album reviews

Reviews of albums old and new from iconic artists and up and coming musicians alike.

  • Annie Williams
    Published a day ago
    Megan Thee Stallion, “Good News” Review

    Megan Thee Stallion, “Good News” Review

    Megan! Megan Thee Stallion released her debut album, “Good News” and I was thrilled to hear about it because Megan is definitely one of the top rappers right now and plus I love Megan’s personality. She’s just so sweet and confident and funny, so I’m ready to see what her album is gonna be like. So let’s go!
  • Matthew Ellerbeck
    Published 5 days ago
    Retro Review: Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X

    Retro Review: Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X

    Back in 1996, British-band Sneaker Pimps released their debut album ''Becoming X.'' The album is a beautiful journey through a melancholic and atmospheric soundscape. It opens with the darkwave-esque synths of "Low Place Like Home," which soars along perfectly with its bleak electronica and trip-hop beats before an almost rock chorus. A similar structure works equally as well for the second track "Tesko Suicide."
  • Matthew Ellerbeck
    Published 6 days ago
    Geri Halliwell: Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

    Geri Halliwell: Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

    Geri Halliwell released her sophomore solo album ''Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'' on this day back in 2001. The album represents the very essence of Geri Halliwell music - a pop record that is ''all over the place''! In doing so, it meshes styles and genres in a way that is distinctly Geri.
  • Matthew Ellerbeck
    Published 6 days ago
    Geri Halliwell: Passion

    Geri Halliwell: Passion

    Geri Halliwell released her third album Passion on this day (June 6) back in 2005. Passion is a far more cohesive album than any of Geri's previous records in the sense that there are no dramatic swings in genre and style. Instead the album offers a pleasant mix of upbeat numbers and lush tender ballads. There is nothing as mad or over the top on this effort as ''Shake Your Bootie Cutie'' or ''It's Heaven Or Hell (Being Geri Halliwell)'' - both taken from Geri's last album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster.
  • Sammi Curran
    Published 7 days ago
    BTS BE: Album Review

    BTS BE: Album Review

    Quarantine albums have been the theme this year, and with good reason. Staying inside and away from others has presented its own challenges, and there are still great artists out there making music to reach their fans. BTS has been missed during this time, and with "Dynamite" being such a mega hit this past summer, the anticipation for this November release has been high. Well, BE is here, and thank goodness for that. With 7 new songs, BTS has come out again with some great music when we need them most.
  • Sabrina Johnson
    Published 8 days ago
    AC/DC's PWR/UP Album Review

    AC/DC's PWR/UP Album Review

    Powering Up Again AC/DC is a band that will soon embody the Ship of Theseus (or grandfather’s axe, if you prefer). I have my own theories on what the future of the band might hold as time is clearly winding down for them. Of course, I'm not positing that the end is near to try and be cynical, but Brian Johnson is the oldest person in the world doing what he does, unless you qualify Yoko Ono as a heavy metal rock star. Unless you believe Johnson, who has nearly been forced into retirement, at least once by medical issues, is immortal than modern medicine all but guarantees that the countdown is on. With that said it’s easy to swap realism for ageism, and simply write them off - I don't think that’s necessarily fair to do but it isn’t something that can be neglected as we get ready to delve into this album, afterall it was Kenny Rogers who said:
  • Jilly McWhorter
    Published 8 days ago
    GAGA DISCOGRAPHY REVIEW

    GAGA DISCOGRAPHY REVIEW

    Can we please just talk about Lady Gaga for a moment, and then her music video for 911? Amanda Kauffman, a woman with whom I attended beauty school, told me about Gaga in 2009. "She's weird, but I like her." I bought The Fame that same day. It played in my Mercury Cougar, with a 6 slot CD magazine in the trunk, for at least three straight years. At one point in time, at least 3 of those slots were designated to Gaga like parking spots.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 8 days ago
    In Defence of "Self Portrait"

    In Defence of "Self Portrait"

    “What is this shit?” Greil Marcus would later take back his comments on Bob Dylan’s album “Self Portrait” in the future, acknowledging its important in the realm of Bob Dylan’s narrative because we all know, it is not a linear narrative at all. Bob Dylan has never been known to do the same thing over and over again. For example: when we look at the gospel era, it is followed by albums such as “Infidels” and “Empire Burlesque” which are nothing like the gospel era albums at all. After the acoustic folk albums, we get electric folk rock, again a progression but not in any way the same thing. After “Love And Theft” we seem to get some jazz covers for some time before Dylan returns to folk in “Tempest” over ten years’ later. So, we can understand why Bob Dylan would make “Self Portrait” if we are already familiar with the Bob Dylan discography. But, if the way in which you are introduced to Bob Dylan is through “Self Portrait” then where actually are you and how did you get there? No, seriously.
  • Fred Garratt-Stanley
    Published 11 days ago
    Novelist - 'Quantum Leap': Cavernous space grime from South London's answer to Scott Bakula

    Novelist - 'Quantum Leap': Cavernous space grime from South London's answer to Scott Bakula

    Much like its cinematic namesake, Quantum Leap transports you into another dimension. Its whirring synth melodies and leadenly drum patterns plunge listeners into a vast interstellar expanse in which the only reliable form of spatial navigation is a juicy sub bassline peaking through a complex percussive soundscape. All but devoid of vocal interjection and named after a cult 80s sci-fi time travel series shaped around the concept of leaping between historical moments in order to right wrongs, this EP represents a definite stylistic shift for the Brockley MC and producer.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 11 days ago
    A Man on the Street: The "Time Out of Mind" Experience

    A Man on the Street: The "Time Out of Mind" Experience

    Whilst I was on my postgraduate degree, as you know, I did not have many friends. That was not due to bullying or malice on someone else’s part towards me but instead it was because I chose to. I chose not to befriend these people because I found them snobby, especially the way they talked about literature and how it ‘was not intelligent’ to read popular novels etc. They were very arrogant about the community of people who like to read things like beach reads, YA and mainstream Sci-Fi and would make jokes about it. They would make jokes about people who were less well-off than them and honestly, it made me feel uncomfortable and sick even though may parents had to pay to send me to school. I still cannot fathom how people can be so nasty. When I was studying poetry, I would like to choose a random Bob Dylan album to inspire me in order to get my mind off other people. The album I chose here was “Time Out of Mind”.
  • Victoria (@fodmapfeasts)
    Published 13 days ago
    Review: Paramore - Riot! (2007)

    Review: Paramore - Riot! (2007)

    Artist: Paramore Album: Riot! Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop Punk Released: June 2007 Album length: 38:58/11 tracks Background
  • Victoria (@fodmapfeasts)
    Published 15 days ago
    Review: Disturbed - Asylum (2010)

    Review: Disturbed - Asylum (2010)

    Artist: Disturbed Album: Asylum Genre: Heavy Metal Released: August 2010 Album length: 52:54/13 tracks Background