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Album Review: Purple Noon by Washed Out

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Ernest Greene Jr., or better known by his stage name, Washed Out, is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Georgia. While many people don't know about him, he is probably most well known for his track Feel It All Around which is the theme song for the television show Portlandia. Besides that, people have categorized his music in the chillwave category, even though he notes hip hop as an influence. Purple Noon marks Washed Out's fourth studio album.

The first track from the album is Too Late. It starts out with some high pitched, layered and reverbed vocals effects. After the quick fifteen-second introduc…

Album Review: Dreamland by Glass Animals

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Glass Animals are an indie pop and psychedelic pop band from the United Kingdom. After hearing an advertisement from Spotify about Glass Animals for their debut album, I was hooked instantly. While each of their albums sounds completely different, they are able to keep their fans coming back for more. While I was a bit worried about some of the singles they put out for their latest album, they eventually grew on me and I enjoy them quite a bit. Dreamland marks the third studio album for Glass Animals.

The first track from the album is the title track, Dreamland. This was one track that I did not enjoy when it firs…

Album Review: What Could Possibly Go Wrong by Dominic Fike

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Dominic Fike is a singer/rapper and songwriter from Florida. While gaining a small following from being featured by BROCKHAMPTON, Dominic Fike finally comes out with his first, full-length debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong. While I was excited about this studio album, I was a bit let down by the end product.

The first track from the album is Come Here. It's a sub two-minute track, but it sets the tone of the album with heavy riffing guitars. I definitely was not expecting the album to start off this way, but I actually kind of enjoy this sound from him. The vocals aren't polished over at all, you j…

Anything Goes Monday: What I Learned From Twitter Ads

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Advertisements. You see them when driving, you see them in stores, you even see it on the television. However, one form of advertising that is gaining traction is online advertisements. You might see posts on several forms of social media, or you might get a video advertisement on YouTube. With that being said, I decided to run a Twitter advertisement for 24 hours. This was a quick test since I am making an e-mail list in the near future. Here are some of the things I have learned from this 24-hour experiment.
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Album Review: HOUSE by Lupe Fiasco & Kaelin Ellis

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Lupe Fiasco is a rapper and producer based out of Chicago. Lupe Fiasco teams up with Kaelin Ellis for this EP, who is a producer that focuses on hip-hop and electronic beats. HOUSE marks Lupe Fiasco's latest project since his amazing 2018 album, DROGAS WAVE. This is also the first time the two have worked together. After someone commented on a Kaelin Ellis beat video, they suggested to give it to Lupe Fiasco. The two eventually found each other and created a quick, 5 track EP.

The first track from the EP is HOMME MADE. There isn't much going on instrumentally, just a few quiet notes that are played in the …

Album Review: folklore by Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is an American singer and songwriter. With several albums under her belt and an expansive career for nearly 20 years, she releases her eighth studio album, folklore. folklore was actually a surprise album where she announced the album less than 24 hours of its release. I wasn't too big on her previous album, Lover, so I had mixed feelings about her next album. However, after listening to folklore and hearing the positive reviews, it definitely makes me think this is Taylor Swift's best album yet.

The first track from the album is the 1. The first thing that you notice is that it is stripped ba…

Album Review: No Pressure by Logic

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Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, or more known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper and songwriter. If you watched the latest episode of my podcast, you heard that he officially retired once the album came out. Whether that be true or not, a lot of people are speculating he will come back after a few years. Despite people thinking that his albums have gone down in quality, No Pressure, his sixth studio album, has exceeded expectations for several people.

The first track from the album is the introduction and title track, No Pressure. It opens up with a relaxed and chillhop type beat. It also features Thalia, w…

Album Review: minor by Gracie Abrams

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Gracie Abrams is a singer and songwriter based out of California. While only having a few tracks released, she was able to garner attention and popularity through different social media platforms, such as Instagram. After promoting and creating the content, Gracie Abrams comes out with her first commercial EP, minor.

The first track from the EP is Friend. It starts out quiet with a single guitar switching being higher and lower octaves. The track eventually grows in instrumentation with other instruments, but it still keeps the slow and 'homegrown' feeling. While the track progresses, you can definitely he…

Album Review: Beyond the Pale by JARV IS...

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JARV IS... is a British rock band formed by Jarvis Cocker. Jarvis Cocker is an English musician who has had a lengthy career. He first formed the band Pulp when he was 15, but they didn't gain fame until the 90s. He then took a break from the band to pursue a solo career in the mid-2000s. A few years ago, he decided to form another band titled JARV IS... Beyond the Pale marks the first studio album for the band. Despite it only being seven tracks, this album is packed with long, anthem-like tracks.

The first track from the album is Save the Whale. The track opens up with some quiet and simple drum beat, that s…

Album Review: See You When I am Famous!!!!!!!!!!!! by KYLE

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Kyle Thomas Harvey, or more known as KYLE, is a rapper/singer and songwriter from California. He first gained popularity from songs such as iSpy and Nothing 2 Lose. Through those singles, he was able to drop his debut album in 2018 titled Light of Mine. While remaining somewhat quiet through 2019, KYLE returns with his sophomore album in 2020 titled See You When I am Famous!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first track from the album is Bouncin, which was a promotional single for the album. This is also the longest track on the album which says that most of the tracks are short. The beat starts out much differently than what he use…

Album Review: The Waterfall II by My Morning Jacket

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My Morning Jacket is an indie rock band from Kentucky. With a career stretching since 1998, The Waterfall II marks their eighth studio album. This is their first album in nearly five years and the follow up to The Waterfall. Even though it's been five years since The Waterfall, all the tracks from The Waterfall II were recorded around 2013-2014.

The first track from the album is Spinning My Wheels. It starts off with some quiet, amp static in the background. After that passes, a piano and soft, melodic vocals come in. Although it's a quiet start to the album, it's a catchy and laid back track. The wall…

Album Review: Jump Rope Gazers by The Beths

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The Beths are an indie pop and rock band from New Zealand. I first heard about The Beths from their debut album in 2018 titled Future Me Hates Me. While it was an okay debut album, I knew they had a lot of potential especially since I loved a lot of the tracks on the album. When I heard they were going to release another album this year, I knew I had to take a listen to it, and they definitely improved. Jump Rope Gazers marks their second studio album.

The first track from the album is I'm Not Getting Excited. The track opens up with a blaring guitar line that imitates a siren. The beat is so simplistic, but i…

Album Review: A Letter to My Younger Self by Quinn XCII

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Mikael Temrowski, better known by the name Quinn XCII, is a singer and songwriter from Detroit. While he started making music in 2011, he didn't release his first studio album until 2017, The Story Of Us. He started out making music as a sophomore at Michigan State University and eventually released a mixtape. Now, 9 years later, he comes out with his highly anticipated third studio album, A Letter to My Younger Self.

The first track from the album is Am I High Rn, and also features blackbear. The track starts out with a quiet, synth-like instrument that continues throughout the opening of the track. It's …

Album Review: KiCk i by Arca

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Alejandra Ghersi, more known by her stage name Arca, is a Venezuelan producer and singer based in Spain. While having four studio albums, she's more known for her producer work with Björk and Kanye West. KiCk i marks Arca's fourth studio album, which comes three years after her previous, self-titled album.

The first track and shortest track from the album is Nonbinary. Just clocking in under two and a half minutes. The majority of the album is actually composed of sub three-minute tracks. While the first half of the track contains rap/spoken word sections, the track gets more experimental in nature during …