Reviews

The Wonder Years – ‘The Hum Goes on Forever’

Photo Credit: Kelly Mason Reading Dan Campbell’s lyrics is often like reading a first-person novel. Opening his songs with lines like, “Justin and I have got the windows down // the AC is busted, it’s hotter than hell,” “It’s newly summer, and Tony Bourdain died,” “It’s already June // the light paints you pink,” and… Read more

Death Cab for Cutie – ‘Asphalt Meadows’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine / Courtesy of Atlantic Records Since their 1998 debut album Something About Airplanes Bellingham, Washington alternative rockers Death Cab for Cutie at least outwardly appear to have missed out on mainstream success, even though four of their albums went Top 10 in the U.S. between 2005 and 2015. The band’s tenth… Read more

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Patient Number 9’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin After choosing several surprising (and potentially polarizing) collaborative partners on his last album, Ordinary Man (Elton John, Post Malone), heavy metal’s ultimate icon Ozzy Osbourne by and large revisits familiar territory on his new full-length release Patient Number 9. This is mainly in regards to the guitarists he’s recruited this time… Read more

Fletcher – ‘Girl of My Dreams’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Carlos de la Reina On her first – and, to date, only – Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Undrunk,” Cari Fletcher defined her brand of songwriting; slinky, melodic synth-pop that’s unabashedly explicit without being sensationalist or voyeuristic. On her debut LP, Girl Of My Dreams, Fletcher combines a more commercial than ever sound with… Read more

5 Seconds of Summer – ‘5SOS5’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Andy DeLuca From what it appears from interviews with the band, 5 Seconds of Summer is all about having a good time. Like, for instance, playing video games with your friends at your “creative retreat” in Joshua Tree while being amazed about just how clever it was to name their fifth album 5SOS5…. Read more

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold the Girl’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Thurstan Redding The title of Rina Sawayama’s second album, Hold The Girl, is taken from a phrase she learned in therapy about nurturing one’s so-called inner child. Fittingly, it’s this theme that takes center stage on the LP – from the short and sweet introduction “Minor Feelings” and the glitchy title track to… Read more

Michelle Branch – ‘The Trouble with Fever’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sonya Jasinski It’s fair to say that Michelle Branch has spent nearly two decades living in the shadow of her first two albums – 2001’s The Spirit Room and 2003’s Hotel Paper. How could she not after taking a fourteen-year break from solo output between her second and third LP? If Branch’s fourth,… Read more

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Traumazine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jamie Nelson To say that Megan Thee Stallion has been through a lot would be an understatement. In the last four years alone, she’s weathered the death of her mother, being shot (allegedly) by fellow rapper Tory Lanez and suffering an influx of online abuse after the release of her song with Cardi… Read more

DJ Khaled – ‘GOD DID’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Courtesy of DJ Khaled There is something confounding about the success of DJ Khaled. Sixteen years, and thirteen albums, into his career, he has yet to release a truly singular piece of work, let alone a masterpiece. To his critics, Khaled simply does what other DJs do but louder and with a more… Read more

Blackbear – ‘In Loving Memory’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Emily Carter One of the worst phenomena in recent musical history is the wave of young artists reviving the sound of 2000s pop-punk, without any of the genre’s original charm, authenticity, or impressive musicality. Matthew Musto – professionally known as Blackbear – has been derided as one of the worst culprits of this;… Read more