Reviews

Review: Joe – Bridges

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Joe’s new album, Bridges, is as smooth as a glass of chilled moscato, in a manner of speaking. The R&B veteran singer and songwriter is true to his soulful roots with his eleventh studio release of ballads and up-tempo tunes. Many songs have a throwback feel to them, bringing artists … Continue Reading →

Review: Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

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If Lana Del Rey knows how to do anything, it’s stay in her lane. The melodrama of her self-defined genre known as ‘Hollywood sadcore’ is revisited on her new studio album Ultraviolence. Despite claims following the release of 2012’s Born to Die that as a singer and songwriter she had … Continue Reading →

Review: Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A.

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Jenny from the block, better known around the globe as international pop icon J-Lo, is one of those triple-plus threats that have managed careers in entertainment made platinum through a solid fan base across the board. She started off as a dancer, and became a blockbuster actress, yet a great … Continue Reading →

Review: First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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First Aid Kit’s music appears to come from a generation past, or one that never quite existed in Stockholm as we know it, considering Sweden’s international pop acts like ABBA or Little Dragon. Possessing a synergy similar to American country siblings whose close harmonies are part of their vocal identity, … Continue Reading →

Review: Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance

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Selwyn Birchwood is his name, and he was born to play the blues. Although it wasn’t until his early teenage years that he would formally tap into his gifted ability as a guitarist, and later the electric lap steel guitar, he encompasses an old soul that embodies bluesy grit and … Continue Reading →

Review: Phillip Phillips – Behind The Light

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Phillip Phillips is back with his sophomore album Behind The Light. With his debut album The World From The Side Of The Moon and the hit single ‘Home’, the platinum-selling artist has not only become one of the most successful American Idol winners but has also produced one of the … Continue Reading →

Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

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Certain experiences are universal enough to warrant full concept albums when they occur. In this case, Coldplay’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, embraces the quintessential moment when a relationship comes to an end. Calm, ethereal and incredibly cerebral, the album is reportedly inspired by the trauma experienced during the ‘conscious … Continue Reading →

Review: The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

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Disclaimer: If you’re not interested in a lesson in elaborate soundscapes or composition arrangement aesthetics as it relates to sound theory art form, then this is NOT your album. So, what does that even mean? …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, eleventh studio album by The Roots, is dense with … Continue Reading →

Review: Michael Jackson – Xscape

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This month marks the release of the second posthumous album of Michael Jackson, Xscape, a record showcasing eight songs written for him between 1983 and 2001. Featuring modern production and new instrumentation, Xscape, executive produced by industry veteran Antonio ‘LA’ Reid and super producer Timbaland, goes great lengths to contemporize … Continue Reading →

Review: Santana – Corazón

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Legendary virtuoso Carlos Santana has released his next major album, Corazón, a fifteen track joint labor of love featuring collaborations with some of the biggest Latin music icons in the world. Almost 15 years ago, Santana’s Supernatural went super platinum and won nine Grammys, including Album of the Year. In … Continue Reading →

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