[Music] Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

Album: Scum Fuck Flower Boy Artist: Tyler, The Creator Released: 21st July, 2017 Rating: 8.0/10 When I heard that Tyler, The Creator’s new album was to be titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. It seemed that Tyler’s claims to maturity had been far overstated; the title alone reeked of the juvenile edginess and … Continue reading [Music] Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

[TV] Madam Secretary (Seasons 1-3) – Review

Network: CBS Year: 2014 Rating: 7.0/10 Even as I type this in 2018, the phrase ‘Madam Secretary’ conjures images of Hillary Clinton – despite her having not been in office for a good while now. I have absolutely no mention of making this post a politically charged one – but the reason I open with Clinton … Continue reading [TV] Madam Secretary (Seasons 1-3) – Review

[Music] 4:44 – Jay-Z

Album: 4:44 Artist: Jay-Z Released: 30th June, 2017 Rating: 8.0/10 For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I missed the entire build up towards Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44. Suddenly, sometime in July, I came across an article praising Jay-Z’s latest project and, with a mixture of guilt and anticipation, I played the track that had received particular … Continue reading [Music] 4:44 – Jay-Z

[Anime] Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) – Review

This post is the last in a series covering 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'. Previous posts:  Episodes 1 - 3 Episodes 4 - 6 Episodes 7 - 10 Episodes 11-15 Episodes 16-20 Episodes 21-26 Episodes 27-32 Episode 33-39 Episode 40-49 Episode 50-64 This post contains spoilers for the entire series. It has been a while since I posted … Continue reading [Anime] Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) – Review

[Anime] Neon Genesis Evangelion – Review

This post is the final installation in a series of posts on Neon Genesis Evangelion and has no spoilers. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 can be found here. Part 3 can be found here. Part 4 can be found here Part 5 can be found here Baring the conceits and contradictions of the human … Continue reading [Anime] Neon Genesis Evangelion – Review

[Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]

Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire Author: Brandon Sanderson Published:  July 17, 2006 Rating: 8.0/10 What happens when a lovable criminal crew like the one in Ocean’s Eleven is tasked with taking down the evil Empire from Star Wars? You get the plot of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire and it is every bit as absorbing … Continue reading [Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]

[Music] The Life of Pablo – Kanye West [2016]

Album: The Life of Pablo Artist: Kanye West Released: 14 February, 2016 Rating: 6.5/10 If music is truly a reflection of its maker’s mind, then perhaps it really shouldn’t come as such a surprise that Kanye West’s latest effort, The Life of Pablo, is more mess than masterpiece. In an era where excellence in the genre is found in … Continue reading [Music] The Life of Pablo – Kanye West [2016]

[Books] 1984 – George Orwell

Title: 1984 Author: George Orwell Genre: Political fiction Rating: 8.5/10 There is little I can say that hasn’t already been said about the political and cultural impact of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984. Such is the stature of Orwell’s masterpiece that even today, almost 70 years since the novel’s publication and 30 years from the bleak future it … Continue reading [Books] 1984 – George Orwell

[Music] Summertime ’06 – Vince Staples

Album: Summertime '06 Artist: Vince Staples Released: 30th June, 2015 Rating: 6.5/10 Gangsta rap has been around, in some form or another, for the better part of the last 30 years and while the specific musical trends of the various hip-hop eras have come and gone in the intervening years, thematically, not a whole lot has changed. The artists … Continue reading [Music] Summertime ’06 – Vince Staples

[Music] Overgrown – James Blake (2013)

Album: Overgrown Artist: James Blake Released: April 13th,  2013 Rating: 7.3/10 A crackling fire, hot chocolate and warm blankets on a cold day in the middle of winter – those the images that British electronic musician James Blake evokes in his sophomore album, Overgrown. Like its predecessor, Blake’s self-titled James Blake, Overgrown is introspective and creative but what the … Continue reading [Music] Overgrown – James Blake (2013)