Reviews

Halsey – ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lucas Garrido It’s not often that just the title of an album makes more of a statement than the entirety of many full-length releases, but that’s pretty much the case with Halsey’s new release If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Coming barely nineteen months after her last full studio album, last year’s… Read more

Drake – ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Image via YouTube/Drake Drake’s latest release Certified Lover Boy starts with the five-and-a-half-minute “Champagne Problems”; which begins with a sample of Masego’s “Navajo” – which, itself, samples the Beatles’ “Michelle”. The LP opener sees Drake fully recharged since his last full-length record of new material – 2018’s Scorpion. Here, the Canadian rapper turns the dial all… Read more

CHVRCHΞS – ‘Screen Violence’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson If recent albums from the likes of Lana Del Rey and Lorde are any indication, being a pop star in the year 2021 is no fun; Del Rey spent Chemtrails Over The Country Club’s 45-minutes crooning for the return of her old life, while Lorde’s spent the last… Read more

OneRepublic – ‘Human’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold Over the last decade, Ryan Tedder has quietly become one of the most successful songwriters and producers of our generation; co-producing Adele’s blockbuster 21 and 25 albums, co-writing epics like Beyonce’s “Halo” and Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love” and fronting the band OneRepublic; responsible for hits like “Apologize” and “Counting Stars.” The band’s first new album… Read more

Luke Hemmings – ‘When Facing the Things We Turn Away From’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Scottie Cameron Brought on by the stillness of the world, 5 Seconds of Summer’s lead vocalist Luke Hemmings found himself reflecting on his life over the past few years. In this forced stillness Hemmings found himself confronting demons and thoughts that he had pushed away while his life consisted of writing music, recording,… Read more

Bleachers – ‘Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Matt Salacuse When Bleachers released their 2017 album, Gone Now, the band was still relatively undiscovered. The band had a taste of widespread success with one of their first singles, “I Wanna Get Better”, and followed it up with a strong debut and sophomore album that was well-received by both fans and critics. After… Read more

Clairo – ‘Sling’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Adrian Nieto Following up a massively successful debut album is no easy feat, and Claire Cottrill, professionally known as Clairo, has stepped up to the plate with her sophomore album, Sling. Produced by Jack Antonoff, Sling takes a more low-key approach than the bedroom pop of Immunity. Maintaining that intimate feel, Clairo brings listeners into a world… Read more

Switchfoot – ‘Interrobang’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Erik Frost An interrobang is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a punctuation mark designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question” – in layman’s terms, it’s the combination of an exclamation point and a question mark. An interrobang, in many ways, feels like the collective response to the events of… Read more

The Killers – ‘Pressure Machine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch In late 2019, The Killers announced their follow-up to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful was on its way. That album, Imploding The Mirage was The Killer’s best full-length work to date, a daring leap of sonic ambition that also happened to be hugely enjoyable. Brandon Flowers and company, however, had no way of… Read more

The Maine – ‘XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Bustos Hailing from Tempe, Arizona the fivesome consisting of John O’Callaghan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jared Monaco (lead guitar), Garrett Nickelsen (bass guitar), Kennedy Bock (rhythm guitar) and Patrick Kirch (drums), recently released their eighth studio album titled XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time. Leaning into their pop side a… Read more