album review

REVIEW: After months of anticipation, Drake’s ‘Views’ lands with a thud

Artist: Drake Album: Views Genre: Hip-Hop Label: OVO Sound, Young Money Entertainment It feels like Views (formerly Views From The 6) has been a shadow hanging over Drake since he announced it to Billboard all the way back in 2014. Last February he dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and we thought it […]

REVIEW: Henrietta offer quality indie rock on ‘Paper Wings’

Artist: Henrietta Album: Paper Wings Genre: Indie Rock Label: Animal Style I was a big fan of Henrietta‘s debut, The Trick Is Not Minding. Playing nothing like a debut, the band create incredibly emotional business, drowned in massive guitars and gritty vocals that are sure to bring up discourse on Pedro The Lion. On their […]

REVIEW: Pity Sex keep it simple on ‘White Hot Moon’

Artist: Pity Sex Album: White Hot Moon Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Label: Run For Cover Records There’s typically this underlying expectation with every musical act that a second album has to be bigger and different than its predecessor. Sometimes, though, bands refrain from taking huge risks and instead opt for the safe route, still managing […]

REVIEW: Western Settings elevate their game with ‘Old Pain’ EP

Artist: Western Settings Album: Old Pain Genre: Punk, Rock Label: La Escalera Records, Creator-Destructor Records Fresh off the release of last year’s debut full-length, Yes It Is, San Diego’s Western Settings have released a six-track EP, called Old Pain, ahead of their upcoming U.S. tour in May. Much like the debut, Old Pain is full […]

REVIEW: The Fall Of Troy rip and shred through ‘OK’ with purpose

Artist: The Fall Of Troy Album: OK Genre: Screamo/Hardcore Label: Self-Released I know it’s cliche, but ignorance is bliss. Truthfully. Especially when it comes to music. Ignorance from hype and expectation. Without both of those mindsets, you’re allowed to listen to a new song or record in the most pure form. Now, obviously this is […]

REVIEW: A$AP Ferg branches out, gets personal on ‘Always Strive And Prosper’

Artist: A$AP Ferg Album: Always Strive And Prosper Genre: Hip-Hop Labels: ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records When listening to 2013’s Trap Lord in anticipation of A$AP Ferg‘s new release, Always Strive And Prosper, I was reminded of how much I loved the moments of introspection and storytelling on that album. Yes, Ferg the […]

REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’

Artist: Sorority Noise Album: It Kindly Stopped For Me EP Genre: Acoustic, Indie Label: Topshelf Records In these four songs lie a very modest ancillary of Sorority Noise – one we saw emerge out of their last record Joy, Departed. That portion speaks largely from the backburner end of lyricist and frontman Cameron Boucher’s psyche; […]

REVIEW: Poly-Math – ‘Melencolia’

Artist: Poly-Math Album: Melencolia Genre: Post-Rock, Math I have always found it difficult to assess deep work, so when given the chance to listen to Poly-Math‘s new album, Melencolia, the three-track, near-thirty-five-minute epic seemed like a daunting task. But, once fully embraced by the tantalizing musicianship, Poly-Math made the journey that of a breeze. Opener […]

REVIEW: Bear Hands take risks on ‘You’ll Pay For This’

Artist: Bear Hands Album: You’ll Pay For This Genre: Indie Rock, Experimental Label: Spensive Sounds Bear Hands is one of those rare acts that have spent their trajectory making sure that each record is slightly different from the last rather than only purporting that it is. “Giants,” off 2014’s Distraction, which became their first breakthrough single […]

REVIEW: Deftones sustain their hot streak with ‘Gore’

Artist: Deftones Album: Gore Genre: Rock, Metal Label: Reprise Records Many headlines were made in regards to the tensions within the Deftones camp and the creation of their eighth full-length, Gore. Most of the writing was done with guitarist Stephen Carpenter largely on the sidelines. They also switched things up in the producer’s seat, working […]

REVIEW: ‘Junk’ is M83’s newest masterpiece

Artist: M83 Album: Junk Label: Naïve Records, Mute Records Genre: Synthpop I still remember when I first heard “Midnight City.” It was the end of August 2011, and I was just starting college. I was in my dorm room, and someone across the hall had the song on. I couldn’t hear it very well, and […]

REVIEW: Polyenso’s ‘Pure In The Plastic’ is purely impressive

Artist: Polyenso Album: Pure In The Plastic Label: Dog Radio, Tone Tree Music Genre: Indie Rock, R&B What’s your favorite piece of visual art? Maybe a Van Gogh painting? What about an intricate, modern art sculpture? It could be an award-winning film or a specific portrayal of Swan Lake or Les Miserables. Whatever it may […]