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Kygo & Rita Ora | Carry On | Single Review

RCA / Palm Tree / Sony Classical Rating: Thumbs Up Paired up with Rita Ora’s velvety voice, Kygo brings another summer vacation track as the temperatures start to heat up. Uplifting and almost ethereal, “Carry On” mixes a relaxing mood with melancholic lyrics: “Walking alone

The Cranberries | All Over Now | Single Review

BMG Rating: Thumbs Up “All Over Now” is the newest single from alt-rock pioneers The Cranberries since the death of front woman Dolores O’Riordian in early 2018. Instantly, the intro pulls the listener straight back to 1993 with their trademark washed-out, layered guitars and open

BTS | Map of the Soul: Persona | Album Review

Big Hit / iriver / Columbia / Virgin Rating: 4 out of 5 stars For anyone missing 90’s boy bands, BTS offers the next best thing, and they’re arguably an improvement. Some pop fans might be put off by the non-English lyrics, though the europop-inspired

Beyonce | Homecoming | Album Review

Parkwood / Columbia Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Accompanying her new concert film on Netflix, Beyoncé released her fifth live release, Homecoming: The Live Album, which was recorded during her performance at Coachella 2018. Since its release, the nearly two-hour-long behemoth has been widely

Lil Nas X | Old Town Road | Single Review

Columbia Rating: Thumbs Up A song that features a swift and smooth combination of country guitar and steady trap beats, Lil Nas X teams up with country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus in the remix of “Old Town Road.” Debuting at the top of both the country

Avicii | SOS | Single Review

Universal Rating: Thumbs Up The posthumous single from the late electronic artist Avicii, entitled “SOS,” provides a fitting tribute to the influential musician.  It’s largely in the style of much of his catalogue, featuring high production and fun, summery instrumentations. This includes bouncy snares, smooth

TR/ST | Destroyer-1 | Album Review

Parlophone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars An extension of his sexually liberated dance discography, Robert Alfons returns with the third TR/ST installment, Destroyer – 1. Being the first half of his vision, insight into his industrial dream-pop body of work is given. After a

PUP | Morbid Stuff | Album Review

Rise Records Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Canadian punk rock band PUP returns with their third record, Morbid Stuff. After establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the genre by combining indie-rock beats with the emotional strength of pop-punk ballads, stitched

Sara Bareilles | Amidst the Chaos | Album Review

Epic Records Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars There’s nothing technically wrong with Sara Bareilles’ songwriting, compositions, or vocal delivery, but Amidst the Chaos isn’t the right title for an album with tracks so mellow that it doesn’t evoke anything resembling chaos. The album makes