Album Review: American Beauty forays back to Fall Out Boy’s roots

Friday, January 30th, 2015
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Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: American Beauty/American Psycho Genre: Pop punk/pop rock Label: Island Grade: A Ah, Fall Out Boy. What pop-punk lover in their twenties can resist screaming “Sugar, We’re Going Down” or “This Ain’t A Scene (It’s an Arms Race)” at the top of their lungs? With their second album post-hiatus, Fall Out […]

 

New album Club Meds earns your ears (Review)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Album: Club Meds Artist: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith Label: Arts & Crafts Genre: Indie Folk/Indie Rock Year: 2015 Grade: B+ Club Meds is the fourth LP from Vancouver-based musician Dan Mangan, and the first in his discography to share artistic credit. The album merits its change in authorship as it marks a big departure from […]

 

Kanye’s “Only One” will move you–not that he cares (Review)

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Single: Only One Artist: Kanye West Label: GOOD Music Genre: Hip Hop Year: 2014 Grade: A Kanye West doesn’t care what you think. He stopped caring about that a long time ago. From the time he took the mic at the Katrina benefit on NBC and declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” […]

 

Foo Fighters experiment in newest album (Review)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Album: Sonic Highways Artist: Foo Fighters Label: RCA/Roswell Genre: Hard Rock/Post-Grunge Year: 2014 Grade: B Since the birth of Nirvana and Grunge music, Dave Grohl has become a mainstay in the rock music scene. The Foo Fighters’ latest effort, Sonic Highways, justifies this statement. Its musical guests range from Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) to […]

 

Pop-focused Taylor Swift better than ever (Album Review)

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Artist: Taylor Swift Album: 1989 Label: Big Machine Records Genre: Pop Year: 2014 Score: A+ Country-pop artist Taylor Swift goes full pop with her fifth studio album 1989, released on October 27. It’s her first official pop album, marking a complete departure from country and country-pop. In August she released the first single, “Shake It […]

 

Hozier’s debut album a breath of fresh air (Album Review)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
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Album: Hozier Artist: Hozier Label: Columbia Genre: Alternative Rock Year: 2014 Grade: A Hozier’s self-titled debut album offers a menacing tone with songs of childhood angst, love, and adventure. From a musical aspect, it’s a relaxing breath of fresh air in the dreary Indie Pop/Indietronica noise with slick guitar riffs, thrashing drums and chilling vocals. […]

 

Album Review: No One is Lost (Stars)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Artist: Stars Album: No One Is Lost Label: Soft Revolution Records Genre: Indie Pop Year: 2014 Grade: B- Stars, omnipresent mainstays of the Canadian independent scene, are back with their seventh album, a hopeful record whose thematic message is succinctly encapsulated by its title: No One Is Lost. It contains powerful thematic messages of denial […]

 

No problems in Popular Problems: At age 80, Leonard Cohen is on top of his game (Album Review)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Album: Popular Problems Artist: Leonard Cohen Label: Columbia Genre: Folk Year: 2014 Grade: A+ Over 46 years after the release of his debut album, Leonard Cohen, at age 80, has released one of the best albums of his career. Popular Problems colours powerful reflections on personal struggle, love, and the fate of humankind with evocative […]

 

New Alt-J doesn’t quite live up to debut, but satisfying nonetheless (Album Review)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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Artist: Alt-J Album: This Is All Yours Label: Infectious Records Genre: Indie Pop/Electronica Year: 2014 Grade: B- The enigmatic Leeds outfit Alt-J have delivered on the follow-up to their Mercury Prize winning 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave. This is All Yours is a fantastical record true to the mystique of their unique, subdued sound. The […]

 

Album Review: High Noon (Arkells)

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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Artist: Arkells Label: Dine Alone Records Genre: Indie Rock Year: 2014 Grade: B Hamilton’s hot shots are back again with an album that is very much in keeping with their trademark loud, Motown-influenced brand of rock. As political and edgy as it is catchy and innocent, High Noon proves that Arkells still have a lot […]