Tag: Critical Voices

Critical Voices: Usher, <i>A</i>

Critical Voices: Usher, A


This summer, I went to an E-40 and Bone Thugz-n-Harmony concert. Between sets, one of the MC’s was working the crowd, joking around and playing radio hits to get people moving. Then, he made the off-hand comment, “how many people in their 30’s do we have in here?” and played some old Usher. The crowd…

Critical Voices: High On Fire, <i>Electric Messiah</i>

Critical Voices: High On Fire, Electric Messiah


Matt Pike, the guitarist and vocalist for High On Fire, is restless. This power-metal trio was borne out of his need to jam in his garage while his first band, legendary stoner-metal group Sleep, was on hiatus. Since releasing their last album, “Luminiferous,” Pike hasn’t been sleeping well. Lemmy of Motorhead visits him in his…

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: Cardi B’s <i>Invasion of Privacy</i>

Critical Voices: Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy


Cardi B opens her premier album with an emotional three minutes of solo bars backed by a simple piano line and soft air horns. After the fun and free-flowing “Finesse” and “Bodak Yellow” that have brought her to stardom, this album opening feels out of character. But upon reflection, it proved her prowess and ability…

Critical Voices: George Ezra, <i>Staying at Tamara’s</i>

Critical Voices: George Ezra, Staying at Tamara’s


It’s not widely remembered that George Ezra was 2014’s third best-selling artist, only behind Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. At 19, he burst onto the scene with his hit release “Budapest” and his first album, Wanted on Voyage. It’s been more than three years since Ezra has graced the public with another album to showcase…

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…

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