EP Review: Frank Iero and The Patience - ‘Keep The Coffins Coming’

Frank Iero is truly a force to be reckoned with. The musician has been on the punk rock scene for seemingly his entire life (which is a feat in and of itself). Iero began his musical journey with raw and emotional Pencey Prep in the early 2000s before being recruited by My Chemical Romance as a second guitarist. He released four monstrous studio albums with MCR before the inevitable end of the run in 2013. All in the throes of this, he fronted hardcore band Leathermouth, which managed to shred plenty of faces in and around the New York / New Jersey area for about three short years. He’s also dabbled in industrial hardcore with his project Death Spells, alongside James Dewees of The Get Up Kids and Reggie and the Full Effect. 

Needless to say, Iero dips his toe in whatever suits his fancy at the time, so it was only natural for him to establish Frank Iero and the Patience in 2012, a shambolic and noisy punk rock outfit that has managed to separate itself from the emo undertones of Iero’s previous projects. They’ve released Stomachaches and Parachutes respectively since their beginning. The project has a little more bite and a lot more heart. Especially so on the band’s most recent EP, Keep The Coffins Coming. Recorded with Steve Albini, it’s the “missing link” between 2014′s Stomachaches and 2016′s Parachutes

It starts off with “I’m A Mess” which occupied the track listing of last release Parachutes. The song puts all insecurities under a microscope and celebrates them energetically – it’s an elaborate and jarring introduction to an equally spooky and fun EP. It begins with some beautiful feedback before punching you square in the face with a punk riff and an addictive melody. It’s not far off from the Parachutes recording, but it certainly has a more stripped down element that is immediately noticeable in contrast. 

“BFF” was written with Iero’s kids. Hardcore fans have heard it before (and probably seen the video). It’s cute and well-meaning but I have two differing opinions on the track that I can’t pin down. The sentiment makes you want to sigh aloud because it’s adorable. On the other hand, it feels out of place on an EP that gives off a “spooky” and haunting vibe. It would have been better suited as a b-side, but it’s understandable why The Patience went with “BFF” as the second track – it buffers the zone between “I’m A Mess” and the punk rock party that is “No Fun Club.” 

Wow. What can I say about “No Fun Club” that won’t be said by every other rock critic in the realm? It’s so good. This track is absolutely badass. As someone who has closely monitored Iero and his musical career since the MCR years, “No Fun Club” captures exactly what he’s been all about sonically for so long. It’s a quick-witted and spunky punk track that pulls you in and then pushes you out the backdoor and right on your back. If I don’t see fans annihilating each other to this song in a live setting, I’m gonna be disappointed. It begs for a good pit. This song is the climax to the EP, and it strikes me as the epicenter of a release that screams to be, well, screamed. 

Last but not least is the closer “You Are My Sunshine” which is a song so old that it’s tough to credit to the original writer. It rocks and rolls in it’s own way and it’s as dreary as it is magical. The harshness of the guitars work so well here, and it’s a joy to listen to. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness it performed live, and it was just as intricate and well done in this setting as this track is in studio. I had my fingers crossed that it would eventually be recorded in a studio setting, so I was psyched to see it as part of the track listing for Keep The Coffins Coming. It promises soothing rock, and it delivers. 

The artwork for this release sets a Halloween vibe, and the music itself carries it over. Keep the Coffins Coming is a beautiful selection of some of the band’s favorite back alley traits, from the highs of punk melancholy to the lows of slower and more lullaby-esque pieces. It’s a great introduction to Frank Iero and The Patience, but it’s also a much needed mainstay for the fan listener. I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t familiar with the band and it’s bound to be an adored addition to an already massive discography for Iero.

Keep The Coffins Coming drops on September 22nd via BMG / Vagrant Records.

Catherine Dempsey thinks the cover art is sick too. You can follow her on Twitter

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Firstly, I did not know that Saturation 2 was coming out when I heard the first one. Secondly, I like this one better. BROCKHAMPTON managed to top themselves after only a couple of months of me enjoying the last shit that I listened to. Thirdly, they’re coming out with another album before the year is up. How the fuck are these guys still on top like this. The unity and chemistry on all of these tracks is absolutely magnificent. JOBA and Dom, these guys are renegading everyone else they’re on the track with. Kevin’s hooks are some of the best I’ve heard all year. Ameer’s voice and this man face…..iconic. Merlyn snatches yo attention every time he jumps on the track and GOD DAMMIT MATT CHAMPION PUT OUT A FUCKING ALBUM!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Frank Ocean - Blond

As his visual album, Endless, dropped in dissonance to Channel Orange, fans scratched their heads, asking themselves, “Is this our Frank?” The angelic voice seemed to be directing his art away from the groovy, hip-hop timbre of the first album, toward a more cathartic R&B tonality. Three days later, what seemed to be a sonic transformation proved to be only an addition to Ocean’s skill set, when a second album broke through the surface. Blond was released on an independent label and is anything but a carbon copy of Endless. Stylistically, it’s more similar to Frank’s flair on Channel Orange, which brought him into the spotlight.

Blond’s first song, “Nikes,” begins with an organ-like synth and Ocean’s voice comes in a few octaves higher than normal. For me, the “little” voice appears as Ocean’s conscience and it wanders from heavier content, like police brutality and materialism, to more whimsical lines about little mermaids by the pool and b***** wanting Nike. The stream of consciousness is a more fluid approach that almost says, “These are my thoughts, but it’s just me.” Ocean does this to recognize himself as part of the movement, but reinforces his role as a storyteller who starts conversation. In times like today, being queer, Afro-American, and in the spotlight is difficult because people look to you to be the leader. Instead, Ocean chooses to provide his thoughts, but doesn’t lay them down as the law. The song tells the story of glittery fame, juxtaposing the realities behind that fame with an obvious distaste for materialism in our modern world. Three minutes into the song, the register drops and Ocean begins addressing the audience. The message remains similar, preaching to live in the moment (“living so that last night feels like a past life”) but tends toward personal experience as opposed to a comment on our world. Lyrics in the bridge lament having something special with someone that isn’t love, or what they have with someone else, but still is something meaningful, setting the tone for the next song and the content of the album as a whole.

“Ivy” chronicles “the start of nothing new” with an old lover and the problems that arise due to confusion of emotions and changes that happen with time spent away from that person. The manifestation of confusing emotions, as the feeling deep down is “still good,” but “it’s not the same,” is a motif carried throughout the album. There are a lot of songs out there about breakups and new love, but on this album, Frank does a marvelous job of telling the stories behind those imperfect, undefined relationships: the ones that aren’t right out of a fairytale. When I started this review, I asked many of my friends what their favorite songs on the album were, and I was confused when each person came at me with a different song. Usually, there is some sort of consensus, or a song that comes up a few times (probably the banger off of the album), but pretty much every song on the album got a shout out from my pals. This is most likely because each song talks about a very specific sort of relationship or situation, rather than finding a unique way to talk about the same cliché set of love stories. Channel Orange had a similar approach to discussing love, which is partially why I thought it was such innovative songwriting. This quality also contributes to the album’s ability to grow on you, because the complexity of the lyrics and the situations discussed takes a few listens to fully capture. There also may be a situation described that is too specific for someone to relate to currently, but they can come back to it in a year with greater sympathy. The reverb on the guitars is reminiscent of a slow-moving, California beach rock love song. By the end of the track, Ocean’s voice has been transformed via production to an aggressive, pseudo-robotic cry, as the anger and frustration in the lyrics grows. Then, cut music and just the echo of the last word, “dreaming,” resonates in the space left by the instruments. This is killer, as it generates the feeling of trying to grasp something that can really only be a dream, being left emptyhanded instead and the frustration that comes along with that.

