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Album Review: Mordechai by Khruangbin

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Khruangbin is a rock, psychedelic, and funk band from Texas. While Speer and Johnson originally met through their church band, they eventually met and recruited Laura Lee down the road. While I wasn't too stoked about their singles, I was pleasantly surprised by the sound they produced on the album. Mordechai marks their third studio album.

The first track from the album is First Class. The track starts out with some reverbed guitars and a groovy bass line. It honestly sounds like something Thundercat would create. The aesthetic and laid back guitars just blend in so well in the background as the bass line is …

Album Review: Bigger Love by John Legend

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John Roger Stephens, more commonly known by his stage name, John Legend, is an American singer and songwriter. While probably being most well known for his All of Me track, he has been in the music business since the early 2000s. Besides his hit single, he has also appeared as a guest feature on several different tracks. Bigger Love marks John Legend's seventh studio album.

The first track from the album is Ooh Laa. It's a happy and upbeat track that opens up the entire album. According to the producer, he wanted to mix doo-wop, as well as trap music together. So you have the old-time music style mixed wit…

Album Review: Out In The World by GUM

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GUM, the one man band known as Jay Watson, is a multi-instrumentalist from Australia. While mainly being known for his work with Pond and as a live member for Tame Impala, you definitely shouldn't be sleeping on his solo work on GUM. Out In The World marks his fifth studio album and two years since his previous studio album, The Underdog.

The first track from the album is Weightless in L.A. It's a pretty quiet and serene track with several string instruments, as well as some woodwind instruments. The track eventually opens up with more of a psychedelic pop feeling halfway through the track. The end eventua…

Album Review: Shrines by Armand Hammer

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Armand Hammer is a hip-hop duo from New York. The group consists of rappers Billy Woods and Elucid. Their debut album, Race Music, was a huge success for people that enjoyed the underground music scene. While still working on solo music, the two were able to come together again for their fourth studio album, Shrines.

The first track from the album is Bitter Cassava. The track starts off with some string/horn samples, something that has been pretty popular in the hip-hop crowd recently. After looking at the credits, it surprised me that Earl Sweatshirt produced this track. The title, Cassava, refers to a vegetable,…

Album Review: I Love You Say It Back by KEY!

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KEY! is an American rapper from Atlanta. Originally creating and being part of Two-9, he has mainly been releasing solo work for the past few years, such as a collaboration album with Kenny Beats in 2018. Now, KEY! has released his latest and one of his most anticipated albums, I Love You Say It Back.

The first track from the album is Bottom of The Bottle. The track opens up with a melodic piano for the beat. On this track, he talks about drinking as well as the various other drugs he has used or is using. He tends to use some sort of auto-tune feature towards the end of each verse that kind of takes away from the…

Album Review: Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle

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Chloe x Halle is an R&B group that is made up of two sisters, Chloe and Halle Bailey. While having some minor film roles, they didn't start their music career until Beyoncé discovered them through a YouTube cover video. They released their debut album, The Kids Are Alright, in 2018 which had features from GoldLink and Joey Bada$$. Now, two years later, they return with their sophomore album titled Ungodly Hour.

The first track from the album is Intro which is mostly made up of the "oh" syllable for most of it. It's fairly short, just under 30 seconds in length. The track ends with the quote &…

Album Review: Sleep On The Wing by Bibio

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Stephen Wilkinson, more commonly known as Bibio, is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from England. If you have listened to my latest podcast, you might have heard that I was a huge fan of his A Mineral Love album. I was surprised to hear that he was releasing another project since he released an album in 2019, but I was excited to hear this EP, Sleep On The Wing.

The first track from the EP is the title track, Sleep On The Wing. I first heard this track about a month back when he first announced the EP. I was actually excited to hear what this EP had to offer since I was a bit let down from his past two albums. …

Album Review: Chromatica by Lady Gaga

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She came to fame with her very first studio album, The Fame, which had tracks like Just Dance and Poker Face. Since then, she has released several critically acclaimed albums. Besides the A Star Is Born soundtrack, she hasn't released an album since 2016. Now, Lady Gaga returns with her sixth studio album, Chromatica.

The first track from the album is Chromatica I. This is just an instrumental orchestral piece that opens up the album. The album is actually split into three parts, with Chromatica I openin…

Album Review: Rearrange Us by Mt. Joy

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Mt. Joy is an indie rock and folk band from California. While only starting in 2016, they have garnered a lot of attention and have opened up for several bands, such as The Head and the Heart and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Now, two years after their debut record, Mt. Joy release their second studio album, Rearrange Us.

The first track and longest track from the album is Bug Eyes. The track starts out slow with a quiet guitar in the background, as well as some other small instrumentals. After the first verse, the track gets livelier with the rest of the band joining in. The first verse seems to be talking about a gir…

Album Review: RTJ4 by Run The Jewels

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Run The Jewels is a hip hop duo consisting of Killer Mike and El-P. Both artists have been highly successful and been in the music industry for quite some time. In 2013, they came out with their first self-titled album and in 2014, they came out with their second self-titled album. Both albums received great reviews and they have only been gaining popularity since. Originally scheduled for this Friday (June 5), they decided to drop RTJ4 a few days earlier.

The first track off the album is yankee and the brave (ep. 4). It is a fictional television show that portrays the baseball teams from where they live. El-P liv…

Anything Goes Monday: Medium vs Blogger/WordPress, Which One Earns More?

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Blogging has been around since the creation of the internet. While early blogs aren't as glamorous as they are now, they still had the same intention: sharing information and opinions. They have gone through several changes, and some people have created vlogs, or video blogs, to keep up with the changes in technology. However, with it being 2020, there are several different platforms for blogging. Some of the most popular ones I have heard of (and used) are Blogger, which is owned by Google, and WordPress. Both offer free, as well as paid blogging tools for almost anyone. Another site that I have been trying o…