Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
This album receives a 3.5 out of 5.
Featured in the same XXL freshmen class as Kendrick Lamar and Lil B, it is no surprise that Big K.R.I.T.’s second studio album, Cadillactica, is drawing a lot of attention. The album starts off with the line, “Let’s create,” as the Mississippi-based rapper plunges into the album, taking creative risks that sometimes sound great, and other times fall a bit short. What makes K.R.I.T.’s latest record really stand out is that unlike his mixtapes in which many of the tracks were sampled, Cadillactica uses uniquely created tracks to give the album a more original feel. With Cadillactica, K.R.I.T. keeps the deep-Southern rap style fresh on critic’s minds.
Top tracks: “Mo Better Cool,” “Mind Control” and “Third Eye”
Flight Facilities – Down to Earth
This album receives a 4 out of 5.
Australian duo, Flight Facilities, first broke into the electro-pop scene back in 2010 with their single, “Crave You,” and have continued to put out amazing single after amazing single, landing on Triple J’s Hottest 100 for four years straight. Despite their successes, the duo has never formally released an album, even stating, “Why not make every song a single?” At long last, the group has put out their debut album, Down to Earth, and the results are one of the best, feel-good, electronic records to come out this year. Featuring a stacked list of collaborators such as Watts, Bishop Nehru and Owl Eyes, Down to Earth makes for a great mix of fun and funky songs.
Top tracks: “Sunshine,” “Stand Still” and “Crave You”
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
This album receives a 2.5 out of 5.
What sounded like a bad idea from the start, ended up being a bad idea in the end. The 14th studio album from The Flaming Lips, titled, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a tribute to the (most overrated) Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with a cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” made worse by including Hannah Montana. What makes this album fall flat is that the Flaming Lips and “fwends” (… really?) essentially took the Beatles’ album, and added more, overly done effects to the songs, rendering most of them impossible to even listen to. Unfortunately, the seemingly great lineup, which includes acts like Dr. Dog, Foxygen and even local group Sunbears, could not keep this album from being exactly what everyone expected it to be. Instead of picking this up, I’d recommend just listening to the original — though even Beatles’ fans agree it was their worst album.