“Pink + White” follows this song, setting the pace for the ebb and flow of the album. The triplet feel in the base line with the minimalistic piano counterpart creates a groove similar to that set by older songs like “Sweet Life,” which makes sense because both songs were produced by Pharrell. I am mentally taken to lazy walks that I like to take when the sun is setting in summertime because everything is brilliantly-colored and sits still for a moment before the craziness of the evening picks up. Frank paints a picture of the rosy haze surrounding experiencing a new kind of love, wherein instead of walking grounded, you waltz (¾ time) through the clouds. This is definitely one of those songs you should play for your s.o. when you’re lounging around in bed, with the shimmers of light coming through the shades of your window. The cloudscape is completed with the glittering voice of Beyoncé, the sunshine, who is also included on backing vocals.

Following, “Pink + White” is a female voice sample whose monologue sharply contrasts the lazy summer vibe of the previous track, warning whomever she is addressing to not use drugs and alcohol. Repetitively, the voice tells her audience to be themselves and continues preaching regarding typical temptations of a young adult. By the end of it, I was definitely thinking about my mom, and my feelings were validated when the voice signs off, “This is mom, Call me.” Ryan Ocean, Frank’s brother, later confirmed on Twitter that the sample was Auntie Rosie, who was also featured on the song “Not Just Money” from Channel Orange. A good family friend, the recording is an actual voicemail that one of Ocean’s friends received. The sample balances the copious drug references used in other songs and seamlessly introduces “Solo,” the next song. The primary instrument in “Solo” is an organ synth, thus the succession of tracks mimics a sermon followed by the church music, but of course, the lyrical content is far from the typical church experience. The track talks about being alone, getting high, and essentially coping with loneliness. Instead of the strong psalm of solitude one might expect from the title, Ocean’s melancholy melodies soar over the organ in a ballad, discussing the little things that are okay when you are alone; the heaven that exists within the hell that is separation.

“Skyline To” follows the night of ridin’ “Solo” with a story of summer love. Homoerotic musings brush the audience in Biblical references like, “Makin’ sweet love, takin’ time, ‘til god strikes us,” which I love. I love that he slips in his sexuality in such a normalized fashion, with pride, but just going on with his day-to-day life. This is how it should be. The song rolls through a druggy haze with a psychedelic synth accompaniment. Kendrick Lamar lends his vocals and none other than Tyler the Creator is the producer – guess it’s OFWGKTA for the win. The end result, tonally, is of a similar leaf to “Pink + White” with images of sun slipping through the window, turning into beams of moonlight. Finally, the mention of what no one wants to think about: the end of summer. Somehow, I don’t care that he made me think about starting school, though, because the melody and lyricism in this song slay me.

The whimsical voice of Frank’s conscience returns for the hook of “Self-Control” as he recalls a pool-side conversation, questioning whether he and the person he’s with and he can “make it shine.” The hook lets way to an acoustic guitar and Ocean croons, spilling his heart out over a past lover. This song digs into the stereotypical situation that starts over lust, but the flame within one of the people dies, causing disproportionate interest and eventually an end. Swedish rapper Yung Lean is featured on the chorus with Austin Feinstein of Slow Hollows, saying, “Keep a place for me, for me I’ll sleep between y'all, it’s nothing, It’s nothing, it’s nothing.” The repetition of “It’s nothing” mimics the repression of the other thoughts in one’s head; trying to play it cool. This lyric also pays a small amount of homage to Prince’s lyric “…I didn’t care…when he was there, sleeping in between the two of us” from “When U Were Mine,” which Frank covered on his last tour. The perspective is different because Prince talks about the person coming between he and his lover, whereas Frank wishes to be the one coming between his significant other and the person with whom they’re sleeping.

After pouring his heart out, Frank recounts a blind date he had in New York city, set up by one of his mutual friends, on the track “Good Guy.” This mini-track is cut from the same emotional cloth as “Self-Control;” Ocean ripples from emotionless hookup to emotionless hookup. It’s nice to know that even superstars have problems with finding someone who wants something real. Then, at the end of the song, there is a clip of two men in a car, talking about girls wrecking their hearts, but it cuts midline to my new cruisin’ anthem, “Nights.” It’s as if the Frank, whose feelings weren’t returned, hits that “snap out of it” wall, vibin’ onto a more up-tempo track.

Although “Nights” dissertates the hustle, it also references other parts of Ocean’s “everyday shit,” including the people he’s seeing on the side of his work. He reminisces on days where he had less money and worked night shifts. Manifested is the feeling of wanting to have someone there to come home to, but also being married to the grind and not being able to keep up something more serious. The cyclical thoughts build to waterfalls of notes echoing into a phone ringing, then silence. This felt like when I lie in bed at night and thoughts bounce around until finally I go to sleep, but in a tempo change that screams Frank Ocean. The change signals the entry into dreamland: deep bass kicks in and the mix feels like bubbles of rolling piano chords, slowly finding their way to the surface – perfect for a final verse about memories deeper in Ocean’s past. The hook returns over the same production, cessation echoing into a “Solo Reprise” by André 3000.

The halfway point in the album coincides with the tempo change so it makes sense that the reprise comes after, returning to themes from the beginning of the album. André’s rapid flow blew my mind the first time I heard the track, accompanied by just piano for most of the song. He bemoans police brutality and materialism, touching on his unhappiness with the music industry, asking at the end, “Was I working just way too hard?” Cut immediately to “Pretty Sweet,” which has an intro that’s anything but sweet. More of an auricular experiment, what starts as complete chaos and dissonance within the synth chords turns into less dissonant guitar, but there remains a lack of structure. Ocean’s flow is at times melodic, but the phrasing of the verse is syncopated and some lines remain unfinished. A chorus of children at the end turn the sonic trip into a shimmer of major chords, sunshine, and happiness: disharmony resolved.

The next voice on the album has much too thick of a French accent to be Frank Ocean, and that’s because it’s French DJ and producer SebastiAn. He actually “programmed” several of the tracks on Endless, including one of my favorites, “Rushes.” He spoke about Frank recording the story when they were just hanging out in an interview with Pitchfork, confirming the skit to be a true story. “Facebook Story” echoes previous mentions of technology bending what people consider to be reality, making them “crazy.” After all, the relationship ended when the DJ wouldn’t immediately accept an official request on Facebook when he was with the friend. A similar message rests in the lyrics of Wolfgang Tillman’s track, “Device Control,” that premiered at the beginning and end of the visual album: people are unable to live their reality without their technology intertwined.

