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…

Album Review: Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Columbia; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Life is Beautiful”, “Fingers” Lil Peep’s first posthumous record, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, resembles found footage that was sculpted into a full project by Peep’s producer, Smokeasac. Whether it is the result of the record’s unfinished, puzzle-piece complexion or Smokeasac’s tampering, Come…

Album Review J Mascis – Elastic Days

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Drop Me”, “Elastic Days”, “Web So Dense” Marketed as a slight electric shift from his previous acoustic albums, Several Shades of Why and Tied To A Star, J Mascis released another project in a string of solo albums, Elastic Days. The frontman of Dinosaur…

Album Review: Charles Bradley – Black Velvet

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Dunham; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Slip Away”, “(I Hope You Find) The Good Life”, “Fly Little Girl” Serving as a sort of final gift from the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Black Velvet is a lovingly curated collection of covers and original compositions by Charles Bradley. After being taken from the…

Album Review: cupcakKe – Eden

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “PetSmart”, “Garfield”, “A.U.T.I.S.M” If cupcakKe’s consecutively released albums are a staircase to her success, her fourth full-length album, Eden, is a giant step upward. The Chicago-born rapper Elizabeth Eden Harris released her second album of 2018 and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. With…

Album Review: Architects – Holy Hell

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Epitaph; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Mortal After All”, “The Seventh Circle”, “Doomsday” It was already hard enough for British metalcore act Architects to top All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. After the tragic loss of guitarist and core songwriter Tom Searle, the band was running on empty. Like a…

Album Review: All Get Out – No Bouquet

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Equal Vision; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Rose”, “Value”, “However Long” If All Get Out used blast beats and china cymbals, then I would gladly let someone mosh me to death as their tunes play. However, these indie-emo rockers are after something more graceful on their fourth LP, No Bouquet. The…

Album Review: Poppy – Am I a Girl?

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [I’m Poppy; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Girls in Bikinis”, “Play Destroy”, “X” Everyone’s favorite robot(?) girl(?) has returned, showering listeners with more sugary beats in her second studio album, Am I a Girl?. Moriah Pereira, more widely known by her stage name Poppy, has had a near meteoric rise from…

Album Review: Cloud Nothings – Last Building Burning

By Dewy D’Amore, Contributor [Carpark; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “On An Edge” “Leave Him Now” “Dissolution” Cleveland’s most well-known garage pop-punk band, Cloud Nothings, took an unexpected turn with their latest release, Last Building Burning. As seen in their previous releases, the band was starting to develop a more clean, catchy tone, but Last…