Topic: album review

The Californian singer established his own indie record label just this year, under which “PMD” was self-produced, managed and facilitated.

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Marc E. Bassy’s 3rd studio album ‘PMD’ marks new artistic direction

October 7, 2019 0 comments

On Sept. 27, Marc E. Bassy released 14 new tracks on his album “PMD.”

Lana Del Rey, American singer, songwriter and pop culture icon, is known for her melancholic tunes and captivating voice. Her new album features songs such as “Bartender” and explores the depths of intimate nostalgia.

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Lana Del Rey releases new album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’ to critical acclaim

September 11, 2019 0 comments

On her fifth major-label studio album, “Norman Fucking Rockwell!,” Lana Del Rey delivers 67 minutes of  psychedelic, soft-rock ego trip. Rich with references to Californian Laurel Canyon rock, the album’s greatest strength is what its popularity says about her audience’s attraction to nostalgia.

Taylor Swift’s seventh album, “Lover,” is far from her last album, “reputation.” Her latest album features 18 tracks on the central theme of multi-dimensional love.

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Taylor Swift’s new album ‘Lover’ charms fans

September 9, 2019 0 comments

In 2017, Taylor Swift unveiled a darker, angrier side of her personality through her sixth album, “reputation.” The controversial album lived up to its name and challenged the way people perceive Swift — both musically and personally. 

Weyes Blood derives her stage name from Flannery O’Connor’s novel ‘Wise Blood,’ which touches on themes of isolation and existentialism  that also appear in Mering’s music. Mering’s newest release addresses personal tragedy and postmodern anxieties, including love and climate change.

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Artist Weyes Blood releases new album ‘Titanic Rising’

April 23, 2019 0 comments

Under her artist name Weyes Blood, Natalie Mering released her new album “Titanic Rising” April 5, unveiling an ethereal, surreal drama that eulogizes modern existential anxiety.

Working with arists such as Gucci Mane, Pharrell, Playboi Carti, Dev Hynes and Panda Bear, Solange Knowles released her first album since 2016. Her songs celebrate black identity and her hometown of Houston, Texas.

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Solange’s new album explores self, hometown

March 12, 2019 0 comments

On March 1, singer and songwriter Solange Knowles, known mononymously as Solange, released “When I Get Home,” a follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album “A Seat at the Table.”

Noah Lennox uses only a guitar, synthesizer, sampler and his voice to paint an aquatic soundscape, presenting a return to simplicity.

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Experimental pop artist Panda Bear releases sixth solo album ‘Buoys’

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Panda Bear, otherwise known as Noah Lennox, released his new album, “Buoys,”  on Feb. 8. The album, critiqued by some to be oversimplified, explores the point at which modern sound becomes uncomfortable — where minimalism becomes unsettling.

The four members of the power-pop group Weezer released “Teal Album,” their twelfth studio LP, which disappointed some critics despite compelling melodies. The best work by Weezer is found almost exclusively on 1994’s “Blue Album” and 1996’s “Pinkerton.”

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Weezer eviscerates their sound with cover LP ‘Teal Album’

February 5, 2019 0 comments

Most artists inevitably grapple with what critics term “the anxiety of the influence” — the frustrating sense that nothing new can be created because the most influential have already charted all viable artistic ground. Because of this weight, the artist wages a psychological war against the tide of their influences […]

“WARM,” Jeff Tweedy’s first solo album featuring original songs, inspires listeners of all ages to empathize with his lyrics and enjoy his rasping sound. His album speaks to both personal and universal emotions.

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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy releases first solo album, “WARM”

January 24, 2019 0 comments

Jeff Tweedy, singer and guitarist of Chicago alternative rock band Wilco, released his first solo album of original songs, “WARM,” on Nov. 30, offering a tender, personal perspective into his insecurities and the struggles that shape his work and the Wilco canon.

Anderson .Paak’s album “Oxnard”  includes songs that speak to the current political atmosphere as well as danceable, upbeat tracks.

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‘Oxnard’ rises with Anderson .Paak’s energy

November 26, 2018 0 comments

Anderson .Paak, who performed at Brown last year during Spring Weekend, recently released his third studio album, “Oxnard.” It is a fresh and upbeat follow-up to “Malibu,” released two years prior.

In honor of their fifth album featured songs developed during improvisational sessions.

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Sonic Youth celebrates 30th anniversary of ‘Daydream Nation’

November 5, 2018 0 comments

The only way to step forward is to look back — in this case, Sonic Youth, comprising Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, commemorate their fifth studio album Daydream Nation’s 30th anniversary, reaffirming their influence and reign over underground, alternative music.