album reviews.

Trouble the Water is a monotonous and boring listen

Show Me the Body Trouble The Water Loma Vista Recordings · October 28, 2022 New York-based post-hardcore group Show Me the Body recently released their third solo studio album, Trouble the Water. For the most part, their sound is consistent with their prior releases – heavy and dissonant guitar production, loud and booming drums, and […]

Smino’s in his groove on Luv 4 Rent

Smino Luv 4 Rent Motown · October 28, 2022 After a four-year hiatus, Smino is back with his third studio album, Luv 4 Rent. Released on October 28th, Smino describes the record as a concept album. It is a triumph of trippy flows and high quality production. Throughout the tracks, Smino covers themes of romantic, […]

Move over, 1989: Midnights is the new pop Bible

Taylor Swift Midnights Universal · October 21, 2022 A beautiful fusion of Taylor Swift’s unrivaled lyrics and pop perfection, Midnights is best described by Swift herself: “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” She truly “meets herself” on this body of work, reflecting on […]

The 1975 brings the yearning

The 1975 Being Funny in a Foreign Language Dirty Hit · October 14, 2022 British band The 1975 always seems to mix the cynical with the pleasant. Lead vocalist Matthew Healy craves and yearns for love. The album lasts a short 44 minutes compared to their previous albums that tend to push over an hour. […]

Noah Kahan returns to his New England roots on Stick Season

Noah Kahan Stick Season Republic Records · October 14, 2022 Noah Kahan is a master of articulating some of the most intimate, uncomfortable thoughts we all have, but he also allows us to feel comforted by our darkness. His third full length album, Stick Season, fully captures this sentiment with a distinct New England folk […]

INTO THE BLUE is a mesmerizing faux-nostalgia trip

Broken Bells INTO THE BLUE AWAL · October 7, 2022 Broken Bells is a strange existence – but most side-projects are. Musicians already have their bands and already headline shows, so why start over? Is the main gig too rigid? Are they itching for more than the band can provide? Are their bandmates, heaven forbid, […]

Willow pivots towards angry punk rock in her latest release

Willow <COPINGMECHANISM> MSFTS Music and Roc Nation · October 7, 2022 On her new album <COPINGMECHANISM>, Willow releases her inhibitions and her screams. With help from co-producers Chris Riati and Yves Tumor, Willow perfects her new sound on the punk-rock project. Filled with shoegaze-y guitar and angry vocals, this album is great for people who […]

Throwback Thursday: folklore breaks new ground

Taylor Swift folklore Republic Records · July 24th, 2020 Ahead of the release of Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album Midnights, Bhargavi Ramamurthy reviews folklore, a turning point in the artist’s career that WRBB hadn’t previously covered. folklore is American artist Taylor Swift’s eight studio album. Released by surprise in July of 2020, folklore explores themes […]

RUFFS has its moments but feels repetitive at times

Kenny Mason RUFFS RCA Records · September 28, 2022 I first learned about Kenny Mason from an Instagram post by the hip-hop account @fantastichiphop_ titled “Predicting Every Album of the Year For The Rest Of The 2020s.” I knew most of the artists mentioned in the list, and the poster played it pretty safe, predicting […]

Freddie Gibbs shows us all sides of Cocaine Rabbit on $oul $old $eparately

Freddie Gibbs $oul $old $eparately Warner Records · September 30, 2022 People are drawn to Freddie Gibbs for a few but very specific set of things: his charismatic humor flashing through adlibs and double entendres; and the contrast of his low-pitched, aggressive voice on smooth soul and jazz samples produced by Madlib or The Alchemist. […]

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