Next is a cover of what originally was “(They Long To Be) Close to You” by The Carpenters. It truly sounds more similar to a live Talkbox cover of the Carpenters song done by Stevie Wonder due to the production of Ocean’s voice. A talkbox is one of the original tools used by musicians for vocal modification, so covering a cover, adding even more technology and production, is playing even further into the picture of virtual reality that Ocean continues to paint. It is a nice compliment to the last skit, as Ocean sings of longing to be close to an anonymous lover in this lyric collage cover.

Remember a year ago when A-Trak hinted that in a few weeks we would hear a song called “White Ferrari” that would be the best thing we would hear that year? Then how it really stunk when it didn’t come? Well, ladies and gents, here it is, THE “White Ferrari,” track 14 on the album. Lennon/McCartney are credited on this track for a similarity in lyrics to the song “Here, There, and Everywhere.” The tone is nostalgic, the content being an old relationship and the purity of the love he found. The melody stands strong in front of major synth chords that eventually change to guitar while still remaining predominantly low texture. The last lines of the outro are sung by James Blake until breaking through to the clarity of “Siegfried.”

“Seigfried” is obviously a break-up song, but it dives into the world of Ocean’s other life experiences and musings on the nature of his mind. He pays homage to Elliott Smith’s haunting song regarding substance abuse, “A Fond Farewell,” in saying a “fond farewell to a friend,” and through the lo-fi quality of the guitars. The repeated references to bravery make me think that the title refers to the warrior Siegfried (slightly different spelling) of Norse mythology who often symbolizes bravery, and his story ends in the perfect fairytale with a princess. Ocean believes that the suburban, settled life is not for him and that he’s not brave. Additionally, the warrior could be representative of Ocean’s ex-boyfriend, Willy Cartier, who looks similar to depictions of Siegfried with long, flowing locks and a “speckled face” that Ocean mentions in the first verse. There is also the possibility of the title instead referencing Siegfried Sassoon, a British poet and soldier, who is actually more similar to Ocean in his bisexual experiences. Sassoon also had a romance with Wilfred Owen, who fell madly in love with him, but the love was not returned. The conclusion of thought is that Frank Ocean would do anything for whomever he’s talking to, in a desperate final cry for the lost relationship.

“Godspeed” has a fitting ecclesiastic organ accompaniment and Kim Burrell, who many consider to be one of the greatest gospel singers of all time, sings the outro. The song matches titles with a story that Frank wrote in the Boys Don’t Cry magazine, and I think that the following quote he shared with fans speaks for itself:

It’s basically a reimagined part of my boyhood. Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favorite part of life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had its rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good.”

He shared this as a note, reminiscing about the making of the album in two Tumblr posts that you can read here. The note containing the quote is shared in the form of a collage with an image of a gold BMW. “Futuara Free,” the final song on the album, has a title reference to Stanely Kubrick’s favorite typeface and is divided into two parts by a silent interlude. If you thought there was a problem with the audio, you better go back and listen again. The beautiful melody recounts all of Ocean’s accomplishments and from where he came. The verse moves in a stream of consciousness, free-falling through pop culture references and lamenting the stress that comes with being famous. The second part, post silence, is a clip of an interview with Illegal Civilization, a skater gang that hangs with Odd Future in LA. The interview was conducted by Ryan Breaux, Ocean’s brother, years ago and includes silly interview questions, lots of background noise and interview clips with Mikey Alfred, Sage Elsesser and Na-kel Smith. The video ends the album, fading into a lighthearted rosy haze, in the hands of the youth. It also works well with the large amounts of sampling and collaboration that Ocean uses on the album, truly showcasing that an artist pulls influence from everywhere.

Overall, it was worth the wait. Each track stands as artwork and they are sewn together with the motion of the Ocean, into a masterpiece.

-Erin Jones

In This Moment: Ritual Track-By-Track Album Review [With Pictures]

“Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable. Grace says that though I am flawed, I am cherished.” - Abigail Williams: The Crucible, Arthur Miller

SALVATION

All begin to gather around a huge bonfire in the dead of night, decked out to the nines in appropriate attire for the onset of a demonic religious ceremony. Witch drums build to an overpowering bone-chilling crescendo as chants bellow in the background, and you know what is about to take place. Here we have an introductory track which is very stereotypically In This Moment. They firmly believe in taking people on a journey, and it is why they always go to great pains to create a story within the music with each album. This album is no exception as they once again begin the album with a track that crescendos and builds tension and generates excitement for what is to come. The ritual begins here.

OH LORD

The concept of good and evil is explored heavily on this album, and here is where that story begins. The crux of this song is someone exploring the depths of their own psyche, fighting an internal battle with their dark and light sides. And, in a way, this person feels ashamed of being flawed, feeling as if they must be purified in some way to rid themselves of this shame. It asks the all-brooding question, “Am I Lilith or am I Eve?” which, in my opinion, is the heart of the song and is the question that is explored throughout the entire track. Who am I really? Am I the good person that I know myself to be, or am I really as evil as others think I am?

BLACK WEDDING

It’s a nice night for a black wedding. A priest and a nun come together in the wee hours of the night to confess their sins to one another. There is indiscretion afoot on both sides of the booth. This song mirrors that of a Catholic confessional, given its back and forth style of vocalizing with the one and only Rob Halford of Judas Priest. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, simply because of the imagery attached to it. From my perspective, it’s about the whole concept of star-crossed lovers; people who initially could have been good for each other, but ultimately were destined to be ripped apart. With its whimsical piano introduction and poppy chorus, it is destined to be single material at some point. The vocal interstitial at the end of the song of the recited bible verse really fits in well with the theme of the album and helps stitch together the theme with ease.

IN THE AIR TONIGHT

I can feel it coming in the air tonight. The light voices on the wind signal what is about to happen. Here we have a very haunting and melancholic rendition of Phil Collin’s classic song, “In The Air Tonight”, which was inspired by his own wife’s infidelity and discussed events which ultimately lead to their divorce. Their rendition gives it a much more witchy vibe, foreshadowing things which have yet to take place. It injects you with this uneasy feeling that something could happen at any moment, but at the same time knowing that it was meant to happen all along. How do you take a song that’s already perfect and make it even more so? You can’t. You just have to use it to tell your own story, and I truly believe that is what they’ve done with their version.

JOAN OF ARC

The exploration of good vs evil is put center stage in this track from the get-go, with the first line being a line sampled from the 1999 film, The Messenger: The Story Of Joan of Arc. It asks the question, “Who are you to even think you can know the difference between good and evil?” Maria set out to use Joan of Arc as a metaphor for her own crucible, in which she suffers at the hands of the masses for not living up to their expectations. But she has come to terms with who she is and does not find fault in others, instead allowing them to burn her at the stake for their crimes, thus making herself a martyr for her own cause. She’s saying, go ahead and set me on fire if it makes you feel better, but it changes nothing. This one is another one of my favorites.

