This way or no way You know I'll be free Just like that bluebird Now, ain't that just like me?
The first album of 2016 that I listened to, Blackstar sounded to me like an excellent album right from the get-go. However, the fact that the day after I had first listened to it Bowie "unexpectedly" died elevated the record to a whole new dimension. Seen in this context (and it's impossible not to do that), Blackstar is Bowie's artistic testament. It is full of omens of his imminent death and reflections about his past and his art, so much that it almost becomes unbearable to listen to, because of all the deep emotions poured into it. It's a transcendental experience that is not divine but artistic, and it will surely be regarded as one of the best albums of the decade and century, and deservedly so.
Deny the preconceived For the preordained We no longer grieve For nothing is concrete
AMNESTY (I) is Crystal Castles' fourth album, the first since Alice Glass' traumatic departure from the role of vocalist of the group. Here she is replaced by young Edith Frances, who proves here that she can carry the legacy of the group without problems. She shows that she's not afraid of doing her own thing, rather than just being a carbon-copy of Alice: her vocals are softer and sweeter, and there I say it, even better. As far as the music is concerned, Ethan Kath's instrumental are as awesome as ever: it's not a departure from their usual sound, although some songs see them going deeper into the trance music territory, something they still hadn't tried before. The songs are bold, powerful and disturbing, often based on themes like human prevarications and psychological traumas, and despite what the naysayers may say, prove that CC are alive and well.
Must listen: Femen, Char, Enth, Sadist, Chloroform, Frail, Concrete, Ornament, Kept, Their Kindness Is Charade