Tag: Critical Voices

Critical Voices: King Krule, <i>The Ooz</i>

Critical Voices: King Krule, The Ooz


British artist Archy Ivan Marshall debuted the stage name King Krule with his album Six Feet Beneath the Moon (2013). Despite the generally positive reception of the album, it was still unclear whether Marshall would continue to distinguish himself much beyond that point. Though his music was undoubtedly unique, he had released Six Feet in…

Critical Voices: The Neighbourhood, <i>Hard</i>

Critical Voices: The Neighbourhood, Hard


“Sweater Weather” is definitely in the air, not only because it is officially fall, but because The Neighbourhood recently released their new EP, Hard, on September 21. The California-based band dropped the EP unannounced almost three years after the release of their second full-length album, Wiped Out! On Hard, the band experiments with new electronic…

Critical Voices: Prophets of Rage, <i>Prophets of Rage</i>

Critical Voices: Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage


Acoustic artists and soft strumming are the usual ingredients of protest music, as evidenced by artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger who sought peace, free speech, and civil rights. Prophets of Rage lives in this same vein of musical activism, but in the face of a Trump presidency, they’ve decided to be…

Critical Voices: The Script, <i>Freedom Child</i>

Critical Voices: The Script, Freedom Child


Known for popular songs “Breakeven” and “Hall of Fame,” The Script released their fifth album, Freedom Child, on Sept 1. The band debuted at number one on the UK charts, marking the fourth time to do so in the group’s career. In response to their ever-growing success, the Script explained to OfficialCharts.com in September that, “You…

Critical Voices: Alvvays, <i>Antisocialites</i>

Critical Voices: Alvvays, Antisocialites


After spending most of her time on tour for the last few years, Molly Rankin, frontwoman of indie band Alvvays, decided to escape to Toronto Island. There, she found inspiration to begin writing the band’s new album, Antisocialites. On the surface, it is a simple pop album about heartbreak. However, this is just a stage—what…

Critical Voices: Neil Young, <i>Hitchhiker</i>

Critical Voices: Neil Young, Hitchhiker


Throughout his long and storied career, Neil Young has distinguished himself as one the most influential and unique voices in folk rock. Young cut to the fore of the genre with his instantly recognizable delivery, deeply descriptive and moving storytelling, and unflinching accounts of violence and drug abuse. In Hitchhiker, Young is at top form,…

Critical Voices: Pinact, <i>The Part That No One Knows</i>

Critical Voices: Pinact, The Part That No One Knows


Marking their first work as a newly minted trio, The Part That No One Knows is Pinact’s second album under the Brooklyn-based record company Kanine Records. With the addition of bassist Jon Arbuthnott alongside original members vocalist Corrie Gilles and drummer Lewis Reynolds, the album shows impressive growth from their first album. What sets The…

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, <i>Everything Now</i>

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, Everything Now


During the past few months, there were indications that Arcade Fire was nearing the brink of a 2007-Britney-Spears style meltdown. In addition to developing a tendency to refer to their band in the third person on Twitter, Arcade Fire pulled a series of bizarre promotional stunts, like emailing concertgoers about show dress codes and advertising…

Critical Voices: Kendrick Lamar, <i>DAMN.</i>

Critical Voices: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.


DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s latest project, continues his trend of creating exceptional, politically-charged rap that forges a distinct sound. While DAMN. is difficult to characterize stylistically, it is a clear departure from his musically dense, and at times chaotic, 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. Lamar has chosen to keep his instrumentals simple throughout DAMN., usually…

Critical Voices: Arca, <i>Arca</i>

Critical Voices: Arca, Arca


Arca, Venezuelan electronic producer, DJ, and songwriter, opened his recent self-titled project with haunting humming, rich bass, and ethereal ringing. This sound so severely defies expectations that one finds it hard to believe that Arca, who played a critical role in the infamous Kanye West album Yeezus and has been prominent within the IDM movement…

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