RIVER OF FIRE

I wanna feel you strike me down with lightning. Here we continue on with the theme explored in Joan of Arc of allowing yourself to be crucified, only here it is done in a way which is much more direct. There is a ritualistic back beat that pounds throughout the entire track, giving you the feeling that you are now in the midst of the ritual you came to experience. This song says, I want you to give me everything you got, all of your hate; pour it down on me like rain from the sky because I want to feel all of it. Let it rain, bring on a hurricane and baptize me in a river of fire because I want to drown in your wrath and fury.

WITCHING HOUR

This is the witching hour. Three witches gather around a bubbling cauldron in the middle of a dark wood. This song’s origin no doubt resides in Maria’s trip to Salem, the site of the Salem Witch Trials. It puts this story on display right from the beginning, sampling a sound byte which speaks on that very thing: “Superstition and fear drove them all to accuse their friends and family of consorting with the devil.” This song also explores her own real-life crucible of persecution even further, with her no doubt feeling vilified by those around her for the things she thinks and believes and the way she expresses herself. Even given its dark nature, this is easily one of the poppiest songs on the album in regards to production value. It utilizes a mesmerizing trap beat that casts its own spell on you throughout the entire track. This song is voodoo in the purest sense of the word and is my favorite song on the album.

TWIN FLAMES

Crawl into these flames with me. This is one of the most insanely beautiful songs on the entire album and it is one of my top favorites. This song steps away from the good and evil exploration for a quiet moment with your soulmate within the flames of the bonfire. The idea of twin flames is a very esoteric concept. The idea is that people share one-half of each other’s souls. They are pieces of one soul split into two, thus the appropriate lyric, “One flame bursting into two”, which more or less signifies the separation of these two soul halves and these people going their separate ways. The idea is explored in much of the star-crossed fashion of Black Wedding. It has this harpsichord chord progression that pulls you inside the fire’s incandescent glow.

HALF GOD HALF DEVIL

Without the darkness, there’d be no light in me. This song represents the full integration of dark and light. Maria has come to terms with everything that has happened to her, both the good and the bad and embracing all of it. It’s this knowledge of self and experience that frees her from the negative perceptions of those outside her. It also answers the question posed in Oh Lord. Am I good or am I bad? It’s both. And you cannot hope to achieve full enlightenment until you learn to bring both sides together. This is another one of my favorites because this is the moment where I can feel that she is finally comfortable in her own skin and is letting the world know that you cannot have the good without the bad.

NO ME IMPORTA

The simple truth is that I just don’t give a fuck; I don’t care. This is the continuation of that strong self-knowledge. In a way, it feels as though it’s about people who criticize her from the comfort of their keyboards, analyzing her every thought, word and move in an effort to try to “fix” her. It’s about knowing that you’re messed up, about knowing that these flaws are simply just part of who you are and there is no problem at all. There’s an undeniably catchy chord progression in this song that will leave you hooked. There are lots of starts and stops and words that just kind of run into one another. I have to admit I didn’t know what to think of this song at first because I didn’t really understand what was going on lyrically, but now that I know and get what it’s about, I’m happy to say it’s another one of my favorites.

ROOTS

There’s this sick part of me thankful for the hate. This song is the apex of the album’s theme. Part of it is learning how to transmute hatred. When you know who you are and you are grounded in your own self-belief, the words of others begin to lose effect. Where do your roots start and where do your roots end? How well do you know yourself? Do you let the perceptions of others get to you or do you use them to your own benefit? In a way, it represents our connection to ourselves and to source. It says thank you for all of the hate because it has only made me stronger. It shows that without the bad, I would not be who I am today. Because she really does need it to help strengthen her own personal resolve and evolve as a human being.

LAY YOUR GUN DOWN

Won’t you lay your gun down? This song explores the album’s underlying theme one final time, in an attempt to lay her own gun down. In an intimately flawed final moment, Maria acknowledges her own flaws and lays them bare for the world to see. All these twisted little parts of her are what make her who she is. And in coming to terms with this, she reaches her own level of self-actualization. Pull the trigger and fire away because she’s made of scar tissue. Everything that has happened to her has made her indestructible. In This Moment are known for their low-key endings, and this song mirrors that of songs like Out Of Hell from Black Widow and 11:11 from Blood. You can really feel the emotion in the last few seconds of the album and feeling a sense of gratitude for what you have just experienced. The ritual has now come to an end.

True to Self

Bryson Tiller returns with his Sophomore album True to Self. This was a very enjoyable album to listen to. In aspects of comparing it to Trapsoul it is definitely not a slump at all. He still provides us with the same transparency that we got in Trapsoul and the same high quality sound. Bryson takes us on a journey telling a story of what life has been like for him since Trapsoul changed his life.  


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BROCKHAMPTON just dropped this highly anticipated album, Saturation. Over the past month or so the group has been dropping singles and videos that have just been hitting it out of the park everytime. This made for high expectations when their album dropped, and I was not disappointed. This album feels so authentic. What I mean by authentic is that every word, feeling, and sound that comes across feels real and not contrived. Even in the moments that may have not been the most perfect, you can respect the honesty of the music. The album has a nice range of tone. There are plenty of bangers, but also several chill tunes. The lyrics are extremely intelligent and witty and when thrown over these killers instrumentals, you can’t go wrong. However, the most resounding accomplishment of this record is the sense family that you can feel within it. BROCKHAMPTON seems to pride themselves on the fact that they are a true group. Everything that is done is for the sake of the whole and not the individual, which is what really allows this record to flourish. The flow between group members is really unrivaled. When you listen to this album you feel like you are at the BROCKHAMPTON factory in South Central.

9/10

Favorite Tracks: GOLD, HEAT, SWIM, MILK, BOYS, CASH, BUMP (Basically the whole album)

Least Favorite Track: WASTE

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My Track By Track Review of Demi Lovato’s Sixth Studio Album Tell Me You Love Me

After taking a year long break out of the spotlight, Demi Lovato is back with a brand new record. Tell Me You Love Me is her sixth studio album, and if the songs released so far are any indication it may just be her best yet.

Here is my track by track review of the deluxe version, however, I won’t be reviewing Instruction or No Promises as they just feature Demi. So instead I’m replacing them with the Sorry Not Sorry acoustic.

Has Demi delivered the record of the year or even her career?. Let’s find out!.


Track 1 - Sorry Not Sorry

A anthem for sure!. Sorry Not Sorry embodies sass, honestly and an overall fierce knockdown punch aimed at haters and bullies.There’s not much to say other than the fact if you hear this song on the radio, or if it comes on in your playlist, you’ll definitely feel bad-ass and inspired to get rid of the people who bring nothing but negativity in your life.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric:Now you’re out here lookin’ like regret // Now payback is a bad bitch


Track 2 - Tell Me You Love Me

A worthy song to be given the album’s title name. Tell Me You Love Me talks about a vulnerable love, it’s showcased in Demi’s vocals throughout the track as well as in the lyrics “What’s my hand without your heart to hold?. I don’t know what I’m living for, if I’m living without you”. And even in the pre-chours and especially the lyric “You ain’t nobody ‘til you got somebody”. It’s a wonderfully produced track that isn’t over complicated with heavy beats.

