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1989 (Taylor’s Version) vault songs expand original album

Molly Sweeney November 3, 2023

Nine years after the original release of “1989” by Taylor Swift, “Taylor’s Version” (TV) of the album is out and is a force to be reckoned with. “1989 (TV)” maintains a similar sound to the...

From rockstar to psychedelic popstar: Harry Styles’s “Fine Line” ends the decade in a twist

Giselle Barajas December 22, 2019

Boyband heartthrob, Harry Styles, took his fans by surprise when he released his rock-esque solo debut album in May of 2017. Now his sophomore album, “Fine Line,” grasped another risky music turn as...

Blink-182’s “Nine” disappoints listeners

Collin Schopp October 3, 2019

In the same month that late ‘90s to early 2000’s pop-punk is experiencing a rise in cultural relevance in the form of the “Hella Mega” tour — a Weezer/Green Day/Fall Out Boy line-up sponsored...

James Blake “Assumes Form” in 2019

Collin Schopp January 30, 2019

There is no denying that 2018 was a great year for music, but it was also a tumultuous one. Predictably, another year of America approaching peak political polarization generated another year of music...

Review of new Eminem Album: Kamikaze

Jackson Mainellis September 13, 2018

The final day of August came with a big surprise in the musical world: Eminem was back. After his album "Revival" last year, Eminem wouldn't be producing anymore new sounds for a while, as he was between...

“Hell on Earth” is bizarre and captivating

October 12, 2017

A world-renowned photographer, a well-traveled music producer and composer, and legendary actor John Malkovich have joined forces to create an avant-garde, electronic, spoken word album that looks into...

Michaelson stuns with album "It Doesn't Have to Make Sense"

December 16, 2016

Singer songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is back at it again with her stunning new album, “It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense.” Michaelson won over fans in the early 2000s with songs such as “You and I”...

untitled unmaster Album review

March 17, 2016

“Pimp, Pimp!...Hooray!....Pimp, Pimp!...Hooray!” These shouts of joy, almost of victory, are heard all throughout Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, untitled unmastered, which dropped on March 4. Fans...

Eldredge breaks country mold

September 17, 2015

Brett Eldredge’s country album, “Illinois,” takes a chance and scores big. Rather than following the way of the country  music genre, he manages to create cross overs so that the album is not just...

Album Review: Look to the Stars

September 11, 2015

In his new album, Look to the Stars, composer Cristopher Haigh of british record label Gothic Storm Music has created music that is exciting, relaxing, soft, and intense all in one compact disc. Written...

Review: Swift uses new sound to cover old ground

November 5, 2014

Country beauty, Taylor Swift, has now left her bedazzled cowboy boots at home and made her way into the pop world. Fans have been waiting over two years for the album, “1989,” which introduces Swift's...

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