Albums I practice drumming to

Underoath - Lost in the Sound of Separation

Mutemath - Mutemath / Reset EP

Deafheaven - Sunbather

Maps & Atlases - Trees, Swallows, Houses

American Football - American Football (1999)

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

Death Grips - The Money Store

Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone!

Pneu - Highway to Health

Paramore - Riot!

Album review: Lorde - ‘Melodrama’

In this decade, once an artist breaks through with a debut album, the possibility of a ‘sophomore slump’ is attached to them until the album is released. While the sophomore slump is something that actually exists and has happened to a lot of artists, there have been artists whose second albums not only met the expectations, but even succeeded them. Kendrick Lamar released ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ after ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d city’. Deafheaven released ‘Sunbather’ after ‘Roads to Judah’. Frank Ocean released two impossible albums after his already-considered-classic ‘Channel Orange’, and one of the two albums is arguably even better than Channel Orange. Now, four years after releasing the incredibly popular and influential album ‘Pure Heroine’, Lorde returns and joins the aforementioned artists who have proven ‘sophomore slump’ can’t exist if enough heart and work is put into the art, and if the artist is not trapped in the usual lifestyle of a superstar once the stardom hits.

‘Melodrama’, if anything, is even more experimental (the two part ‘Hard Feelings/Loveless’) and daring than ‘Pure Heroine’ which was already quite an experimental piece of art for a mostly radio album, considering the hits that that album generated: ‘Royals’ and ‘Team’. How many pop artists since then have tried and (mostly) failed miserably to replicate the same atmospheric, minimal-yet rich songwriting of ‘Pure Heroine’? Exactly. ‘Melodrama’ is not drastically different than ‘Pure Heroine’. It is still very much a Lorde album right from the start. ‘Green Light’ is an anthem that could only be made by Lorde. It might be the best pop song of the year. ‘Liability’ and ‘Writer in the Dark’ are new territory for her as she ditches the electronics and highlights her lyrics and her voice. The lyrics of ‘Liability’ are some of the best self-conscious songwriting I’ve heard in any pop song ever. She doesn’t use any big words. She just ‘knows’ how to say what she wants to say.

The absolute highlights of the album, though, are ‘The Louvre’ and ‘Supercut’. ‘The Louvre’ might be the best song of the entire album. It has an impossible hook that just sticks in your head and you can’t get it out of your head. The outro of the song alone is one full minute of a moody guitar melody and ambiance and GOD is this moment so fucking perfect. The absence of Lorde’s voice in the last minute of the song only makes the song more powerful by letting the listener ‘feeling’ her through the music. She does this again in ‘Supercut’. The song’s synth melody repeats for a minute until it slowly fades and then seamlessly fades into ‘Liability (Reprise)’ which is the coda of Lorde’s breakup (which is what the album’s concept is based on).

Lorde somehow manages to make an album that generates popular songs (‘Green Light’, ‘Sober’, ‘Homemade Dynamite’) but she also creates ‘moments’ that are entirely unique and unforgettable (‘The Louvre’, ‘Supercut’, ‘Liability’, ‘Liability (Reprise)’). Lorde lives a life that so many of us dream of, but the feelings she expresses in this album are feelings that every single one of us go through at one point. I mean, just look at this line from ‘Supercut’: “In my head I do everything right.” If that line doesn’t hit your hard and doesn’t makes you cry and smile at the same time as you’re hearing it, then you and I just have drastically different approaches to experiencing music. Every song on ‘Melodrama’ is like a very cool, extremely well written tumblr post of a 20year old expressing how she or he felt after going through a breakup, the things she did to overcome it, etc. And ‘Melodrama’ is a memorable and deeply rich album because everything Lorde says is ‘felt’ and comes from a life she actually lived before putting it all in these songs.

•BLOND is the worst album Frank Ocean ever made. It was good but it damn sure wasn’t as good as Channel Orange. We waited all that time and I can only listen to 2 songs on repeat. His singles are better than the album
•To Pimp a Butterfly is the worst album Kendrick Lamar ever made. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is the best album he made. If I’m wrong, what’s y'all favorite song on the album and why? That album was trash like his unnecessary verse on ‘Mask Off’
•CAMP is the worst album Childish Gambino has ever made. “Awaken, My Love!” is a close second. It was like a practice run but it was tacky and full of uncomfortable colorism. This was the album where he said (Bonfire) “I’m down with the black girls of every single culture, Filipino, Armenian girls on my sofa”. Kauai is his best work out there right behind Because the Internet.
•J. Cole’s worst album gotta be 2014 Forest Hills Drive, only because 4 Your Eyez Only was an album for his friend’s daughter. After Born Sinner, it was a chest pain to listen to his music. He stopped putting emotion in his words, he became BORING. The album didn’t have any songs that made you wanna keep listening besides the ones that the radio played out.
•PND3 is trash through and through. PNC COLOURS was better and it only had like 5 songs. All PND did was continue implementing Caribbean culture in his songs after her finished writing Views. He got too head ass since apparently everyone wants him to write music for them (and considering how N*cki spoke in RIYT, he probably did write it).
•Views was trash and y'all know it
•Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was horrible, with only 4 bops and this is not up for discussion


im hungover playlist

  1. Pursuit of Happiness- Kid Cudi
  2. The Art of Peer Pressure- Kendrick Lamar
  3. Hands On The Wheel- Schoolboy Q
  4. Get ‘em High- Kanye West
  5. Crack Music- Kanye West
  6. Regulate- Warren G
  7. Drop That Heater- Omarion
  8. Electric Feel- MGMT
  9. Colt 45- Afroman
  10. Ambitionz As A Ridah- 2Pac