Album Review

Remembering Tony Bennett: The Crooner for The Ages

Photo Credit: Adam McCullough One of music’s all-time most prolific and iconic singers, Tony Bennett died on July 21 at age ninety-six, leaving behind a body of work that spanned an astonishing seven decades. Bennett was a classic crooner, typically considered to be in the same vein as Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, Andy Williams and… Read more

Doja Cat – ‘Scarlet’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jacob Webster Amala “Doja Cat” Dlamini has had the sort of career that could have only unfolded in our current “Very Online” era. Her big breakthrough arrived via the self-published “Mooo!” – a rap number, which was accompanied by a music video of Doja in cow pajamas, and which includes the line, “B*tch,… Read more

Corey Taylor – ‘CMF2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pamela Littky After the success of Corey Taylor’s first solo album CMFT in 2020, it’s safe to say that those familiar with Corey Taylor’s work (whether it be Slipknot or solo) were excited about his next solo project. CMF2 is a sequel to Taylor’s first album and an improvement to its predecessor. One… Read more

Demi Lovato – ‘Revamped’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Angelo Kritikos Demi Lovato has alternately tried on, and shed, many musical identities over the years – from the Disney-fied pop-punk of Don’t Forget, the self-described “generic” pop of Unbroken, the pop-meets-power-ballads of Confident, and the R&B-infused Tell Me You Love Me. Last year, she embarked on her most successful metamorphosis yet –… Read more

The Beaches – ‘Blame My Ex’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Becca Hamel Blame My Ex is Toronto’s, The Beaches, first new album in six years, even though they’ve released several EPs and stand-alone tracks in the interim (even about half the songs on this album had been available at some point previously). In fact, that last album, Late Show, was The Beaches’ debut… Read more

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘GUTS’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Zamar Velez If there’s one thing that unites Gen-Z’s most popular singer-songwriters, it’s that they all capture – to one extent or another – that being young often sucks. Whereas the last generation of pop stars presented youth exclusively in its brightest, most ecstatic hues (think Kesha’s “TiK ToK” or Katy Perry’s “Teenage… Read more

Diddy – ‘The Love Album: Off the Grid’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion To many Gen-Z members, and even millennials, Diddy/Puff Daddy is largely regarded as a legacy act – known primarily for his 1997 collaboration with Faith Evans, “I’ll Be Missing You.” This perhaps explains why the New York icon recruited some of pop, R&B, and hip-hop’s biggest stars to feature on his… Read more

Zach Bryan – ‘Zach Bryan’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Trevor Pavlik In case you hadn’t noticed, country music is enjoying a “boom” moment – earlier this summer, country songs occupied all the top 3 spaces on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever – and then, it happened again. But whether this phenomenon was to the genre’s benefit or not… Read more

Hozier – ‘Unreal Unearth’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Julia Jackson Irish musician and songwriter Hozier (full name: Andrew John Hozier-Byrne) didn’t quite score the same success on his last release, Wasteland, Baby! (2019) as he had achieved with his enormously successful self-titled 2014 debut album (or his debut single “Take Me to Church”). But continuing his apparent practice of taking several… Read more