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Album Review: Feet of Clay by Earl Sweatshirt

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About a year after his last major solo album, Earl Sweatshirt comes out with a surprise EP titled Feet of Clay. This marks the second EP in his career. The EP is fairly short with seven tracks and clocking in at just 15 minutes in length. Many fans have joked that the album cover looks like a cover for a death metal band.

The first track off the album is 74. The beat for the track is simplistic with an electronic-like piano playing in the background with industrial-sounding drum beats. Earl basically raps about what has been going on since the release of Some Rap Songs. I understand that Earl gets off beat someti…

Anything Goes Monday: The Pros and Cons of Credit Cards

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If you live in the United States, chances are, you have a credit card (or a few). According to a recent study, over half of the people living in the United States have a credit card. Credit cards are almost necessary with credit scores ruling over your life. If it's high, you're good! But if your credit score doesn't look too hot, it can have a negative impact on your life. Just having one late payment can do some serious damage to your credit score. But despite these negatives, there are a lot of positives when it comes to credit cards. If you are thinking about getting your first credit card or thinking a…

Album Review: Jesus Is King by Kanye West

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After some mixing issues with his album, Kanye West finally released his long-anticipated album, Jesus Is King. After scrapping (or changing the title) Yandhi, Kanye West comes out with his ninth studio album. He has also been a part of a few collaborative albums, such as Watch The Throne with Jay-Z and one of the more recent ones, Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi. Despite the political attention he's been getting from the media, a lot of people seem to be raving over this album. A lot of the tracks are pretty short, with most of them being under three minutes, but he sure can put a lot of effort into an album th…

Album Review: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2 by Foals

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Foals are an indie rock band from the United Kingdom. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is a two-part album and Foals just released part 2. This marks their sixth studio album.

Part 2 opens up with Red Desert which is a minute long orchestral piece. According to the frontman of Foals, he said that this piece would be perfect for a film score. After the orchestral strings cut out, the track takes a different approach, which will open up to their next track.

The second track off the album and my personal favorite is The Runner. The track starts off with heavy riffing guitars with a light, catchy chorus. Part 1 of the alb…

Album Review: LAHS by Allah-Las

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Allah-Las is an American indie rock band consisted of four different members. LAHS marks the band's fourth studio album. While I have always known about Allah-Las, I have never had the chance to sit down and listen to one their albums, even though they have been on my "listen to list" for a while now. Now, with the release of LAHS, I had the chance to sit down and give them a chance, and I definitely wasn't disappointed.

The album starts out with Holding Pattern. There's an easy guitar groove going on at the very beginning. Right off the bat, this reminds me of some old-school classic rock, as we…

Anything Goes Monday: I Trained My Calves Every Day So You Wouldn't Have To!

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Fitness has definitely become more prominent in everyone's life. With the internet being accessible for almost everyone, anyone can get information on how to perform an exercise, choose workout programs, and learn about new diets. However, there is one day when it comes to exercise that people tend to forget or despise: leg day.

Leg day is almost everyone's least favorite day. There are a few people who LOVE leg day, but we won't talk about those people. Your average gym goer will not enjoy leg day and will try to truck through it as quick as possible. There are some people that hate it so much that they ju…

Album Review: uknowhatimsayin¿ by Danny Brown

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Danny Brown is a rapper and songwriter who is originally from Detroit, Michigan. uknowhatimsayin¿ marks his fifth studio album. After three years from one of his most critically acclaimed albums, Atrocity Exhibition, and being silent for a few years, he has finally come out with his fifth studio record.

The album opens up with Change Up. There is a washed-out, reverbed guitar, something you would hear off of an alternative or psych-rock record. Danny Brown starts off the track by having him saying that people thought he was gone, or done with rapping. However, he's back in the hip-hop sphere and is ready to show pe…

Album Review: Emmanuel by Ameer Vann

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Emmanuel is Ameer Vann's first EP since the departure from BROCKHAMPTON. After accusations were made against him, he eventually left the group. After a year, he has finally come out with a solo project, and he thanks his fans for sticking by him. On this short, six-track EP, there are several emotions he goes through: sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, and many more. Just as expected, this EP ties up some loose ends that die-hard BROCKHAMPTON and Ameer Vann fans were looking for.

The first track is the title track, Emmanuel. Before the EP was available for everyone, Ameer Vann dropped this track as a single. Howeve…

Album Review: III by The Lumineers

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The Lumineers are an indie-folk band from Colorado. III marks their third studio album. III might also stand for the three parts of the album. Each part consists of three songs, except for the third part. There is also a fourth part with some bonus tracks.

The first part of the album consists of Donna, Life In The City, and Gloria. The first track, Donna, talks about a woman named Donna. Judging by the lyrics and the video that goes along with the track, this is about a woman's mother. This woman is living an unsatisfying life and doesn't want to live. With the line, "You're praying for a funeral,"…

Album Review: All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA

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JPEGMAFIA is a rapper and producer from Baltimore. Shortly after the release of Veteran, he gained a lot of attention within the music world. All My Heroes Are Cornballs marks his third studio album and most experimental to date.

The first track off the album is Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot. The track opens up with people yelling, which could be from a previous concert. After the yelling, the song contains a soft piano beat in the background. JPEGMAFIA makes a lot of religious references on this track while also singing a bit during the chorus. While I don't see anything bad or wrong with this track, I am a bit underwhelmed for an album opener.

Next, we h…

Album Review: Lover by Taylor Swift

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The 29-year-old singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is back with her seventh studio album. Lover takes a different view on things, compared to her previous album, Reputation. While I have listened to plenty of Taylor Swift songs, this is my first time listening to a Taylor Swift album from front to back.

The first track off the album is I Forgot That You Existed. The beat reminds me of something Justin Bieber or some other famous pop stars would use. The beat is simplistic but grows a little bit during the chorus. This song is showing that Taylor Swift moved on from her past lovers. She's glad that she forgot about it since it allowed her to move on in life…

Anything Goes Monday: Starting A Routine

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One of my favorite things to do during the afternoon is going to the gym for a workout session. For some people, that might seem like a chore. However, this is a routine that I have had for five years now.
Five years ago, I decided that I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy my life. I was never overweight, but I knew I wanted to put on some muscle and enjoy the way I looked. I also knew that my fast metabolism wouldn't last forever. I used to go for runs every now and then throughout high school, but once I got to college, I thought I wouldn't have enough time to workout. Even though I was taking a full class load every semester, I managed to take…

Album Review: GINGER by BROCKHAMPTON

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The boy band who swept a lot of people off their feet back in 2017 are back with their fifth studio album, GINGER. Brockhampton is a boy band originally formed in San Marcos, Texas. The group eventually moved to Los Angeles and grew in popularity.

The first track off the album is NO HALO. Compared to all of the other Brockhampton albums, this is a mellow opener. It starts off with a guitar and high pitched vocals. Throughout the track, members of the group talk about their imperfections and some of the issues they have faced. The title of the track, NO HALO, probably refers to the fact that they aren't perfect people. Merlyn stood out most on this track since …

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…

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…