Reviews

Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Troll Rock audiences seem to have clearly risen in favor of Rise Against, since the Chicago punk band’s last five studio albums all went Top 10 in the US, and that commercial success at least will probably continue unabated with the band’s new release. Yet the title alone sort of spells trouble:… Read more

Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Castillo Scaled and Icy is the seventh studio album from alternative duo twenty øne piløts. The album is the fourth in a continuing narrative that began on the 2015 Blurryface album. Blurryface is a character that was presented as a personification of insecurity. Trench delved into the story deeper and fans learned… Read more

J. Cole – ‘The Off-Season’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wesley Mann After three years of waiting, J. Cole has finally released his latest album The Off-Season. While most of Cole’s tracks are heavy-hitting and direct, this album is much more mellow and reflective of his position in music. A lot of music from J. Cole is an assertion of dominance to be… Read more

Weezer – ‘Van Weezer’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brendan Walter Barely three months after their last full-length studio release, OK Human, Weezer have already put out their next one (some of this apparently has to do with making up for time lost during the pandemic). Although originally reported (or maybe just rumored) to be an album comprised entirely of Van Halen… Read more

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘SOUR’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hanina Pinnick It’s nearly impossible to have made it this far into the year without having heard of breakout star Olivia Rodrigo. Whether it be from her main role on the Disney+ original show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, or hearing snippets of “driver’s license” and “good 4 u” everywhere you… Read more

Greta Van Fleet – ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen Greta Van Fleet’s rise is somewhat mysterious, funneled by expert placement in popular streaming playlists and a resurgence of rock n’ roll. Formed by the Kiszka brothers from the thumb of Michigan’s mitten, the band ascended in the middle of the last decade and won a Grammy for Best Rock Album…. Read more

The Offspring – ‘Let the Bad Times Roll’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Daveed Benito Although they’re called the Offspring, the Orange County, California band are in fact the begetters of a movement which has spawned both massive commercial success and nearly as much controversy in rock since the mid-90’s. With their 1994 radio hit “Come Out and Play” (which has always been more commonly referred… Read more

Andy Stott – ‘Never the Right Time’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mike Massaro Andy Stott influenced the music industry with his releases of slow, grinding tracks that built energy within listeners. Over the years, Stott has expressed a level of edginess throughout his tracks. Whether changing the atmosphere of a nightclub or shifting the mood at a party, Andy’s music blends sounds together to… Read more

The Snuts – ‘W.L.’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Gaz Williamson As you read these very words, the Snuts – yes, that’s the band’s name – are probably already old news in the UK. Their debut album, W.L., entered the charts over there at No.1 and achieved the identical feat in their native Scotland (the band hails from Whitburn in West Lothian)…. Read more

Taylor Swift – ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Some artists revisit stories to pick up where they left off after going away for a while. Others retell the same stories through new lenses, offering perspectives that were missing from the first go-around. Taylor Swift’s newly re-recorded version of her 2008 blockbuster album Fearless is an example… Read more