I don’t think I really liked this album, CTRL, and yet I do have a fond appreciation for its stripped down, heartbreak vibe. I guess I wish it could see its way to having a couple of more upbeat tracks, not in tone, just in pace/rhythm, because it’s so sleepy I was getting bored by the end. That said, it also felt quite definite about doing what it set out to do, and consistency, my friends, is not to be underrated.
Suggested Use: Did this year solidify a dislike of holiday music within you? Consider taking this album and some discrete earbuds with you to your next family gathering where some crazy uncle is cranking "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" repeatedly. CTRL’s low-key musicality and deliberate lyrics should not only allow, but even more, enable you to smile and nod at small children, small talk, and sudden bursts of questionable hilarity. I mean don’t be rude, but we’ve all got to preserve a little of our own personal space, and there’s nothing quite as personal as another party’s heartbreak.