Monthly Archives: July 2017

Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey’s constructed a musical career in her first four albums with smoky vocals, toxic nostalgia, fantastical romance, and crushing sadness; her frequently ethereal-sounding compositions are contrasted with unexpectedly coarse language, the dreamlike atmosphere of the instrumentals somehow perfectly accented by trip-hop beats and flawlessly backing the tragedy of the lyrics. If you’re still […]

Heavy Mettle

I have a bit of a weird relationship with heavier music.  On the one hand, from relatively early on in my musical exploration, I sought to listen to as much heavy music as possible.  (Admittedly, I think a lot of that was brought on by a desire to be edgy and cool, but I’ve never […]

Rising From the Ashes

If you’ve kept up with music news well enough over the past few years, you’ve probably heard about Kesha’s legal woes, fighting a legal battle against her producer and alleged rapist Dr. Luke and looking to be released from her contract with him.  This, in addition to the “TiK ToK” singer’s time spent in rehab, has […]

Structured Strife

I’m a sucker for non-traditional song structures.  You’ll never find me listening to a standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus structure and criticizing it for lack of inventiveness or being too boring, but when an artist does break the mold, it gives a song an extra special something that I find compelling. I’ve recently found this in “Sometime Around […]