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Album Review: 3.15.20 by Childish Gambino

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Donald Glover, better known as his stage name, Childish Gambino, comes out with his fourth studio album titled 3.15.20. While this album has been hinted at for a while, this is four years after his previous album, "Awaken, My Love!" Except for two tracks, all of the track names refer to what time they are played during the album. So the first track, 0.00, appears at the very beginning of the album.

As stated above, the first track off the album is 0.00. The track starts off with a short beep noise, but another drone noise comes in shortly after. The lyrics, "We are, we are, we are" are repeated thro…

Album Review: After Hours by The Weeknd

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Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, is a Canadian songwriter, singer, and producer. After getting a small teaser EP in 2018 titled My Dear Melancholy, fans were wanting more from him. Finally, in 2020, The Weeknd has released his fourth studio album titled After Hours.

The first track off the album is Alone Again. Besides the ascending and descending notes in the beginning, it opens up with his signature high-pitched falsetto singing. The real action of the track happens when the heavy, bass-rattling synths come in around the halfway mark. It switches up the beat, but for the better in my opinion. Just lik…

Album Review: Healer by Grouplove

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Grouplove is an American indie rock band based out of Los Angeles. Ever since their debut record, Never Trust a Happy Song, they have garnered success. Several of their tracks have appeared in video games, television shows, commercials, and more. There's a good chance you might have heard a few of their tracks before. Their new album, Healer, was originally slated to be released in the spring/summer of 2019, but was delayed to 2020. Healer marks the band's fourth studio album, and their first album not released in September!

The first track and first single off the album is Deleter. The first thing I've not…

Album Review: Always Tomorrow by Best Coast

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Best Coast is an indie rock group from California. Besides their 2018 kids album, Best Coast has remained pretty quiet since their popular 2015 release, California Nights. After nearly five years, they return with Always Tomorrow.

The first track off the album, Different Light, is explosive and in your face right away. With the aggressive guitar and bass licks throughout the track, it really amps you up, and will definitely liven any audience when performed live. The chorus is interesting, with the repeated, staccato lyrics. Overall, this is different than how they have previously opened up albums, but I'm not goin…

Album Review: The Main Thing by Real Estate

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Real Estate, the indie rock band originally from New Jersey, return with their fifth album, The Main Thing. After having three back to back charting records, they had to set their priorities high for their fifth album.

The record starts out with Friday. This track might pay homage to the end of In Mind since the last track was titled Saturday. However, it could be a total coincidence and has no connection with the last track on In Mind. This track features Real Estate's signature, laid back sound that you will hear throughout the album. The track eventually is washed out to what sounds like some percussion instrume…

Album Review: Man Alive! by King Krule

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UK producer, singer/rapper, and songwriter Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, releases his fourth studio record, Man Alive! After mixed reviews from The Ooz, King Krule has made a few changes. As much as I loved The Ooz, I felt as if it was too long and drawn out at times. This new record is about 25 minutes shorter which makes it easier to listen to in one sitting.

Right off the bat, we have Cellular. The track greets you with a strange ringing electronic sound, which could be reminiscent of an early 2000s ringtone. I just love the instrumentals that come with his tracks since it's a mesh of several …