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Cut Through The Noise: Lana Del Rey, Cavetown, Lauv & Conan Gray

Illustration by Isaac Wert
October 25, 2020

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent...

‘Black is King’ surpasses expectations

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Disney Plus film proves Beyonce is still queen
October 11, 2020

Disney Plus has provided an opportunity to view Beyoncé's latest visual album, “Black is King,” an empowering celebration of Black and African culture. “Black is King” is a visual companion...

‘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...

‘Gigaton’ brings new music to grunge fans

Gigaton album provides fresh perspective on modern grunge. This is Pearl Jam’s 11th studio album in 29 years.
Pearl Jam releases first studio album in seven years
June 4, 2020

After a long wait, Pearl Jam released a new studio album filled with political rage, angst and amazing songs. Although “Gigaton” is no “Ten”, the album has some great songs. For example, “Quick...

One of rock’s greatest albums syncs a classic movie

Pair the recording of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz” starting at the third roar of the MGM lion.
Pairing of classic rock albums and movie provides entertainment
June 4, 2020

What happens if you take one of rock's most famous albums and pair it with a classic movie like “The Wizard of Oz”, you get a sync that seems almost too accurate to have been accidental. If “The...

‘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,...

‘The Music Man’ is music to my ears

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres hits the spot
March 13, 2020

Song after song, my memories of watching the 1962 “The Music Man” film many years ago fluttered back, a telltale sign of an accurate rendition of an iconic plot.  Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’...

Cut Through The Noise: Lady Gaga, SZA ft. Justin Timberlake, G Herbo ft. Chance the Rapper, Juice WRLD & Lil Uzi Vert

Illustration by Isaac Wert
March 10, 2020

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent...

‘Changes’ captures Justin Bieber’s life brilliantly

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Album proves heartfelt, unforgettable
March 4, 2020

When I found out that Justin Bieber announced the date for his new album “Changes,” I was super excited. I hadn’t listened to Bieber in a long time and was curious to see how his music had changed...

Cut Through The Noise: Justin Bieber ft. Kehlani, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Dua Lipa

Illustration by Isaac Wert
February 14, 2020

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent...

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