album reviews

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

  • Carrie T
    Published 2 months ago
    Why Mental Health Matters

    Why Mental Health Matters

    Ashley Tisdale released her new album Symptoms earlier this year and I have been waiting for this release for soo long. Ashley Tisdale is one of my idols, and just seeing her singing again makes me happy. Also, what I admire most about this album is how openly she speaks, or better saying sings, about her mental health struggles. As someone who did a psychology undergraduate degree, I take mental health very serious. And in my opinion it is a very important topic to talk about, and I like that more and more organizations focus on the aspect of talking openly about mental health struggles. However, unfortunately a lot of people think that physical health is more important than mental health but this is not the case. Mental health IS and WILL ALWAYS BE MORE IMPORTANT than physical health—always keep that in mind. Mental health affects our wellbeing, affects basically everything in our life. You cannot function properly if your soul suffers and the way that Ashley Tisdale describes it in her new album is just amazing.
  • Sammi Curran
    Published 2 months ago
    'Sailing' with AKMU

    'Sailing' with AKMU

    Sailing with AKMU
  • Leah Sherlock
    Published 2 months ago
    Jon Pardi - 'Heartache Medication' Album - A Review

    Jon Pardi - 'Heartache Medication' Album - A Review

    Jon Pardi has without a doubt been up and coming in the Country music scene for many years now, making a standout impact in 2016 with his second album California Sunrise that included number one smash hit "Dirt on My Boots." Now, Pardi is back with his third studio album, entitled Heartache Medication, which is already making waves in Country radio, and has created an exclusive buzz following its September 27th release.
  • Shandi Pace
    Published 2 months ago
    Abbey Road’s Lasting Legacy

    Abbey Road’s Lasting Legacy

    "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make."
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 2 months ago
    'Magnification' - Pure Imagination in a Metaphoric Dream

    'Magnification' - Pure Imagination in a Metaphoric Dream

    After The Ladder Tour, Billy Sherwood left Yes (though he would return much later). In 2000, the band embarked on their Masterworks Tour, with the set list decided by fan votes and including epics "Close to the Edge," "Ritual," and "The Gates of Delirium." During the tour, keyboardist Igor Khoroshev was involved in an incident involving two female security guards. After he left the band, the Yes lineup was down to Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums).
  • hannah irelan
    Published 3 months ago
    'Made in the A.M.' Lyrics 1D Literally Wrote for Their Fans

    'Made in the A.M.' Lyrics 1D Literally Wrote for Their Fans

    Made in the A.M. was One Direction's final album before their eh-hem "18-month" hiatus, and in it are tons of lyrics that are undoubtedly meant solely for their fans.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 3 months ago
    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    After the Open Your Eyes Tour wrapped up in 1998, the Yes lineup of Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Igor Khoroshev (keys), Billy Sherwood (rhythm guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums) felt ready to record another album. Needing an outside perspective, they decided to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn at Armoury Studios in Vancouver. While Open Your Eyes was very poppy, the poppiness on the next album that became The Ladder was dialed back a bit, and there was plenty of prog rock. The album felt like a good blend of old and new. It includes ethnic instruments, some of which were played by Randy Raine-Reusch. In addition, Rhys Fulber contributed dance loops, and The Marguerita Horns played horns.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 3 months ago
    'Open Your Eyes' - Yes Caught at the Crossroads

    'Open Your Eyes' - Yes Caught at the Crossroads

    In 1997, keyboardist Rick Wakeman left Yes (again) after being displeased with promotional strategies regarding the Keys to Ascension albums and the lack of communication with Yes management. As a result, some tour dates were canceled. Billy Sherwood, who had been mixing the studio tracks on Keys to Ascension 2, decided to come in and help since he wanted Yes to keep on going. He had known bassist Chris Squire since the late 1980s, and was considered as a potential replacement for vocalist Jon Anderson prior to 1991s Union. Though Anderson's voice replaced Sherwood's on "The More We Live-Let Go," Sherwood's bass playing remained intact. In 1992, he had toured with Squire as part of The Chris Squire Experiment (with Alan White on drums). And in 1994, Sherwood performed with Yes at their shows on the Talk Tour. Plus, in 1995, he sang "Wonderous Stories" on the tribute album Tales from Yesterday. So he wasn't a musician who came from nowhere; he was very familiar with Yes music and had worked with Yes members.
  • Sandy Lo
    Published 3 months ago
    Brooke White Talks New Album 'Calico' Coming Out 10/4!

    Brooke White Talks New Album 'Calico' Coming Out 10/4!

    “I always told myself I’d get to Nashville,” Brooke White sings on the eponymous track off her upcoming album, Calico. The former American Idol alum had dreamed of moving to Nashville her entire career to make a “real” country album, but life had other plans. Those plans included becoming the mother of two, starting her own web series, The Girls With Glasses. It was through this journey, along with a little bit of opportunity coming her way, that Brooke embraced her Cali lifestyle, and incorporated it into her music.
  • Cronan Parry
    Published 3 months ago
    Charli XCX - 'Charli': Worst to Best

    Charli XCX - 'Charli': Worst to Best

    Firstly, this website seems to have had a large update so we'll see how making this article goes. Secondly, I don't dislike or find any song on this album disinteresting (I don't think I do anyway, opinions change). Also, it's been fairly difficult to rank the lower half of this album, so even more than usual it doesn't mean much. I'm pretty certain about the top end though!
  • mySound Music
    Published 3 months ago
    'Summer on Main St.': A Must Listen

    'Summer on Main St.': A Must Listen

    When it comes down to creating some fabulous music, Royal might not be a name known—yet (although he has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez). This guy is a wizard who makes the words and tunes dance around in synchronization, making them a treat for the ears.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 3 months ago
    'Keystudio' - Take You There and Back Again

    'Keystudio' - Take You There and Back Again

    This particular album review is a bit of an odd one. Keystudio was released in 2001, but it's a compilation of material released years earlier. In 1995, Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye left Yes. Vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White reunited with guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman as what has been known as the "classic lineup," which had put out Tales from Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, and Tormato in the 1970s. In addition, Roger Dean returned to continue creating artwork for their albums.