Reviews

Lamb of God – ‘Lamb of God’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn For more than twenty years Richmond, Virginia heavy metal band Lamb of God have been pleasing the subgenre’s multitude of fans, and now, even after a five-year absence (the longest between studio releases in the band’s history), their new self-titled album should be quite effective in making up for lost time…. Read more

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Punisher’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels On June 18th, Phoebe Lucille Bridgers released her second full-length solo album Punisher. The album starts off with a meditative minute-long intro called “DVD Menu”, which is a string-led instrumental. To start off, we get a sense that the indie album will be on a calmer note. Phoebe shared a fun… Read more

Chloe x Halle – ‘Ungodly Hour’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Robin Harper Chloe x Halle released their second studio album titled Ungodly Hour on June 12th. The sisters start off by vocalizing a beautiful harmonic intro and go right into their Destiny’s Child-like sound while also meeting modern day R&B. On the second track “Forgive Me”, we hear those early 2000s inspired R&B… Read more

Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making a Door Less Open’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Carlos Cruz “Weightlifters”, the lead-off track on Car Seat Headrest’s twelfth studio album Making a Door Less Open, starts out by holding the same note for the first thirty seconds. Some might assume (or worry) that this will set the stage for the entire record, but Making a Door Less Open quickly reveals itself to be anything but one-note. The… Read more

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Suga’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Lauren Dunn Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, professionally known as Megan Thee Stallion, released her third EP Suga on March 6th. She was able to release it right before the pandemic started, allowing fans to enjoy nine new songs while in quarantine. The EP initially was planned to release later than it actually was,… Read more

Boston Manor – ‘Glue’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Edd Taylor Let’s start here: Boston Manor is not from Boston, but rather Blackpool, England. That’s the first of a number of surprises surrounding the quintet’s third album Glue. Although unfortunately for just about every twist, there’s also an element of predictability, perhaps not quite canceling it out but maybe hindering the band’s potential somewhat. The opener “Everything is Ordinary” begins by… Read more

Kygo – ‘Golden Hour’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Johannes Lovund Kygo, Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and producer, has returned to the playing field with his third full-length LP, titled Golden Hour. Building on the tropical house-lite vibes that have catapulted him to the upper echelons of the EDM stratosphere, Golden Hour finds itself getting comfortable with simply being comfortable – nothing here… Read more

Drake – ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ Mixtape Review

Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Once again the herald angels are singing, for Aubrey Drake Graham has graced our terrestrial planet with another sprawling collection of emotional music. Enter Dark Lane Demo Tapes, a deceptively-named mixtape full of demos that aren’t really demos. New Drake and old Drake’s past several iterations all have glaring commonalities:… Read more

Jessie Reyez – ‘Before Love Came to Kill Us’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Philip Harris “And I’m sick with feeling like I deserved better // And you’re sick for everything you did to me, it was a setup // And I should Goodfella you, call me Karen, waking up to my Beretta // If I blow your brains out I, I can guarantee that you’ll forget… Read more

The 1975 – ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dean Chalkley Bloated? Sure; at 80 minutes in runtime, that’s an assured assessment of The 1975’s fourth record, Notes on a Conditional Form, a companion piece to their 2018 record A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. “Bloated” seems to be the point entirely, however – that society is bloated, our perception of ourselves… Read more