Category: Album Reviews

Album Review: Pharrell – Girl

        Pharrell   Girl   Columbia Records, March 03 2014           by Adam Weidemann Pharrell had his hands on two of the biggest pop songs of 2013, but he has had a long and accomplished musical career. Girl is a departure from his hip hop production with The Neptunes, …

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Album Review: Real Estate – Atlas

        Real Estate   Atlas   Mexican Summer, March 04 2014           Reviewed by Jon Howard Three years after their impeccable sophomore release Days, indie rock outfit Real Estate return with the highly anticipated Atlas. Atlas sees the band leave behind the more cheerful sound of their previous …

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Album Review: Temples – Sun Structures

        Temples   Sun Structures   Heavenly Recordings, February 10 2014           Reviewed by Jon Howard If you had tried to tell me a few years ago that psychedelic rock was about to make a massive comeback, I probably would have laughed and told you to keep dreaming. …

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Staff List: Our Top Albums of 2013

Jon Howard’s Top 10 Albums of 2013   1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories After eight long years without a studio album (not counting the arguably perfect live/remix album Alive 2007 or the Tron Legacy soundtrack), Daft Punk made a triumphant return this year with Random Access Memories. The duo eschewed house styling in …

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Album Review: Drake – Nothing Was the Same

        Drake   Nothing Was the Same   OVO Sound, Republic Records, September 24 2013         Reviewed by Ben Simpson There is a large collection of artists that don’t think Aubrey Drake Graham deserves the recognition he has received. Common referred to him as “soft”. DMX, Li’l Kim, and …

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Album Review: MGMT – MGMT

        MGMT   MGMT (self-titled)   Columbia, September 17 2013         Reviewed by Jon Howard After taking the radio by storm in early 2008 with their inarguably catchy synthpop singles “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel”, and “Kids”, MGMT faced a tough decision.  Should they produce more radio-friendly synthpop and …

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Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – AM

        Arctic Monkeys   AM   Domino, September 10 2013           Reviewed by Jon Howard With four number one albums in the United Kingdom and a rapidly growing fanbase across the pond here in the United States, Arctic Monkeys are under more pressure than ever to continue delivering …

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Album Review: Tyler, the Creator – Wolf

        Tyler, the Creator   Wolf   Odd Future, April 2 2013           Reviewed by Jon Howard Tyler, the Creator has always been known for his shock-value lyrics, dark themes, and tight production, and with 2011’s Goblin all three of these elements reached their apex. Tyler had long …

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Album Review: The Strokes – Comedown Machine

      The Strokes   Comedown Machine   RCA Records, March 26 2013             Reviewed by Greg Grunzel (DJ Baby Duck) One thing is for certain: Jules loves the 80’s. Proverbial kings of the 00’s garage rock revival scene, The Strokes’ latest effort Comedown Machine bleeds 80’s more than …

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Album Review: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

    Justin Timberlake   The 20/20 Experience   RCA Records, March 15 2013           By Ishaba Haque   After a 7 year break from music, Justin Timberlake has made his comeback. And what a comeback it is. Timberlake’s sophomore album, Grammy winning, FutureSex/LoveSounds created quite the impact back in 2006. …

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