drum makes you excited for this song. Then the distorted guitar kicks in and the keyboard harmonizes with it. At the time that the vocals began, it reminded me of some old Britpop. Don’t ask me why. The guitar is the best part of the song, no doubt. Overall, I find this song quite forgettable. The ending of the song surprised me; I had never expected some kind of guitar solo from these guys.

“Common Girl” begins with this almost chiptuney keyboard and Victoria’s vocals. This song uses the good ol’ Formula. But at the same time, the song feels too minimalistic for being part of the Formula, so I guess that’s ok. The drums start after one minute into the song, and they don’t do much after that. This one is a forgettable song. In some parts of the song, this really melodic keyboard line came in, it was nice.

Another slow song from Beach House starts off. But this time, it reminds me of Björk. Once again, do not ask me why. You know what? This track to track review thing is not really my kind of stuff, so this will be the last one that I write like this.

now, my opinions in general about this album:

“Elegy To The Void” was the best song on the album. It was so good I can’t describe it. This was the most original Beach House record of the year, but it still had some forgettable songs.

vocals: 8.4 a little bit more original than Depression Cherry

instruments: 9

originality: 7.3

 

TOTAL SCORE: 82

Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop

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I’m just gonna be honest and say it. I am not a huge fan of Iggy Pop’s solo works, in my opinion The Stooges are so much better than just Iggy. But that is just my opinion

The album cover is alright, I haven’t listened to it yet but i’m pretty hyped since Joshua Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age is in here, and you probably don’t know how much I like QOTSA. When Iggy dies, Josh will be the only true “rock star” alive. Just look up images of him and tell me that he doesn’t look like a rock star (you can’t)

ALSO, BY LOOKING AT THE TRACKLIST, IS THAT A KYUSS COVER??? (Gardenia) HYPEHYPEHYPE!!!!

Anyways, i’m gonna listen to it now.


  1. Break Into Your Heart     8/10 This song has some heavy “Like Clockwork” vibes (QOTSA’s latest album, which sounds a lot like this song, apart that, well, it doesn’t have Iggy Pop in it) The chorus is a little dissapointing, but the whole song is damn good. The lyrics are a little repetitive, I mean, come on, we got that you’re gonna break into our heart. I CAN’T WAIT FOR GARDENIA.
  2. Gardenia     6/10 Oh god… This is NOT a Kyuss cover, man i’m dissapointed. I can’t concentrate too much in the song, i’m waaaay too dissapointed. I feel betrayed. The chorus is nice though. Now that I think about it, there wasn’t much to expect because it isn’t just a Kyuss song, it’s a flower species (I did not know this until I googled Gardenia) The outro is pretty nice.
  3. American Valhalla     8/10 Cool intro, I really like it. Man, I don’t know why but the way he sings reminds me of Bowie, is he trying to sound like him? Pretty nice bass, even if it’s like, three notes. This song is at least better than Gardenia. IN THE END, WHERE HE SAYS IT’S NOTHING BUT MY NAME, HE SOUNDS A LOT LIKE THE VOICE FROM TUTTI FRUTTI BY NEW ORDER, I THINK IT’S HIM. I’M GONNA GOOGLE IT. Ok, Iggy Pop was in the album but not in this song??? I think it’s uncredited.
  4. In The Lobby     7/10 Again, nice intro. It’s ok
  5. Sunday     9/10 Man, the bass in this album is awesome, really groovy. This song is pretty cool, reminds me of his solo album “The Idiot”, but with a badass touch (THANK YOU JOSH HOMME) This is so far the best song in the album, nice change of direction in the last two minutes.
  6. Vulture     9/10 Kinda cheesy intro, but Iggy’s voice sounds extremely cool in this song, and the electric guitars suddenly popping up around minute 1 reminds me of QOTSA, a lot. Man, Josh sure made this album better.
  7. German Days     9/10 THE GUITAR SOUNDS SO GOOD AND SO DOES THE BASS IN THIS SONG, NICE. The drums are ok, nothing out of this world. Nice chorus too. THIS SONG IS REALLY GOOD WOW
  8. Chocolate Drops     9/10 Man, this album really got better. It reminds me of AM by Arctic Monkeys (or just Arctic Monkeys self titled?)
  9. Paraguay     8/10 It works as a closer, but it isn’t anything out of this world. Last three minutes are kick ass.

This album started pretty tame, I didn’t really like it to be honest, but the last four songs are obviously one of the best songs Iggy has made this century. I really hope he does more things that sound like those songs. Maybe more collaborations with my man Josh Homme?

This is one of the best examples of an 8/10 album, I really liked it and I would gladly listen to it again (or at least the last four songs)

Discovery by Daft Punk

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This is the last “old” review

This was the first album that I buyed (not asked for, but actually buyed on my own, with my “hard” earned money) This album is pretty damn good and it brings back memories. It was released year 2002, I think.

