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‘MUDBOY’ Proves Sheck Wes Is More Than a One-Hit Wonder

‘MUDBOY’ Proves Sheck Wes Is More Than a One-Hit Wonder

After the soaring success of his track “Mo Bamba,” rapper Sheck Wes manages to create an impressively produced and eclectic trap album with his debut “Mudboy,” cementing his place as a rapper to keep watching despite the lyrical shortcomings. Harlem-based Wes quietly posted his breakout track “Mo Bamba,” named after[Read More…]

by October 16, 2018 0 comments The Guide
6LACK

‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ Puts 6LACK’s Emotional Side on Display, But Pushes No Boundaries

★★★☆☆ Atlanta-based singer 6LACK, birth name Ricardo Valentine, burst onto the alternative R&B scene in 2016 with platinum-selling singles “PRBLMS” and “Ex Calling,” leading up to his debut album “Free 6LACK.” Accused by fans and critics like Anthony Fantano of being an industry plant capitalizing on the popularity of alternative[Read More…]

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Album Review: ‘Cry Pretty’ by Carrie Underwood

★★☆☆☆ Carrie Underwood takes few sonic risks in her latest studio album, “Cry Pretty.” Most of the album’s songs feature Underwood playing to her strengths, creating radio-ready country ballads that everyone can sing along to in the car. However, with “The Bullet,” a song about gun violence, Underwood dips her[Read More…]

by September 19, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
THE WEEKND

Album Review: ‘My Dear Melancholy’

After solidifying his success with the 2016 Daft Punk-produced album, “Starboy,” The Weeknd returned to his musical roots with his March 30 EP “My Dear Melancholy,” characterized by moody beats and pained crooning. “My Dear Melancholy” cuts through the fluff of The Weeknd’s seemingly cool disinterest to reveal the beating[Read More…]

SOCCER MOMMMY

Album Review: ‘Clean’

★★★☆☆ Soccer Mommy’s debut album, “Clean,” is anything but that. Confronting complicated relationships, the move away from home and skinny-dipping with boys, the lyrics of Soccer Mommy — whose real name is Sophie Allison — are piercingly raw and relatable. The mix is intentionally muddled, staying true to the bedroom[Read More…]

by March 26, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT

Album Review: ‘Black Panther: The Album’

With the hype surrounding the release of Marvel’s 2018 film “Black Panther,” which features a predominantly black cast and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film ever in the United States, the pressure to make an album worthy of a billion-dollar film was tremendous. With a star-studded lineup and a variety[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
LIL YACHTY

Album Review: ‘Lil Boat 2’

★☆☆☆☆ On “Lil Boat 2,” Lil Yachty attempts to cement his place among fellow Atlanta rap stars like Migos, Young Thug and 2 Chainz but falls short, as personality and energy are swapped for rinse-and-repeat beats and uninspired flows. After the almost overnight success of his 2015 viral hit “One[Read More…]

by March 16, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
FALL OUT BOY

Album Review: ‘Mania’

★★★☆☆ When exploring new musical styles, Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album “Mania” often falters and is strongest when the group sticks to the sound that made it popular. The project is a continuation of the group’s move from the realm of punk to the realm of pop, but this[Read More…]

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Album Review: ‘Punken’

★★★★☆ “Your name is Emekwanem Ibemakanam Ogugua Biosah / Emekwanem means, ‘Don’t f–k with me.’” In these first two lines of his debut album “Punken,” menacing Houston rapper Maxo Kream introduces himself by his birth name. After a long pause, a dark drum beat rises and Maxo emerges to set[Read More…]

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Album Review: ‘Say Less’

★★★☆☆ Twenty-one-year-old singer and rapper Roy Woods blurs the lines between rhythm and blues and rap, though he leans more toward the former, producing atmospheric tracks across the emotional spectrum through the 16 tracks on his debut album. “Say Less” excels because of Woods’ slick vocal flow and abundant energy,[Read More…]

by December 8, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide, Uncategorized