Review: Blackbear ‘digital druglord’

Less than a month after releasing his collaborative full length Mansionz with Mike Posner, American singer Matthew Tyler Must (better known as Blackbear) is back with his third full length solo LP digital druglord. Upon first listen, this project (which clocks in at just over a half hour in length) feels wildly inconsistent, packed with far too many ideas and not…

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Review: John Mayer ‘The Search For Everything’

John Mayer’s approach to the release of this long awaited album was more than promising. From the calculated lead off single “Love on the Weekend” to the strategic extended play roll out and even the seemingly apt song titles (notably “Emoji of a Wave”), The Search For Everything campaign was admittedly exciting and fresh. It looked…

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Review: Zara Larsson ‘So Good’

With “Lush Life” lighting up international charts, “Never Forget You” becoming an unlikely stateside smash and slinky guest spots on local hits by Tinie Tempah and David Guetta, Swedish starlet Zara Larsson was inescapable in 2016. Fast forward to March 2017 and Zara is releasing her first international album. Tracks “So Good” and “I Would Like”…

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Review: Spoon ‘Hot Thoughts’

American rock band Spoon has widely been regarded as one of the best chameleon groups in modern music history. Their incredible ability to transcend the many genres of music with each full length project has bewildered thousands, resulting in endless showers of praise and an incredibly steady fan base. In fact, Spoon was considered by…

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Review: Depeche Mode ‘Spirit’

The English group’s 14th album, out March 17 via Columbia, bares resemblance to prior peak efforts. Unfortunately, it similarly stumbles over poorly incorporated political themes. Going into this Depeche Mode album cycle, my expectations were sky high. Not only was Spirit garnering rave advance reviews, Depeche Mode is the group behind my most loved track of all…

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Review: Rihanna ‘ANTI’

ANTI, the eighth studio album from Barbadian R&B and pop artist Rihanna, marked a drastic musical departure from her earlier recordings. I will admit that Rihanna, during her musical eras that were more pop structured and mainstream centric, was an artist that always had a song on the radio I could get into. But past that, her albums weren’t…

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Review: Charli XCX ‘Sucker’

 Charli XCX easily dominated the hearts of young adults across the world in 2014 with her sassy attitude that gave pop, dance and punk artists a run for their money. Underneath her bubblegum coated vocals, she’s proved to be a strong and independent female artist. After hopping on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”…

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Review: Tame Impala ‘Currents’

Currents, the third studio album by rock group Tame Impala, was one of the few albums from 2015 that really struck a chord with me. Being a casual listener of the Australian act’s two prior albums (Innerspeaker and Lonerism), I was used to leading member Kevin Parker’s psychedelic spin on the rock and alternative genres….

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