album reviews

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

  • Kasper Park
    Published a day ago
    Releasing Music Is Fun?!

    Releasing Music Is Fun?!

    I just finished a seven song project called Network. The genre for this project is not singular. It encompasses a broad range of hip-hop, soul, and trap. I meant for these to be truly expressive soundtracks of different times in my life. Honesty was a big part of achieving that. I had to say things I hear no one else saying. This is something was very difficult and strenuous as you can imagine. The mission was to give similar messages in a completely unique way. At the same time, it had to remain relatable. I believe people listen to more relatable tracks. It’s feels nice to hear a song that describes something you have gone or are going through.
  • Sean Callaghan
    Published 3 days ago
    'Leather Jackets'

    'Leather Jackets'

    Released in 1986, Leather Jackets is considered by Elton John himself to be his worst album — "about as close to an unmitigated disaster as anything I've ever released" according to his autobiography . Producer Gus Dudgeon said it was a mad hassle to produce, Elton was in the thick of his cocaine addiction at the time and it was the first Elton John album since Tumbleweed Connection not to yield a top 40 hit charted the worst and probably an album everyone involved in making it would rather forget.
  • Tom Sturtridge
    Published 5 days ago
    Michael Kiwanuka - 'Kiwanuka'

    Michael Kiwanuka - 'Kiwanuka'

    Michael Kiwanuka started his career as a session musician providing the rhythm for acts such as; Chipmunk and Bashy. After this he pursued a solo career spawning four EPs: Tell Me A Tale EP (2011), iTunes Festival: London 2011 (2011), I'm Getting Ready EP (2011) and You've Got Nothing To Lose (2014) as well as three studio albums: Home Again (2012), Love & Hate (2016) and Kiwanuka (2019).
  • Mari ✨
    Published 8 days ago
    An In-Depth Look at the "Love Language" Ep by Umi

    An In-Depth Look at the "Love Language" Ep by Umi

    I first stumbled across Umi a few months ago, starting with the tracks "Happy Again" (2017) and "River" (2018). She very quickly became one of my favorite artists, so as you'd expect I got very excited when I saw she released "Love Language" this year. I was even more impressed with the fact that it is a visual album. First-time listeners, please watch the music videos as you listen to the album. It makes all the difference.
  • Miranieva Buen
    Published 13 days ago
    'Oneiric'

    'Oneiric'

    Oneiric.
  • Tom Sturtridge
    Published 13 days ago
    Angel Witch—'Angel of Light' (Album Review)

    Angel Witch—'Angel of Light' (Album Review)

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Angel Witch have returned with their fifth studio album Angel of Light, their first album since 2012s As Above, So Below.
  • Tom Sturtridge
    Published 19 days ago
    Simply Red—'Blue Eyed Soul' (Album Review)

    Simply Red—'Blue Eyed Soul' (Album Review)

    Simply Red have been a personal favourite of myself and my parents for many, many years. So, you could imagine my excitement when I heard a new album was on the way.
  • Nathan Sartain
    Published 20 days ago
    WayV—‘Take Over The Moon’ Review

    WayV—‘Take Over The Moon’ Review

    Of all the artists that seem to ooze quality nowadays, few feel quite as polished as WayV. The septet—part of the wider NCT project—burst onto the scene in January with The Vision, before following it up nearly four months later with Take Off, an EP that helped establish the group as stars. Its lead-single, the titular “Take Off,” was a high-intensity blend of trendy trap sounds and distortion (most notably the gritty-sounding guitar), and is one of the year’s best; providing a welcome reminder of the talents these seven possess.
  • Philip Jancsy
    Published 21 days ago
    Album Review: Kanye West—'Jesus Is King'

    Album Review: Kanye West—'Jesus Is King'

    First things first: This is not another commentary piece on the curiosities of Kanye West's life, but an honest opinion about his new album, Jesus Is King. I'm sure there are people who're better equipped to write about what Kanye's been up to lately, so that's not what I'm trying to do. But of course, Kanye is such a big character, that, maybe by design, it sometimes get's impossible to completely distinguish between his person and his artistic creations. So, full disclosure: I've been a Kanye fan for quite some time now. Maybe not the biggest fan, but I appreciate his musical talent, his unique character and the way he always tries to push boundaries.
  • teisha leshea
    Published 23 days ago
    'Rhythm + Flow' Winner D Smoke

    'Rhythm + Flow' Winner D Smoke

    T.I, Cardi B, and Chance The Rapper have finally chosen a winner on Netflix's Rhythm + Flow. D Smoke from Inglewood, CA, displayed his artistry and experience on the line to ultimately create a lane of his own. This 10-part series pushes these artists to the test. From rap battles, collaborating with other artists, sampling another artist's music, creating a music video, and becoming a creative directive of your own award performance challenges a rapper's range and ability to adjust to different challenges. Being a Californian, I knew from D Smoke's first performance that he would be an artist to watch. My first reaction is that he would be the next Kendrick Lamar. The way he speaks, the messages in his music, and the visual of his videos all reflect the Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar. I fell into the crowd of wanting to compare D Smoke to another rapper. But what sets D Smoke apart from Kendrick Lamar is by playing the piano, guitar, and speaking fluently in Spanish.
  • Kacie Turton
    Published 26 days ago
    Ranking the Songs of Melanie Martinez's 'K-12'
  • Nathan Sartain
    Published 27 days ago
    WINNER—‘CROSS’ EP Review

    WINNER—‘CROSS’ EP Review

    It has been just a little over five months since WINNER last graced people’s playlists with their chart-topping EP WE. A vibrant offering that dabbled in styles across the musical spectrum, e.g the acoustic-pop anthem “AH YEAH,” or the dark electro house stylings heard in “MOLA,” it was a release that cemented WINNER as a group that always shows consistency, and proved to the world that the group have plenty of tangible star quality.