Rating: 8/10

Favourite Lyric: I don’t know who I am without you


Track 3 - Sexy Dirty Love

This song inherits a funky, disco vibe that might take a few listens to get used too. Demi isn’t shy with what she wants regarding the message of Sexy Dirty Love, and it makes me think that’s exactly how the rest of the album will be. The vibe throughout the songs reminds me of her previous songs, especially during the “Unbroken” and “Demi” era. It isn’t a song you’d necessary skip, but some might. The production is the only negative that people may find within this song.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric: Baby, be my new addiction


Track 4 - You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore

I read the title of this song expecting a sassy track with beats drops, basically an in your face track. However, what Demi delivered is far better. The vocals on this song are just…WOW. The production is…WOW. The emotion is beyond…WOW. I got chills listening to her voice throughout this track, and I’m really glad this is a ballad that does showcase the powerful vocalist that Demi is.

The first chorus is my absolute favourite part, just the simple use of echoing “anymore” at the end, and also the part after the bridge where it’s just Demi singing, it gave the song an added factor to it. Like almost haunting in a way. I love the production on this track, from start to finish.

Rating: 9/10

Favourite Lyric: I’m well aware I lie to you, when I lay with you.


Track 5 - Daddy Issues

Similar to Sexy Dirty Love with a funkiness thrown in, expect it may be more easier to get into. From the tracks we’ve heard, it isn’t as ground breaking. Sorta gives off Confident album vibes. Not a let down at all by any means, in my opinion it just isn’t as strong production wise as the other 4 tracks that have been released.

Rating: 6/10

Favourite Lyric: Addicted to love with the wrong one


Track 6 - Ruin The Friendship

Some jazz type, laid back vibes. It comes off very mature and the beat is great to just bop your head too. Demi sings about wanting to take a friendship to the next level, which is highlighted in the chorus,“Let’s ruin the friendship, let’s ruin the friendship. Do all the things on our minds. What’s taking us all this time. let’s ruin the friendship, let’s ruin the friendship”.

The bonus of this song is the little chuckle Demi does after the bridge, it really lifts the song and gives it that extra bit of sultry emotion that is already presented throughout.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric: Baby, you and I got history, and we can’t deny our chemistry


Track 7 - Only Forever

This is the track that I’ve been wanting to hear the most, and man, Demi did not disappoint at all!. I got goosebumps half way in and they haven’t stopped. One of my favourites for sure, this track is a stand out is so many ways. From the lyrics, to production, to the way Demi displays her vocals. I’m in love with this track!.

Rating: 10/10

Favourite Lyric: What if I told you it’s too late?. What if I say that I can’t wait?


Track 8 - Lonely (feat. Lil Wayne)

This song is the one fans have been excited to hear the most, and now I know why. R&B was made for Demi’s voice and this song highlights it perfectly. The little growl Demi does at the start of the chorus, was so unexpected. She really brings the R&B feels to this song. The only thing that I’m a little bit meh on is the rap verse. I’m not a big fan of rappers featuring in songs, there is always a 50/50 chance it can be really good or just horrible. While Lil Wayne’s isn’t completely horrible, it still isn’t something to cheer about.

However a solid track regardless, and this song will hands down be a fan favourite for sure!.

Rating: 7 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: You know me, and honestly I’m better without ya


Track 9 - Cry Baby

Now we’re talking!. I’d be very interested to see what the music video will be like. This gives off old school vibes. I’m not sure how to describe it but the way Demi goes in the chorus, is what makes this song fire. I’m hoping this is a single at one point, I think it could work really well. And let’s not forget that guitar riff in the bridge!. This song gets better and better, just when you think Demi is done delivering, she comes and does something else that stuns you. I’m thoroughly impressed.

Rating: 9/10

Favourite Lyric: You and I, get along like thunder and the rain // How could someone so beautiful be so damn ugly, I guess I’m naive


Track 10 - Games

Demi keeps blessing us!. This song goes hard and I’m loving every single second. If you got blown away by Cry Baby, just wait until you hit play on this track. I’m in complete awe at Demi on this record, every track is different but yet fits so perfectly with each other. This is one of my top tracks for sure.

Rating: 8 and half/10

Favourite Lyric: Figure out just what you want, and what the hell you’re waiting on


Track 11 - Concentrate

I’m going to be bold and say that this is better than Sexy Dirty Love. That slow, sexy, mature vibe is what makes this track. And when that pre-chours kicks in, you’ll be feeling all the damn emotions Demi is conveying. After listening to this track, don’t be surprised if you feel all hot and bothered. Cause if that was Demi’s intention, then she nailed it.

Rating: 8/10

Favourite Lyric: Your ocean was drowning me, arms wrapped around me


Track 12 - Hitchhiker

After the heavy beats from previous tracks, it’s nice that Demi ended the album on a nice laid back instrumental that is layered over her soft, angelic tone. A very pleasant way to conclude an amazing album. You almost don’t want this song to end, but there’s always the replay button ahaha.

Rating: 7 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: Always played it safe when it came to love, until you came and picked me up


Track 13 - Sorry Not Sorry (Acoustic)

A watered down version that is less in your face and aggressive if you will. While I prefer the original version, the acoustic is a nice change. The choir brings a new element that doesn’t take away from the track, rather it enhances it.

Rating: 6/10

Favourite Lyric: Now you’re out here lookin’ like regret // Now payback is a bad bitch


Rating: 75/100

Worst Track(s): Daddy Issues

Best Track(s): Cry Baby, Only Forever, Games, Concentrate, Tell Me You Love Me, Lonely

Strong single choices: Cry Baby, Games, Tell Me You Love Me and Lonely (only because I think it’d appeal to the GP)


Conclusion

Demi truly let her voice shine throughout this album, something that was overshadowed in Confident due to the production. But here on Tell Me You Love Me, Demi has made sure that her soulful vocals are at the forefront of each track. She’s made sure to showcase what makes Demi her, which isn’t overused beats but the emotion she can bring with her powerhouse voice.

What really surprised me on TMYLM was that each track had an element that really made it stand out. Whether that be a vocal moment, production, beat drop, etc. This album was constructed beautifully. With so much thought, heart, and soul you can really sense that listening to each track. I also love how Demi didn’t shy away from being utterly honest, even if that honestly was a bit out there. She wrote a record that speaks volumes. One that has the emotional tracks like You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore, Tell Me You Love Me and Only Forever. But also balanced with some great upbeat, funky, sultry tracks like Games, Concentrate, Cry Baby, Sexy Dirty Love, etc.

I’m going to make another bold statement, but out of all the albums that have been released so far (we still have many more to go mind you), Demi’s album and Ed Sheeran’s album have certainly delivered more than expected.

For Tell Me You Love Me Demi truly has gone back to her roots, found her sound and stuck with her strengths. And that is why Demi delivered a powerful record that ticks all the right boxes. Take a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

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BOSCO’s vibe is and always has been ambient and relaxing. Production has always been her strong suit and throughout this project it takes lots of different turns.  She’s got some cuts on this EP that show her more pop side, but she sticks to her strengths in electronic and alternative R&B. The tone of the album is consistent even though every song has something that stands out about it. It’s a short 8 track project, none of the songs feel dragged or too short, but it’s nice concise body of work. I really enjoy the features on here. I think this is one of my favorite EP’s of the year. 

