Album Review: Weezer – Weezer (Black Album)

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Crush Music / Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key tracks: “Piece of Cake”, “Byzantine” Weezer already dropped an album less than two months ago. So, why is there suddenly another one? Does Rivers Cuomo have literally nothing better to do than crank out pure cheese and not the kind that anyone…

Album Review: Solange – When I Get Home

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Columbia; 2019] Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Stay Flo”, “Almeda”, “My Skin My Logo” On When I Get Home, the listener finds Solange in a peculiar position. Her fourth studio album, Solange embarks on a new path, one more stripped back than she previously explored on her earlier project, A Seat…

Album Review: Emilie Kahn – Outro

When thinking about the realms and possibilities of pop, indie and even alternative music, the harp is not traditionally considered a regular choice in the ensemble. Fortunately, there is someone out there looking outside of this box, bringing a unique sound to the genre. Formerly known as Emilie and Ogden, Emilie Kahn’s Outro is a gorgeous collection of tracks that masterfully combines the light themes of a harp with hard-hitting synth and breathy tones.

Album Review: Lil Pump – Harverd Dropout

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Warner Bros.; 2019] Rating: 3/10 Key tracks: “I Love It”, “Off White”, “Vroom Vroom Vroom” In his sophomore album, Harverd Dropout, Lil Pump shows how far he can fall as an artist. Most of the tracks on this project find Lil Pump lacking his signature bombastic energy that brought him…

Album Review: Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [BMG; 2019] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “Head Above Water”, “Warrior”, “Bigger Wow” Since releasing her last album in 2013, it’s fair to say that Avril Lavigne has dropped off of the face of the earth for a little bit, and a lot has changed in that time, with Lavigne battling…

Album Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Fueled By Ramen; 2019] Rating 4.5/10 Key tracks: “IKEA Date”, “Bad Allergies”, “Trashbag Baby” All bands, at some point, need to step out of their comfort zone and find a path to direct their progression. The hardest part, however, is finding a balance in an axis of experimentation and mastery,…

Album Review: CZARFACE / Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Silver Age; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Face Off”, “Super Soldier Serum”, “The King Heard Voices” In Czarface Meets Ghostface, the supergroup composed of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric comes together with Ghostface Killah to drop some bars over the ‘90s east coast hip-hop beats they are known for. Although…

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…

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: 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…