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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…