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Harry's House by Harry Styles | Album Review
The former One Direction member has made quite the solo career for themself thus far. With the with a debut and sophomore albums under the belt (the latter of which a review can be found here), Harry Styles looks to impress with the more intimate and exploratory Harry's House. Fine Line was filled with summer bops and the exploration of sex and gender, seemingly a focal point of introspection for Styles. Harry's House seems to capture a nostalgic summer rock pop, especially in the leading single, "As It Was".
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar | Album Review
It's been years now since the drop of award winning album, DAMN. We've gotten a taste here and there with teasing singles and features with Baby Keem, but a new album is finally here - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, a double album filled with x and y, topping off what has been one of the most incredible discographies of the modern era. The intimacy of family is front and center, with glimpses of religion, gun violence, and struggle hiding within plain sight - a Compton paramount. Kendrick, a modern rap king, has solidified his place atop the throne with this release.
3.15.20 by Childish Gambino | Album Review
While the cover and song titles may be minimalist, the production of 3.15.20 was not. It seems fitting that what may be the last ode for the moniker Childish Gambino, was likely his best and most addicting work, while being the least recognizable. The album cover, simply a white square (a predecessor to Kanye's Donda cover) and the timestamp song titles (besides two) really made this album almost inaccessible to some as it's almost impossible to point out a song off the top of your head unless you're intimately familiar with it. Only the second and third song of the album are devoid of this fate. However, under its forgettable shell is a masterpiece, laden with funky electronic eclecticism and soulful renditions of existentialism and other social commentaries.
“Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino | Album Review
Childish Gambino is an artist that doesn’t really care whether or not people are talking about his music. Don’t get me wrong, the artist certainly cares how he is perceived, but the approach to how he makes his music is very modern. Meaning he pays attention to the infinitesimally small details of each and every song and word he produces — a postmodern approach that relays old techniques and traditions with a twist. As a result, it is difficult to categorize what genre this album falls under. I think it was safe to say his earlier albums fell under the hip-hop umbrella, but it’s worth noting that “Awaken, My Love!” doesn’t. Regardless, the word that sums up the experience of this album is psychedelic.
From A Bird’s Eye View by Cordae | Album Review
The focus in Cordae’s music has always been lyricism. I think this is one of the things that separates him from his peers. I don’t think he aims for catchy, chart-topping radio fodder but rather cohesive projects with a certain theme in mind. This was especially evident in The Lost Boy that was heavily focused on family and personal growth. From A Bird’s Eye View is no different in its approach.
30 by Adele | Album Review
I want to start off by saying that this album is, without a doubt in my mind, more of an outlet and coping mechanism for Adele than it is music designed to be mass consumed for profit. I think this aspect is where some criticism come from in the review of this album and some overlook just how emotional this album is meant to be. Adele is coming off of a divorce, while caring for a young child, comments on her weight, and suffering from almost debilitating anxiety at times. This album is the culmination of all of these things in the most heart-wrenching way possible. I understand this can take away from the enjoyability, but at the end of the day, Adele is going to sell and I’m going to listen.
A Letter To Modern Music Analysis
Dear readers and writers of Modern Music Analysis, I joined Medium in December of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. As many did at the time, I needed an outlet for creative expression and maybe a little extra cash on the side. Initially just writing okay poetry, I had little idea of what would come with time. My first piece, about The Weeknd, was the spark-plug for what would become the Modern Music Analysis publication. One day in January, I finally decided to make the seedling of an idea I had for a publication come to fruition.
Dawn by Yebba | Album Review
If you’ve read any of my previous work, you might have seen the mention of “The Drake Effect”, which in short is the boom in popularity of any particular artist after working with Drake. Personally, Drake has introduced me to Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd (through Take Care), Tems and now Yebba. The Memphis artist is already an award-winning singer songwriter, having won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2019 for her single, “How Deep Is Your Love”. In addition, Yebba has racked up as a feature with prominent artists (and producers, like Mark Ronson) such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy, and most recently, Drake on Certified Lover Boy.
Punk — Album Review
It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in trap music. I’m more attracted to the calming nature of R&B music. But this highly anticipated Young Thug album gained my attention, primarily from the live Tiny Desk Concert provided by NPR. Thug has always been a master at blending and even creating new genres, and this album is no different. You still have the traditional hard rap and trap elements with the introduction to — as the album name alludes to — a rock element (shoutout Travis Barker), and a straying from the norm with some slower, more intimate songs that take advantage of classical string instruments. Despite traversing through several genres, Young Thug still holds tight to his signature sound and creates an enticing listen.
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
Following the breakout performance from Travis Scott in Rodeo, the modern rockstar was highly touted for his addition to new trap music. Scott added to his high-quality repertoire with Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. With help from some of the game’s biggest stars, the artist added to the excellent year of music in 2016. Such features include Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, NAV, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Kendrick Lamar. 5 years after it’s release, it kinda flies under the radar due to the explosion of popularity from the coveted Astroworld. In order to reach that level, it is entirely necessary to acknowledge how he got there with Rodeo and Birds In The Trap.
Be Right Back — Album Review
From the very beginning, Jorja Smith grabs the listener by the ears and demands a thoughtful approach in Be Right Back. This album is both melancholy and soulful in a willful approach to love. Travesty seems to carry in the artist’s voice and reverberates in your soul, almost to the point of poignancy. This short album has a certain sound that we don’t necessarily see in American music; as so, I can appreciate the nuance in the dialect and delivery in each song. There is an earthy, jazzy, funky element that is very subtle yet complements the artist so well.
Certified Lover Boy — Album Review
In the wake of the feud between two of the rap game’s biggest stars, Drake and Kanye have both released their long awaited albums. Two of the world’s biggest stars have dropped consecutively and will control airwaves for months to come. For now, let’s take a look into the long awaited Certified Lover Boy.