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Critical Voices: Sam Smith, <i>The Thrill of it All </i>

Critical Voices: Sam Smith, The Thrill of it All


It’s been three years since Sam Smith entered our collective psyche with his first album In the Lonely Hour. Even if you haven’t heard the entire album, you’re most likely familiar with its popular singles like “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.” Above all else, In the Lonely Hour was an album…

Critical Voices: Taylor Swift, <i>reputation</i>

Critical Voices: Taylor Swift, reputation


Long gone is the sweet country girl who played acoustics about finding a place in this world while crying teardrops on her guitar. In her place is a confident woman ready to embrace herself and stand firmly against anyone who might cross her. Marking Taylor Swift’s musical shift towards a heavier pop sound— and a…

Critical Voices: Metro Boomin, <i>Without Warning</i>

Critical Voices: Metro Boomin, Without Warning


The first time Metro Boomin’s tag mumbles across his new album, Without Warning, it’s slower than normal. The syrupy “Metro Boomin want some more” indicates a mood, something eerie. In fact, Boomin may be the only producer in trap iconic enough to alter his tag and have it be an event. Leland Tyler Wayne, known…

Critical Voices: Snoop Dogg, <i>Make America Crip Again </i>

Critical Voices: Snoop Dogg, Make America Crip Again


No matter how long it’s been since his last project, every so often hip hop fans seem to find themselves hearing the familiar, yet always surprising news: Snoop is back. After his debut album Doggystyle went platinum four times in 1994, Snoop Dogg has been one of the most proliferous artists alive today. He’s released…

Critical Voices: Ty Dolla $ign, <i>Beach House 3 </i>

Critical Voices: Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3


It’s easy to forget that Ty Dolla $ign turned 30 in 2015, especially so considering he’s nearly impossible to overlook in 2017, seemingly singing the hook to every other top 50 rap album that’s come out this year. Dolla’s new album, Beach House 3, spends some time reflecting on finding fame and wealth, and the…

Critical Voices: Sleeping With Sirens, <i>Gossip</i>

Critical Voices: Sleeping With Sirens, Gossip


There comes a time in the career of countless artists when they decide it’s time to go mainstream in a maybe disappointing though understandable move to keep their music relevant. To be fair, “sellout” shouldn’t be taken strictly as a negative—think Taylor Swift’s 1989 or Maroon 5’s Overexposed—but it’s always sad to see artists cast…

Critical Voices: Miley Cyrus, <i>Younger Now</i>

Critical Voices: Miley Cyrus, Younger Now


The world’s favorite sledgehammer licker, Miley Cyrus, has returned with the release of her latest album, Younger Now. After a few years of reshaping her identity and scarring the world’s collective eyes in the process, country’s prodigal daughter has returned home. This time around, Miley is trading in her risque lyrics and provocative gyrations for…

Critical Voices: The Memories, Hot Afternoon

Critical Voices: The Memories, Hot Afternoon


The Memories’ Hot Afternoon could not have been more appropriately named. After three self-produced albums from the Portland-based band, Hot Afternoon, their first studio album, contains exactly the kind of relaxing, jangly stoner rock that you’d expect to hear while relaxing at the beach. While The Memories have some success with this style, there are…

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