Album Review

Creeper – ‘American Noir’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Haris Nukem Creeper was formed in Southampton, England in 2014. From the beginning, Creeper created a type of rock that could be, and is occasionally, described as horror punk. Now, for me, if you aren’t from Lodi and you don’t have a one-rep max over 250 on the bench, you aren’t a horror… Read more

Parquet Courts – ‘Sympathy for Life’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz On previous albums Parquet Courts have turned out since their inception in New York, they have put out a kind of garage punky jangle-dance that a lot of bands started doing around the same time. They have some bangers for sure, but nothing too memorable. However, Sympathy For Life, the Courts’ seventh… Read more

Tom Morello – ‘The Atlas Underground Flood’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn The Atlas Underground Flood follows the same formula as its predecessors, seeing Morello collaborate more or less successfully with more or less well-known artists on songs ranging from hip-hop to folk-rock. Immediately familiar invites this time consists of British punk-rockers IDLES, legendary Rush-frontman Alex Lifeson, Metallica-guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the American indie-group… Read more

Majid Jordan – ‘Wildest Dreams’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Laith Al-Majali In 2013, Majid Jordan – the Canadian R&B duo comprised of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman – had the sort of breakout opportunity most artists can only dream of; being featured on Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – a top 5 global hit that’s now been certified platinum in… Read more

Ed Sheeran – ‘=’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dan Martensen Ed Sheeran’s debut album + (Plus) – that boasted four top 10 hits in the singer-songwriter’s home country of the UK – made him an easy target for critics; who saw him as a banal, guy-next-door writing forgettable by-the-numbers love songs. For the most part, however, Sheeran’s debut album has aged surprisingly well;… Read more

Volbeat – ‘Servant of the Mind’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin On Dutch hard rock band Volbeat’s fifth studio album Servant of the Mind, far and away the standout track is “Wait a Minute My Girl.” The title alone sounds like something from the early Beach Boys, if not a ’90s boy band, and it certainly sticks out on a tracklisting that includes… Read more

Wolf Alice – ‘Blue Weekend’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jordan Hemingway When Wolf Alice is good, they’re really good. Brilliant. The second track on Wolf Alice’s third studio album is one of the most well-written songs of the year, telling the tale of a young girl’s quest for a spot at the top in the City of Angels (“I’m socially anxious and… Read more

Holly Humberstone – ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Phoebe Fox London musician Holly Humberstone released her first EP Falling Asleep at the Wheel in 2020 and has recently returned with a follow-up EP, The Walls are Way Too Thin. While the artist fits in comfortably with the current wave of deceptively-quiet-but-brutally-honest young female singer-songwriters, Humberstone still manages to carve a niche that is all her… Read more

Kacey Musgraves – ‘Star-Crossed’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Adrienne Raquel Texan songstress Kacey Musgraves has been categorized mainly as a country artist since her 2013 debut album Same Trailer Different Park (her last one, Golden Hour, even won a Grammy for Best Country Album in 2018). However, Musgrave’s fifth (this is counting her 2016 Christmas album) studio album Star-Crossed finds her exploring a variety of different musical styles,… Read more

Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kelia Anne MacCluskey “The second record I’m more buckled in because, God, how many times do you see people slump on their sophomore record? Nine out of ten,” said Katy Perry in the lead up to her soon-to-be record-breaking second album Teenage Dream. The threat of the sophomore slump is a familiar one for… Read more