Category Reviews

Branching Out and Moving Forward

Take a moment to recall what your life was like in 2003.  How different are things now, fourteen years later?  How has all that time changed who you are as a person and the things that you do? These are questions I’ve been turning over in my head with the release of Hopeless Romantic, Michelle Branch’s fourth […]

Fierce Mercy

Colin Hay started his career with fame as the frontman of Men At Work, but his solo career since the band’s dissolution has spanned thirty years.  Yet with his thirteenth solo album, he’s still creating music that’s full of so much fresh feeling and life that his latest release may well be his best one to […]

Bringing The Past To ‘Live’

Today marks Vanessa Carlton’s second live release and the follow-up to October’s Liberman Live, this one entitled Earlier Things Live.  As the name would suggest, the EP includes live recordings of songs prior to her most recent studio release, 2015’s Liberman. The 6-track EP, clocking in at about 26 minutes, includes her first two albums’ […]

The Kids From Yesterday

With the volume of music that I listen to, the volume of music available in the world, and the limits that I have in time and money that prevent me from exploring it as thoroughly as I’d like, I frequently wind up behind the curve, picking up on artists and albums ages after they’ve come […]

An Underachiever in Name Only

As someone who listens to a large variety of music and is always on the lookout for more, I have a large queue of songs, artists, and albums to look into, either because I learned about them on my own or had them recommended to me.  Unsurprisingly, this often results in me taking months or […]

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A New Era For Jimmy Eat World

When you’re a band like Jimmy Eat World, creating new music to captivate fans can be tricky.  After more than two decades together and eight studio albums to date, attempting to surpass the quality of their established work in addition to the inevitable impact of nostalgia is a task that’s borderline impossible.  The band’s 2013 […]

Gaga’s Back, With A Twist

Seven years after entering spotlight, Lady Gaga has released her fourth full-length solo album, Joanne, beginning a new era of her musicianship.  Following years of controversy over music videos, religious imagery in her lyrics, and bold fashion choices like the infamous meat dress, this era is a shift, and that’s immediately evident from the simplistic album […]