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Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’ Album Review

Photo credit: Beth Garrabrant The one thing 2020 was guaranteed not to deliver was another Taylor Swift album – it was a year ago that the singer released her seventh album, Lover, and fans are still deliberating over which song should have been the next radio single, campaigning with their usual fire-fueled ferocity for their… Read more

New Found Glory – ‘Forever + Ever x Infinity’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Acacia Evans “All You Zombies” is a classic short work of science fiction by Robert A. Heinlein originally published in 1951 (yes, it’s also the title of a hit song from 1985 by the Hooters), and is a paradoxical story about a character who is both their own parent and their own child. On their… Read more

5 Seconds of Summer – ‘Calm’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Andy DeLuca Following their colossal success with Youngblood in 2018, 5 Seconds of Summer have produced something with this latest effort that is intended to cement their position within the music industry. Their new album Calm is a collection of songs, while being fun and fresh, also target a demographic in a way… Read more

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

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

Trivium – ‘What the Dead Men Say’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Roadrunner Records Orlando, Florida heavy metal band Trivium’s ninth album What the Dead Men Say opens with a short track titled simple “XI”, an instrumental that acts essentially as an overture. The title song, however, which immediately follows, drives the point home. Trivium is clearly the type of band that likes to drive the point home… Read more

The Used – ‘Heartwork’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brian Cox There’s a very early issue of Mad magazine where the cover was designed to look like a school composition book on the outside, the (obviously humorous) idea being that it would act as camouflaged decoy from teachers who wouldn’t then know what the students were actually reading. We may wonder if Orem,… Read more

Hayley Williams – ‘Petals For Armor’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lindsey Byrnes Young industry veterans like Hayley Williams don’t always possess the vision or the wherewithal to make successful mid-career pivots, let alone have the actual energy to really make it all stick. Forgive yourself if you forgot Williams’ role as a central fixture of the pop-punk landscape, or that she’s played this… Read more

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hugo Comte UK’s favorite “female alpha” Dua Lipa brings an enriching self-isolation dance party right to your front doorstep on the stimulating Future Nostalgia. The former fashion savvy model mostly exudes flawless bravado throughout the eleven-track LP, tailoring retro funk swing to suit her commanding attitude. Her impressive ode to the late 1980’s… Read more