ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2018

1. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, [Domino; 2018] By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor From the minute that lead singer Alex Turner sings the first line, we can immediately tell that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is an Arctic Monkeys album. Unfortunately, all other uncanny stylistic choices have gone by the wayside. Sometimes, choices…

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: 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…

Band Profile: Damn the Witch Siren

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Photos by Chip Willis, Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf] Columbus electro-pop duo Damn the Witch Siren have always been a feminist band. Concocted by frontwoman Bobbi Kitten, even the origin of its name is rooted in feminism, stemming from a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and with sirens in classics…

Album Review: Basement – Beside Myself

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Be Here Now”, “Stigmata”, “Right Here” The pressure on people to throw away their sincerity is endlessly stacking on top of itself. Each day it seems that society is increasingly accepting of a lack of authenticity in exchange for comfort. On Beside Myself,…

Album Review: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Matador; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “One Trick Ponies”, “Bassackwards”, “Mutinies” Almost exactly a year after his last release, a collaborative record with Courtney Barnett, indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has released his seventh studio album, Bottle It In. At times, the record leans more towards folk than rock, both in Vile’s…

Album Review: boy pablo – Soy Pablo

By Dewy D’Amore, Contributor [777; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Feeling Lonely”, “Sick Feeling”, “Losing You” Norwegian indie-pop artist boy pablo has released his sophomore EP, Soy Pablo, and it’s exactly what you would expect. boy pablo seems to combine the instrumental techniques of Mac DeMarco (predominant reverb and chorus effects on the guitar and…

Album Review: Twenty-One Pilots– Trench

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Jumpsuit”, “Leave the City” One thing is apparent after exploring the newest Twenty One Pilots release, Trench: you either die an incredible band or sell out enough to put dubstep in your music (*cough cough* Fall Out Boy). With production being one of…