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Animal Collective - Tangerine Reef | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Animal Collective – Tangerine Reef Reaction

It's strange to say the least and almost hallucinogenic in nature; a perfect fit in one of those old school sci-fi flicks. Alone, there's no way I'd be able to make it through either the audio or visual part of the project but together they create a mesmerizing loop that stands as art as much as it does music....
Dawes - Password | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Dawes – Passwords Reaction

Dawes' album is surprisingly political (at least cultural) as they speak of our great cultural divide, and in lesser terms romantic divides, and tries to find understanding and common ground on which we can come together on. It's admirable, it's just not all that exciting....
Gorillaz - The Now Now Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Gorillaz – The Now Now Reaction

There are some folksy moments on the album but for the most part it all has a heavy funk flavor to it and paired with their smooth synths and soft melodies, it makes for some the Gorillaz's most unassuming and non-threatening music yet....
Lykke Li - so sad so sexy Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Lykke Li – so sad so sexy Reaction

Despite 'so sad so sexy' running a bit tired, Lykke Li's voice still sounds fantastic on the somber backdrops and she's still puts out some massive choruses that are perfect for the festival rounds. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking from it....
Beach House - 7 Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Beach House – 7 Reaction

Somehow even after 7 albums they're still able to make each new album feel like the first time you heard them and despite music coming more in line with the style they perfected over a decade ago, they still feel light years in front of everyone else. "7" won't do much to change your opinion about Beach House one way or another, but it's hard to argue how hauntingly beautiful it all is....
James Bay - Electric Light Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

James Bay – Electric Light Reaction

Evolving and progressing your sound is always a tricky affair but on "Electric Light" James Bay has been able to pull it off 'almost' flawlessly - giving his core fans what they fell in love with in the first place while boldly pushing into a new audience and direction without it feeling forced or gimmicky....
Kimbra - Primal Heart Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Kimbra – Primal Heart Reaction

What could have been a unique, inventive experience came off as more generic and safe than anything. There's some flashes of something truly special throughout Primal Heart, but ultimately Kimbra is unable to create something greater than the sum of its parts....
Thirty Seconds To Mars - AMERICA | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Thirty Seconds to Mars – AMERICA Reaction

Thirty Seconds to Mars try their hand at a politically charged record but they ultimately come up well short of saying or adding anything worthwhile to the conversation. It's essentially an album that's full of vapid buzz words/phrases set to painfully generic electro-infused pop rock. It's not a "terrible" album but it's not a particularly compelling one either....
The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl Reaction

I'm not saying The Decemberists come off as gimmicky or overtly "hipster" but I have no problem imagining many of the songs here being played at a local renaissance fair or in the soundtrack to one of Wes Anderson's latest movies, and not in an ironic way either. But for as much as I found myself eye rolling, I found myself singing along, which in itself is the ultimate goal of music isn't it....
The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy, | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy, Reaction

Somehow The Weeknd manages to step back towards his original sounds while still implementing some of his more recent poppier inclinations, creating a whole new sound yet again. It's a great mix of listenable pop with his more sinister, cynical side and there's not a single track worth skipping....
Jack White - Boarding House Reach | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Jack White – Boarding House Reach Reaction

Although Boarding House Reach is probably Jack White's most experimental project yet, there's heavy influences from blues, country, and most surprisingly funk, with entire songs dedicated to said genres, he still keeps that sincere approach to his music. All in all, it was an unexpectedly experimental album that's a mixed bag of good and bad, but the good largely outweighs the bad....
David Byrne - American Utopia | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

David Byrne – American Utopia Reaction

David Byrne has always been pleasantly weird and experimental and he once again tries to push the musical envelope. What results from that sincere push is at best, a mess however. It's a mash up of different sounds and influences that, when it works, can be refreshing and exhilarating, but those moments are far too often undercut by clunky breakdowns and unnecessary introductions of new elements....
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar Reaction

Like a lot of today's music, trying to put a label on or even describe their overall sound is damn near impossible. It's a little bit of pop, a little bit of punk, a little bit of electronic, a little bit of hip-hop, and a whole lot of countless other influences. It all sounds highly experimental, and a bit chaotic, but never so much that they lose their cool. Young Fathers have crafted something special here and I've found it difficult to pull myself away. This one is a must experience....

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