All posts tagged "album review"

  • Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” could be best album of the summer

    By Aaron Hartley– Kendrick Lamar’s latest record begins with his death. The opener, “BLOOD” features Lamar being shot by a blind woman. The track sets the stage for “DAMN,” a cerebral, cryptic and heavy project, unlike anything...

    • Posted April 17, 2017
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  • Mastodon’s “Emperor of Sand” is a collection of uninspired retreads

    By Aaron Hartley– Mastodon have been at the forefront of prog metal for most of the century so far. Beginning with the brutal “Remission” in 2002 and following it up with a series of critically acclaimed concept...

    • Posted April 3, 2017
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  • Ed Sheeran creates poetic masterpiece in ‘÷’

    By Briana Williams– Ed Sheeran is known for creating romantic ballads with dense lyrics and this continues to be the trend for his third album, “÷.” Released on March 3, the album quickly broke records and went...

    • Posted March 20, 2017
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    Sampha’s “Process” is a gorgeous, impressive debut

    By Aaron Hartley– Debuts can be tricky. More often than not, artists can struggle to find a single or don’t quite have their unique sound nailed down yet. Fortunately, this is definitely not the case with “Process,”...

    • Posted February 21, 2017
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  • Migos’ ‘Culture’ is a conduit for bangers

    By Aaron Hartley– Trap may be the most divisive genre in mainstream music in the last decade. The subset of hip-hop born from the southern U.S. frequently features silly content like nonsensical lyrics, unconventional rapping styles and...

    • Posted February 11, 2017
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    Killer Mike and El-P outdo themselves on ‘Run the Jewels 3’

    By Aaron Hartley– When Run the Jewels dropped their first record in 2013, it was a full-force uppercut to the chin of hip hop. The collaboration between New York rapper/producer, El-P, and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was...

    • Posted January 14, 2017
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    Childish Gambino’s latest album is funky, weird and daring

    By Aaron Hartley– I’ve never really been a fan of Childish Gambino, Donald Glover’s musical persona. His first album, “Camp,” was pretty bad and the follow-up, “Because the Internet,” was simply okay. His rapping was often corny...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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    Pentatonix harmonizes in latest holiday album

    By Madison Thompson– Acapella group Pentatonix released their Christmas album titled “A Pentatonix Christmas” on Oct. 21. Blending popular holiday tunes and modern songs, the album’s tunes span genres and styles. There are 30’s and 40’s boogie,...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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    The Weeknd’s “Starboy” faintly shines

    By Aaron Hartley– The Weeknd has been around for a few years now. After a series of well-received mixtapes, he dropped his first album “Kiss Land” back in 2013. But with last year’s “Beauty Behind the Madness,”...

    • Posted November 26, 2016
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    A Tribe Called Quest bids farewell on poignant high note

    By Aaron Hartley– 2016 has been a relentless year. We’ve lost many in its wake. One of those lost was Phife Dawg, a main component of seminal ‘90s hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. The group hadn’t...

    • Posted November 19, 2016
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