Articles tagged: album review


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Tender but long-winded, The Tortured Poets Department would shine brighter if abridged, not anthologized

TTPD has a fair share of shimmering standouts that have only improved with time. However, the addition of the anthology tracks significantly watered down the record.

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Justin Timberlake’s album, Everything I Thought It Was, is nothing I thought it would be

If you go into this album expecting the same vibe as Timberlake's old music, you will be confused at best and disappointed at worst.

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The Army, The Navy Are Not Your Average Singer-Songwriter Duo

Amidst the crowded corner of the singer-songwriter music scene, budding duo The Army, The Navy hold their own with their debut album, Fruit for Flies.

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On Higher, Chris Stapleton’s signature sound stays steady

Higher is a solid album, consistent with Stapleton’s well-established reputation in the country music sphere.

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Troye Sivan’s Something to Give Each Other is a return to utterly lyrical pop

STGEO presents far more warmth than the cool blues of Sivan’s sullen suburbia, lingering more on the highs of new love.

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Drake isn’t past his prime, but he’s certainly acting like it

Put simply, listening to Dogs feels like watching Drake go through a midlife crisis in real time.

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Scarlet doesn’t need your praise, but you’ll be giving it anyway

On Scarlet, an unapologetic Doja Cat showcases her vocal ability, lyricism, and sexuality with a brash confidence that oozes out of every track.

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Chappell Roan’s The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess is glamorous queer pop bliss

On The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess, Chappell Roan is liberated in every sense of the word: unapologetically queer, flirtatious, and joyful.

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Victoria Monét stealthily taps into her starpower on JAGUAR II

On Jaguar II, Monét demonstrates mastery over R&B, bending the genre to her will while tapping into other sounds to further mold the album’s tropical feel.

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Reneé Rapp’s Snow Angel will melt your icy heart

Snow Angel is the perfect companion to keep you warm through the cold months ahead.

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With Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift says “Long Live” to an iconic album

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) represents the pinnacle of Swift’s preoccupation with using her music to connect with fans and control her own narrative.

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Fall Out Boy returns to pop-punk mastery on So Much (For) Stardust

If a little pop punk and old-school emo have been missing from your life, So Much (For) Stardust is exactly what you need.

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On UGLY, Slowthai lets it all out

Slowthai’s dogged insistence on finding joy is deeply hopeful, and his commitment to exposing the ugliest parts of himself is undeniably cathartic.

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Step into Kali Uchis’ fantasy garden on Red Moon in Venus

Her third studio album, Red Moon in Venus (2023), is the most mesmerizing yet.

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Lana Del Rey takes the sad girls to church in Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd

While a tunnel under Ocean Boulevard suggests a hidden complexity to the physical plane, the album also demonstrates an added layer of complexity in its production.

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10,000 gecs: So many gecs, so little time

In 10,000 gecs (2023), Laura Les and Dylan Brady take their maximalist and absurdist sound to a whole new level.

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Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation is right on time for you to ditch that spring fling

When Cyrus released her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation, it was no surprise that it displayed the star’s many powerful facets as an artist—be it as a popstar, balladeer, or soulful rockstar.

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This Is Why is the raging return of rock royalty

This Is Why is the explosive yet polished result of six years’ worth of pent-up emotion.

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Lil Yachty’s Let’s Start Here. courageously ventures into uncharted waters

Let’s Start Here. is a groundbreaking and delightfully experimental soundscape that draws upon pop and psychedelic rock.

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Måneskin’s latest album gives the glam-rockers a Rush! to the top

With their first studio album since their Eurovision victory, Måneskin is making a bid for global recognition.