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‘Nectar’ captures melancholic mood

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Second studio album proves growth, potential
October 8, 2020

Debuting number four on iTunes Charts, Joji’s new album “Nectar” is a complex blend of synth-pop and soft piano. His second studio album, nondescript and soothing, is completed with 18 songs featuring...

‘Dissimulation’ shows potential

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YouTuber displays flexibility
May 28, 2020

When I first heard that KSI would be dropping an album, I was surprised. My only knowledge of him was that he is a YouTuber, but when I listened to his new album “Dissimulation,” I knew he was more...

‘High Off Life’ proves nothing more than satisfactory

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Future utilizes experience, skill
May 28, 2020

On May 15, Future dropped his eighth studio album, “High Off Life.” According to HYPEBEAST, the album is projected to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Even though this statistic seems...

‘BLAME IT ON BABY’ electrifies

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Album shows classic DaBaby sound
May 6, 2020

I had high expectations for DaBaby’s newest album because his single “FIND MY WAY,” which was released a couple of weeks before the album, was an instant hit. “BLAME IT ON BABY” exceeded my expectations,...

‘Rare’ shows new side of Selena Gomez

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Third solo album expresses confidence, love
January 13, 2020

Selena Gomez’s newest album “Rare” released Jan. 10 is an upbeat, joyful album that will make you want to get out of your seat and dance.  Five years since her last album, Gomez comes back a...

Camila Cabello releases new album

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‘Romance’ doesn’t live up to expectations
December 13, 2019

Although many fans are raving about Camila Cabello’s new album ‘Romance,’ I was not personally impressed by the music. The songs, specifically “My Oh My,” were catchy and pleasant to listen...

Mac Demarco’s new album highlights talented vocals

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‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ combines classic songs with indie sounds
June 6, 2019

The dull and unchanging instrumental blended with Mac Demarco's repetitive vocals fill the opening track, the song "Here Comes the Cowboy." But after the drab aesthetic of the opening track, I was quickly...

‘IGOR’ provides another fresh take on rap genre

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Production leads way in fourth full length album
June 4, 2019

As the beginning notes of “IGORS THEME” play, listeners can tell this will oppose Tyler, The Creators previous album “Flower Boy.” “IGOR” is a completely separate beast of music. The album...

“Nothing Happens” displays modern indie-rock

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Wallows’ debut album beautifully balances rock, pop sounds
April 22, 2019

After a shower of outstanding singles throughout 2017 and a 6-track EP in 2018, Los Angeles indie rock band Wallows pulls through with their debut album “Nothing Happens.” The initial publicity...

Maggie Rogers defines sound through debut album

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‘Heard It In a Past Life’ explores indie-pop theme
February 17, 2019

Finding an album in which every song doesn’t sound the same but offers ranging sonic textures can be difficult, but “Heard It In a Past Life” is an album that proved it’s not impossible.   The...

Joji’s new album bores

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‘BALLADS 1’ showcases an odd mix of electronic, melancholic songs
November 13, 2018

“BALLADS 1” marks a major career shift for Joji, a former viral internet star known for his Pink Guy and Filthy Frank personas. The tracklist originally wowed some, even reaching number one on...

Lil Wayne’s going home album

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“Tha Carter V” mesmerizes listeners
October 31, 2018

In Lil Wayne's newest album “Tha Carter V”, Wayne once again hits the world with amazing beats and lyrics offering memorable features that include, but are not limited to, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar...

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