Lana Del Rey opens up a bit too far on ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’

    Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over The Country Club Polydor / Interscope · March 19, 2021 Filled with her signature vocals and Americana-infused lyrics, Lana Del Rey’s latest release, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, blends her recognizable musical style with more folk influences. Her sixth full-length album brings audiences a beautiful, but sedating and underwhelming new […]

    ‘Sawayama’ can’t compete with Rina Sawayama’s previous tracks

    Rina Sawayama Sawayama Dirty Hit · April 17, 2020 Rina Sawayama’s debut album, Sawayama, blends current pop with early 2000s pop and rock, and stays consistent with the style she established on her LP Rina. Though Sawayama undoubtedly masters the blending of all these styles on several tracks, several others feel static and already-done on […]

    Celine Dion’s experimentation on ‘Courage’ is poorly executed

    Celine Dion Courage Columbia Records · November 15, 2019 Courage is a cultivation of pain yet independence in the wake of tragedy, with Celine Dion’s iconic made-for-ballad vocals, tracked to a variety of tacky instrumentals and synths. As the Canadian singer’s first album since her husband’s death in 2016, the songs explore the grief of […]

    Vagabon’s sophomore LP is a lackluster effort

    Vagabon Vagabon Nonesuch Records · October 18, 2019 Vagabon’s self-titled album is a beautiful, albeit sometimes boring, synthetic ride through the imagination of 25-year-old Lætitia Tamko. The second album from the Cameroonian-American multi-instrumentalist attempts to explore the compelling way instruments can be used to create cohesive soundscapes, but at many points lulls and doesn’t completely […]

    MIKA is liberated on ‘My Name Is Michael Holbrook’

    MIKA My Name Is Michael Holbrook Republic Records · October 4, 2019 After a four year break since his last album, 36-year old British singer MIKA returns with My Name Is Michael Holbrook, a fun, somewhat cliché, but nevertheless entertaining fifth album. Filled with lighthearted tracks and lyrics to match, the album sounds like something […]

    H.E.R.’s ‘I Used to Know Her’ is triumphant

    H.E.R. I Used to Know Her  RCA Records · August 30, 2019 H.E.R.’s full-length “I Used to Know Her” is an emotionally turbulent but triumphant album, displaying the artist’s impressive vocal performance and seamless production. A compilation of I Used to Know Her: The Prelude and I Used to Know Her: Part Two, this album […]

    Raveena @ ONCE Ballroom

    Raveena w/ Dianna Lopez September 18, 2019 at ONCE Ballroom Seeing Raveena live was cathartic, calming, and beautiful, and overall a testament to how gentle and accepting her fan base is because of the inclusive community she’s created with her music. The venue was a cozy, local, family-owned establishment with a chandelier adorned with colorful […]

    Belle & Sebastian score ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

    Belle & Sebastian Days of the Bagnold Summer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Matador Records · September 13, 2019 The newest release from seasoned, indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian is the bittersweet, mellow soundtrack for the film Days of the Bagnold Summer, a British coming-of-age comedy set to release next month based on the 2012 novel […]

    Shakey Graves releases full-length ‘Can’t Wake Up’

    Shakey Graves Can’t Wake Up Dualtone Music Group, Inc. · April 04, 2018 A pleasant enough collection of energetic and thoughtful songs, Shakey Graves’ Can’t Wake Up is okay, and will probably be put into my collection of things to listen to in the background while doing homework. It’s the perfect album if you want to […]

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