FAV TRACKS: Cigarette Sex, Luv U & Free

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Flicker (Deluxe) review + favourite lyrics

I know it’s not been out for long, but I’m already kind of obsessed with the album.

SO. I wanted to share my opinion on all the different songs, here it goes:

1. On the Loose

Definitely one of my favourite songs both sonically and lyrically. Kudos to the producer and songwriters. A great piece of songwriting right here; how Niall made someone seem so desirable, yet so harmful at the same time. Honestly, he described this person perfectly and his message comes across so well. I have too many favourite lines from this song. Honestly, I just want to copy-paste the whole song here.m

2. This Town

I must admit when This Town came out, I soon lost interest. I’m still not its biggest fan, but I am able to appreciate the song. It’s very sweet and lovely, and sometimes we need songs like that. Simple, sweet and lovely songs.

My favourite lyrics are:

‘Cause if the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you 
and
Over and over, the only truth / everything comes back to you

3. Seeing Blind

I love the country feel of the song! Maren Morris’ voice suits it perfectly. Not in my list of faves of the album, but it’s still a good song nonetheless.

My favourite lyrics are:

Oh my my, you just took me by surprise - because this is how I feel about Niall. He always takes me by surprise. And I love it.

and 

You make loving fun - Maybe this line isn’t that special, but I thought about how people either sing about love being hurtful, or about it being something along the lines of passionate, intense. But I feel sometimes people forget love can also just be fun. I appreciate Niall looking at it like that.

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TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (DEMI LOVATO) ALBUM REVIEW

coming in hot bitchhhhhh!!!!

I have already expressed my emotions with SNS, TMYLM and YDDIFMA because we all know those snatched my soul and I’m now a fucking GHOST

3. Sexy Dirty Love - okay bitCH but DID i ASk neon lights is fucking shOOKKKKKK this song is what NL wanted to be but her mom said no makes me wanna go to a club and dance on some strange man

5. Daddy Issues - I can’t fucking believe. This song. “you’re always unavailable” wow Demi why don’t you just @ Joe how bout that for fuck sake *sighs* I’m okay but barely breathing

6. Ruin The Friendship - now this one got me fuck up………i feel its heavily aimed towards Joe because they still got feelings there they clearly keep ignoring (thanks ya fucks) but at the same time kinda about Wilmer (prior to them becoming a thing???? circa 2011) but my little heart screams Joe Jonas this is about you you dumb fuck plus them trumpet horns in the back be fire

7. Only Forever - this is for sure Wilmer in between the time of 2012 and 2013 when he was not exclusively dating Demi and she be like you’re a dumb bitch it’s me or no one else them ghostly af background vocals be making me feel like am about to be possessed

8. Lonely - wowowowowow shade to Wilmer to the fucking 6th degree like is he okay??? does he now need a skin graft procedure bc Demi just set his ass on fire and walked away with half his money and the dog he bought her like dam fuck it up bitch tell him what’s up also feel like this was written between the time she was dating that Brazilian man we don’t speak of but all know who i speak of also lil wayne can choke anYWAYS

9. Cry Baby - okay melanie martinez vibezzzzz her vocals be fire on every one of these songs but ooooooooohhhh the vibe of this one reminds me of the unbroken days for some reason???? the riffs i guess??? idk bless me my ultimate savior Demi Lovato serve me some fucking emotional slut realness

10. Games - FUCK. FUCK. FUCK. FUCK……..THIS IS THE WILDFIRE OF THIS ALBUM IT’S GONNA GET SLEPT ON I FUCKING FEEL IT BUT Y’ALL BETTER DON’T @ OR TRY ME I’LL FUCK Y’ALL UP……okay I’m fine “I date men but you’re acting like a little boy” oh demi demi demi pls run them over with your new car sponsorship bitch make them suck YA DICK HONEYYYYYYY

11. Concentrate - come thru fucking guitar come thru HWGA demi i see you 2009 bitchhhhhhhh then punch me in the face with some 2011 real TEA!!!! i’m fucked from this song she’s really out to murder me but also I’m confused who this song is about……..feels every “I’m gonna talk 4 of my ex’s try to guess ya dumb hoes” but good to know we now have a soulful song on the market about orgasms….thank you queeennnnn

12. Hitchhiker - starting off a song with oooohh yeahhhh okay tAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH I WANNA LIVE THOUGH THIS!!! this is my fave song on the album….why you may ask? it’s giving me John Mayer vibes but 10x times you remember that one time she said she wrote with him??? it’s like this is the song or some shit idk but play this while you’re driving down a nice scenic route with your fave bad bitch ya know???? NICE

Now, this album is bomb. The producers she hired for this album were giving the most and that’s all I ask for thank you so muchhhh. Her vocals…..come thru grammyyyyyyyyyyy. That’s the tea I got for this I’ll be taking my ass to Target tomorrow morning and purchasing both the deluxe and original simply bc my boo is serving gahgah gah FACE on the album covers. Pls do yourself a favor and stream this album and bless ya ears AMEN

Album Review: Niall Horan - Flicker

I came really close to making a video review with the idea that perhaps I could make it a regular thing and start a youtube channel, but my laziness and determination that this would be a makeup and bra-free day quickly changed my mind. I seriously doubt you guys could care less about hearing my voice and seeing my face anyway. So instead you get just my words.

I did not want this to be a “first reaction” type of review, so I made sure I listened to the album several times before giving my input. After downloading Flicker to my iphone yesterday morning, I listened to its entirety on the way to work (the second of only two days that I was ever grateful for the long drive). As soon as I backed out of my parking spot and the intro to “On The Loose” sounded, the sky still overcast from the previous night’s rain, I knew this was going to be great morning mood music.

By the time I got to work, I was already humming some of the tunes that I’d only just heard for the first time. This is a mark of a good album, and more simply, good songwriting. No matter how pretentious or knowledgable someone claims to be about music, most people ultimately like a good melody and catchy hooks. And this album is full of them. But not in an obvious, in-your-face way. It’s not polished, overproduced pop music. Niall has proven that simple chords, honest yet mature lyrics and an obvious love for your craft is enough.

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My Track By Track Review of The Script’s Fifth Album Freedom Child
I’m a casual fan of The Script, I don’t have every song of theirs. But I love that The Script always manage to bring a solid record whenever they drop an album. They’re one of those few artists that don’t settle for anything other than quality. So I’m really excited to listen to their brand new album “Freedom Child”. Let’s get right to it!.

Track 1 - No Man Is An Island

What a fantastic start to the album!. The beat isn’t complicated, nor is it over the top. It fits perfectly within the rhythm of the song, which I like. The chorus is infectious and gets you tapping your foot. This song definitely gets you interested in what the rest of the album will be like. Great opener for sure.

