Author Archives: jadams270

Between The Walls And The Window

In my experience, a good album tends to do one of two things: It either establishes itself as a cohesive part of your life, or carries you into an entirely separate world.  However, more rarely, a precise combination of lyrical craftsmanship and atmospheric audio can, I believe, allow an album to successfully execute both at […]

Taking It All In

Probably the primary reason I’ve always cited for my love of the game Mirror’s Edge is its incredible atmosphere; something about the art style, perspective, and the entire world in which it takes place makes it feel uniquely immersive.  What really completes the atmosphere in both the original and its sequel/reboot, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, however, […]

An ‘Origin’ Story

It seems to me that Evanescence doesn’t quite get the credit they deserve.  I’m not arguing that an award-winning band is unknown or hasn’t found commercial success, but most of what I see and hear about them in regular conversation seems to revolve around the culture surrounding them, overshadowing their actual music.  They were one […]

Comic Cadence

This past weekend, I finally finished the webcomic Homestuck.  To those of you unfamiliar with it, that probably doesn’t mean much, but its intimidating page count exceeds 8,000 and its word count is over 800,000, making it feel like a feat.  This is in addition to the fact that I originally caught up to where […]


Taylor Swift has been dealing with the baggage of her reputation for years now.  From being viewed as serial-dating heartbreaker whose every ex would be eviscerated in one of her singles to conniving snake at the epicenter of a number of public disagreements with various celebrities, she’s received more than a little criticism. It was […]

Melodic Memories

I find that many artists, for me, are primarily grounded in a sense of nostalgia.  That isn’t to say that my love for them is only based on nostalgia—though I believe that nostalgia is as valid an emotion as any to fuel your love for media, particularly music—but if I listened to an artist in […]

Going Back to the Beginning

If you discover an artist somewhere in the middle of their career, going back to their earliest release can be disorienting, in my experience.  Some artists start off in a place that I love and never stray, but with others I’ll find that I could speak endlessly in favor of every single one of their […]