Author: Jackson Ragland

J. Coles’ latest album is not a hit, but it does introduce a new relaxed style that Cole should keep working on. His album has hints of early 2000s rap and includes samples from some songs released in that period. The album consists of 12 songs that range from semi-narrative style rap to rap focusing on wordplay and lyricism.  Overall, this album holds its own, but it misses that special something – structure – which albums need to reach their full potential. Some songs pull the album up, while some don’t help at all. The two singles released before the album, “the climb back” and “interlude,” are okay on their own but are elevated by the surrounding songs. The songs that carry this album are “applying pressure,” “let go my hand” and “the…

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“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” fails to utilize the vocal range of Lana Del Rey. The album, which is Del Rey’s seventh, has a bunch of good songs on it, but there are some that just don’t deliver. Lana Del Rey is known for her amazing singing voice, and she makes sure people know she’s still got it — mostly. Most of the songs are great spectacles of Del Rey’s voice and her lyrical style. The theme of the album could be about the double standards women face in society. Each of these pieces can create a perfect album, but they don’t fit quite well. This album is good lyrically, but without good music, lyrics falter. From the very beginning, it starts with quiet music and loud vocals, which…

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The 2021 Grammys have gone by, but someone was seemingly missing from the nominees list: The Weeknd. His album “After Hours” is an overall great album and screams Grammy nomination. Multiple genres collide in the album, including R&B, new wave and dream pop. “After Hours” continues the nihilistic story that The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has been creating since 2011. Tesfaye finally united the worlds of mainstream pop and the tones of his 2011 mixtape trilogy. Lyrically and musically, Tesfaye hit points that some artists will never begin to reach. The Grammys have always supposed to have been one for making waves in the music industry as being the place to show off your music and accomplishments. It seems as though the Grammys just wants to make people angry every year. The interim president of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., came…

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“The Dark Side of The Moon,” is one of the best albums of all time. This album was the Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album, it was released on March 1973. This album is an amazing spectacle of the bands ability. This album explores themes of greed, mental illness, conflict, death and time. The band used snippets of interviews of their road crew and philosophical quotes in the album. The theme of mental illness was explored because of former member Syd Barrett whose mental state was deteriorating according to the other members. This album is glorious, showing a change in the…

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“Evermore,” a pleasant surprise to Swifties and casual fans alike, was a second surprise in 2020. This album is Taylor’s ninth studio album, being a sister album to her first surprise release “Folklore,” and hits almost every target. This album has a little bit of everything, considering each song and the feeling it brings. Each song on this album has its own overall feel, but a select few have a lot more feeling to them. The best songs in this album are “willow,” “coney island” and “evermore.” Taylor Swift is an amazing artist and has shown she can do whatever she wants and make it work. “willow,” has powerful lyrics and music and is a great song to add…

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