  1. One More Time    7/10 The hit! The banger! Everyones favourite song!
  2. Aerodynamic    8/10 One would think that this is a hardcore song on the guitar but it’s actually pretty easy, no need to move your fingers so fast if you are playing the air guitar. Good bass too.
  3. Digital Love    6/10 I’ve never liked this song that much, it’s kinda cheesy, but it has one of the best moments of the album, at 02:15. The outro is also good
  4. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger    7/10 This used to be one of my favourite songs, sadly, I listened to it way too much.
  5. Crescendolls    8/10 THE SAMPLES, BLESS THEM
  6. Nightvision    5/10 When I was young i always skipped this song because i thought it was too boring, not much has changed since then. It reminds me of Air but this is actually even worse.
  7. Superheroes    9/10 This is my jam, makes you bob your head like an idiot.
  8. High Life    9/10 Same as last song, with a touch of Crescendolls (AKA heavy sampling)
  9. Something About Us    7/10 Another cheesy song with a nice bass, that’s kinda cliché isn’t it? I like when whoever is singing sings ”The right one” and as he does, all the instruments stop playing, that’s pretty neat.
  10. Voyager    8/10 Man, why does Daft Punk always have such satisfying basslines? (EDIT: MAYBE BECAUSE IT’S MADE TO DANCE TO????)
  11. Veridis Quo    7/10 More cheesy songs.
  12. Short Circuit    8.5/10 Flawless song.
  13. Face To Face    10/10 This is their best song, i’m serious. I used to listen to this song on repeat when i was 11 years old.
  14. Too Long    7/10 Song name says it all. I really like the vocals though.

 

This album is ok, not a classic (edit: uhhh yes it is???) and not their best, but it was still good

It’s definitely a 7,6/10

Parachutes by Coldplay

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OH LOOK, AN OLD REVIEW

This is Coldplay’s debut album, and the last good album they released (they later sold out even more than they already had) It was released year 2000 i think? It’s really a pity that they decided to become poppier, because this album is really good and they should have kept this sound.(Actually, they kind of kept the sound but it was far more pop oriented) The cover is pretty ugly when you can see it all so i chose this one, the darker, cooler and better one.

  1. Don’t Panic    9/10 As far as I remember, this is the best song in the album.
  2. Shiver    8/10 Reminds me of Jeff Buckley (which is a good thing)
  3. Spies    8.5/10 Outro is great, it makes it also the second best song in this album.
  4. Sparks    8/10 Neat bass! I also like how Chris Martin is singing in this song.
  5. Yellow    7.5/10 Good instrumentation, cheesy lyrics tho. Wasn’t this the hit?
  6. Trouble    8/10 Comfy as hell, sounds a lot like Yellow, but better.
  7. Parachutes    8/10
  8. High Speed    7/10 That was fine
  9. We Never Change    8/10 Another comfy song, that is good.
  10. Everything’s Not Lost    7.8/10 Strong closer, good guitar and bass
  11. Bonus song????    9/10 I didn’t remember there was an extra song, that was the comfiest song in the album

This is probably the comfiest album of the 2000s, man, I could listen to it again. (EDIT: I did)                                It is definitely a 8/10, really good album

London Calling(!!) by The Clash

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OLD REVIEW RIGHT HERE YO

Here we an album by the best ”punk” band ever, this album is really a classic and I really don’t know anyone that doesn’t like this album. London Calling is famous not only for it’s cover, but for it merging so many musical genres (ska, punk and rockabilly among them) in only 65 minutes. Also, I don’t really think this can be called punk, it’s more like post-punk(?) (EDIT: NO IT’S NOT POST-PUNK YOU GOOBER)

I’m just gonna do this real quick

  1. London Calling    8/10 man, I remember this song playing when i was like three years old (my mom loves The Clash) I really love this song.
  2. Brand New Cadillac    9/10 I really like the bass in this song, its so smug. Wasn’t this song a cover?
  3. Jimmy Jazz    9/10 THANK YOU PAUL SIMONON
  4. Hateful    10/10 this is my jam
  5. Rudie Can’t Fail   10/10 I LOVE SKA
  6. Spanish Bombs    10/10 I JUST CANT DESCRIBE HOW GOOD ALL SONGS ARE AAAAHH
  7. The Right Profile    9/10 also, trumpets are always a yes
  8. Lost In The Supermarket    8/10
  9. Clampdown    9/10 fucking nice
  10. The Guns Of Brixton    10/10 once again, THANK YOU PAUL FOR THESE BASSLINES no actually, THANKS THE CLASH FOR THIS SONG WOW
  11. Wrong ‘Em Boyo    8/10 its ok, thanks saxophone
  12. Death Or Glory    10/10 DEATH OR GLOOORYYYYY IN THE END ITS JUST ANOTHER STORYYYYYYYY
  13. Koka Kola    10/10 I really love the way Strummer sings in this song
  14. The Card Cheat    8/10 i dont know why but i would label this song as a christmas song
  15. Lover’s Rock    9/10 kinda cheesy, outro is great tho
  16. Four Horsemen    7/10 pretty forgettable in my opinion
  17. I’m Not Down    10/10 BUT IM NOT DOOOOOOOWN
  18. Revolution Rock    8/10 nice guitar
  19. Train In Vain    8/10 👍

Damn it feels like im exaggerating a little too much, but i would call this one of the best albums of all time, there are literally no bad songs. This album is just way too much for me to handle. Just look at all the songs, most of them are between 8/10 and 9/10, thats how good it is

9/10, “punk” at its best

Dirt by Alice In Chains

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MORE OLD REVIEWS

Alice In Chains are probably the best grunge band (along with Soundgarden)

I’ve got the feeling this is gonna be pretty inflated that means that most songs will have 8 or more).

