A tiny bit of a step down from Helplessness Blues, but only because the band experiments a lot more which sometimes works but sometimes doesn't. The experiments are all interesting though even when they don't work so this is still a fantastic listen. There are some incredible moments on here. This album kind of reminds me of a combination of Roy Harper, Moody Blues, and Van Dyke Parks. I find it interesting that these guys were one of the groups that really started a lot of the modern folk trends yet they've become kind of underdogs in that style since they've gotten more and more arty and have been eclipsed in popularity by other acts like Father John Misty (who used to be in Fleet Foxes).
Brockhampton - Saturation
Really good shit. catchy hooks, great beats, a mix of fun personalities all bouncing off of one another. Because the group has so many members they're all trying to get a word in at various points which causes this album to be full of fun memorable moments. I really like the tall moustache kid's verses in particular (don't know their names yet) he sounds like if Tyler The Creator wasn't such a juvenile prick. It's accessible and very modern stuff, so if the kind of rap you're into is mainly the more raw and intense stuff maybe this won't be for you. it is on the "pop rap" side of things more often than it's not, but it's the best pop rap I've heard in a long time. if you like rap definitely give this a look. as far as 2017 rap albums go I like it better than DAMN.
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe
The 2nd of five albums they're putting out this year (2017 is almost half over guys. you got 3 more albums to go. you'd better hurry!) this is a full on psych-prog epic complete with spoken word sections and everything. it's divided into a bunch of tracks but it's basically just three 15 minute multi-part epics, all of which are the band playing at maximum intensity. "The Tale of the Altered Beast" has some of my favourite sections the band has ever done. Also bits of Nonagon Infinity leak into some parts of the album in different contexts, which makes me think these guys are going for full on Zappa-esque conceptual continuity. very cool.
Phil Collins - Testify, and Dance Into The Light
My curiosity listening of Phil Collins solo albums continues to be the lame journey I suspected it would be. Both of these are better than Both Sides since there are a couple attempts at a decent tune and there are some upbeat songs on here. But they still suck.
Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going!
This album on the other hand I suspected would actually be good since it's the closest in time to his debut and Genesis were still going strong at the time. And yep it is good. Better than his debut in some ways even. I liked it. Those are probably the only two good Phil Collins albums.
Death Grips - Steroids
20 minutes of outtakes or something? If you know Death Grips you'll know if you'll like this or not.
Robin Trower - Time and Emotion
Boring old guy who used to be good plays boring old guy guitar music. Whatever.
Fleetwood Mac - Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie
Definitely leans way too hard on the lightweight poppy side of things. If your fav member of the Mac is McVie and you love songs like Everywhere and Hold Me than you'll want to check this out cus she really shines on it. Lindsey's style is all over this too as you'd expect, but he reins it in more than he's typically done on his solo records or on Say You Will. Nicks' absence is definitely felt since there's none of the mystical soulful vibe she usually brings to the table, and it feels like that robs the album of a bit of needed diversity. It's still a decent effort though and while it's not going to blow anyone away if you like Fleetwood Mac you should give it a few spins.