Tagged album review

New Music: Tyler, the Creator

By Scott Christensen, August 17 2017 — Two years after releasing his last album, Cherry Bomb, Tyler, the Creator comes full force with Flower Boy, his best project yet. Having improved his rapping and production since his 2011 debut, Goblin, Flower Boy blossoms as a well-structured and original project. The album opens with Tyler’s signature…

New Music: Ed Sheeran

By Rachel Woodward, March 21 2017 — British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently emerged from his year-long hiatus with his third full-length album, ÷. The album features singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” both of which have bombarded radio stations for the past few months, but also includes 14 tracks that both old and…

New Music: Charli XCX

By Gurman Sahota, March 21 2017 — To some, a 10-track release warrants the designation of an “album,” but for Charli XCX, her newest release is a mixtape — an amuse-bouche before the release of her third album. The work lacks the sense of disjointedness that often comes with mixtapes trying to woo potential labels with a…

New Music: Blaise Moore

By Gurman Sahota, March 7 2017 — Bursting into the Canadian music scene, Blaise Moore delivers LAURENCE, an homage to the history of the sad electro-pop genre. Expanding upon the familiar sadness of something Lana Del Rey would croon about, Moore drives the album through heartbreak and the ritual of unpacking what went wrong in…

New Music: Rag’N’Bone Man

By Rachel Woodward, February 28 2017 — British singer-songwriter Rory Graham — known by his stage name Rag’n’Bone Man — returns to the music scene with Human, a soulful collection of tracks that place Graham on the map as a lyrical genius. The 19-track album is an adventure that will surely get your blood pumping and…

New Music: Japandroids

By Gurman Sahota, February 14 2017 — Occasionally, a more commercial album is a great decision for a band. But that’s not the case for Japandroids and their newest release, Near To The Wild Heart of Life.  From the first track, listeners will recognize a single that could gain commercial success if marketed correctly. Subtle,…

New Music: JJ Shiplett

By Rachel Woodward, February 14 2017 — As somebody who has trouble appreciating country music, I am hesitant to give new albums of the genre a try. But as someone who also supports local music, I was eager to give Calgary-born JJ Shiplett’s new album Something to Believe In my best shot.  The country-rock up-and-comer…

New Music: William Basinski

By Jason Herring, January 24 2017 — David Bowie passed away just over a year ago. It was a tough death for many to process — myself included — partially because in his final weeks Bowie released an album that acknowledged and tried to reconcile with his imminent death. It felt like the end of…

New Music: The Flaming Lips

By Gurman Sahota, January 24 2017 — The Flaming Lips recently released their 17th delectably weird studio album, Oczy Mlody. But unlike previous releases, the album has no real hook to grab the listener’s attention. The band torments listeners through their use of experimental and new sounds, forgoing usual narrative structures.  Those hoping for something…

New Music: The xx

By Gurman Sahota, January 17 2017 — After nearly five years since the release of their last album, the xx return with their third studio album I See You. The album is an ode to heartbreak, loss and surprising clarity. It’s a perfect foil to the endless onslaught of love songs as we approach Valentine’s…

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