Album Review: DJ Khaled – Gratitude

Album Review: DJ Khaled – Gratitude

As an album, Gratitude is a sprawling affair, spanning two discs – in its physical iteration – and running to nearly an hour and a half, and features more guest artists than a tickle me Elmo can giggle at. Music royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z lend their presence to lead single Shining, which is a catchy little number carried on the Continue reading “Album Review: DJ Khaled – Gratitude”

Album Review: Imagine Dragons – ƎVOLVE

Album Review: Imagine Dragons – ƎVOLVE

Radioactive was one of the inescapable songs of the past half-decade, heard everywhere from commercial radio to corporate presentations. It wouldn’t quite be fair to say that Imagine Dragons have been coasting along on the success of Radioactive and their 2012 début album, Night Visions, since then – after all, Continue reading “Album Review: Imagine Dragons – ƎVOLVE”

Album Review: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up

Album Review: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up

Pecknold’s time as an undergraduate is writ large across Crack-Up, with allusions to ancient-Greek river nymphs, Caesar’s assassination, and Egyptian mythology, peppering the song titles and lyrics. That is to say nothing of the compositional and musical experimentation that is displayed from the outset with the verbosely Continue reading “Album Review: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up”

Album Review: alt-J – RELAXER

Album Review: alt-J – RELAXER

Adeline is another, longer track that sees alt-J draw upon the timeless concepts of repetition and variation, with the percussive elements demonstrating solid progression and development. While the lyrics fail to live up to the pretensions of the drawn out vocal delivery, the song has an overall aural quality that is worthy of Continue reading “Album Review: alt-J – RELAXER”

Album Review: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Album Review: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Opening with the album’s titular track, Royal Blood demonstrates that they don’t need to hide behind bluster, as Ben Thatcher’s drums and Mike Kerr’s bass riffs push and pull the listener throughout the compelling three-minute blast. The quite-loud dynamic of I Only Lie When I Love You, the juxtaposition of the uber- Continue reading “Album Review: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?”