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Jeremy Zucker’s <em>love is not dying</em> is desolate yet compelling

Jeremy Zucker’s love is not dying is desolate yet compelling


I’m not sure if the universe could have cooked up a more fitting album for our current situation than Jeremy Zucker’s solo debut, love is not dying (2020). Throughout the 40-minute release, Zucker employs his unique brand of intricately assembled melancholic pop to explore themes of loneliness, emotional isolation, and resolve in the face of…

Critical Voices: Mitski, <i>Be the Cowboy</i>

Critical Voices: Mitski, Be the Cowboy


You will get chills almost immediately after you press play on Mitski’s new album, Be the Cowboy. Her haunting, harrowing voice sings, “You’re my number one / You’re the one I want” in the opening song, “Geyser,” which swells into fully formed instrumentals and profound emotional depth. It’s quite a song to start an album…

Critical Voices: Migos, <i>Culture II</i>

Critical Voices: Migos, Culture II


Back in 2015, Quavo, leader and migos-est member of Migos, alerted the world “Gangsta rap is back.” This came off of Yung Rich Nation, the middle release of the YRN trilogy, and the capstone to the purified Atlanta-gangster rap the group had been developing since 2013. Before Cardi B, before Culture, before “Bad and Boujee,”…

Critical Voices: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, <i>Wrong Creatures</i>

Critical Voices: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wrong Creatures


Art can find purpose by offering cultural commentary, and the possibilities to do so abound in today’s sociopolitical climate. But instead of capitalizing on the issues, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club continues to skirt them. Nothing more than another inside-the-box rock album, Wrong Creatures is a 59-minute bland and timeworn ride that fails to make any…

Critical Voices: Björk, <i>Utopia</i>

Critical Voices: Björk, Utopia


Björk’s latest album, Utopia, released on Nov. 23, is one of the longest she has produced so far, comprised of fourteen tracks, one of them, “Body Memory,” lasting almost ten minutes. The album is a painfully monotonous one hour and eleven minute blend of orchestral flutes and soft electronics, but its one redeeming quality is…

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…

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