Author Archives: jadams270

Honeycomb

I recently took a road trip with some friends, and as with any good road trip, accompanying it was music aplenty.  Much of that music was mutually appreciated among the three of us, but I came back from the trip with more new music to dig into than a person should. Probably the most significant […]

The Album Experience

I’ve previously expressed my love for albums, but I’ll reiterate that, whether or not an album was precisely constructed with a strong sense of cohesion in mind, I find a lot of value in the full album format.  I say this especially in the age of digital music where you can easily cherry-pick the songs […]

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 course 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 […]

Melodrama

In the earlier stages of my musical discoveries, I ended up stumbling into a lot of concept albums that absolutely entranced me; they were albums that would blend in from one track to the next, albums that had blatant recurrence of musical themes, albums that were so cohesive that it felt like a hindrance to […]