Here’s a list of all the current and upcoming album reviews on thursday email. All of the reviews except First Listens and Album Look Backs are done using a 5 heart rating system, using 3 characteristics that I pay attention to the most when listening to a project: cohesiveness of sound, cohesiveness of story, and vibe check. You can find my definitions of those below. The average of the 3 scores is taken to find the overall rating for the album, rounded to the nearest half or whole point (ex. 1.6 = 1.5 or 2.8 = 3). Each reviewed project has been listened to front to back. Click the rating for the review.

Sonic Cohesion

How the song sounds all together. How the lyrics and instrumentals blend and move with each other. Bars aren’t always needed, but something of substance is helpful.

Thematic Cohesion

How the songs on the project work together to create a certain theme or story that is easy to follow and is easy to recognize song by song. A good example of this is Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Vibe Check

Did I do the Pharrell scrunch face, say “ooh” or “mm,” nod my head, or bounce my shoulders? Goosebumps are an automatic five.

Replay Value

How often I revisit the entire or the majority of a project – 81% or more. These are given in whole numbers (so 0-20% = 1 heart, 21-40% = 2 hearts, 41-60% = 3 hearts, 61-80% = 4 hearts, and 81-100% = 5 hearts).

Saba, CARE FOR ME (April 2018) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry, TABOO (July 2018) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

IDK, Is He Real? (September 2019) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

IDK, IWASVERYBAD (October 2017) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Tyler the Creator, IGOR (May 2019) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Carter Ace, Music’s Better Than People (September 2019) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Juto, Wool (November 2019) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

J. Cole KOD (April 2018) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

KIDS SEE GHOSTS, KIDS SEE GHOSTS (June 2018) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy, (March 2018) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Bren Joy, Twenties (May 2019) | rating: 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry, ZUU (October 2019) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Buddy, Harlan & Alondra (February 2019) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

The Sunday Service Choir, Jesus is Born (December 2019) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Kanye West, Jesus is King (October 2019) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Lil Nas X, 7 (June 2019) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Juto, Velvet (March 2019) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Pusha T, DAYTONA (May 2018) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Emile Mosseri, The Last Black Man in San Francisco (June 2019) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Latrell James, Still (July 2019) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats, UNLOCKED (February 2020) | rating 5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony (March 2020) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Childish Gambino, 3.15.20 (March 2020) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Orion Sun, Hold Space for Me (March 2020) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry, Imperial (March 2016) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry, Nostalgic 64 (September 2013) | rating 4 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

JMSN, Blue (December 2014) | rating 4.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Kanye West, ye (June 2018) | rating 3.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Mick Jenkins, The Circus (January 2020) | rating 3.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake (March 2020) | rating 3.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Denzel Curry, 32 Zel (June 2015) | rating 3 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Dreamville, Revenge of the Dreamers: Director’s Cut (January 2020) | rating 2.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

Chance the Rapper, The Big Day (July 2019) | rating 1.5 out of 5 | Listen | Lyrics

none rn but check back soon 🙂