Topic: album review

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.

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Slowdive’s “Souvlaki” celebrates 25 years of influence on indie rock

October 15, 2018 0 comments

English indie band Slowdive celebrates the 25th anniversary of their seminal 1993 LP “Souvlaki” this year.

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Yves Tumor releases Warp Records debut

October 8, 2018 0 comments

Italy-based artist Sean Bowie, more famously known as Yves Tumor, released his new album “Safe in the Hands of Love” to Warp Records Sept. 5, demonstrating his ability to unravel everything that we consider to be “experimental music.”

Lupe Fiasco’s new album “Drogas Wave” marks the artist’s break with Atlantic Records and emergence as an independent creative artist.  Lupe rose to fame 13 years ago after a feature in Kanye West’s  “Touch the Sky.”

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Lupe Fiasco drops album steeped in social commentary

October 4, 2018 0 comments

Very rarely does an artist release a 20-plus-song album that is highly enjoyable front to back — no filler and no frills.