Post Tagged with: "album"

Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

“Suncity” features pop singer Khalid trying new styles like Latin pop and pitch-shifted vocal samples. Although there are moments of surprising emotional potency, Khalid ultimately lacks artistic maturity and makes only cursory efforts at experimentation. At 20 years old, Khalid Donnel Robinson, known simply as Khalid, has become an international[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
Future and Juice WRLD Lack Chemistry in ‘WRLD on Drugs’

Future and Juice WRLD Lack Chemistry in ‘WRLD on Drugs’

★★☆☆☆ Future and Juice WRLD’s collaborative mixtape “WRLD on Drugs” sees the Atlanta rap icon Future take a backseat to the up-and-coming Juice WRLD, but lyrical immaturity and a lack of chemistry doom their collaboration. 2018 has been a relatively quiet year for the typically prolific Future, one of rap’s[Read More…]

by October 30, 2018 0 comments The Guide
KELELA

Kelela Offers a Radical Reinterpretation of R&B on ‘TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES’

Released on the one-year anniversary of her debut album, “Take Me Apart,” Kelela’s “TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES” brings together a massive cast of producers, musicians and other artists to expand her creative universe and offer a collaborative and novel vision of music. The album boasts a near hour-and-20-minute runtime[Read More…]

by October 8, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
J. COLE

Album Review: ‘KOD’

★★★★☆ J. Cole’s latest album “KOD,” which dropped April 20, does not stray from his usual reflection and critique of modern culture. The album documents heartbreaking stories of systemic violence, drug addiction and crippling emotional impairment, while simultaneously roasting trap culture, politicians and the broken system of U.S. society. However,[Read More…]

by May 22, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
SABA

Album Review: ‘Care for Me’

★★★★★ Introspective and impassioned, Chicago rapper Saba’s second studio album “Care for Me” pairs clever wordplay with impeccable flow. The 10-song collection demonstrates Saba’s magnetic storytelling ability and earns him a place among the best up-and-coming rappers. Saba, born Tahj Malik Chandler, released his first project “GETCOMFORTable” in 2012.  He[Read More…]

by April 17, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Album Review: ‘Bobby Tarantino II’

Album Review: ‘Bobby Tarantino II’

★★★☆☆ The latest release from Gaithersburg, Md., rapper Logic, “Bobby Tarantino II,” starts off with a conversation between the two stars of the Adult Swim comedy show “Rick and Morty.” The duo discuss the merits and differences of “album Logic” and “mixtape Logic.” Through an amusing gesture of self-deprecating humor,[Read More…]

by April 9, 2018 1 comment Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
MGMT

Album Review: ‘Little Dark Age’

★★★☆☆ MGMT’s 2018 album “Little Dark Age” follows in the vein of the spaced-out indie-pop that rocketed the band to stardom 11 years ago. However, while the project almost succeeds in reviving the duo’s early retro-synth success, it struggles to find its own identity. MGMT, which the friends Andrew VanWyngarden[Read More…]

by February 12, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
GENIUS.COM

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
RCA Records

Album Review: ‘War & Leisure’

★★★★☆ Rhythm and blues star Miguel may be the only singer charismatic enough to release a sunny radio jam centered around the M16 assault rifle and make it feel sexy rather than ignorant. “War & Leisure” features a confident Miguel who infuses vibrant party music with subversive references to political[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
MAROON 5

Album Review: ‘Red Pill Blues’

★★★☆☆ Fifteen years and five albums since the release of its critically acclaimed debut, “Songs About Jane,” quintessential pop rock group Maroon 5 is creating quite a different sound. The sultry rock songs that launched the band to stardom in the early 2000s would not find a place on its[Read More…]