Album Review: Ariana Grande – thank u, next

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [Republic; 2019] Rating: 8.5/10 Key tracks: “NASA”, “bad idea”, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” Pop-princess Ariana Grande makes her triumphant return with her fifth studio album, thank u, next. Grande released this album just six months after her fourth album Sweetener, an uncommon feat in the pop industry….

Album Review: Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed and Ready

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Secretly Canadian; 2019] Rating 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Daddi”, “Juicy Socks”, “Stupid Fish” Cherry Glazerr triumphantly return with their third studio album, Stuffed and Ready. Filled with rage, self-loathing, sexiness, power and overall weirdness, the trio relives moments from their previous albums and pushes them forward with a more mature approach….

Album Review: Say Anything – Oliver Appropriate

By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor [Dine Alone; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Your Father”, “It’s a Process”, “Sediment” Punk rock’s favorite playwrights have returned with Oliver Appropriate, Say Anything’s final album (probably?) and a sequel to 2004’s … Is a Real Boy. Filled with the poetic and crude contempt that characterizes the band, Say Anything…

Album Review: Bring Me the Horizon – amo

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Sony; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “ouch”, “mother tongue”, “heavy metal (feat. Rahzel)” Bring Me the Horizon’s career has been controversial since day one; from metalheads bashing the “pseudo-metal” image of the band to fans complaining that “Drown” wasn’t heavy enough, the hate for Bring Me the Horizon always remains…

Album Review: Weezer – Weezer (Teal Album)

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Africa”, “Take on Me”, “Happy Together” When Weezer dropped their cover of “Africa” this summer, we thought: “Of course! Weezer does it for the memes! Haha so funny!” and we thought nothing more. We were wrong… So wrong. The success of “Africa” and harmless…

Album Review: Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Epic/Freebandz; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Never Stop”, “Crushed Up”, “Baptiize” With 20 tracks and clocking in at just over an hour, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD marks Future’s seventh studio album. This album is freaking massive and covers themes of power, fame, mental state and drug abuse — the…

Album Review: Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor [4AD; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Death in Midsummer”, “What Happens to People?”, “Nocturne” Ethereal visions of the past have always played a principal role in the theatrics of Deerhunter. However, the experimental rock group’s eighth album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, demonstrates that the urgency of the present is…

Album Review: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Jagjaguwar, 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “No One’s Easy to Love”, “Jupiter 4”, “Seventeen” Taking time to act in a TV show and raise her young son, Sharon Van Etten’s been off the radar for four years. Fittingly, Van Etten’s fifth album, Remind Me Tomorrow, brings sonic maturity with its…

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Aftermath; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “6 Summers”, “Cheers”, “Sweet Chick” In his third studio album and final “beach trilogy” entry, Anderson Paak showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas of different tints and tones. Oxnard shows how far Anderson has come from Venice, even if it isn’t as critically acclaimed…