Album Reviews

Album Review: Hold My Home

January 3, 2015
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Album Review: Hold My Home

By: Imogen Todd Cold War Kids’ newest album is, in a word, disappointing. The melodies are stale, the hooks aren’t catchy, and singer Nathan Willett’s voice has lost its shock appeal—I’m no longer intrigued by its previously unconventional sound. All those cracks and idiosyncrasies that were pleasantly surprising on earlier songs like “Hang Me...

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Album Review: Melophobia

December 31, 2014
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Album Review: Melophobia

By: Chris Skaggs Cage the Elephant’s Melophobia is a turning point for a band known for its punk roots and sheer energy. The group’s third studio album is decidedly more intimate and approachable than its previous albums. Combining 60s and 70s influences, the band covers several genres and explores some new tempos. “Spiderhead,” the...

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Album Review: Under Pressure

December 31, 2014
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Album Review: Under Pressure

By: Ben Alderoty In recent history, the Maryland rapper Logic has sparked a bit of debate. His core fans love him, preaching about his smooth flows and lyrical approach. The critics’ voices are loud as well, claiming that Logic is just another boring, white rapper. In a time where Young Thug has “mumble rapped”...

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Album Review: 1989

December 29, 2014
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Album Review: 1989

Taylor Swift, former country music sweetheart and current Polaroid enthusiast, is a force of nature. Her record-breaking foray into pop music entitled 1989 is more sophisticated, synthheavy, and self-aware than almost anything we’ve heard from her before. After planting herself amidst the bright lights of New York City and adding another cat to her...

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Album Review: Run the Jewels 2

December 27, 2014
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Album Review: Run the Jewels 2

By: Jake Cohen Run the Jewels, the hip hop collaboration between Atlanta’s Killer Mike and Brooklyn’s El-P, released their second album, Run the Jewels 2, and in classic RTJ style, it’s bold, aggressive and utterly ridiculous. The album starts off with “Jeopardy,” a darker track that builds from a sparse beat to a medley...

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