Album Review: Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By

By Jackson Stein, Staff Writer [Shady; 2020] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “Darkness”, “Yah Yah”, “Lock It Up” If Eminem dropped a surprise record 20 years ago, listeners across the world would scramble to their nearest record store, needing to hear what the Detroit rap legend had to say. After all, Eminem was hip-hop’s brilliantly diabolical…

Album Review: Kesha – High Road

By Lauren McCain, Contributor [RCA/Kemosabe; 2020] Rating: 6.5/10  Key tracks: “Tonight”, “Kinky (ft. Ke$ha)”, “Summer” Ah, welcome back to the gaudy, paint-splashed, sparkling chaos that is a quintessential Kesha album. Kesha’s fifth studio album, High Road marks a return to the same pop sentiments of her early dollar sign days. And weren’t those the days? …

Album Review: Yeule – Serotonin II

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Bayonet; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Eva”, “Pixel Affection”, “Veil of Darkness” London-based dream-pop artist Yeule’s debut project, Serotonin II, is a product of the digital age that feels like a soft, artificial ambiance dwelling in the recesses of our increasingly digital existence. Whispy vocals sprawl across a host of…

Punk’d: The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

By Venus Rittenberg, Contributor [Verve Records; March 12, 1967]Genre: Proto-PunkHighlights: “Heroin”, “Sunday Morning”, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Over 50 years since its release, The Velvet Underground’s debut record remains unique but was received very poorly at first, due to its dark subject matter, such as drugs and bondage, as well as the experimental nature of the…

Album Review: blink-182 – NINE

By Mason Kereliuk, Contributor [Columbia, 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Pin the Grenade”, “Ransom”, “Hungover You” For years I have been telling people that I hate blink-182 and that the lead singer seemed like a real sonofabitch, even though his leaked nudes were kind of hot. It wasn’t until writing this review that I realized…

Album Review: FKA twigs – Magdalene

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [Young Turks; 2019] Rating: 9/10 Key tracks: “fallen alien”, “holy terrain (feat. Future)”, “home with you” If FKA twigs has been just a side note in your head for the past four years, now is the time to sit up and pay attention. The British avant-garde singer, songwriter and dancer…

Album Review: clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Sub Pop, 2019] 8.5/10 Key tracks: “La Mala Ordina”, “Blood of the Fang”, “Run for Your Life” The cult of the horror movie is a strong, murky corner of the greater cinema community that often only gets mainstream coverage when a film makes billions of dollars—or it’s just the month of…

Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Surviving

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Exotic Location Recordings; 2019] Rating: 6/10  Key tracks: “Criminal Energy”, “Recommit”, “All the Way (Stay)” Twenty years ago, Jimmy Eat World released their third full-length album, Clarity. In retrospect, it’s a deftly crafted blueprint for second-wave emo that brought malleability to the genre with their dynamic, forward-thinking qualities. Then, the…

Single Review: Harry Styles – Lights Up

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Columbia; 2019] Rating: 8.5/10 Stepping into the light, Harry Styles returns with his new single “Lights Up”. Upon concluding his first solo tour in 2017-2018, in which he played songs from his debut album, Harry Styles, Styles hit the studio to begin working on his second album, finally giving fans the…

Album Review: Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Warp; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Savage Nomad”, “Best Life”, “Negro Spiritual” Many artists claim to be ahead of the curve; Danny Brown is one of the few who truly is. The Detroit oddball didn’t start turning heads until the release of his 2011 mixtape, XXX, which was released four years…

Album Review: Tove Lo – Sunshine Kitty

By Maddie Young, Contributor [Universal Music AB; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Jacques”, “Bad as the Boys” Swedish singer Tove Lo has made a name for herself as a modern star with a forthright attitude toward her sexuality, and she delivers her fourth studio album, Sunshine Kitty, which details her lust for bad decisions. After…

Album Review: M83 – DSVII

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Mute; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Taifun Glory”, “A Bit of Sweetness”, “A Word of Wisdom” Without a doubt, 12 years is a lengthy amount of time to grow as both a human being and a musician. Within that amount of time, major projects may be completed, beliefs may be challenged…