Reviews

Beyoncé – ‘Black Is King’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shutterstock Some people simply know when to take the baton and run with it. At a point in time when racial tensions and social injustice are at an all time high, here comes none other than Beyoncé Knowles-Carter who takes us on a journey of black excellence with her latest visual album, Black… Read more

LovelyTheBand – ‘Conversations with Myself About You’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bianca Gerasia The West Hollywood trio Lovelytheband is stretching their muscles in the still fresh indie pop genre, aiming to make their voice heard during this sudden boom of the underground alternative movement. On their sophomore album Conversations with Myself About You, the band tries to enhance their sound and challenges the conventions… Read more

Big Sean – ‘Detroit 2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Julian Klincewicz You can tell from the very beginning of Big Sean’s fifth number-one album Detroit 2, that the Michigan native sounds more balanced and elevated as a person and as an artist than ever before. As a sequel to the 2012 mixtape titled Detroit, the project is stacked with a stout star-peppered… Read more

PVRIS – ‘Use Me’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lindsey Byrnes PVRIS (pronounced just like the capital of France) has returned with Use Me, their third LP,  featuring more direct input by lead singer Lynn Gunn. The Lancaster, MA, band, formerly known as Operation Guillotine, sharpens their knife with this newest collection of songs that hits harder, bangs louder, and hurts deeper… Read more

Katy Perry – ‘Smile’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Rony Alwin There comes a time in the career of every pop superstar when their artistic identity takes a turn from ubiquitous to left-of-center. Madonna’s American Life, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, and Britney Spears’ Britney Jean are all examples of artists pushing their messaging past the cultural breaking point. Katy Perry’s last album Witness… Read more

Lady Gaga – ‘Chromatica’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Interscope Records It was in February of this year that Lady Gaga declared, “earth is canceled,” and it’s obvious that earth heard her. Chromatica is Gaga’s sixth album, her about-face back into the slippery and bombastic realm of Stefani Germanotta, the pop star, and her official departure to another planet. This record finds… Read more

Gashi – ‘1984’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brendan Barrett The fourth full-length album from Albanian-American artist Labinot Gashi (or GASHI, if you prefer), is entitled 1984, but is not a concept album based on George Orwell’s classic 1984 dystopian novel. However, the opening cut – and title track – does suggest that it’s a concept album nonetheless. It’s a spoken word track in which two young guys discover a time machine, which seemingly transports one of them to… Read more

Troye Sivan – ‘In a Dream’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Tim Ashton Troye Sivan is the name that is now unanimous with queer artists on the rise, but not limited to the former statement. He is creating buzz with good reason to back it up. With a humble and enigmatic image, the singer creates an aura that would seldom attract attention. He is… Read more

Neon Trees – ‘I Can Feel You Forgetting Me’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein On their fourth studio album, the oddly titled I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, Provo, Utah band Neon Trees successfully (for the most part) split the difference between ‘80s pop and up-tempo while also establishing an atmospheric vibe like some other twenty-first century bands such as the War on Drugs. Neon Trees ultimately created a work that’s not forgettable, and which many listeners most… Read more

Blackbear – ‘Everything Means Nothing’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sam Dameshek Matthew Tyler Musto has worn many caps in his almost 14-year-old career, releasing album after album and solidifying himself as one of the most consistent artists in the industry. His latest album, Everything Means Nothing, is just an extension of the testament towards his undeterred commitment as an all-around productive musician…. Read more