Rating: 8/10

Favourite Lyric: She said all hearts break, don’t lost faith, you can’t live life that way


Track 2 - Rain

The first single off the album, and honestly it was a newish sound that I wasn’t quite expecting. However The Script nailed it and delivered. Bits of the song remind me of Ed Sheeran, but other than that it’s not a bad song to sing along too when it comes on.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric: It’s such a shame we fucked it up, you and me


Track 3 - Arms Open

This is a beautiful song that holds so much emotional, and I may have teared up just a little. The message of this song, the lyrics, the production really is on point. This is simplicity at it’s best and The Script just know how to deliver meaningful songs. Arms Open is another one of those songs and I really hope it doesn’t become underrated, because this song doesn’t deserve that.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: So when you feel like you can’t take another round of being broken, my arms are open


Track 4 - Rock The World

This gives me Hall of Fame vibes, and I think it’s amazing that The Script wrote a song like this. Because nowadays on the charts they aren’t a lot of songs about believing in yourself, and I applaud The Script for this song, it’s amazing. Very classic The Script I’d say, and I can actually see this as a future single.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: You and me are human beings, pushing harder, smashing ceilings


Track 5 - Mad Love

It’s a cute song, different style to the last few songs that I listened too and you know what, it works. Not as memorable as Rock Your World or No Man Is An Island, but it has a nice, laid back beat to it. And after Rock Your World, I think it was the right choice to have Mad Love as the next track.

Rating: 6 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: I’ve got mad, mad, mad, love for you


Track 6 - Deliverance

Okay, interesting. It’s got sorta the same vibe as No Man Is An Island mixed with Rock Your World, but in a way it’s completely different. I quite like it, I had my head bopping all throughout this song. I was more focused though on the beat, then the lyrics, but I’ll most likely go back and listen closely to the lyrics later. But for the first listen it’s the beat that definitely hooks you.

Rating: 7 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: Oh, you can’t ever know what it’s worth, if it don’t hurt


Track 7 - Divide States Of America

Like Pink, The Script has brought a song about unity and what’s going on in America right now. While some will get bored of these songs, and think that they’re quite overdone. I actually don’t mind them. Besides, The Script has been one of those artists that don’t shy away from being brutally honest in their music, and this song is no different. Lyrically it’s a strong song and has a powerful statement. And I think in a time like this, having songs like this are quite important.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric: Another time to speak less, listen more


Track 8 - Wonders

The way it started I was ready to cry, but The Script pulled a 180 and completely stunned me with the transition of this song, and I’m in love!!!. I was smiling while listening. Even though I’m not in a relationship, I appreciate the message behind in this song. And you don’t really have to be in a relationship to really be able to relate to this song. It makes you think if you’re actually living life to the fullest, and you can go and catch a plane and go do all the things you’ve always wanted. And after Divided States of America, which is such a heavy song it was nice to have some of that emotional heaviness lifted.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Favourite Lyric: I’ve got so many questions to ask


Track 9 - Love Not Lovers

This was a promotional track that I listen too a few days earlier, and like all the other songs on this album it holds a message that I’m sure we or someone we know can relate too. It has like I said in another song above, that classic Script vibe and while this album is different to their previous sound, it’s nice to listen to a song and get that nostalgic feeling of a previous sound.

Rating: 8/10

Favourite Lyric: Oh, the harder you chase it the more love will run


Track 10 - Eden

This starts a it funky and then goes into a catchy beat. I honestly not sure what to think about this song. I feel like this the type of song that’ll need multiple listens to really get into it. By all means there isn’t anything bad about it, but in my opinion it isn’t as strong as the others I’ve heard.

Rating: 6 and half/10

Favourite Lyric: Blinded my temptation, you gave me salvation


Track 11 - Make Up

If you only listen to a handful of songs from this album, please, make sure this is one of them. I’m a person that doesn’t wear make-up, but this song hit me hard. I think everyone needs to hear this. Because we so quickly forget, thanks to the pressure of society, that we’re all beautiful in our own way. What I also think is important about this song, is that it isn’t gender specific, it talks about girls and guys. I give a huge round of applause to The Script, their songs are so lyrically beautiful. Whether that be upbeat ones or slow ballads.

Rating: 9/10

Favourite Lyric: She’s locked up in a prison made of thoughts // Never happy with who she is, that’s the saddest fucking thing


Track 12 - Written In The Scars

This is the first song I heard from the album, and I don’t mean the full song but a small snippet that was posted by The Script on twitter. And my god, it just made me want to hear the whole song. When I did, I wasn’t disappointed. Lyrically this relates closer to Rock Your Word, and I think those songs go quite perfectly hand in hand. The favourite lyric I put underneath, really was something that I needed to hear and I cannot thank The Script enough for making a song like this. Because we are all fighting our own silent battles, and it’s important to be reminded that what you’re going through isn’t going to last. When you reach that light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll come out stronger. Beautiful song, no doubt.

Rating: 8/10

Favourite Lyric: If it’s hurting right now, If it’s burning right now. It’s gon’ make us who we are, it’s written in the scars


Track 13 - Awakening

Okay, I thought this was going to be a track but it’s just a interlude of instrumental. I’m not sure why they put it on the album though. Not going to lie am actually disappoint that it isn’t a song.

Rating: Not going to rate it, because it isn’t a song just instrumental


Track 14 - Freedom Child

So the same feel as Rock Your World, which seems to be The Scripts signature style. After the heaviness of Divided States of America. The emotional impact of Arms Open and Make Up. I can see why The Script decided to end the album with this song. It radiates a positive message, saying be who you are, don’t let anyone tell you how to live, stick to being your true self and spread love.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Lyric: Say your peace, free your mind


Rating: 70/100

Worst Track(s): Mad Love, Eden

Best Track(s): Make Up, Wonders, Arms Open, No Man Is An Island, Written In The Scars, Arms Open, Rock Your World, Love Not Lovers

Strong single choices: Rock Your World, Wonders, No Man Is An Island, Written In The Scars


Conclusion

I honestly did not want this album to end. I said in many reviews before that an artists greatest challenge is delivering an album of quality, that is lyrically strong but also musically catchy. There are some artists out there that have no trouble with being able to deliver both lyrics and music quality. The Script are one of those artists that don’t disappoint.

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of them. I only like a few songs from every album, but this one is the complete opposite. Each song that their own unique appeal. This album flows from song to song, but also each track manages to have their own distinct sound.

All I can say if you are buying music this year make sure that The Script’s “Freedom Child” album is on that list. Trust me you won’t regret it, this album is full of jam packed songs that will make you cry, dance and think about your life. This right here is what music is about!. If you want quality, deep lyrics, catchy beats then listen to this album!

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I was already familiar with Elijah Blake before this album. What I heard was really bland and cookie cutter R&B for the radio and that may work for some people, but I ain’t trying to spend my own time listening to it, so when I saw that he had a new album, I immediately thought it was gonna be more of what I heard. There’s definitely some of that on here (which slows the album down a lot for me), but to my surprise this album feels like a mixing pot of a lot of different sounds of R&B. There’s even some Pop on here. It gives me the idea that this is the album that Elijah’s been wanting to make. I want to applaud Blake for his branching out his sound. I think theses songs can make the radio, but for the music head like me can find something to appreciate here, whether it’s the variety of the production or his voice. Although this is my first Elijah Blake album, I can’t help but feel as though there’s some growth here.

