Album Review

FIDLAR returns with newfound maturity on ‘Almost Free’

FIDLAR Almost Free Mom+Pop · January 25, 2019 From the cracks of the Los Angeles punk rock scene grew FIDLAR, a skater punk band writing music about some of life’s grittiest aspects: beer, drugs, and forever-youth. That was 2013. Six years later, FIDLAR released their third studio album Almost Free, evolving from their original brand […]

Ariana Grande confronts her painful past on ‘thank u, next’

Ariana Grande thank u, next Republic Records · February 8, 2019 thank u, next is everything that sweetener was and more. Ariana Grande has had a rough couple of years. Beginning with a terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester in May 2017, it’s been a bumpy ride for her ever since. After taking some time […]

Steve Gunn shows growth on ‘The Unseen in Between’

Steve Gunn The Unseen in Between Matador Records · January 18, 2019 Like staring into the embers of a campfire, The Unseen in Between is a meditative experience, chock-full of oaken textures caught in a smoky psychedelic haze. From the first minute of The Unseen in Between – or if you didn’t make it that […]

American Authors release formulaic pop full-length ‘Seasons’

American Authors Seasons Island Records · February 1, 2019 American Authors’ third album delivers a blend of classic and fresh sounds that rely heavily on the classic pop music formula. American Authors is a pop-rock band hailing from New York City that is probably best known for their 2014 single “Best Day of My Life.” While […]

Backstreet Boys are back with ‘DNA,’ but this time, they’re old

Backstreet Boys DNA RCA Records · January 25, 2019 (A lightbulb for each decade since they were last relevant) In an attempt to reclaim some degree of relevance, the Backstreet Boys released DNA, an album that is all too similar to their 1999 sensation Millennium. As the digital streaming age becomes more profitable for artists, many […]

In her third EP, dodie sings the same old song

dodie Human doddleoddle · January 18, 2019 Human is much of the same dodie that we have seen over her past two EPs. On dodie’s third EP, she sticks to the pattern that made her popular online without ever pushing new boundaries. dodie grew to fame on Youtube through vlogs and cover videos. Once she began […]

Toro y Moi releases nearly-perfect ‘Outer Peace’

Toro y Moi Outer Peace Carpark Records · January 18, 2019 Chaz Bundick, best known as Toro y Moi, quickly rose to prominence on online forums and blogs during Chillwave’s online emergence in the late 2000s. The often gimmicky and short-lived genre produced many burnout artists, but Toro y Moi’s staying power made him an outlier. […]

Deerhunter shines through the gloom on ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’

Deerhunter Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 4AD · January 18, 2019 The gloomy, soot-blackened disposition of Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? stands in sharp contrast to Deerhunter’s previous effort, 2015’s Fading Frontier. The question we should really ask is “why hasn’t Deerhunter ever released a bad album?” Every vital, exciting indie band eventually runs out of […]

Mike Posner impresses audiences with sincere and reflective album ‘A Real Good Kid’

Mike Posner A Real Good Kid Island Records · January 18, 2019 Surprisingly, Mike Posner continues to demonstrate his progression as a songwriter on his third full-length album, A Real Good Kid. Mike Posner has had one of the most impressive career comebacks in the history of the music industry. After blowing up with the shiny, […]

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