  1. Them Bones    8/10 Good opener, fills the album with energy and you expect more songs like this. The chorus is pretty smug.
  2. Dam That River    7/10 the first time i listened to this i hated it, no idea why (its probably the chorus, it reminds me of Metallica for a reason) But this is in fact really good.
  3. Rain When I Die    9/10 holy shit, this song sums up Alice In Chains, from the vocals in the intro to the guitar riff in the chorus.
  4. Sickman    7/10 kinda cheesy at first, but gets really good later. GETS REALLY GOOD AT 2:50
  5. Rooster    6/10 nice bass, but apart from that, it isn’t that much of a killer song
  6. Junkhead    7/10 its ok, nice guitar at 03:00
  7. Dirt    6/10 i like the smug guitar, but thats pretty much it
  8. God Smack    7/10 nice drums on chorus, i cant believe this CD doesnt have the iron man cover (that was supossed to play now)
  9. IRON MAN    10/10 NEVERMIND THERE IT IS, I LOVE IT
  10. Hate To Feel    6/10 back to more filler songs, ugh
  11. Angry Chair    6/10 more filler with dumb lyrics (HOW CAN A CHAIR BE ANGRY)
  12. Down In A Hole    8/10 Nice intro, nice bass, nice song.
  13. Would?    10/10 THIS IS SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE BEST SONG I’VE HEARD, THE CHORUS IS SO FUCKING GOOD, it’s kinda nostalgic you know? It gives me good vibes

Anyways, I don’t remember this album having this much filler. (EDIT: THIS IS WRONG, I LISTENED TO IT AGAIN YESTEDAY AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE) I guess everything loses its glow after you’ve listened to Jar Of Flies (their best) (EDIT: This is still true though)

This album is a 7,4/10

Richard D. James Album by Aphex Twin

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THIS IS AN OLD REVIEW

This album was made by the most classic IDM artist, Aphex Twin (Richard D. James is his real name, yeah, he named the album after himself) It was obviously released by Warp Records, the record label that publishes pretty much all the good electronic albums.

So here is the tracklist and the songs rated:

  1. 4    9/10   (this was actually the first AT song i listened to in my life, i was amazed) I really love the snares in this song and the synth in 1:30 (the one that goes like a light beep)
  2. Cornish Acid    7/10  This may sound really cliché and cheesy but this is like, hacker music. Whenever i listen to it i think of the matrix (wow that was cringeworthy)
  3. Peek 824545201 (did i spell it right?)    8/10  NICE SONG
  4. Fingerbib    9/10 Reminds me of Kraftwerk, that is indeed, a good thing. I also love the synth thing that begins around 0:35  I THINK THIS IS THE BEST SONG IN THE ALBUM
  5. Carn Marth    8.5/10 nice intro, love the snares and the trumpets. i really love this song, trumpets are my musical fetish.
  6. To Cure A Weakling Child    7/10 it was alright i guess
  7. Goon Gumpas    10/10 Words can’t express how much i love this song, is it the bass? is it the nice melody at 01:16? No idea, I just now this really is the best song in the album (so far, im writing this as i listen to the album)
  8. Yellow Calx    10/10 WAY, IT’S ANOTHER 10/10 SONG I CANT BELIEVE THIS ALBUM, I FORGOT HOW GREAT IT WAS. There is something nostalgic about this song, but I can’t quite describe it
  9. Girl/Boy Song    10/10 no way, this album isn’t music. this is post-music, THIS IS SO GOOD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH (03:51 is one of the best moments in the album)
  10. Logan Rock Witch    7/10 I really love the melody at 0:47, this song is ok, but it kinda ruined the mood and isn’t such a good closer. This song probably took days to make, just listen to all those samples!I can’t help but feel that , but I guess that’s just my opinion. There are no bad songs in this album though, it really is something rare with IDM albums, this may sound like i have a shitty taste but i usually find IDM kinda frustating, i don’t know, it just puts me in a bad mood. I really like IDM tho, so I don’t know why that happens. This album was incredibly enjoyable.I would give this album a 8.8/10, if you haven’t listened to this album yet, you really should. The best songs (in my opinion) were: 4, Fingerbib, Goon Gumpas, Yellow Calx and Girl/Boy Song. I could listen to this album pretty much everyday (not all day tho)