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Topic: album review

Rodrigo’s first studio-length album, “Sour,” was released May 21 to widespread acceptance and popularity amongst Gen Z-ers.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR,’ the onset of the TikTok Era of Music

May 27, 2021 0 comments

Olivia Rodrigo has become a name that everybody recognizes — whether you’ve spent hours watching TikTok videos to her debut single ‘drivers license,’ released earlier this year, or you’ve heard the song playing on the radio. 

"Chemtrails" is Del Rey's seventh studio album.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Lana Del Rey’s outdated image of America

April 7, 2021 13 comments

If Phoebe Bridgers is the Twitter music star — outwardly moody and unsatisfied; “ghosting” friends and effusively crying; favoring words over decoration — Lana Del Rey is the alternative darling of Instagram.

Bieber seems to fall into the celebrity-fueled practice of treating social justice as part of his brand, or a trend, rather than an actual political commitment.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Justice’ as injustice: Bieber’s newest album’s disconnect between message, content

March 31, 2021 0 comments

In his sixth full-length studio album, “Justice,” Justin Bieber reveals vulnerabilities and maturity in a way we have not yet seen from him, but he falls short in making the connection between the album’s purported message of social justice and its actual content. 

Toronto-based Tamara Lindeman grew up feeling connected to the natural world, incorporating it into her music today.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

The Weather Station releases new album Ignorance

February 21, 2021 0 comments

From the opening notes of Ignorance, the album is a culmination of Tamara Lindeman’s musical efforts. Using an avant-garde blend of jazz and folk, Toronto-based Lindeman has produced a piece of work that perfectly encapsulates the often harsh realities of present-age climate anxieties. 

Storytelling has always been at the heart of Swift’s music, but never has she constructed stories as sophisticated as those in “folklore” and “evermore.”

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Taylor Swift “comes back stronger than a ‘90s trend”

February 8, 2021 0 comments

In July 2020, Taylor Swift released her surprise album, “folklore,” which became the saving grace of an otherwise tragic year for many fans.

Maggie Rogers looks back in Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Maggie Rogers looks back in Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016

February 7, 2021 0 comments

Maggie Rogers appeared on the music scene seemingly overnight. Blink and you probably would have missed it.

Arlo Parks’ first studio-length album explores love, hope and hopelessness.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Arlo Parks explores fraught relationships in “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

February 3, 2021 0 comments

Twenty-year-old Arlo Parks released her first full length album Jan. 27, “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” a beautiful series of reflections on love, hope and hopelessness. “I wanted to create an avalanche of imagery,” the British singer-songwriter said in an interview with Apple Music. “I’ve always gravitated toward very sensory writers — […]

Quarantine collection: seven albums produced during social distancing

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Quarantine collection: seven albums produced during social distancing

September 14, 2020 Comments are Disabled

Perhaps the isolationist existence provokes some sort of artistic intuition. Many famed artists have produced their most iconic works during periods of self-isolation: Virginia Woolf during depressive dazes, Edvard Munch after contracting the Spanish Flu, John Adams during a self-induced Californian cabin fever.

Folk-pop artist Okay Kaya explores personal trauma in her second studio album, “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself.”

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Okay Kaya bends genre to explore melancholic humor

February 13, 2020 Comments are Disabled

Okay Kaya’s second studio-length album is a cathartic recollection and release of intimate memory. “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself,” released Jan. 24, pushes Kaya’s genre-bending sound further than past experiments; here, she oscillates between moments of wistful, folkish R&B and bullish disco.

070 Shake’s first studio album examines emotional, relational turmoil

Arts & Culture, Reviews

070 Shake’s first studio album examines emotional, relational turmoil

February 4, 2020 Comments are Disabled

In 070 Shake’s debut album, “Modus Vivendi,” the rising artist employs sanguine, dreamy studio production while lyrically reflecting on relationships. But, the 22-year-old still seems to be polishing how studio experimentation can serve her genre-less introspection. Released Jan. 17, the GOOD Music-produced record showcases the highly anticipated voice heard first […]