FAV TRACKS: Occupied, 11:59 and Stingy

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The new St. Vincent album is nothing short of stunning. She is so unpredictable, always going in new directions, musically and vocally, such an exciting experience with every new album, always raising standards and avoiding conformity. Something i endlessly embrace as much in film as in music. Such a beautiful musical landscape and playful while doing so. If there was any justice she would be in the spot that some bigger names are, because there is so much talent in Annie. But maybe it’s even better so. Still deserves all the praise of this world. Such an original. Take me away, Annie!  ❤

4:44 | Jay-Z

4:44 is true, grown man rap. If you’re tired of the Migos, Lil Uzi Verts, and Yachtys, Mr. Carter has you covered. If you didn’t learn anything from this album, you truly weren’t listening. With lessons of wealth longevity and growing black dollars to apologies for Becky to Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, all of the world’s burning questions have been answered. Solange owed Jay-Z that elevator beat down, the twins were conceived naturally, and Hov even responded to Kanye’s infamous twenty minute concert rant. Beyoncé fans knew of Jigga’s infidelity, but hearing it from Hov, complete with an apology, is huge following the birth of their twins. This album is so truthful, I just couldn’t imagine Beyoncé singing a note on it, but she did on “Family Feud”, quite beautifully, might I add. Hearing her alongside The Clark Sisters literally took me higher easily giving it the most replay value. With only ten songs, 4:44 makes it hard to choose standout tracks, moreover, it’s just a complete body of work. Some have called it Mr. Carter’s response to Lemonade, but I see it as his side of the story. It’s sophisticated, raw, and vulnerable at the same time. It’s goes without saying, Jigga is still that nigga.

[ Gorillaz - Humanz Review ]

[7.5/10] - Ascension
[7/10] - Strobelite
[8.5/10] - Saturnz Barz
[8/10] - Momentz
[7.5/10] - Submission
[7/10] - Charger
[9/10] - Andromeda
[7/10] - Busted and Blue
[6/10] - Carnival
[7/10] - Let Me Out
[9/10] - Sex Murder Party
[8/10] - She’s My Collar
[5.5/10] - Hallelujah Money
[7/10] - We Got the Power
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[74/100] Humanz
It rests painfully below the ¾ mark… but something about this album feels like it belongs there, just short of feeling like a comfortable fraction. After listening to the album leak on repeat for the whole day during work, I feel that it doesn’t pack quite as solid a punch like Plastic Beach or Demon Days, but it’s still quite good. At its best, its a playful new digital exploration of the Gorillaz signature style paired with a bunch of new wildcards, at it’s worst its an overcrowded bus of collaborators with Damon lost in the non-analog mix. There are some really excellent tracks on there, but together I’m not sure they’re as tightly cohesive as previous releases. Repeated listens will improve these numbers. I do need to give it a chance to let it grow on me more, but right now Humanz is… pretty alright.

MY REVIEW OF TELL ME YOU LOVE ME

OKAY. It’s 12:15am and I’m on the FLOOR because I have been listening to this album on repeat and I can’t MOVE!!!! THIS BITCH HAS DONE!!!!! IT!!!!!!!!! I mean she’s always DONE IT but this album is so different bc she was going to give up and I mean literally STOP making music, but then she got nominated for a grammy like she DESERVED and she got so inspired that she made this entire MASTERPIECE in like a year so HERE !!!!! WE!!!!! GO!!!!!!!!!!! (again, hehe)

OKAY. 

SORRY NOT SORRY payback is a bad bitch and baby I’m the BADDEST!!!!! she starts the album off with this song that SLAYS and I don’t blame her. it sets the tone like HEY bitches I’m here, and I’m not playing around this time. #SNS

TELL ME YOU LOVE ME this song made me sob the first time i heard it. I’m so glad she named the album after it. its her anthem for this era i think. way more R&B than she’s ever been before, and she KILLS IT!!!!!!! so raw and real, and HELLO I LOVE YOU!!!!!!! UGH. 

YOU DON’T DO IT FOR ME ANYMORE so good. SO GOOD. amazing to see her sing about her addiction for the first time EVER and see how much stronger she is and watch her literally say that it doesnt do it for her anymore!!!!

SEXY DIRTY LOVE pretty standard @ddlovato JAM!!! perfect for driving or getting ready in your room, etc!!! sexy!!!! (duh) dirty!!!! (duh) very neon lights-y! love it. 

DADDY ISSUES  holy. shit. i need therapy after the way demi sings this song!!!!!! sign me the FUCK up. she’s SO talented. holy. shit. “LUCKY!FOR!YOU!!!!!! I GOT ALL THESE DADDY ISSUES!!!!” 

RUIN THE FRIENDSHIP  this song started and i thought my spotify had switched over to the arctic fucking monkeys!!! this bitch has me SHOOK. its about nick jonas and thank GOD bc I’ve been needing them to date forever. its a little slower, but very sexy. 10/10

ONLY FOREVER also pretty slow and sexy… more vulnerable. how long will she wait for him? only forever. WOWOWOW. where was this song my whole life?! her “waaaaiiiiitttiiinnng” notes are so gorgeous. i love her.

LONELY omfg. this is insane. she’s GROWLING in this song. holy shit. I love it. Looooo–ooooooo—-nneeeeely. all he did was leave her fucking lonely. well look at her now hahaha. boi bye!

CRY BABY …..THE GREATEST SONG ON THE WHOLE ALBUM. I’m shook. I cried. This is when I hit the floor. She is DRAGGGGGING me in this song. I’m SHOOK. “congratulations because my heart is the hardest to break….” fuck me UP!!!!!!

GAMES damn damn damn!!!!!! “text on read, and it aint no accident.” HAHAHAHA two can play that game ;)))))))

CONCENTRATE ….DEMETRIA. GIRLY WATCHU DOING??? first of all i love the entrance. like john mayer or something. and then how she starts with “bottles of merlot, i can’t stand em now” bc last night I drank an entire bottle of merlot and somehow she knew that would happen!! #YIKES but WOW this song is literally incredible. “make music when you’re moaning…..” need i say more? (i wish this was about me………)

HITCHHIKER so good!!! i love all the snaps in these songs!! so ~~~~~R&B~~~~ i wanna be her back up dancer who sways and snaps behind her I MEAN CAN U IMAGINE!? but yeah this is a solid bop!! if you’re the driver I’m the hitchhiker!!!

SMOKE AND MIRRORS OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!! this song is tied with cry baby but the bitch didnt even put it on the album so idk?!?! its so very beautiful. makes me want to cry bc she’s so sad…. but she BELTS A FUCKING A5 BC SHES DEMI FUCKING LOVATO!!!!!!!!! so pretty. i love this song. holy SHIT!!!!!

I AM SO PROUD OF THIS LEGENDARY ARTIST AND I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE HER NUMER ONE FAN!!!!!!!! SHE’S COMING FOR THE GRAMMY’S YALL!!!!!!!! AND SHE AIN’T STOPPIN’ THERE!!!!!!!