Album Review

KennyHoopla – ‘SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//’ Mixtape Review

Photo Credit: Alondra Buccio The current release by Cleveland, Ohio musician Kenny La’ron, who goes by the stage name KennyHoopla (yes, one word) is fraught with more than its share of baggage. The six-song offering is being presented as a “mixtape,” although it’s a bit unclear just how that label applies. The full title is… Read more

H.E.R. – ‘Back of My Mind’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shane Adams Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, who goes by the stage name H.E.R. (pronounced “her”), has been releasing singles and individual tracks going as far back as 2014, thus it’s a bit surprising that she’s just now coming out with her first full-length release. If making up for lost time was any part of… Read more

DMX – ‘Exodus’ Album Review

Photo Credit: @shotbyjacques The posthumous album as a memorial is a concept that has played out in public several times over the last two years. DMX was prolific and well-connected, but hadn’t released a proper album in nine years at the time of his death at 50-years-old. Exodus was executive-produced by Swizz Beats who collaborated… Read more

Maroon 5 – ‘JORDI’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wex & Alex Maroon 5 has become well-known for their singles, but virtually forgotten when it comes to their deep tracks. Songs like “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone” dominated the airwaves due to their generic pop sound and easy-to-sing-along lyrics. None of their songs would be out of place in 2012 or 2021…. Read more

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

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