Clinic - So I guess that after "Distortions", which really only affected me upon first listen (and upon each additional listen) Clinic became the same band each song, but that doesnt seem to faze them. I'll still download their albums, but I probably won't consider treasuring any of their songs again. 6/10.
The Thermals - There's too much of the same-as-other-bands guitar bravado and not enough of the same-as-The-Thermals energy that made me love two of their songs (one from each of their previous albums) in this album. Whatever if there's a message somewhere; write it on a toilet wall for somebody drunk enough to care. If I was at one of their shows (depending on who else was there of course,) I might care enough to care, but this ain't enough, Thermals. 6/10.
Matthew Friedberger - I like a few of the songs on Winter Women enough, but Holy Ghost Language School has so far almost completely escept me. I have a certain part of my heart at any given point of the day reserved for the siblings Friedberger, but I'm not about to blindly devote it so that he snaps his fingers and writes gobbeldygook for fortysome minutes and I fall into place; listen, I've got opinions too somewhere deep in me and I don't care if everybody else hates it, I hate it too. 3/10.
The Mountain Goats - I'm afraid enough of this album to not listen too close because I'm afraid of what might happen to me. I downloaded a song off of a music blog the other day and listened to it and it almost did that thing that I was afraid of to me (I'm in a vulneurable spot, you see) and so had to hold back a little bit. I've not been afraid of a contemporary album in such a while. I might give some more depthy listens to this, but only if I want to devestate myself. I trust John Darnielle enough with a concept to truly follow through with something like "loneliness" that I know it will probably be encapsulated sufficiently within the album's time (and its constant) that I don't commit to truly engaging with it in fear of it becoming one of these 'lying on my bed and not being able to move albums' that I knew so well in Spring of this year. 8/10.
Dirty on Purpose - Its the same motions as everybody else, if I saw this in concert I would probably dry heave mean comments to any friends at the show if they were there with me. But they wouldn't be because we'd be having fun doing something spectacular and worthwhile somewhere else. 2/10.
Andrew WK - My first hearing of this album was full of astonished gasps at the brain audacity of such a character as I'd known exists in WK this whole time! Since the year 2001 I think when my brother and I were first baffled by Party Hard! The album has more twists and turns than a Texas Tornader! But not all of them are exciting, some just twisting. There are a few songs that are gaspy enough for me to want to return to them often, but not enough songs that I'd want to listen to it like a family member. 7/10.
I'm From Barcelona - If I were a pettier man I would complain why are these people getting any attention is it because there are so many of them. But no, I'm just going to say that their sound is not for me because it is too much by the books and not anything abrasive or caustic or anything that I expect from EurPop. Also the songs seem unimportant and even though a few are a little catchy, they seem slightly punchworthy. 3/10.
Basement Jaxx - Previous Jaxx albums have astounded and floored and kept me singing along all night long, but this one seems to have the same sound throughout (despite its theme of being some sort of a radio station) I like the Orkestar sound for a song in there but there was another song where I thought they were saying a racial slur (though that one does contain the catchiest hook - even though it is not truly catchy). I feel like the overture is a good example of where they go with this album, it isn't quite as unworldly as their other work it just sticks to an over the top reimagining of radio koncepts and so is just like watery parody that I don't like as much as the Pussycat Dolls, for example. 4/10.
Sorry this is mostly on the negative side, I'll write something good when I hear it.