This project is amazing. Bjork probably gets the most personal here of her whole career, backed by morose strings and lavish production. This album comes after some very trying times in Bjork's personal life, and this definitely comes across in the lyrics and tone of the album. The most captivating part of this album to me is Bjork's vocals, which have a very vulnerable quality about them, and her delivery rivals even some of her classic performances. A lot of people believe this album succeeds where Biophilia left people cold due to its more personal content, to which I must agree. This is a must listen.
Aphex Twin- Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP
Aphex Twin aka Richard James continues his comeback winning streak with a fascinating experimental EP. All the instruments here are acoustic, which are then sampled, so no synths or drum machines here. I applaud the inventiveness and novel concept, and the sounds James can produce even by live instrument samples is pretty impressive. The piano and drum samples make this a pretty unnerving listen, as the low end of the piano can get kind of creepy. I feel like my only complaint might be the length. Some tracks are very short, and as soon as I start really getting into some of these tracks, they're over. I realize this is just an EP, and a series of experiments and etudes, but I think some of these ideas would have been so much better if they were given more time to expand.
Viet Cong- Viet Cong
Looking forward to more albums coming out soon. I'm feeling another Grateful Dead album spotlight in the meantime. Feel free to share some of your favorite albums of the new year.
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