Album Reviews

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Album Review: Danny Brown – “Atrocity Exhibition”

By: Emmett Robinson Smith –     Danny Brown is a member of the handful of hip-hop artists teetering on the mainstream, but never quite going over. He’s prevalent (and important) enough to earn recognition from pockets of the masses and strange enough to attract adoration from critics and hip-hop heads. The tone of his voice alone … Continue reading

Album Review: Phantogram – “Three”

By: Tyler Nyquvest –     Fan or not, odds are that you’ve heard electronic duo Phantogram somewhere before. Whether that be in one of your favourite TV Shows, your favourite film, or perhaps between whistles at a hockey game. The Greenwich, New York-based band has been kicking around since 2007 and has stacked up a fairly impressive … Continue reading

Album Review: Mac Miller – “The Divine Feminine”

By: Emmett Robinson Smith –       “The Divine Feminine, an album by Mac Miller,” Mac Miller’s new girlfriend Ariana Grande announces on “Congratulations,” the opening track from his new album. The statement, which sets the tone for the next 52 minutes – sensuous, plush, atmospheric – also doubles as an indicator that Mac Miller set … Continue reading

Album Review: Pixies – “Head Carrier”

By: Tyler Nyquvest –     The musical influence of alt-rock veterans the Pixies has been as mythical as the mischievous fairytale characters suggested in their band name. Formed in 1986, the band has experienced a very unstable ride throughout their musical career, first breaking up in 1993 at the height of their success only to reform … Continue reading

Album Review: July Talk – “Touch”

By: Tyler Nyquvest –       Departing from the gym on a sunny sunday I was halted by the sight of an eclectic group of individuals staring at me from the cover of a newspaper. It’s hard to believe that a print image can still capture attention in our visually over-stimulated world, but nonetheless I … Continue reading

Album Review: Angel Olsen – “My Woman”

By: Helena Najm –     Angel Olsen isn’t an easy artist to define, and in fact, she discourages it. This has less to do with the fact that she tries to give off an air of mystery when she writes, but rather because it took her a long time to find her voice and … Continue reading

Album Review: De La Soul – “and the Anonymous Nobody….”

By: Ben Wagg –       ‘De La Soul is Dead’, or so they rapped on their 1991 LP of the same name, but yet after an 11-year hiatus, it seemingly fits just as well in 2016. After waning influence and radio silence, the possibility of another album seemed unlikely. However, following a successful $600,000 … Continue reading

Album Review: Frank Ocean – “Blonde”

By: Ben Wagg –     What is Blonde? With a zine, a last minute name change, and one visual album later, the importance of the music can start to feel obscured. After four years of hype, Frank Ocean can be regarded as a mythic figure regardless of what the album actually is. He won’t have to … Continue reading

Album Review: DJ Khaled – “Major Key”

By: Emmett Robinson Smith –   It’s hard to remember what DJ Khaled was like before he launched his Snapchat account. He was well-known in the rap game, but only recently did he achieve ubiquity. And it wasn’t even because of his music (though, sadly, there probably exists some forsaken parallel universe in which DJ Khaled … Continue reading

Album Review: Schoolboy Q – “Blank Face LP”

By: Emmett Robinson Smith –     It’s refreshing – and at times jarring – to listen to Schoolboy Q in the context of his peers. His vivid observations and nasty braggadocio make his realism and immediacy contrast the likes of Kendrick Lamar, who deals largely in metaphor, and Drake, who postures as the god of … Continue reading