Reviews

Pale Waves – ‘Unwanted’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pip Upon hearing the song “Lies,” some listeners might at first think that their ears are lying to them, and that they’re not in fact listening to the opening cut from Pale Waves’ third album Unwanted, but rather to veteran pop punk princess Avril Lavigne. Indeed the similarity – of both the musical… Read more

Billie Eilish – ‘Guitar Songs’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole As of mid-2022, Billie Eilish is still too young to legally buy beer, yet she’s achieved more than many can ever hope to do. Her 2019 debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? certainly went someplace: namely, to number one all over the world and to eventual sales… Read more

Lauv – ‘All 4 Nothing’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kate Biel / Press Ari “Lauv” Leff has a pleasant voice – it’s not the most instantly recognizable, nor the most dynamic, but at its best, it effectively communicates the malaise of Lauv’s Gen-Z audience. I say this because, on his third studio album, Lauv seems adamant about submerging his voice in layers… Read more

Shinedown – ‘Planet Zero’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sanjay Parikh At the relatively average album length of forty-eight minutes, there’s a heck of a lot crammed into Shinedown’s seventh full-length release. Planet Zero is a concept album with an outward science-fiction theme (a rock trend that seems to be coming back, as suggested by Bastille’s latest release Give Me the Future)…. Read more

Hayley Kiyoko – ‘Panorama’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Empire/Atlantic Records With her 2018 debut Expectations, former Disney star Hayley Kiyoko was crowned Lesbian Jesus. Now, with Panorama, she offers up her second coming – in the form of 13 sleek, ready-for-radio pop numbers. Kiyoko’s LGBTQ+ identity has always been central to her music and to her core appeal. The embrace of her… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Renaissance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole for Parkwood Entertainment The story of house music is one of liberation; of marginalized communities carving out a space where they could unapologetically be themselves. As a genre, its roots are radical – its formation can be credited to Black and Queer individuals who refused to conform to a society that… Read more

Jack White – ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David James Swanson Jack White – formerly of The White Stripes – has had a productive 2022. Besides excessive touring across the globe with side acts such as Men I Trust, Chicano Batman, Natalie Bergman, Larkin Poe, Yard Act, and most recently Mdou Moctar, he has released two full-length LPs. The pulsating, ferociously… Read more

Lizzo – ‘Special’ Album Review

Photo Credit: AB+DM Every generation needs an artist who is unafraid to write cheesy, feel-good, uplifting anthems; an artist who would rather risk being saccharine than sour. Natasha Bedingfield (“Unwritten”), Kelly Clarkson (“Stronger”), and Katy Perry (“Firework”) have all alternately held this title and fulfilled their role dutifully. It would be unfair to dismiss Lizzo’s music… Read more

Roskilde Festival 2022 Review

Photo Credit: Getty/Roskilde Press The post-festival discussions about the 50th edition of Scandinavia’s biggest festival have mainly dealt with the Strokes’ reportedly awful performance. I, who ended up at the festival thanks to a fortunate coincidence, had to travel back home before the Strokes, and instead of going on about Julien Casablanca’s awkward dialogues for… Read more

Mabel – ‘About Last Night…’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hayley Louisa Brown Open up the UK Top 100 albums chart on any given week and among the new releases and classics, you’ll likely find a handful of albums that you’ve never heard of that have spent months upon months – even years – on the charts. These are the sort of albums… Read more