Album Review: Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Kemado; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Fare Thee Well”, “Here My Love”, “Poly Blue” On her third studio album, Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt effortlessly blends tender acoustic guitar and eerily familiar vocals to form a beautiful sonic composition. The project feels as if it was plucked from the 1960s, but…

Movie Review: The Prodigy

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Orion; 2019] Rating: 3/10 It’s said that horror is the easiest genre of film to execute, and The Prodigy proves that statement to be true. This movie is full of rushed pacing and idle writing, relying on the simple conventions of pop-up horror to scare the audience. If you’re looking…

Album Review: Girlpool – What Chaos is Imaginary

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Anti; 2019] Rating: 8.5/10 Key tracks: “Where You Sink”, “Hire”, “Pretty” It’s hard to believe that Girlpool captured our hearts only five years ago with their debut self-titled album. Initially drawn by their sassy, unabashed sound and lyrics, we kept listening. One year later, Before the World Was Big let…

Movie Review: Green Book

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Green Book follows Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip, or Vallelonga, as he insists in the film (Viggo Mortensen) as he drives genius piano player Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the deep south in the 1960s. Lip has to face his prejudices about working for…

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….

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros., 2019] Rating: 7/10 Everything is awesome in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Ok, that joke was not the best, but this movie is fantastic regardless. Animated movies are typically fun, but in the end, they’re typically worth a single watch and nothing more. Lego Movie 2 managed…

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…