Tag: Critical Voices

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…

Critical Voices: The Chainsmokers, <i>Memories…Do Not Open</i>

Critical Voices: The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open


Will The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart) ever come out with a song that matches the success of “Closer?” That question is left unanswered even with the release of their first full-length studio album, Memories… Do Not Open. The Chainsmokers’ newest album is a compilation of songs which seem to be mere variations of…

Critical Voices: Depeche Mode, <i>Spirit</i>

Critical Voices: Depeche Mode, Spirit


At first, it seemed like there was a mistake. This was supposed to be the new Depeche Mode album, but it sounded like my mother’s Depeche Mode. It turns out this album was new, and although it sounds like it could have been released 30 years ago, that’s not a bad thing. Spirit is the newest release…

Critical Voices: Raekwon, <i>The Wild</i>

Critical Voices: Raekwon, The Wild


Raekwon the Chef delivers another strong installment in his solo career with his seventh studio album, The Wild. Coming 24 years after his debut as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon’s ability to continue to put out music speaks to his longevity as an artist. While he does not reinvent hip-hop in his latest…

CV: Goldlink, <i>At What Cost</i>

CV: Goldlink, At What Cost


As it currently stands, the world of hip-hop revolves more or less around three musical nexuses: LA, Chicago, and Atlanta. King Kendrick and his TDE label reign supreme on the west coast, Chance and friends have brought an underground scene to the surface on the South Side, and a collection of trap-cohorts led by Future,…

CV: The Orwells, <i>Terrible Human Beings</i>

CV: The Orwells, Terrible Human Beings


At first glance, Terrible Human Beings, The Orwells’ latest album, has all the makings of a cult classic. The title is shameless, the cover art screams 90’s alternative with its platinum-blonde Uma Thurman look-a-like, and the track list promises chaos with songs like “They Put A Body In The Bayou” and “M.A.D.” All of these…

CV: Future, <i>FUTURE</i>

CV: Future, FUTURE


In his latest project, Future is focused on identity. After retreating from social media and laboring day and night on his latest album, FUTURE, Future has delivered a mixed bag of explorations into his many identities. From Future to Pluto to Super Future to Fire Marshall Future to Future Hendrix, Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn goes by…

CV: Wyclef Jean, <i> J’ouvert </i>

CV: Wyclef Jean, J’ouvert


After an almost four year hiatus, Wyclef Jean has returned with the release of his new EP, J’ouvert. The former Fugees frontman demonstrates that despite years of musical absence, he is still conscious of the social and political issues that matter today. Always an outspoken artist and activist, Jean continues to use his music as…

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