Category Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

Reputation

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 […]

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 […]

Rainbow

After five years, a plethora of legal battles, and rehab for an eating disorder, party-pop icon Kesha finally returned last week with a new album, and the lack of her dollar sign stylization isn’t the only thing that’s changed since 2012.  Whether you’ve been listening since “TiK ToK” dropped or are new to her music, […]

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 […]

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 […]