Reviews

Review: Elle Varner – Ellevation

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As a genre, R&B is loaded with tropes: the songs describe lost love, sensual longing, melodramatic tension, and affirmations of genuine love and connection. While there’s no problem with any of these tropes, their prevalence has, to a certain degree, led to staleness in the genre. On Elle Varner’s sophomore … Continue Reading →

Review: Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home

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On his latest studio album, “Ride Me Back Home”, Willie Nelson’s subject matter is what you might expect from a man of eighty-six: he celebrates his music, laments and accepts that he’s aging, and reminisces about his life. Although Nelson’s gentle vibrato is unmistakable, and his twangy production is familiar, … Continue Reading →

Review: Marina – Love + Fear

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Four years after releasing “Froot”, an album with synth-pop hits as idiosyncratic as the album’s name, Marina published an album trailer for her new double album, “Love + Fear”, which formally announced and delineated the album’s theme and aesthetic. As the trailer foretold, the British singer and songwriter’s latest album … Continue Reading →

Review: Hozier – Wasteland, Baby!

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In 2014, Hozier released his self-titled first album, which, like his standout single “Take Me To Church”, effectively blended soul with folk into something that felt, broadly, like indie rock. On his second album, “Wasteland, Baby!”, Hozier plays with similar elements, but takes a more exploratory approach. The album features … Continue Reading →

Review: Lily & Madeleine – Canterbury Girls

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The album artwork for Lily & Madeleine’s fourth album, “Canterbury Girls”, captures the Jurkiewicz sisters posing before a purple and gray swirling sky. Fairlight Hubbard’s photograph is dreamy and modern, but also brooding: the conspiratorial looks of Lily & Madeleine suggests a bond so insular and strong that they almost … Continue Reading →

Review: India Arie – Worthy

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Deep down, India Arie wasn’t sure that she’d ever create another full-length album following the release of her 2017 EP, “SongVersation: Medicine”. Despite more than ten million albums sold and several successful world tours, she wondered if she’d be better off hanging up her mic and registering for classes at … Continue Reading →

Review: Emily King – Scenery

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Back in 2014, Emily King negotiated loving her partner without losing her sense of freedom on the single “Distance”. Of distance, she crooned, “It makes me want to clear my head / Find a little gap there and write the words to a song”. Since that time, if “Scenery” is … Continue Reading →

Review: Darien Dean – Detours

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No matter where you’re headed in life, if you follow the musical “Detours” of Darien Dean, I promise you’ll end up exactly where you need to be. This latest release happens to be the second installment of his “Notes From The Journey” trilogy, and is what he considers his most … Continue Reading →

Review: Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

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Born during a decade of major upheaval with rallies against war, national tragedy, and social turmoil, Lenny Kravitz is a true “Flower Child” rebel. The son of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker, the television executive and beloved 70s sitcom star, the life of a rocker was destined for their only … Continue Reading →

Review: Passenger – Runaway

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A tireless singer, songwriter, and nonstop traveler, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, is back with his tenth studio album in eleven years. The son of an American father and an English mother draws heavily from his American roots for “Runaway”, an influence that is impossible not to hear. “I am half-American. … Continue Reading →

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