Sylvan Esso's sophomore album is a big step forward and has a huge list of strengths, but it doesn't always come together on every song.
A Tremendous Sea of Love is a fantastic album with great melodies, a new direction for Passion pit, and fantastic emotional impact - it's just disappointing to see it held back by poor production.
Avey Tare's Eucalyptus is mostly a mix of sounds missing a core theme or idea to bring it all together. It's not an unpleasant listen, but it's shallow and presents few new ideas.
Mura Masa's debut self-titled album is a promising debut with some standout tracks, but it falls off in the second half.
Run the Jewels' debut self-titled album is a mix of hip-hop and EDM that is full of high energy instrumentals, great wordplay, and unique and diverse flows.
Balam Acab's Wander/Wonder is a fantastic, aquatic, ambient pop and downtempo album that ranks in my all-time favorite albums.