Articles tagged: album review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SZA’s SOS pushes R&B boundaries in her vulnerable exploration of self-worth
SZA’s musical and lyrical brilliance work together to create an album that was well worth the five-year wait.
Meghan Trainor’s Takin’ It Back is a little bit of a trainwreck
As could be inferred by its not-so-subtle title, Takin’ it Back tries to take us back to Trainor’s glory days.
If Joji’s SMITHEREENS accomplishes anything, it’s making his audience cry
The majority of SMITHEREENS feels reminiscent of (and even indistinguishable from) Joji songs we’ve already heard.
Growing up, not growing old: Phoenix shimmers on Alpha Zulu
Ultimately, the band maintains their expressive, ambiguous lyricism but showcases it against a glitzier background.
Cavetown’s worm food is for deteriorating and decomposing—in a (mostly) good way
In general, Cavetown’s music has an almost otherworldly quality, like a reality slightly suspended from this one, and his latest album worm food is no different.
Noah Kahan’s Stick Season dives headfirst into who we are and where we come from
Despite his rising popularity, Kahan’s latest album is undeniably authentic in its depiction of coming of age in small-town New England.
The 1975 revisits their roots in Being Funny in a Foreign Language
The band has figured out how to cut to the point without getting lost in the details.
On Midnights, all of Taylor Swift’s late-night thoughts come alive
But on the darkly mysterious Midnights, Swift uses the vulnerability of the late night to reflect on these raw emotions.
Marcus Mumford’s (self-titled) is a meditative and powerful solo debut
On (self-titled) (2022), Mumford doesn’t need to reinvent; he explores, reflects, and reveals his individual artistry.
Post-therapy revelations: Hold the Girl (2022) is Rina Sawayama’s love letter to healing
Coupled with electropop instrumentals, Hold the Girl humanizes Sawayama; on her 14-track album, Sawayama holds a light to her past pain and current healing.
HDTV brings Tai Verdes’ genre-bending music into high definition
Though both of his albums are musically and thematically lighthearted, Verdes elevates HDTV through experimentation with new sounds.