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Topic: Music Review

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. 

HyunA’s latest mini-album “I’m Not Cool” features a set of catchy new hits celebrating the singer’s unabashed sense of self worth.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Comeback season: The queens of K-pop return with an affirming message of self-love and flawed authenticity

February 18, 2021 0 comments

With no end in sight to COVID-19, K-pop luminaries are offering some long-awaited escapist relief from pandemic doldrums with two of the biggest female soloists in the industry, HyunA and IU, returning with a heartfelt embrace of selfhood and all its imperfections.

Aespa’s first single, “Black Mamba,” recently reached 100 million views on YouTube.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Aespa releases sophomore single amid widespread anticipation

February 10, 2021 0 comments

Released on Feb. 5, South Korean girl group Aespa’s second single “Forever” is a sweet, polished rendition of SM Entertainment Songwriter and Producer Yoo Young-jin’s early 2000s original.

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 — […]

Oneohtrix Point Never released his ninth LP, “Magic OPN,” a sonic self-portrait in a series of 17 tracks.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Oneohtrix Point Never muses in “Magic OPN”

November 9, 2020 0 comments

A shattered mirror of sounds materializes in experimental composer and musician Oneohtrix Point Never’s ninth studio-length album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.”

In a sharp turn toward the gospel genre, Kanye West embarks on an exploration of spiritual humility in his ninth studio album, eliciting a divided reaction from fans and critics alike.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Kanye West turns to Christianity in ‘Jesus is King’ album

October 31, 2019 Comments are Disabled

On Oct. 25, fans all around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief when Kanye West finally dropped his album “Jesus is King,” more than a year after its original release date.

bülow sings edgy, glamorous pop

Arts & Culture, Reviews

bülow sings edgy, glamorous pop

October 24, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Rising pop singer Megan Bülow, who is known by the stage name bülow, delighted fans with the Oct. 4 release of her five-track EP “The Contender.”

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.

Arts & Culture

Artist Weyes Blood releases new album ‘Titanic Rising’

April 23, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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.