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….

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Movie Review: Suspiria

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is a disorienting, hypnotic and precise mix of horror and dance. The story centers on a dance academy in Berlin in 1977 that doubles as a home for a coven of witches who cast magic through dance. We follow the stories…

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…

Movie Review: Mid90s

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [A24; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is off to a strong start with Mid90s, a tale of a young impressionable boy growing up in LA surrounded by his violent brother and absent mother. Our protagonist, Stevie, begins to explore his adolescence and individuality when he meets a group of…

Album Review: Robyn – Honey

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Konichiwa; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Missing U”, “Send to Robin Immediately”, “Honey” Swedish dance-pop icon Robyn has returned to the club scene with her eighth studio album, Honey. Beginning in 1995, her music career paved the way for modern pop and its use of electronic dance music, transforming the very…

Album Review: Khalid – Suncity

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [RCA; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Vertigo”, “Better” Over a year after his debut album, American Teen, was released, Khalid has graced us with a seven-track EP, Suncity. After being featured on numerous albums and singles in the past year, the El Paso-raised singer finally released his own music, and boy…

Album Review: Swearin’ – Fall Into the Sun

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Merge; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Margaret”, “Untitled (LA)”, “Grow into a Ghost” Riddled with ’90s nostalgia, gritty riffs, and introspective lyrics, Swearin’ triumphantly returns to the music scene with Fall Into the Sun. After disbanding in 2015, the group has come back together to release this LP and go on…

Album Review: Christine and the Queens – Chris

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Because Music; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “5 dollars”, “What’s-her-face”, “Feel so good” French native Héloïse Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens, is back with an introspective sophomore album. After having to re-release her 2014 debut album Chaleur humaine in English as Christine and the Queens, Letissier saved herself…

Album Review: Low – Double Negative

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Fly”, “Poor Sucker”, “Disarray” Minnesota-based trio Low has returned triumphantly 24 years after their inception with their 12th studio album, Double Negative. The indie rock group has come back in full swing with this cohesive, dreamy work of art riddled with eccentric production and…