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Album Review: i,i by Bon Iver

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Justin Vernon, or better known as his stage name, Bon Iver, is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Wisconsin. i,i marks his fourth studio album and his continuation into experimental/electronic-folk sound.

The album starts off with Yi. This is a short introduction track that features some sound snippets and gives us a taste of what's to come. There are also some people talking, probably some sound recording they got in the studio. After the short thirty-second introduction, we go into iMi. The track opens up with chords that you heard from the introduction, as well as some chopped up vocals. This is a powerful way to open up the album with the chords t…
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Album Review: Super Moon by Dirty Heads

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The Dirty Heads are back with their seventh album, Super Moon. They are an alternative band with influences from hip hop, rock, and reggae. Dirty Heads get back to their original roots with this album. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this album and refused to listen to any singles until the album was released, but I was surprised and amazed by the album.

The first track off the album is the title track, Super Moon. Once you get past the weird electronic voice at the beginning of the track, this is a high powered, reggae-infused track. This easily reminded me of something off their first album, Any Port in a Storm. I had the chance to hear them live …

Do Release Dates Affect Album Sales?

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Let's take a quick trip down memory lane. July 26, 2019 was arguably one of the hottest weeks in music this year. You had plenty of high-end artists release projects that day, such as Chance the Rapper, Rich Brian, Of Monsters and Men, YBN Cordae, NF, and the list keeps going on. However, does the date of which an album is released affect how well it will perform? Let's take a closer look.

Going back to the day of July 26, 2019, I was constantly on Spotify, checking out the New Releases section as well as observing trending topics on Twitter. One thing I noticed is that a lot of the non-mainstream bands were not getting any attention on the New Releases pa…

Album Review: The Lost Boy by YBN Cordae

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YBN Cordae is an up and coming rapper in the United States. The Lost Boy marks his first studio album. Going into the project, I really didn't know what to expect, but I knew he was a part of the latest XXL Freshmen class. He released a mixtape back in 2018, but I haven't had a chance to check it out. After listening to this project, this guy has a bright future. Bold prediction, but he might just be the next Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole.

The first track off the album is Wintertime. Right off the bat, I'm getting a laid back, jazz beat. On this track, YBN Cordae is trying to tell us of his past and how he's trying to become better. He dropped out …

Album Review: The Big Day by Chance the Rapper

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Arguably one of the most anticipated albums of the weekend, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut album, The Big Day. Fans were surprised and wondering if he would follow through since he didn't drop the album at midnight, which most music artists tend to do. About ten hours later, Chance the Rapper released the album on all streaming platforms. Although Chance has released several mixtapes before, most notably Acid Rap, this marks his first studio album.

The album starts off with All Day Long. Just like his other major mixtape releases, with the exception of 10 Day, it starts off energetic and happy, along with a joyful, soulful, choir-like chorus. This song se…

Album Review: The Sailor by Rich Brian

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Rich Brian is an Indonesian rapper and singer. He first gained popularity through his hit song, Dat $tick. He eventually released his debut album, Amen, last year. In his sophomore album, The Sailor, Brian shows some growth, but there are some holes in the album.

The first track is the title track, The Sailor. The track starts with Rich Brian rapping over a high pitched beat and is bragging about his expensive lifestyle. During the outro, Brian gives a spoken verse. A girl eventually approaches Rich Brian and asks him these thought-provoking questions.

Rapapapa starts off with a chill, lo-fi hip hop beat. In this song, Rich Brian explores…

Album Review: Reader As Detective by Generationals

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Generationals is an American indie pop band made up of two people, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer. Reader As Detective marks the bands fifth studio album (not counting the State Dogs collection). If you have seen my YouTube video, you know I was a fan of Heza and had high hopes for this album.

The first track from the album is I've Been Wrong Before. The track starts off with a repeating synth effect, something that reminded me of the instrumental track, Chariots Of Fire. In this track, this person is trying to be optimistic and looks at the bright side of things. Despite his optimism, things haven't been going well for him. Tha…