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Album Review: As Long As You Are by Future Islands

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Future Islands are synthpop and indie pop band originally from North Carolina. While knowing of the band, I never really dove deep into their music. My first experience was actually a Samuel Herring feature on BADBADNOTGOOD's track, Time Moves Slow. After doing a little digging, I finally figured out why the vocals were so familiar. If you haven't heard his voice, it's so distinct and noticeable from the get go. With a career spanning over a decade long, check out their sixth album, As Long As You Are.

The first track from the album is Glada. The track opens up with some sort of bird noises, which is expe…

Album Review: Free Love by Sylvan Esso

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Sylvan Esso is an electronic pop duo from North Carolina. The duo consists of singer and songwriter Amelia Meath and the producer, Nick Sanborn. Before their studio album this year, they had an eventful year by working with artists such as Real Estate and Local Natives. They collaborated on the track Paper Cup, which I reviewed the track on the Real Estate album. I also love their 'remix' of the track Dark Days by Local Natives. Now, they have returned with their third studio album, Free Love.
The first track from the album is What If. I definitely wasn't expecting this, but it's pretty minimalist and…

Album Review: SAVAGE MODE II by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin

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21 Savage is a rapper and songwriter from the United Kingdom. While he was born in the UK, he mostly says he's from Atlanta since he moved there since he was seven years old. Metro Boomin is a producer and songwriter from St. Louis. These two artists first came together back in 2016 to create their first collaborative album, Savage Mode. They have worked on and off, with a few other collaborative albums. They return for the second album in the series, Savage Mode II.
The first track from the album is Intro. The first track is exactly what you would expect, a quick introduction to the album. It is just over a minu…

Album Review: Nectar by Joji

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George Miller, or more known by his stage name, Joji, is a Japanese singer and songwriter. He first gained popularity through the persona Filthy Frank on YouTube. He eventually walked away from his comedic content and started to focus on 'Joji', which was music that he wanted to create. He really gained popularity with the track, SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK and it was on his debut album, Ballads 1. Joji returns with his sophomore album, Nectar.
The first track from the album is Ew. It opens up with a piano that keeps on repeating it's descending arpeggio notes. You have his soothing vocals, as well as some l…

Album Review: The Ascension by Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Detroit. I reviewed his Aporia project with his step father earlier this year, and I was disappointed. After hearing that, I was wondering what direction he was going to move in, but I actually enjoyed this album a lot more. With several studio albums, it's no surprise that he has ventured into other genres of music. The Ascension marks his eighth solo studio album.

The first track from the album is Make Me An Offer I Cannot Refuse. It opens up with some odd chopped up vocal samples. My first thought that this was something that Bon Iver or Baths would cr…

Album Review: Shore by Fleet Foxes

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The first track from the album is Wading In Waist-High Water. It's one of th…

Album Review: American Head by The Flaming Lips

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The Flaming Lips are a rock band from Oklahoma. While starting in the 80s, they didn't reach commercial success until the late 90s and early 2000s. Since then, they have released several commercial albums, cover albums, and collaborative albums. While being around since the 80s, it's surprising that they are still releasing music, and decent music at that. American Head marks their sixteenth studio album.
The first track from the album is Will You Return / When You Come Down. The track opens up with a quick synth/electronic blurb. After that blurb goes out, you get your piano introduction as well as some qui…

Album Review: RE-ANIMATOR by Everything Everything

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Everything Everything is a UK based indie rock band from Manchester. I think a lot of people can relate to this, but I first found the band through their 2015 album, Get to Heaven. If you listened to my latest podcast episode, you know that I wasn't able to listen to it for a while since the United States version didn't come out for another few months. However, I was hooked to that album ever since. I don't really care for their 2017 album, but from the few promotional tracks I listened to, I knew I was a bit more excited for their fifth studio album, RE-ANIMATOR.

The first track from the album is Lost…

Album Review: Between You and Me by San Cisco

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San Cisco is an Australian indie pop band that actually started under the name of King George. The band is composed of three different key members that usually switch off on different instrumental duties. If you listened to one of my latest podcast episodes, you heard that I first learned about them through an Apple Music recommendation. Their third album, The Water has definitely been a favorite of mine, but they moved in a new direction for their latest studio album, Between You and Me.

The first track from the album is Skin. The track starts out slowly with a piano and string section. You do eventually get your…

Album Review: Detroit 2 by Big Sean

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Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, or more known by his stage name, Big Sean, is a rapper/singer and songwriter from Detroit. He got his start with some mixtapes back in 2007, but didn't release his debut album until 2011. From there, he has collaborated with plenty of artists and has some pretty notable tracks. After several albums, he has now released his fifth studio album, Detroit 2, which pays homage to his hometown.

The first track from the album is Why Would I Stop? It opens up with a quiet synth/electronic notes in the background but slowly comes in with the trap drum beats once Big Sean starts rapping. Th…

Album Review: Smile by Katy Perry

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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, or better known by her stage name, Katy Perry, is a singer and songwriter from California. When starting out her career, she originally sang Christian gospel music. After the record label ceased operations, Katy Perry decided to get into secular music, which ended up being a great choice for her. Her sophomore album, One of the Boys did very well and has some of her popular tracks like I Kissed a Girl and Hot n Cold. Katy Perry returns to the music scene with her fifth studio album, Smile.

The first track from the album is Never Really Over. The track opens up with your typical pop synth…